Port slowdowns hurt Wash. apple exports

An empty container ship is moored at the Port of Seattle's seaport and in view of stacked containers ashore on the Duwamish Waterway, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in Seattle. Labor woes at major West Coast seaports are slowing exports of the record crop of Washington apples and endangering big Christmas season shipments of the fruit to Central American nations. Delays in deliveries of apples, autos, iPhones and other products are part of a labor dispute between longshoremen and operators of 29 West Coast ports as they try to hammer out a new contract. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SALEM, Ore. — The Washington apple industry is losing tens of millions of dollars weekly in sales because of the longshoremen’s work slowdown at West Coast ports over contract negotiations.

Little church at Howe marks over 100 Christmases

Kathy Corgatelli NeVille / for Farm & Ranch
Members of the Little Lost River Bible Church congregation in Howe load shoebox gifts into a car Nov. 23 for distribution from their building that was built in 1974. At right in the background is the original church built in about 1955. From left are Ann Lagomarsino, Candace Shayman, Lyn Stauffer and Elizabeth Andreason, all of Howe. The congregation donated 57 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Sponsored by Samaritan's Purse, each shoebox gives children an opportunity to learn about the Good News of Jesus Christ, as well as receiving a Christmas present, according to the Rev. Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse.

HOWE — The year was 1911 when a small group of Christian ranching and farming families decided they needed a place to worship Jesus Christ.

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