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Salem-News.com (Sep-14-2014 00:07)

Oregon`s Deception Complex Fire Update

A Red Flag Warning for gusty winds and low relative humidity is in effect through 8:00 p.m. Sunday.

(EUGENE, Ore.) - Oregon firefighter The Deception Complex fire is expected to become more active, especially from noon through 5:00 p.m., as relative humidity drops to 10 to 15%. Winds will generally be out of the southwest to west at 10 miles per hour. However, as a surface low pressure system moves over the area around mid-day Saturday, winds could become very gusty and erratic.

Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 with Incident Commander Brian J. Watts assumed management of the fire at 6 a.m. Saturday morning.

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Salem-News.com (Sep-06-2014 19:36)

Oregon`s Deception Complex Fire Continues with Spotting Distance Less than a Half Mile

The Deception Complex Fire is located two miles west of Oakridge, Oregon, encompassing 2,747 acres, with 55% contained, and 1,068 total personnel fighting the fire.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Deception Complex fire Friday evening’s glow seen from Oakridge was the product of successful burnout operations on the eastern perimeter of the fire line.

A critical fire weather pattern continues today with south/southeast winds approximately 7-12 mph with gusts up to 27 mph. There were no spots outside of the established fire lines of the Deception Complex, and the intensity of the burn was kept to a low or moderate level.

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Salem-News.com (Aug-29-2014 20:39)

Lost Hubcap Fire Burning South of Monument, Oregon

The fire was reported around 1:30 p.m. Friday burning in grass, sagebrush and juniper fuels.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Monument, Oregon The Lost Hubcap Fire has burned 1,200-1,500 acres nine miles south of the community of Monument in the Central Oregon District's John Day Unit.

The Oregon Department of Forestry has two heavy air tankers, four single-engine air tankers and one helicopter fighting the fire, along with six fire engines, four bulldozers and district hand crews. Additional resources from the South Fork Complex are assisting.

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Salem-News.com (Aug-11-2014 14:05)

Oregon Bee Deaths Not From Pesticides

In addition, Oregon State University examined bee samples from Clackamas County for pests and disease.

(SALEM, Ore. ) - Oregon Bee Deaths Laboratory analysis of dead honeybee samples taken from hives in Clackamas County this summer show no detection of pesticides.

According to the Oregon Department of Agriculture, which conducted the testing and analysis, other factors are likely to be responsible for the death of thousands of bees from colonies owned by four local beekeepers.

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Salem-News.com (Jul-13-2014 06:43)

Organic Foods Have More Nutritional Benefits; Less Chemical Pesticides

The researchers also found pesticide residues were three to four times more likely in conventional foods than organic ones.

(PULLMAN, Wash.) - organic foods and crops The largest study of its kind has found that organic foods and crops have a suite of advantages over their conventional counterparts, including more antioxidants and fewer, less frequent pesticide residues.

The study looked at an unprecedented 343 peer-reviewed publications comparing the nutritional quality and safety of organic and conventional plant-based foods, including fruits, vegetables and grains.

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Salem-News.com (Jun-30-2014 20:39)

1 in 5 Honeybee Hives in Oregon Did Not Survive Winter

Nationally, commercial beekeepers reported a 23.2 percent decline last winter.

(SALEM, Ore. ) - Oregon Honey Bees More than one in five commercial honeybee hives in Oregon did not survive last winter, continuing a financially challenging trend for professional beekeepers.

Oregon beekeepers reported a 21.1 percent loss in colonies of the crucial crop pollinators.

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Salem-News.com (Jun-27-2014 07:30)

New Pesticide Rule Hopes to Help Oregon Bee Deaths

The temporary rule, which goes into effect immediately, will be enforced for 180 days.

(SALEM, Ore. ) - Oregon Bee Deaths The Oregon Department of Agriculture is taking additional steps to protect bees and other pollinators from exposure to specific pesticide products following multiple incidents of bee deaths this summer.

In adopting a temporary rule, ODA is prohibiting the use of pesticide products containing the active ingredients dinotefuran and imidacloprid on linden trees or other species of Tilia.

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Salem-News.com (Jun-25-2014 17:45)

Oregon Wineries Become Targets for Turnover

The market is ripe for the picking when it comes to investments in the wine industry.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Oregon vineyard Recent polls showed that nearly 10-percent of Oregon winery owners are considering a sale in the next five years. In addition, 31-percent said they’d be open to a sale right now if conditions were favorable.

While the sheer number of wineries considering sales looks problematic on the surface, it opens up the market for opportunistic entrepreneurs that are primed to make their mark on the industry.

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Salem-News.com (Jun-20-2014 16:31)

Man Assaults Oregon Farmer Over Use of Bird Cannons

Several firearms and ammunition have been seized from the suspects home.

(SALEM, Ore. ) - Luke Adam Chapman A local farmer was assaulted after a neighbor became enraged from the sounds being put off by "bird cannons".

The incident occurred Thursday night at 8:00 p.m., in the 8700 block of Umatilla Street NE, located in the rural northeast portion of Marion County.

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Salem-News.com (Jun-17-2014 07:30)

Oregon Ranks Highest in Farm to School Food Program

Two-thirds of all Oregon school districts are participating in farm to school and school garden activities.

(SALEM, Ore. ) - oregon food Oregon has clearly embraced farm to school programs and is poised to increase the impact local foods have in the lives of school children statewide.

Results of the first ever USDA Farm to School Census provide both a national and state-by-state snapshot of related efforts. The assessment shows that Oregon school districts are directing 24 percent of their food budgets to purchase local foods.

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