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Malheur County scrambles to settle Nyssa land deal, months after state warning

Malheur County economic development director Greg Smith. (The Enterprise/file photo)

NYSSA – A little over a month after the state gave a rail reload facility the green light, the Malheur County project is up against a new snag, facing a directive to cut the amount of land charged to the state for the onion shipping center.

Greg Smith, Malheur County economic development director, told local officials last week that he had been notified of the change by the state Transportation Department. The state agency has hold of $26 million allocated for the Nyssa project.

 “We are to significantly reduce the amount of acres we initially purchased and redirect those dollars to the facility and rail infrastructure,” Smith said in an email on Wednesday, Aug. 21, to . . .