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State Officials Preparing for Worst, Seeking $9 Million Drought-Relief Fund

YAKIMA (AP) — The state of Washington has not yet declared a drought this year, but they're asking the Legislature for $9 million for drought relief in case it's needed.

The Department of Ecology says snowpack levels statewide are about 28 percent of normal

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More Watchdog Work For Representative Dan Newhouse – Dave’s Diary

Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA) has been assigned to serve on the Subcommittee on Federal Lands and the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans at the House Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-U

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Best Practices From The Pumpkin People – Dave’s Diary

A sure sign of impending Halloween is when Grandma Special “K” buys the pumpkin carving kit for your little pumpkin. There it was on the hallway table. Calling out “time for fall fun”!  And it is!  The search, the selection, the decoration of the perfect pumpkin is a great way to spend a fall day with your kids but there are “best pumpkin practices” to consider.

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Farm Bureau Backs Newhouse For Congress

Less than a week to fall and the campaign season is in full swing.  Candidates are busy raising cash, making speeches and collecting endorsements they hope will help convince you that they deserve your vote.

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One Weird Way to Push Peaches — Dave’s Diary

 Yakima Valley peaches are so sweet, so juicy, so delicious that they are in demand everywhere. 

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Union Gap’s Old Town Days is Another Success

Union Gap marked its founding with the annual Old Town Days celebration Saturday and Sunday.

It's one of the area's longest-running events.

The event started Saturday morning with a parade through downtown Union Gap

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Rich Tomato Taste, Raw Human Smell? Ask Bastinelli — Dave’s Diary

There are plenty of pranks, jokes and teasing that all go on inside a typical newsroom and KIT is no different. Lance and I were brainstorming just the other day on what to pull over on Mike Bastinelli and we sniffed out this!

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WSU Developing New Apple

Washington State University researchers have been developing a new apple variety they expect to release to Eastern and Central Washington growers in a couple of years.

It's called WA 38, the latest creation of WSU’s world-class tree fruit breeding program

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U.S. Dairy Farming Still A Struggle Despite Rise In Milk Prices
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Dangerous Country Outside Those City Limits — Dave’s Diary

The city slicker becomes the country bumpkin in the 1965 TV hit Green Acres.  The theme song says it all!   “Green acres is the place for me. Farm livin' is the life for me. Land spreadin' out so far and wide. Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside.”  Of course fledgling farmer Eddie Albert’s wife played by the delightful Eva Gabor wasn’t exactly on board with the transition.  “ New York is where I'd rather stay. I get allergic smelling hay. I just adore a penthouse view. Dah-ling I love you but give me Park Avenue.”  The conflict was set the program had a successful run until 1971.

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This Year’s Thanksgiving Dinner Will Cost Consumers Less

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the cost of a classic Thanksgiving dinner for 10 will cost $.44 less than it did a year ago.

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