The need is deep as Malheur County businesses seek county relief

Malheur County officials are processing applications for state money to help businesses survive the impact of the Covid pandemic. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

VALE – Malheur County officials said Monday that 68 local companies have applied for a total of $1.5 million in county Covid relief program – double what is available.

The county received just $768,183 in state grant funds to be awarded to local businesses. More than half of the applications are from the hospitality industry, officials said.

The Malheur County Court will likely decide next week which firms will get an award.

The deadline to apply was Wednesday.

An informal committee of including County Counsel Stephanie Williams, Craig Geddes, director of environmental health, County Planner Eric Evans, Lorinda DuBoise, county chief administrative officer, County Commissioner Larry Wilson and Commissioner-elect . . .