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Applications for business relief funds pour into Malheur County

County officials say applications for the state-funded local relief effort are arriving at a steady rate. (The Enterprise/Rachel Parsons)

VALE – Malheur County received more than 35 applications seeking $900,000 just days after opening the way for a Covid relief program that began Dec. 8.

The applications had been filed as of Monday and the deadline for businesses to get in line is Dec. 23.

The relief program, funded with $768,183 in state money, is geared to help businesses in the hospitality industry, merchants impacted by the recent Covid freezes and small businesses along with women, black, indigenous, people of color and tribal-owned firms.

The county said there are 150 eligible businesses just in the hospitality industry in the county. The restaurant industry took another economic hit when state officials again . . .