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Malheur County faces need to borrow $2 million to make rail project run

This is the proposed location outside of Nyssa for the Treasure Valley Reload Center. (The Enterprise/file)

NYSSA – Build it and they will come.

That appears to be the core theme behind the latest plot twist of a rail shipping center north of Nyssa, with Malheur County now scrambling to come up with more than $2 million to close a deal on a key piece of real estate.

The hunt for millions was triggered when the Oregon Transportation Department recently rejected Malheur County’s efforts to use state money to buy 366 acres of Nyssa land. State officials advised the Malheur County Economic Development Department six months ago of limits to land purchases, but county officials still pressed ahead.

Now, the county is facing a year-end deadline to buy 290 acres . . .