How the Enterprise produced its story on county land deal, finances

Lorinda DuBois, Malheur County chief administrative officer, released this memo with portions redacted to protect "frank" communications with other public officials. The Enterprise has petitioned to have the redactions removed.

Documents released by state agencies served as the foundation for our report published Dec. 10 about Malheur County’s efforts to buy and pay for Nyssa farmland.

When Malheur County officials decided in October they would borrow money to keep their industrial project dreams alive, the Enterprise sought out details.

The newspaper wanted to explain why the money was needed and how the county intended to pay back the loan.

Reporter Pat Caldwell on Nov. 1 sent detailed questions and to Greg Smith, the private contractor paid to run the county’s Economic Development Department, and more questions on Nov. 7 to Smith and to Dan Joyce, the Malheur . . .