Rail center board holds first meeting

By Les Zaitz
The Enterprise
ONTARIO – The seven people who will have a lot to say about Malheur County’s economic future met as a board for the first time Monday, setting in motion steps to erect a new rail shipping center.
In its inaugural session, the new Malheur County Development Corp. convened in the attic meeting room of the Ontario Train Depot, the clanging and banging of freight trains on the other side of the wall providing almost-scripted sound effects.
Grant Kitamura, president of Baker/Murakami Produce, was elected president of the new board. The other six members are Kay Riley, owner and manager of Snake River Produce; Jim Farmer, president of Fort Boise Produce; Toni Parrish, a vice president of Northwest Farm Credit Services; John Qualls, senior vice president of the Bank of Eastern Oregon; Lynn Findley, Vale city manager; and Greg Smith, Malheur County . . .