Nyssa shipping project draws more state concern

The proposed Treasure Valley Reload Center could go up on this site north of Nyssa. (The Enterprise/file)

The prospects for new jobs and stronger market reach for Malheur County’s onion industry hit new head winds from Salem as the director of Oregon’s economic development agency found “deficiencies” in plans for Nyssa’s proposed rail shipping center.

Chris Harder of Business Oregon added his voice of caution to those urging the Oregon Transportation Commission to hold off releasing $26 million set aside for the Treasure Valley Reload Center. He did so in a Feb. 13 letter obtained by the Malheur Enterprise.

The commission is scheduled to consider Malheur County’s request to move ahead with the project at its Thursday, Feb. 21 meeting. Greg Smith, Malheur County economic development director, is expected to appear and . . .