Revell: The Roza Irrigation District Is Prepared For Possible COVID Impacts

2020 was a very busy year for the Roza Irrigation District, and it looks like that trend will continue into the New Year. District Manager Scott Revell said they spent roughly $2.5 million to enclose area lateral canals, while also putting the finishing touches on a four year project to clean out the 95-mile long […]

Stemilt & Hansen Grant Wishes For Kids In Foster Care

The coronavirus pandemic can’t stop Stemilt and Hansen Fruit from spreading cheer this holiday season. For the eighth year, the two fruit companies played Santa and granted holiday wishes to 177 children in foster care and low income housing in the Wenatchee and Yakima areas. In Wenatchee, Stemilt provided gifts to 146 children who are […]

Beef Counts Delivering Holiday Beef To Central Washington

The Washington Beef Community is in the central part of the state this week, distributing 2 ½ pound roast to families in need. Melissa DelGadillo, PR Manager at Agribeef said the need is incredible right now, with one in four people facing food insecurity during the pandemic. She pointed out efforts like this are nothing […]

Cold Weather Hits The Northwest

The old springtime saying in the Northwest is, if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes and it will change. Well, that apparently works for the fall of 2020. National Weather Service meteorologist Marilyn Lohman said temperatures were up in the upper 60s and even low 70s a week ago, and then very cold […]

Lohmann: First Frost Of The Season Later Than Average

The first frost of the 2020 growing season is behind scheduled, a fact about which many won’t complain. Marilyn Lohmann with the National Weather Service said in a typical year, areas such as Yakima and Pullman would have already recorded overnight lows below 32 degrees. For the Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, NE Oregon, temperatures below freezing […]

Wet Weather Expected Starting Thursday

Temperatures have been very warm across the Northwest. In fact many regions have reported daytime highs anywhere between 10-15 degrees above average for this time of year. Marilyn Lohmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said this late summer blast is thanks to High Pressure which has been parked over the western U.S. for several […]

Oil Prices Unmoved For Much of September

Oil prices seem to be stuck in a rut. For the past two-plus weeks, prices for West Texas Crude have hovered around the $40 per barrel mark, held in place by an uptick in coronavirus cases worldwide as well as additional shutdowns. That holding pattern has resulted in slight relief at the local diesel station. […]

DeHaan: Investors In A Holding Pattern Until Vaccination Is Developed

After a very slight rally in late July and early August, oil prices have returned to their downward trends. West Texas Crude was trading $37 per barrel in Monday’s action. Patrick DeHaan with Gasbuddy said a lack of optimism internationally has put a cap on prices in a variety of ways. And he doesn’t see […]

Yakima’s Preacher Named Chair at U.S. Apple Association

The U.S. Apple Association has named a new chair to lead its board of directors. Mike Preacher, the marketing director at Domex Superfresh Growers, will serve the 2020-21 term. Yakima-based Superfresh Growers, is a fifth-generation, family-owned, grower and shipper that focuses on apples, pears, cherries and apricots. Superfresh is the exclusive grower of the Autumn […]

Starr Ranch Growers Announces Consolidation, Growth

Wenatchee-based Starr Ranch Growers announced this week a consolidation of its Yakima operations into one office, as well as the growth of its sales team. The new office will be located at 603 North, 39th Ave. and will house the Starr Ranch Growers sales team, the director of business development and quality assurance field inspectors. […]