- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) - Yamhill County commissioners have approved accepting a grant for turning 17 miles of former Union Pacific railway into a bike and hiking trail from near McMinnville to Gaston.

The Yamhill Valley News-Register reports (http://bit.ly/1CeQ218 ) the approval in a 2-1 vote last week was for a $362,000 state grant. It supplements an earlier $1.4 million grant to begin trail work.

Commissioner Mary Starrett argued the trail would require county maintenance funds and attract squatters and criminals.

Proponents call the path a draw for tourists and a safer biking alternative to twisty Oregon 47 through northern Yamhill County.

A local trail group is putting up half the required match of $37,000 to establish the trail. Commissioner Stan Primozich says the group should be able to raise maintenance money.

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Information from: Yamhill Valley News-Register, http://www.newsregister.com

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