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BOARDMAN — Columbia Development Authority Executive Director Greg Smith recently sent an unusual letter to the engineering firm of Anderson Perry & Associates of La Grande.

Smith had to halt a half-million-dollar contract in Northeastern Oregon because the transaction was improperly awarded.

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Storage igloos line the horizon at the former Umatilla Chemical Depot on Oct. 22, 2020.


Dignitaries pose for a photo Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, during the dedication ceremony of Raymond F. Rees Training Center near Hermiston. From the left, Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, adjutant general of the Oregon National Guard, state Rep. Bobby Levy, R-Echo, Mary Len Rees, retired Maj. Gen. Raymond “Fred” Rees, state Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, state Rep. Greg Smith, R-Heppner, and Gen. Dan Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau.


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Tale of two Gregs

Rep. Greg Smith, R-Heppner, carries more influence in Salem than many legislators. He has the most seniority of any state representative after voters in District 57 sent him to the Legislature 11 terms in a row. Smith also holds some of the best committee seats in the Legislature, including on the Revenue Committee and as co-vice chair of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means.

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