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It still felt like summer on Friday, September 13, but just barely, as I drove toward Mt. View Orchards. The sky was blue and the breeze was warm but promised to turn chilly before the evening was over. I parked at the Mt. View Orchards venue in front of trees heavy with near-ripe pears. Mt.…

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Recent cool temperatures and precipitation have brought an end to the 2019 fire season for Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District. At 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, fire season was officially terminated, according to an ODF press release.

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Northwest pear growers have released their latest crop estimate for the 2019-20 season. The estimate is based on data reported from Washington’s Wenatchee and Yakima districts and Oregon’s Mid-Columbia and Medford districts.

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Better ways to combat invasive weeds, developing planning tools to sequester carbon in forests, creating pollinator habitat on irrigation pipeline corridors — these are just a few applications that will come to fruition in the coming years because of funding from USDA’s Natural Resources Con…

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Canada thistle is a widespread invasive weed that’s a common problem in cultivated fields and pastures. It’s a perennial plant that spreads both by seed and by creeping horizontal roots (called rhizomes). This weed is very difficult to kill.

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Fair results, Artistic Design:  FloralAdultClass 1, Ferris Wheel Creative Design: Norma Curtis, First; Jackie Shaw, SecondClass 2, Boat Ride Showing Water: Margaret Taylor, First; Jackie Shaw, Second; Judith Wols, Second; Pam Regentin, ThirdClass 3, Roller Coaster Stretch Design: Norma Curti…

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As of Aug. 7, the Oregon Department of Forestry is increasing fire prevention measures for public use of equipment and raising the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) to a Level 3 in an attempt to reduce human-caused wildfires.

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HorticultureAdult horticulture entry, Jackie Shaw (Sponsor: Rarity Gardens)Best Show of Horticultural, Norma Curtis (Odell Garden Club)Artistic DesignUsing Fruits and Vegetables, Michelle Kinoshita (Sponsor: Women for Agriculture)Junior Floral Arrangement, Michelle Kinoshita (Tammy’s Floral)…

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Have you noticed the new crop identification signs displayed around the valley?  Members of Oregon Women for Agriculture have been placing the signs along roadways and train tracks to help inform the public about what crops they are passing.

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June and July are busy times of the year for the Hood River County 4-H program. Members are preparing exhibits for county fair in July. Static exhibits in the Summit Building at the Hood River County Fairgrounds show off skills in art, foods, textiles, photography, gardening and other creati…

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As summer harvest begins and the temperature climbs, the Oregon Farm Bureau Health & Safety Committee wants to alert farmers and ranchers who are employers about a requirement from the Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) that’s designed to protect workers from h…

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Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) sounds lovely — but it is not. This very invasive deciduous tree has spread vigorously along waterways, roadways and agricultural areas, said a press release.

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The Hood River Farmers Market opens Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fifth and Columbia streets parking lot across from Full Sail Brewing. Market shoppers can enjoy free parking beside the market on the west side of the parking lot, anywhere west of Seventh Street or on Wasco Street.

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Oregon State University Master Gardener volunteer and local orchardist Cindy Collins will offer a free program, “The Basics of Pruning,” on Thursday, March 14 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Hood River Fire Department/EMS building, 1785 Meyer Parkway.

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