Archive | January, 2013

Hope rises for irrigation deal

PORTLAND — The latest effort to develop new irrigation water for Umatilla Basin farmers could provide a breakthrough in what has been a long-standing stalemate between farmers, environmentalists and other fish interests.

At a symposium on Columbia River water at the Northwest Agricultural Show Jan. 29, Craig Reeder, a Umatilla Basin farmer, said a broad coalition is prepared to sign a declaration of cooperation that could increase irrigation supplies in the basin for the first time in two decades…

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Hope rises for irrigation deal. Capital Press. January 31, 2013.

Watering the Oregon Desert

HERMISTON, Ore. — With its sandy soils and arid climate, Eastern Oregon’s Umatilla Basin boasts some of the most productive farmland in the world. From potatoes to onions, corn to peas, watermelons to blueberries, the region is an oasis of high-value crop production.

Just add water, and crops flourish here.

Water, however, is hard to come by…

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Watering the Oregon Desert. OPB radio. January 25, 2013.

Beaverton Community Health Partnership exploring non-profit status, seeking health center site

Beaverton hopes to establish a non-profit organization to govern the city’s community health partnership as the project moves toward establishing a health center in the city.

City staff laid out the Beaverton Community Health Partnership’s immediate and long-term goals in a presentation to the City Council Tuesday night…

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Beaverton Community Health Partnership exploring non-profit status, seeking health center site. OregonLive. January 23, 2013.

Forest project team starts

The Oregon Solutions Project team took its first look at a draft vision for the proposed South Santiam Community Forest Corridor Monday afternoon, Jan. 7, in its inaugural meeting in Lebanon.

The designation of the Oregon Solutions Team by Gov. John Kitzhaber has created a group of interested and affected parties representing federal, state and local interests, who will gather every few weeks over the next six to eight months to effectively cut through red tape and other hindrances to the establishment of a forest of public and private lands between Sweet Home and Cascadia – and possibly beyond…

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Forest project team starts. The New Era, Sweet Home News. January 9, 2013.

Community Forest Solutions Team first meeting to be Jan. 7

The Oregon Solutions Project team established to create a South Santiam Community Forest Corridor between Sweet Home and Cascadia will hold its first meeting from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the River Center in Lebanon.

The purpose of the meeting will be to develop a detailed draft vision statement with long-term goals and anticipated outcomes for the project, the goal of which is to enhance recreational and economic opportunities in the 12-mile stretch of forest along the South Santiam River east of Sweet Home…

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Community Forest Solutions Team first meeting to be Jan. 7. The New Era, Sweet Home News. January 2, 2013.

Santiam forest project team sets first meeting

LEBANON — The first meeting of the Oregon Solutions project team focusing on the South Santiam Community Forest Corridor will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the River Center, 3000 South Santiam Highway.

Project manager Steve Bryant said the goal is to “explore a more detailed draft vision statement with long-term goals and anticipated outcomes.”

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Santiam forest project team sets first meeting. Albany Democrat-Herald. December 27, 2012.