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Ramon Quezada, 39, a supervisor at Alford Farms north of Pasco, loves to whistle while he works. But the potatoes this year are hard to sing about: the heat caused them to grow into weird shapes, at lower densities and lower internal quality will make them harder to store over the winter

Strange Harvest: Weird-Shaped Potatoes, Melons That Won’t Keep And No Moisture To Plant Wheat

Now that fall’s here, Northwest farmers are taking account of their summer work and crops. And they’re planning for their next harvest. But this summer’s drought and heat twisted things up. A day-trip up Taylor Flats Road in Franklin County quickly shows some of the heat’s major damage. Continue Reading Strange Harvest: Weird-Shaped Potatoes, Melons That Won’t Keep And No Moisture To Plant Wheat

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Krista Ann Patterson owns Northwest Paddleboarding in Richland, Washington. She’s unable to rent paddleboards for use on the Columbia River near her shop because the area’s been closed due to a toxic algae bloom.

Columbia River Toxic Algae: Experts Say Fix What’s Causing It

Health officials are testing Tri-Cities, Washington drinking water twice a week for toxic algae since a half-dozen dogs were sickened or died recently after being on the Columbia River. And the rivershore is closed in Howard Amon Park in Richland. But toxic algae is a nationwide problem, and we still have much to learn. Continue Reading Columbia River Toxic Algae: Experts Say Fix What’s Causing It

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Ocean Shores firefighter/EMT Kara McDermott spends more time than usual behind to wheel of these ambulances as overwhelmed hospitals routinely divert incoming transports.

Trickle-Down Effects From Overcrowded Hospitals: Ambulances Scarce And A House Burns

The overcrowded hospitals we’ve been telling you about for weeks are having ripple effects out into the community — some you could predict and some which are a little more startling. Take for example a fire that gutted a house in Ocean Shores, expensive airlifts from Leavenworth, Washington, and slow response times for ambulance transports in Portland. Continue Reading Trickle-Down Effects From Overcrowded Hospitals: Ambulances Scarce And A House Burns

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