Need to dump your load? Rexius recently raised its minimum dump fee for yard debris and wood scraps from $2 to $5. Lane Forest Products tells us they still have a minimum dump fee of $2.50 but it will go up to $4 this fall. So the choice is mostly a matter of convenience, drive time and quality of service. How about buying yard and garden products? The two companies offer some unique products, and some that are the same. Both sell hemlock bark but Lane Forest’s hemlock is a buck a yard cheaper. Most rock products are also a bit cheaper at Lane Forest. Both companies post their latest price charts on their websites.
About 128,000 Oregon workers will get a raise in 2013 when Oregon’s hourly minimum wage will go up 15 cents. The current minimum wage of $8.80 will go to $8.95. “A rise in the minimum wage is good news for workers and Oregon’s economy,” says Jason Gettel of the Oregon Center for Public Policy. “It helps the lowest-paid workers make ends meet, and helps the Oregon economy when the workers spend those extra dollars in local businesses.” OCPP calculates that the increase means an additional $312 a year for a family with one full-time minimum wage worker. At $8.95 an hour, an Oregon full-time minimum wage worker will earn $18,616 next year, an amount below the 2012 federal poverty guideline for a family of three ($19,090).
Locally owned Coastal Farm & Ranch has offered to match dollar-for-dollar any donations to restart Lane County 4-H programs, up to $30,000, with a deadline of Sept. 30. The program needs about $60,000 to re-start. Visit the Eugene store at 2200 W. 6th Ave. for details or go online at oregon4hfoundation.org and designate Lane County when making donations.
We hear Rivers Turn Farm is celebrating the fall harvest Saturday, Sept. 22, with a fruit pressing and some good deals on fresh fruit for canning or drying. Find the farm at 31139 Lanes Turn Road a few miles north of Coburg. Owners are Marsha and John Sundquist.
The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides is now taking reservations for its fourth annual Evening with NCAP fundraiser and dinner Oct. 6 at the Vet’s Club Ballroom, 16th and Willamette St. See http://wkly.ws/1cr for early-bird ticket sales. More than 60 local and regional businesses and nonprofits have donated goods and services to be auctioned.