Local government, Special Reports

Malheur County blocks Enterprise from news conference on rail center

Dan Joyce, Malheur County judge, wrongly claimed in an interview on June 16 that the Malheur Enterprise took money from George Soros, a figure reviled by conservative forces. (ISAAC WASSERMAN/The Enterprise)

VALE – Leaders of the Treasure Valley Reload Center last week conducted a news conference with new information about their project – but blocked the Malheur Enterprise from participating.

The news conference, held by telephone, was arranged by Greg Smith, Malheur County economic development director. He was joined by Grant Kitamura, an onion industry executive who is president of Malheur County Development Corp., the public company building the Nyssa project.

Smith’s team notified other news outlets of the conference that he scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, but provided no notice to the Enterprise. The Enterprise has been reporting in-depth on the project since its inception in 2017.

When Les Zaitz, editor of the Enterprise . . .