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Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement Jan. 23 applauding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for providing a new definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS).

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Hydroponics systems allow for year-round horticulture education at The Dalles High School. Students start plants from seed, pictured, and learn about their entire life cycle.

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Amanda Hoey, executive director of Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), has been named the next chief executive officer (CEO) for the Oregon Wheat Commission and Oregon Wheat Growers League.

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A parasitic wasp has shown tremendous potential attacking and controlling spotted-wing drosophila—an invasive, destructive fruit fly that costs Oregon fruit and berry growers close to a billion dollars a year, according to Oregon State University researchers.

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An intensive three-year water quality study of the Deschutes River drainage—which includes the Deschutes, Crooked and Metolius rivers—has been completed and information on their findings were made available at an open house in The Dalles Monday night at The Riv. The study found that “there are many ways in which the Deschutes is thriving...other aspects of river health, such as nutrient and algae levels, are more concerning.”

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Orchard View Farms Inc. of The Dalles has been fined $37,800 for five job safety violations—four of them repeat offenses—including failure to train employees in the safe operation of tractors and the inability of the hand or emergency brake to securely hold loaded tractors on orchard slopes. The failures “exposed workers to serious injury or death,” according to a report by the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (OSHA) and the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services.

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Bonneville navigation locks closed Sept. 5, and will not reopen until the end of the month, but Mid-Columbia wheat farmers were not impacted.

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The LINK Public Transportation is offering free public transportation to The Dalles Farmers’ Market for the last six Saturdays of the 2019 season. On Saturdays, Sept.7 through Oct. 12, the community can book a door-to-door ride on The LINK from home to the market and back, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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“Cow Pies and Curly Fries” was the theme for the 2019 Sherman County Fair, with Grand Marshals Mark and Sharon Spender and Leo and Krista Coelsch of Moro.

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Gorge Grown’s Mobile Farmers’ Market has been making stops from Cascade Locks to Moro this summer. The nonprofit has been working with local farmers to bring locally grown food to communities throughout the Gorge who have limited access to grocery stores, farmers’ markets and farm stands, sa…

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An unusually cool and windy June has meant a later-than-normal start for cherry harvest, which is now in its second week. Initial cherries were smaller than desired, but hopes are cherries picked this week will be bigger.

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For probably 10 years now, Sherman County law enforcement have dealt with calls about a herd of feral cows. “I call them feral because they just roam the canyons. They’re everywhere,” said Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey. “When I say feral—I mean mean. I’m scared of them.”

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Area livestock producers suffering losses of animals or feed due to this winter’s storms may be eligible for the USDA’s livestock indemnity  and feed loss assistance programs, according to Lissa Biehn, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director in Wasc…

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In the wake of a man’s death last summer while fighting fire on agricultural land, and the fines his employer incurred because of it, farmers need more clarification on firefighting rules, an official said.

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Bilateral trade negotiations have begun with Japan, the top importer of the soft white wheat grown in the mid-Columbia, wheat growers in Wasco and Sherman counties heard Feb. 4.

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The “Greenhouses for Good” project at The Dalles High School delivered its first bulk donation of lettuce to the local Oregon Food Bank last week.

The project began in the spring of 2018 and incorporates engineering, horticulture, and community service.

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