Rail deal forces recusal

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

VALE – Malheur County Commissioner Larry Wilson is recusing himself from some decisions on a new rail shipping center because he is a shareholder in a company selling land to the county.

Wilson, a real estate broker, confirmed that he owns stock in Nyssa Industries. The company owns one of three properties chosen for a new rail center north of the Thunderegg Capital of the World.

Malheur County Development Corp., a public corporation set up by the county, will oversee the multimillion-dollar facility.

The corporation recently selected property along Arcadia Boulevard and adjacent to Union Pacific Railroad tracks just outside Nyssa city limits.

While the corporation will manage the construction of the facility, the county will buy the property for the facility. The site was recently selected and landowners have tentatively agreed to sales deals, though no details have been disclosed.

Wilson said he doesn . . .