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Forest Service Interim Chief Announces New Regional Forester for Pacific Northwest Region

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2018 — USDA Forest Service Interim Chief Vicki Christiansen announced today the appointment of Glenn Casamassa as the regional forester for the Pacific Northwest Region, effective September 17. As regional forester, Casamassa will oversee management of 16 National Forests, two National Scenic Areas, a National Grassland, and two National Volcanic Monuments within the states of Oregon and Washington. “As a Forest Service veteran for more than 30 years, Glenn brings with him tremendous land management and conservation leadership experiences from a ranger district to the Washington Office,” said Christiansen. “He, among other achievements, has played a...

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Walden Comments on FDA Approval of Generic EpiPen

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has approved the first generic version of the EpiPen, used to treat allergic reactions. “We commend the FDA for working to introduce a generic competitor for EpiPen into the market. Patients are tired of the sharp increases in prices for drugs and devices. H.R. 2430, the FDA Reauthorization Act (FDARA), legislation put forth by this committee which is now law, helped give FDA the resources they need to combat those price hikes...

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USDA: Perdue Unveils New Forest Management Strategy

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s newly unveiled forest management strategy will feature more federal, state and local collaboration. (Gary Crawford, Sec’y Sonny Perdue and Sen. Lisa Murkowski) http://www.wallowavalleyonline.com/home/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Perdue-Unveils-New-Forest-Management-Strategy.mp3 (Washington, D.C., August 16, 2018) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (USFS) announced today a new strategy for managing catastrophic wildfires and the impacts of invasive species, drought, and insect and disease epidemics. Specifically, a new report titled Toward Shared Stewardship across Landscapes: An Outcome-based investment Strategy(PDF, 3.7 MB) outlines the USFS’s plans to work more closely with states to identify landscape-scale priorities for targeted treatments in areas with...

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Wyden and Agriculture Department Announce Plan to Streamline Cleanup of Hazardous Fuels, Reduce Wildfire Risk

Forest Service Report Comes in Response to Wyden’s Request for a New, Effective Plan to Reduce Fire Danger Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen to announce a new plan for the Forest Service to address the hazardous fuels backlog contributing to devastating wildfires in Oregon and the West. The report follows Wyden’s request during an Energy and Natural Resources hearing earlier this year that the Forest Service outline a timely plan to address the 80 million acres of hazardous fuels backlog. The...

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Common Cause Endorses Wyden Bill Requiring Paper Ballots, Election Security Bill

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today announced the endorsement of his election security bill by the grassroots voting rights group Common Cause. “With state election systems facing constant cyber threats, this legislation would institute the most critical safeguards needed to defend against sophisticated cyberattacks,” said Susannah Goodman, the Director of the Election Security program at Common Cause. “Under this bill, states would be able to detect AND recover from an attack on election infrastructure. Simply by requiring paper ballots, and then requiring that those ballots be used to check election results using a risk limiting audit,...

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Sign up now for free youth pheasant hunts in September

Elliott J. and dog Leap with a pheasant taken at the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area youth hunt a few years ago. Picture courtesy ODFW (2016). Events in La Grande, Central Point, Corvallis, Eugene, Irrigon/Umatilla, John Day, Klamath Falls, Madras, Portland/Sauvie Island, The Dalles (Tygh Valley) Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 SALEM, Ore.—Youth hunters (age 17 and under) can sign up now for ODFW’s free pheasant hunts happening around the state in September. The events are being held in, Central Point, Corvallis, Eugene, Irrigon/Umatilla, John Day, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Portland/Sauvie Island, The Dalles (Tygh Valley). See dates below and...

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USDA Adds New Tools, Resources to Farmers.gov to Aid Producers

WASHINGTON, August 14, 2018 – Agricultural producers have new resources available to them to prepare for and recover from impacts of natural disasters on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new website, farmers.gov. The site has updated tools and information to help agricultural producers identify the right programs and make decisions for their operations. “Agriculture is a risky business,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. “At USDA, we’re here to help you prepare, recover, and build long-term resilience to natural disasters. Whether you want to visit your local USDA service center or visit our new farmers.gov, we want to help you...

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Southern Oregon Community Leaders and Concerned Citizens Meet with Walden to Discuss Wildfire Smoke

Southern Oregon concerned citizens, small business owners, and local leaders discuss the impact of wildfire smoke on public health and on our economy Year after year, people in the West are suffering from the effects of catastrophic wildfires and the smoke that comes with it. People end up having to wear masks, stay inside, and events are canceled. As a life-long Oregonian, I know summers weren’t like this in the past.  For those who say this is “the new normal,” I say “baloney.”   This spring, I helped secure some of the most significant reforms to federal forest policy in...

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2018 Wallowa County Fair 4-H Horse Show Results

Above picture: Bailey Vernam coming home from the barrels at the 2018 Wallowa County 4-H Horse Show Sunday and Monday August 5 & 6, 2018 Showmanship Intermediate Champion: Quincee Zacharias Intermediate Reserve Champion:  Carrin Yaw Senior Champion:  Brianna Micka Senior Reserve Champion: Rylie Wilcox Grand Champion:  Brianna Micka Reserve Grand Champion:  Rylie Wilcox   Western Equitation 1stYear Junior: Tylee Evans 1stYear Junior Reserve Champion:  James Royes Junior Champion:  Lily Royes Intermediate Champion: Destiny Wecks Intermediate Reserve Champion:  Libby Fisher Senior Champion:  Brianna Micka Senior Reserve Champion: Rylee Wilcox Grand Champion:  Brianna Micka Reserve Grand Champion:  Destiny Wecks   Proofs from the 2018 Wallowa County...

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2018 Wallowa County Fair Dog Show Results

Above picture: Devin Schreiber in the dog agility competition during Saturday’s Wallowa County Fair Dog Show ENTERPRISE, Oregon – The Wallowa County Fair started in its usual fashion with the dog competitions Saturday morning. In Showmanship the first Year Junior Champion was Owyhee Harguess; Junior Champion, Tegan Evans; Intermediate Champion, McKenzie Keffer; Intermediate Reserve Champion Bailey Vernam; Senior Champion, Jacob Falk; and Senior Reserve Champion, Katelyn Diggins. In the Trick Dog competition First Year Junior Champion was Tylee Evans; First Year Junior Reserve Champion, Owyhee Harguess; Intermediate Champion, Devin Schreiber; Intermediate Reserve Champion, Dakota Delyria and Senior Champion, Jacob...

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Walden examines fraud and abuse within opioid addiction treatment industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Continuing his efforts to combat the nationwide opioid crisis, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today examined potential fraud and abuse within the substance use treatment industry. Today’s hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where Walden serves as Chairman, comes following a year-long bipartisan investigation into patient brokering. Patient brokering is a practice through which individuals are paid by treatment facilities for successfully enrolling people suffering from addiction in their treatment programs. During the hearing, Walden stressed the need to ensure patients and families are not taken advantage of when seeking treatment for opioid use disorder....

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