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Malheur County OKs $1 million to seal land deal as citizens have their say

Larry Wilson, Malheur County Commissioner, at the courthouse on Wednesday, Dec. 11. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

VALE – The Malheur County Court has voted unanimously to spend nearly $1 million toward the purchase of 290 acres of private land north of Nyssa to make way for a proposed rail reload center and an adjacent industrial park.

The court action came after a standing room only public meeting at the courthouse on Dec. 30 where half a dozen local residents voiced concern or opposition to the county’s proposed industrial development including a rail shipping center.

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