• T.J. Burnham

    Washington Wine Interests Drive For New Industry Self-Help Dollars

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on April 30, 2013

    I get a kick out of ag's never ending effort to continue to finance its own industry. While there are numerous examples I could pull up of this, the latest on my desk announces the Washington wine industry Annual Cup Race golf tournament. The money goes to advancing research, education and leadership in the business. The 13th  such annual event will be held at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland on July 15. If you want to tee up, go to www.washingtonwindfoundation.org or…

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    $22,000 Left in Oregon's Wolf Loss Compensation Account

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on April 23, 2013

    With less than $25,000 left in Oregon's Wolf Depredation  & Prevention Program bank, livestock owners who sustain confirmed kills by the pack can  look forward to little compensation. Meanwhile, the Oregon wolf pack is alive, well and hungry as it continues to  move throughout livestock lands at will, despite the efforts of a few  range riders paid by the fund to keep an eye on  the predators. Those who think the return of the wolf is a nice thing…

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    When Stress And Worry Cloud Our Outlook

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on April 16, 2013

    We all get pressed by the regular flow of life and often become prisoners of our own clouded perspective. For example, I missed almost a week of work of late due to a combination of every disease known to man, then when I returned to my desk, I was stressed out thinking how difficult it was going to be to catch up with that never-relenting deadline. As I fretted and wrung my hands before my shrine, my computer, I happened to glance over at my digital photo frame and see an old shot…

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    Falling Arches Remind Of Permanence Of Change

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on April 9, 2013

    As we age, we see more of the icons of our younger years fade away, usually with melancholy, often with shock. They're tearing down all the McDonald's arches and replacing the fast food joints with boxy, less nostalgic architecture. As a child laborer at one of the first of these iconic landmarks back in the '50s, I could never imagine a world without the Golden Arches. But they've gone the way of Montgomery Wards, big fin Chevys, Greyhound busses for the most part…

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    Colors Of April Bloom With Spirit Of Summer, Drought

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on April 2, 2013

    Daffodils and tulips are creating a rainbow glow of spring and I sense that summer is yearning to bud out. I'm ready. Never a short days and dark season fan, I long for the 9:30 p.m. sunsets of the Pacific Northwest when you can go on long one-day drives to the ocean or mountains and return still in the light. There's a farmer in my soul that likes the season of the sun. Actually, I haven't met many winter folks who like to be cloistered in their warm homes while the wind…

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