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Page 17 Hells Canyon Journal June 6, 2001 The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, U.S.A., in the Rocky Mountains and the Far West, 1843 so the salmon at their allot- and frequent rapids gradu- by Washington Irving ted seasons, regulated by a ally renders them thin and The Salmon River is one ofsublime and all-seeing Provi- weak, and great numbers are the upper branches of the dence, swarm in myriads up seen floating down the river Oregon or Columbia and the great river and find their on their backs. As the season takes its rise from various way up their main branches, advances and the water be- sources among a group of and into the minutest tribu- comes chilled, they are flung mountains to the northwesttary streams so as to pervade in myriads on the shores, of the Wind River chain. It the great arid plains and to where the wolves and bears owes its name to the immense penetrate even among bar-assemble to banquet on them. shoals of salmon which as-renmountains. Thus wander- Often they rot in such quan- cend in the months of Sep-ingtribesarefedinthedesert tities along the riverbanks as tember and October. The places of the wilderness,to taint the atmosphere. They salmon on the west side ofwhere there is no herbage for are commonly from two to the Rocky Mountains are, like the animals of the chase, and three feet long. the buffalo on the easternwhere, but for these periodi- plains, vast migratory sup- cal supplies, it would be im- (Editor's note: Washington plies for the wants of man, possible for man to subsist. Irving, the famous 19th cen- that come and go with the The rapid currents of thetury author of THE LEGEND OF seasons. As the buffalo inrivers whichrunintothePa-SLEEPY HOLLOW, also wrote countless throngs find their cificrenderthe ascent of them about the explorations of the certain way in the transient very exhausting to the American West. Ourthanksto pasturage on the prairies,salmon. When the fish first Carol Colpitts of Ea ,le Valley along the fresh banks of the run up the rivers, they are fat for suggesting we share this rivers, and up every alley and and in fine order. The struggle early description of our area green defile of the mountains, against impetuous streamswith the JOURNAL'S readers.) Value of Oregon Agriculture Up Slightly in 2000 Oregon agriculture's value of production increased slightly in 2000 as some com- modities showed strength while others continued to struggle. The mixed bag of results reflects the overall diversity of the state's agri- culture and highlights many of the troubles farmers and ranchers are facing. The total value of produc- tion for Oregon agriculture in 2000 was $3.55 billion, ac- cording to the Oregon Agri- cultural Statistics Service (OASS). That's a 4.1 percent increase from 1999's total production value of $3.41 bil- lion. "While it is good to see the total dollar figure increase this past year, there are many producers whose difficulties are not easily captured by the numbers," says Phil Ward, director of the Oregon De- partment of Agriculture. "Be- yond that bottom line figure for Oregon agriculture are farmers and ranchers throughout the state who are finding it difficult to make money." Greenhouse and nursery Oregon has seen a slow products remained Oregon'sbut steady increase in agri- top ranked commodity for the cultural production value for seventh year in a row. At $611 13 of the past 15 years. Re- million, no other commodity flecting the nationaleconomy has ever held more produc-in general, that growth is tion value. Cattle and calves slowing down. But there is an held steady at number two even bigger factor that ex- with a healthy 27 percent in- plains why so many produc- crease over 1999's production ers are having such a tough value. Wheat and onions also time. showed significant increases Rising energy costs, labor this past year, although nei- cots, and input costs have re- ther are anywhere near their sulted in a bigger bite taken respectivevalueofafewyearsout of any paycheck farmers ago. Top ten commodities that and ranchers receive. That showed a drop last year in- trend is not expected to cluded grass seed, hay, milk change when the 2001 num- and pears, bers are tabulated. Pine Eagle Clinic May Have the Medication You Need in Stock. If we don't stock it, we'll get it. Many major prescription plans and co-pays accepted. Most common antibiotics, allergy and pain medications in stock SHOP LOCALLY/ 5 Flower Baskets Return Photo by Patti Walker FOREST GREGORY, the new coordinator of the of the Halfway Community Improvement Project, puts up one of the season's first flower baskets in down- town Halfway. Business owners pay $8.00 per bas- ket, and youth groups, which care for the plants throughout the summer, earn money for watering and maintaining the baskets through the Pine Eagle United Youth Fund. 9 '!! i : : :/ :~//'/ii/; Houri, $Ls. 4p. CI .II 0 fro" hmeh ....... 742- 25 .... II lill I [ I III II IJl III Ifi