A matter of those wee morning worries

I lie awake sometimes, in bed, in the wee hours of the morning and I think.
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Wheat growers turn out in strong opposition to proposed pesticide bills

Pesticides are an important and necessary part of any growers’ toolbox, and while the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) understands the public concern over unintended drift events, we believe that thanks to technological advancements in nozzle spray technology and chemical formulations, the vast majority of pesticide applications are done safely, with no adverse effects to the public.
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60,000 beginning farmers benefit from USDA program

Interest in farming is strong. We hear from beginners, as well as retiring farmers and ranchers, each day who are looking for opportunities and searching for solutions to farm transition.
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Letter to the Editor

Thank you for your concern Thank you so much for such a prompt response at the time of our fire — from all of “our” volunteers and everyone who texted and called with concern over our safety, the sheriff’s deputy who plowed through the south road with his cruiser, the ambulance crew and the firefighters; to our friends and neighbors who came out to see if we were okay or...
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Ever dream of winning the lottery?

My husband and I aren’t big gamblers. I suppose it stems from the fact that we’ve never really had a large pile of cash we were itching to lose. Plus neither one of us was born the lucky gene. So if you ever see us at a casino, rest assured, we’re there for the buffet.
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Sign up now for working lands conservation program

The 2018 sign-up deadline for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is quickly approaching.
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Home Depot grant helps with food bank construction

After losing our longtime home in the old Rock Island Fire Station in June of 2015, the Rock Island Community Food Bank worked out of Rock Island Elementary School that summer and then in the fall we were able to move into a small donated building in Rock Island City Park. We immediately began brainstorming on how to get our volunteers and the people we serve out of the weather.
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Kindness works wonders during the hard times of life

Life is hard. I’ve told my kids this dozens of times. I’m not trying to be a Debby Downer parent, but I do think I owe them honesty. And honestly, life is hard.
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John Spellman: Best leader for tough times remembered

Too often, virtues and accomplishments of quiet leaders go unsung. Such is the case with John Spellman, former Washington governor and King County executive, who died on Jan. 16 at the age of 91.
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‘Urban Forests’ calls attention to trees in our communities

By Amy Larsen Waterville Library Jill Jonnes’s latest book “Urban Forests” unveils, chapter by chapter, a look at the ordinary and extraordinary people involved in various ways with the ever changing landscape of green within our communities. From saving our forests from invaders like the Chestnut blight, Dutch Elm disease and the Asian long-horned beetle to the care and designation of...
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