Gov. Kate Brown listens to Grant Kitamura, the general manager of Baker & Murakami Produce Co., during a tour of Malheur County in the aftermath of a series of severe winter storms in 2017. The visit, spearheaded by Sen. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, was a major turning point in the effort to bridge a gap between rural and urban perceptions and helped kick start several new economic programs for the county . . .