Malheur County officials make case for rail reload facility

Local leaders want the state to release funds for a rail reload facility north of Nyssa. Thursday they testified before the state transportation commission about the project. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

SALEM – Malheur County went to Salem Thursday and pitched a case to state transportation officials to keep alive a rail reload center planned north of Nyssa.

Greg Smith, the economic development director for Malheur County, briefed and answered questions from the Oregon Transportation Commission on the $26-million local project during the afternoon session.

Smith and other supporters presented little new information about the project.

The state commission will decide in March whether to release state funds for the Nyssa rail center.

Grant Kitamura, CEO of Baker & Murakami Produce Co., state Rep. Lynn Findley, and Jim Maret, Nyssa city manager, also testified.

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