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Records law used to pry free Malheur County project documents

Greg Smith, Malheur County economic development director, testifies to the Transportation Commission about the reload facility planned in Nyssa. (Enterprise file photo)

Greg Smith, Malheur County’s economic development director, warned in January that releasing public documents could jeopardize the proposed Treasure Valley Reload Center.

Smith hoped to forestall an order from Malheur County District Attorney Dave Goldthorpe that the documents should be released to the Malheur Enterprise.

“The entire TVRC project is at stake,” Smith wrote in his Jan 29 letter.

Goldthorpe instead issued a rare order requiring Smith and the Malheur County Economic Development Department to turn over the documents.

The order came during the Enterprise’s continuing effort to obtain government records about the Nyssa project, allowed by the Oregon Public Records Law.

Smith resisted disclosing documents to . . .