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EDITORIAL: Let’s mobilize to grab a share of recovery money to help Vale

Tom Vialpando in downtown Vale on Thursday, Nov. 5. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

An opportunity to revitalize downtown Vale ought not be missed. A flush of government cash about to be unleashed could do wonders. But the community – its people, government leaders and businesses – need to act quickly.

The federal government is sending billions out to states and local communities. Gov. Kate Brown has already outlined how she’d like to spend it, including a chunk for rural areas like Malheur County. And state legislators are taking their own turn at devising a wish list.

This is a rare moment. This kind of money usually isn’t available, and state leaders are looking to invest the money with impact. That means building or repairing things, not starting programs.

Vale as a community needs to be . . .