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Japanese Americans recount their experiences at WWII farm camp in Nyssa
When Idaho Gov. Chase Clark declared in a speech in Grangeville in May 1942 that Japanese "live like rats and act like rats," it sent shudders through imprisoned Japanese American citizens asked to volunteer for a farm labor camp being organized just across the Snake River in Nyssa, Ore. Already, residents of Vale, 20 miles northwest of Nyssa, had threatened violence against any Japanese Americans considering voluntarily leaving the West Coast and settling in their community.
Vale and Nyssa in eastern Oregon have too much arsenic in water
In one, Vale, city officials say that a demonstration plant built in 2005 to deal with arsenic isn't up to snuff, the Ontario Argus Observer reports. In the other town, Nyssa, design work is underway for a $6 million plant it hopes will bring the arsenic levels into compliance.
5-year-old girl dies in head-on crash
A 5-year-old girl died and five other people were injured in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 20 northwest of Caldwell. The Idaho State Police say 24-year-old Jimmie Urrutia of Nyssa, Oregon, crossed the center line at 5:18 p.m. Saturday and collided head-on with a vehicle driven by 34-year-old Saul Monreal of Caldwell.
Growers face water issues, onions endure
Even without considering the potential change in water quality and testing rules set by the Food and Drug Administration, onion growers in the Idaho and eastern Oregon region have water concerns on their minds.
Strong demand, quality expected for Treasure Valley onions
Grower-shippers in Eastern Oregon and Idaho's Treasure Valley expect strong demand for high-quality onions at the beginning of the season.