Category Archives: Capital Press

House members urge Trump to renegotiate Columbia River Treaty

Four Washington and three Oregon members of Congress want President Trump to start negotiating with Canada for an updated Columbia River Treaty. Seven members of the U.S. House from Washington state and Oregon have sent a letter to the White House urging President Donald Trump to begin renegotiating the Columbia River Treaty as soon as […]
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Study links legalized pot with increase in car crash claims

Insurance companies found several possible factors at play in the spike including distracted driving through texting or cellphone use, road construction and marijuana use. A recent insurance study links increased car crash claims to legalized recreational marijuana. The Highway Loss Data Institute, a leading insurance research group, said in study results released Thursday that collision […]
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Growers pin big hopes for Cosmic Crisp

Washington apple growers planted 630,000 new Cosmic Crisp apple trees this spring and will plant an estimated 10 million more trees over the next two years to revolutionize variety offerings of the nation’s largest apple-producing state. Chris Anderson is in his 37th year of operating a small apple orchard once owned by his father on […]
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U.S. dairy gains more access to China

U.S. dairy companies that have been frozen out of the Chinese market while a new registration process was being developed will soon have the opportunity to register for access. The U.S. and Chinese governments have reached an agreement that will increase access to Chinese markets for U.S. dairy processors who have been blocked from those […]
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Oregon company sees bright future in tall wooden buildings

Freres Lumber is building a new plant to make mass plywood panels. Freres Lumber Co. of Lyons, Ore., has received a $250,000 U.S. Forest Service grant that will help it gear up for what the company sees as an emerging market: Using wood products in tall building construction. The company will apply the money to […]
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Ranchers fume as ‘Rainbow Family’ set to camp on federal land in Oregon

  Allowing thousands of make-shift campers on sensitive habitat doesn’t sit well with ranchers who must follow strict grazing rules. The U.S. Forest Service acknowledged there isn’t much it can do about a “Rainbow Family” gathering expected to bring thousands of counter-culture types to the Malheur National Forest in Eastern Oregon over the next two […]
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Grazing can reduce wildfire damage

A study showed that livestock grazing can affect fire behavior metrics and can be an effective tool in wildfire suppression. Wildfires are a crucial threat to rangelands and both range scientists and land managers are looking for ways to reduce potential fire damage. Arid landscapes in the western United States, especially the sagebrush steppe areas, […]
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California sets cherry record; big Washington crop rolling

California has set a record of 9.7 million 18-pound boxes of cherries in a season just ending. The Pacific Northwest is just starting and could top its 23.2 million 20-pound box record of 2014. Source: California sets cherry record; big Washington crop rolling – Orchards, Nuts & Vines – Capital Press

SW Idaho farmers struggle with tight labor market

Farming operations in the Treasure Valley area of southwestern Idaho are having a hard time finding workers and many are having to increase hours and pay to get by. Source: SW Idaho farmers struggle with tight labor market – – Capital Press

Cascade-Siskiyou litigation halted during Trump review

Three lawsuits over the expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument have been halted while the Trump administration reviews the decision. Litigation has been halted in three lawsuits over Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument while its expansion is reviewed by the Trump administration. Source: Cascade-Siskiyou litigation halted during Trump review – – Capital Press