Journalism honors nice, but Malheur County readers are more important

Les Zaitz, editor and publisher of the Malheur Enterprise, at work in the Vale newsroom. (E.J. Harris/East Oregonian)

Across the state and around the country, Malheur County is known for certain things.

We’re known for cattle. We’re the largest cattle producing area in Oregon.

We’re known for onions. We grow a billion pounds or more a year.

We’re known for the Owyhee Canyonlands, a spectacular landscape.

Now, we’re becoming known for journalism.

You may have noticed a string of announcements in recent months of honors coming to the Malheur Enterprise. Your local newspaper has been honored with national recognition, and state and regional awards will soon be announced as well.

Last week, the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Service surprised us with a . . .