2017 8th Saturday Recap
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~ We still have snow
The snow headline is identical to last week. To make a point, I took this photo out the front door yesterday afternoon (Friday, February 24, 2017). The accumulated snow is diminishing. Patches of bare ground are finding their way free. It is a beautiful sight (speaking of the snow-crusted field), but I think we (in far Eastern Oregon) are beyond ready for spring’s arrival.
The Onion Industry–buildings down, equipment ruined, and onions lost. Everywhere we drive we spot new damage or removed buildings. Some lost structures were tucked in behind other buildings; therefore we had not seen them before. A lot of buildings are gone. Many will never be replaced because the farmer was doing what farmers often do. They use what they have. For many, it will not be economically feasible to rebuild. Onions are a big dollar crop–farmers are made and sometimes go bankrupt growing this staple. The Treasure Valley is fertile, and there is a variety of crops. Too many to mention but including–sugar beets, corn, hay, asparagus, wheat, potatoes and various seeds. Therefore, the local economy is tied to agriculture. This salt of the earth avocation affects those who don’t grow this vegetable–or anything more than a family garden. It impacts those who don’t eat them too! Even if you do not like onions or your work is not connected to the onion, it affects the community economics. Is the industry dead? Not hardly–read on.
The Baker & Murakami Produce Co, LLLP ushers in a new era after two local packing companies reveal their merger. The combined operation (according to The Packer) will represent an “onion supershed” in the Treasure Valley of Idaho-eastern Oregon. Yes, onions are a big deal here, and you wondered why we live on Onion Avenue. As Paul Harvey used to say, now you know the rest of the story.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today! There is another segment about puppy availability in case you missed it. We have news from Russia and some outstanding updates.
Sunday—February 19 — Beautiful Outdoors
Monday —February 20 — Stella Blue
Tuesday —February 21 — Parker
Wednesday —February 22 —Blue Girl
Thursday —February 23 — The Look
Friday — February 24 — Atticus Update, Part Three
On a very personal note
Cliff has the utility sink working. He doesn’t have the backsplash installed yet, but we have used it for puppy baths, and it worked great. He is amazing.
My lungs are slowly improving. I still cough, but not as much. I lost my voice from the constant coughing. My current effort is to be as helpful as possible and yet to work on getting better. I am ever so thankful to have Christina’s help. She has not been feeling well the last couple of weeks; nevertheless, she has been a trooper. How blessed we are to have her help.
Thanks to You
There is no way we could ever thank you enough for your love and support. We are in need of a few stories to get through the December blogging. Several of you have promised; however, we understand how busy you might be–nevertheless if you can send along something we would greatly appreciate it. Without you, this would be impossible.
Posted on February 25, 2017, in News, OwyheeStar, OwyheeStar News, OwyheeStar Weim, Owyheestar Weimaraner, Weekly Newsreel and tagged Far Eastern Oregon, Idaho-Oregon, Malheur County, Onion Industry, Onions, Oregon Onions, Treasure Valley, Treasure Valley Weimaraner. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.