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Malheur County’s rail project hits delays with unclear impact on its pace

Greg Smith, Malheur County’s economic development director, speaking to county commissioners at the Malheur County Courthouse on Wednesday, Dec. 11. (The Enterprise/File)

NYSSA – Work on the new Treasure Valley Reload Center is falling behind schedule just two months after county officials agreed to an ambitious timeline that would have Nyssa shipping onions in late 2022, according to state records.

The Malheur County Development Corp., the public company tasked with managing the $26 million project, advised the state a month ago that it would be delayed by as much as two months in completing initial tasks.

Greg Smith, Malheur County’s economic development director, advised the state Transportation Department just four days before the county’s first deadline a variety of circumstances led to the delays.

Grant Kitamura, president of the development company, said “You need . . .