COMMENTARY: Help us break down the wall of silence in Malheur County affairs

Getting facts from Malheur County officials about public business is getting expensive.

We could use your help.

At the Enterprise, our news team has been dogged about tracking the county’s foray into industrial development.

As they say, we follow the money. And that’s not easy.

The Malheur County commissioners have taken a vow of silence. Judge Dan Joyce, and Commissioners Larry Wilson and Don Hodge, unhappy with the Enterprise’s reporting, now don’t talk to our reporters or respond to written questions.

Greg Smith, the county’s economic development director, too has gone silent.

That is their right. No law requires a public official to answer media questions.

To get around that wall of silence, we’ve had to get creative on the behalf of local citizens.

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