Author: WVO

Perdue On Latest In US-China Trade Dispute

The Agriculture Secretary received Presidential assurances that everything will be done to prevent US agriculture from being a casualty in a current trade dispute with China. (Rod Bain and Secretary Sonny Perdue) Perdue On Latest In US-China Trade...

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Senator Dennis Linthicum: Who Grants Our Rights?

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” It has been well over a week since the “March for Our Lives” organizers staged an impressive protest back east. Social media antagonists and pundits are all quite impressed with what they pulled off because of the scale and the speed of its orchestration. The speakers, microphones, TV cameras, staging and bus transportation to and from the event make it obvious that this was more than a gathering pulled off by high-school...

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Greg Walden announces Secure Rural Schools funding for Wallowa County

Rep. Walden meets with eastern Oregon county commissioners Wednesday in Pendleton to discuss Secure Rural Schools funding secured in government funding measure PENDLETON, OR — Continuing his efforts to support Oregon’s rural forested communities, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) secured two years of full Secure Rural Schools funding in the government funding measure signed into law recently. Walden gathered a meeting of Oregon county commissioners Wednesday in Pendleton to discuss the importance of these resources for county services. As Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Walden authorized the sale of a portion of the nation’s strategic petroleum reserve...

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#DriveHealthy: April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month

And the week of April 9-13 is National Work Zone Safety Awareness week Startling statistics* (distracted driving): On average, in Oregon… A distracted driver causes a crash every 2.5 hours—almost 10 crashes each day. Distracted driving causes one in every 12 serious injury crashes in Oregon. Startling statistics* (work zones): On average, in Oregon… A work zone crash occurs every 17 hours. An inattentive (distracted!) driver is the most common cause of work zone crashes. Four out of five work zone fatalities are drivers and their passengers. Fines double 24/7. Workers or not.   Help us mark the month of...

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USDA Expands Focus on Program Integrity Across All Nutrition Programs

WASHINGTON – As part of Agriculture Secretary Perdue’s strategic goal of ensuring that our programs are delivered efficiently, effectively and with integrity, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced an enhanced focus on program integrity today, that will include renewed attention on transparency, payment accuracy, fraud and waste prevention, and improved quality control. “Where protection of taxpayer dollars is concerned – the job is never done,” said Acting Deputy Under Secretary for USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, Brandon Lipps. “Today we are renewing our commitment to ensuring that our nutrition programs are run as...

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USDA: April Is Invasive Pest Month

With spring upon us, flowers aren’t the only thing ready to emerge. (Stephanie Ho and Samantha Simon, APHIS Senior Invasive Species Coordinator) April Is Invasive Pest...

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Oregon ‘Green Lights’ 25 millionth truck

Inspection bypass program saves trucking industry an estimated quarter billion dollars The Oregon Green Light Program ushered the 25 millionth truck to bypass one of the state’s preclearance sites on March 30. The program, launched by the Oregon Department of Transportation in 1999, allows trucks that qualify for the preclearance program to bypass inspection and scale locations equipped with the Green Light System. The trucking companies and drivers must be in good standing, and the trucks must not be due for periodic mechanical inspection. As a qualified truck approaches a preclearance site, its transponder gives the driver a “green...

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Secretary Perdue Issues USDA Statement on Plant Breeding Innovation

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued a statement providing clarification on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) oversight of plants produced through innovative new breeding techniques which include techniques called genome editing. Under its biotechnology regulations, USDA does not regulate or have any plans to regulate plants that could otherwise have been developed through traditional breeding techniques as long as they are not plant pests or developed using plant pests. This includes a set of new techniques that are increasingly being used by plant breeders to produce new plant varieties that are indistinguishable from those...

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Letter: Bruce Dunn for Wallowa County Commissioner calls for Wallowa County Social Resources Committee if elected

As I have talked with the citizens of Wallowa County, the issues of the economy, affordable housing, drug and alcohol abuse, and family values have been expressed.  I propose that the Wallowa County Board of Commissioners appoint a Wallowa County Social Resources Committee.  This Committee would be made up of Wallowa County Board of Commissioners, health care professionals, drug and alcohol abuse professionals, family value professionals, real estate professionals, school counselors, city managers, Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce, Oregon State University Extension 4H, law enforcement, small business entrepreneurs, ministers and others.  They would meet monthly to communicate and help...

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Oregon studded tire season extended through Sunday, April 15

ODOT and the Washington Department of Transportation have extended studded tire season in the two states until the end of the day Sunday April 15, 2018. Travelers can use studded tires from November 1 through March 31. State law grants each state’s transportation department to ability to extend the studded tire season when necessary based on projected weather forecasts. “The forecast suggests Oregon’s mountain passes will receive some significant snow in the next few weeks,” said Luci Moore, State Maintenance and Operations Engineer. “But we ask that if you’re not planning to travel in those areas, please don’t wait until the last minute to remove your studded tires.” This is only the fifth time in the past 16 years that ODOT has extended the studded tire season past March 31. Three of those extensions occurred in 2010-12. ODOT encourages drivers to consider other types of traction tires or chains to help minimize roadway damage that studded tires cause. A 2014 study concluded studded tires cause about $8.5 million in damage each year to state highways. In addition to studded tires, other types of traction tires are available, that meet the Rubber Manufacturers Association standards for use in severe snow conditions. These tires carry an emblem on the tire sidewall of a three-peaked mountain with a snowflake in the center. Research shows these tires cause no more damage than standard...

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Greg Walden supports legislation to increase school safety

Highlights action taken to improve mental health care and strengthen school security WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement in regards to legislation to increase school safety and improve the nation’s mental health care system: “No child should feel unsafe in their school. We have to take steps to get at the root causes of acts of violence in our schools. That is why I voted for the landmark 21st Century Cures Act to make significant reforms to our mental health care system and make sure tools are available to get care to children who...

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‘Hit-and-run’ law clarifies duties of drivers

If you think you may have hit something, you will be required to investigate and report it If you are involved in a traffic crash, especially a serious one with injuries or fatalities, the event is traumatic and sometimes tragic. It may be difficult at such times to remember the legal duties of a driver or vehicle owner involved in a crash – requirements intended for the safety of people involved in the crash, as well as other motorists and pedestrians. A new Oregon law taking effect Jan. 1, 2019, will expand and clarify the duties of drivers in...

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Bruce Dunn for Wallowa County Commissioner

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