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2010-08-19 07:00:00

NEWBERG, Ore., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- West Coast Bank is a major prize and award sponsor of the first Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon in Yamhill County. Race day is Sunday, September 5,( )2010, preceded and followed by a full slate of activities including catered food, wine tasting, music and games. Regional President Dave Hansen said, "This inaugural Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon will draw hundreds of visitors to the gorgeous Willamette Valley, which is recognized as one...

2009-10-16 09:25:42

A newly recognized pest in Oregon continues to concern fruit growers and researchers with the recent discovery of a Spotted Wing Drosophila fly in a sample of Willamette Valley wine grapes. Since the tiny fly, Drosophila suzukii, was first confirmed in Oregon less than two months ago, there have been an increasing number of reports of its occurrence in a variety of fresh fruits, including blueberries, peaches, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, plums "“ and now grapes, according...

2009-04-27 18:42:00

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., April 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- When the Salem Statesman Journal's 400,000 readers responded to a web-site survey of favorite businesses, West Coast Bank was voted the number one bank in the Mid-Willamette Valley. Regional President Ken Jundt manages 29 West Coast Bank branches, including 19 in the Willamette Valley. He said, "West Coast Bank's employees treat their customers with the respect and value they deserve. They willingly volunteer their time while the company...

2009-03-04 08:03:52

Scientists urge planning now to curb risks to human health, buildings and the Oregon region's ecologyEffects of climate change projected this century for Oregon's Upper Willamette River Basin, including Eugene-Springfield, will threaten water supplies, buildings, transportation systems, human health, forests, and fish and wildlife, according to a report produced by the University of Oregon's Climate Leadership Initiative and the National Center for Conservation Science & Policy.The...

2008-10-12 09:00:23

By RYAN KOST By Ryan Kost The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. Pioneering Oregon winemaker David Lett, widely considered the father of Oregon's thriving pinot noir industry and a major force in winning worldwide respect for this state's wines, has died. He was 69. Lett died of heart failure Thursday at his home in Dundee, said his son, Jason Lett. Lett was the first to plant the pinot noir grape in Oregon's Willamette Valley, more than four decades ago. He was also the first to...

2008-09-29 03:00:24

By Jacklet, Ben Midway through the frenzy of the harvest, Oregon Wheat Growers League president Kevin Porter found himself working as truck driver for the day. His job was to lead a thousand bushels or so of wheat into a 70-foot rig, haul it off to the McNary Grain Elevator by the Columbia River, return for another load, and repeat, all day long. Out in the fields, three combines were cutting 30-foot swaths of wheat nonstop oand offloading without slowing. By day's end 10 people, 10...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.