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Covid, heat combine to stymie renovation of Vale’s Rex Theater

Renovation work on the Rex Theater stalled after the Covid pandemic caused delays. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – Renovation work on the historic Rex Theater is at a standstill because of the Covid pandemic and the extreme heat wave that hit the local area, according to a report filed by the owners with the state.

The husband and wife team of Mike McLaughlin and Sandijean Fuson of Vale own the theater and received a $90,000 grant last year from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to kick-start the renovation of the building.

As part of the grant requirements, Fuson and McLaughlin must submit a quarterly report to the state.

In the latest report dated June 30, Fuson wrote since the spring the duo faced “continued delays from Covid.”

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