FROM THE PUBLISHER: Enterprise accused of criminal conduct again

Once again, a Malheur County official has accused the Enterprise of engaging in criminal conduct.

Greg Smith, the county’s economic development director, made the claim regarding email traffic to the official email address of the Malheur County Economic Development.

Smith reacted to emails from the Enterprise that were pressing for the release of public records that were overdue. This was part of the newspaper’s continuing reporting on Smith and his county agency.

The economic development director ended the exchange on Saturday, Dec. 14, by stating in an email: “This is telephonic harassment. Please stop contacting me.”

In Oregon, telephonic harassment is a crime, punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

The crime, however, has nothing to do with emails. Rather, it prohibits making unwanted calls . . .