Onions and people impress legislators touring Malheur County

State Rep. Margaret Doherty (left) along with Rep. Andrea Salinas toured the county last week for three days with their host, state Rep. Lynn Findley of Vale. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

ONTARIO – Two Democratic state lawmakers from Portland visited Malheur County last week and left impressed with the region and its people.

State Rep. Margaret Doherty, of Tigard, and state Rep. Andrea Salinas, of Lake Oswego, toured the county for three days at the invitation of state Rep. Lynn Findley, R-Vale.  

Findley said the trip “went very well.” 

The trip was part of a trade going on among state representatives, with rural and urban legislators taking turns visiting each other’s territory.

“We discussed a lot of issues facing eastern Oregon, from economic development to land use planning to financial competitiveness with our border . . .