January 28, 2015
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LVCU Announces Prosser Branch Manager Retirement

Gil Shaw

Sunnyside - It is with great appreciation that LVCU announces the early retirement of Gil Shaw, effective January 31, 2015. As the Prosser Branch Manager, Gil has been a well-respected LVCU spokesperson for the past 15 years. As an active Rotarian and Chamber member, Gil has developed strong relationships within the Prosser community and our growingLVCU membership.
"We have certainly appreciated his commitment and hard work in transforming the Prosser Branch from a one person satellite office in 1999 to the well-established branch it is today" says Suzy Fonseca, President/CEO.
LVCU will honor Gil for his contributions in an Open House to be held at the Prosser branch from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30. We invite the community to stop in and extend their good wishes to Gil in his new endeavors.
Crop Insurance deadlines near
in Idaho, Oregon and Washington
Spokane USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds farmers in Idaho, Oregon and Washington that the final date to purchase or modify federal crop insurance coverage on most 2015 spring-planted crops is approaching. Farmers can also purchase the new Whole-Farm Revenue Protection option for 2015 crops.
For 2015 spring planted onions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and cabbage in Oregon and Washington, that date is February 2. The date for all other spring-seeded crops (excluding wheat in counties with fall and spring planted types) is March 16.

Public lands' surplus water rights could aid farmers, communities

By Alice Day
WNPA Olympia News Bureau
 Olympia - Farmers, private businesses and neighboring communities could have more access to water if legislators succeed in requiring state agencies to lease surplus water rights on public land.
In prior sessions, some lawmakers have tried to push through legislation allowing local communities to tap into state-held water rights. Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, prime sponsor of House Bill 1000, said his proposal is an effort to have a conversation with the agencies about potential revenue from leasing unused water rights managed by the state Department of Fish & Wildlife (DFW).
Gas prices have fallen 10.9 cents per gallon

Average retail gasoline prices in Washington have fallen 10.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.24/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,666 gas outlets in Washington. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.05/g, according to gasoline price website
Including the change in gas prices in Washington during the past week, prices yesterday were 110.0 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 49.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 39.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 124.2 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
WSU Veterinary College seeks overweight canines for free cardiac assessment

PULLMAN, Wash.—When it comes to comparative medicine, what we know to be a fact in humans may not hold true in other species, like dogs.
For instance, can overweight dogs have unhealthy hearts as a result of the excessive body fat?
We know maintaining an ideal body weight and fat percentage is important to human cardiac health but what about dogs? If they carry a few extra pounds, do they get the increased cardiac risk condition known as metabolic syndrome like people do?
These seemingly simple questions and more are the goals of another new study underway at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Veterinarian Melissa Tropf is seeking canine volunteers for a free cardiovascular exam and cardiac ultrasound.