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Glance at the Past 6-1-14

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South Bend High School won the Class B boys’ state track championship with Kittitas after both teams tied with 50 points. Members of South Bend’s state winning team include head coach Steve Lazelle, Eric Trent, Josh Lorton, Jesse Eang, Evin Bodle, Jason Carey, Justin Lorton, assistant coach Gary Wilson, and Franky Pickernell.

twenty years ago – 1994.

Bigger hay supplies no help to Willapa Valley dairymen

Dairy farmers in Willapa Valley could be paying more for alfalfa hay again this year due to lower quality of first cutting production in eastern Washington.

Doug Hasslen, state statistician for the Department of Agriculture, said the price of alfalfa was $94 a ton in march and increases are likely throughout the summer. The cost was $86 per ton for alfalfa last year at the same time.

Doug Crawford, a Valley dairy farmer, said he and other Valley farmers paid $140 a ton for hay to feed their cows through the winter months.

He also bought some competitively priced grass silage raised locally to offset the higher prices for alfalfa.

Crawford, like many Valley dairy producers, puts the cows into pastures during the summer months, but must rely on other sources of feed from October to early April. He bought 800 tons of hay from growers in eastern Washington last year.

thirty years ago – 1984.

Weyerhaeuser sawmill takes another week off

Slow markets and high inventories have put three-fourths of Weyerhaeuser Co.’s employees at the Raymond sawmill out of work this week, company spokesman Doug Mahurin said.

About 100 workers too yesterday off without pay and they will not work today, Thursday, or Friday, Mahurin said. The workers will be paid for last Monday, Memorial Day, which they also took off, he said.

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