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Malheur County couple aim for state grant to renovate the historic Rex Theater

A Vale couple, including the city's mayor, plans to make major upgrades - with help from the state - to the Rex Theater. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – The owners of the Rex Theater are seeking a state grant to restore the 107-year-old facility.

The husband and wife team of Mike McLaughlin and Sandijean Fuson recently applied for a $90,000 grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $113,991, according to the grant application. The April grant application shows Fuson and McLaughlin will provide a $23,000 match for the grant. They didn’t return calls or email messages seeking comment.

“The revitalization of this building so it may be used year around will have significant impact in lengthening this economic stimulus to . . .