Industrial park work that cost Malheur County thousands now getting done for free

Local onion producers hope a new rail reload center near Nyssa will mean higher profits. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

The executive had a deal for Greg Smith when she called last fall.

For no cost, her Pendleton firm could take on the job of chasing down millions of dollars for Malheur County.

The offer came soon after Smith learned his own work to get that money had failed. The U.S. Department of Transportation concluded the application he submitted last May was “unacceptable.”

The money . . .