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Winter Eagles soar over Klickitat River; garden workshops at Goldendale Grange

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One beautiful sight this time of year is seeing all the bald eagles along the Klickitat River. You can almost stop anywhere along the river, and if you look real hard you may see an immature (brown) or mature (black/white) eagle. And, to see a few for sure, go down to Lyle, at Balfour-Klickitat Day Use Park just off Hwy. 14 onto the old Hwy. 8, drive only one-quarter mile up the road to the rest area and then take a walk to the small inlet, but don’t forget your camera. Check it out at this website: http://www.columbiariverhighway.com/hiking/balfour-klickitat-day-use.htm.

Gorge Grown Food Network, Washington State University-Klickitat County Extension, and the Goldendale Farmers’ Market are co-sponsoring a day of free workshops geared toward vegetable farmers, Market vendors, and avid gardeners on Jan. 14, at the Goldendale Grange  on Darland Street, in Goldendale. Three workshops will be offered covering season extension, fruit tree pruning, and garden tool maintenance.

The day begins with a season extension course from 10 a.m. to noon, featuring local farmers Hank and Alison Chausee. The course is designed to support beginning farmers and farmers’ Market vendors wishing to expand their growing season with practical, low-cost methods. Serious home gardeners and homesteaders will also benefit from the course. Hank and Alison will cover cold frame construction, low-tunnel construction, growing techniques, and planting schedules for an extended season. Season extension can increase profits and extend seasonal cash flow for farmers.

People with home orchards can learn more about tree care with Janiece Lancaster’s fruit tree pruning class at 12:30 p.m. She will also discuss garden tool maintenance at 1:15 p.m.

Seating is limited, so  please register with Judy Shinn, Goldendale Farmers’ Market Manager,  (jushinn@gorge.net) or phone (509-261-0782).  Bring a sack lunch.

Farmers’ Markets throughout the Gorge are planning to start earlier and continue later in the 2012 season.   Updates on additional educational opportunities are announced through the Gorge Grown Food Network E-news. Sign-up is available at http://www.gorgegrown.org.

KLCK Talk Shows for the coming week are; Brian Wanless on Thursday, Jan. 12, informing you about the A.A.R.P. Taxwise Team, beginning at 9 a.m. For next Tuesday morning, the Klickitat County Commissioners will be heard live from the courthouse with their monthly update.

Jack Bostick’s famous weather trivia for December 2011 is:  High temp: 51.3 degrees on Dec. 28; low temp. 11.1 degrees on Dec. 13; Dec. mean temp. 30.6 degrees; high wind gust 27 MPH on Dec. 30; we had snow on one day, totaling 1 inch; precipitation for the month, 2.49 inches.

There will be no school on Monday, Jan. 16, in remembrance of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.

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