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Outages-Repairs

We have several areas of the District that are without water while we do some repairs:

  • Delivery 29 in Umatilla is off
  • Delivery 49 in Umatilla is off
  • Depot Lane lines are off
  • Irrigon 7th Street Station is off – affects west of 4th Street West
  • Irrigon 4th Street Station is off – affects 1st to 2nd St. on California
  • Lateral 9 in Boardman is off

We will keep you updated as repairs are completed.  Thank you for your patience.

Water Start-Up

Main Canal:  March 18

Boardman:  March 20

Irrigon Pressurized System:  April 1

Water start-up always depends on wind and rain, but here is our plan for 2016.  The main canal will be watered up March 18 & 19.  Water would come in to flush the upper canal on Friday, March 18, then be decreased briefly for checkboards to be placed.  We would take the water into Boardman a few days later.

Canal Irrigators:  Please have all your headgate and screen work completed by Friday morning, March 18.

Irrigon Pressurized System:  Plan for start-up Friday, April 1.  Watch reader board at AC Houghton and website as date gets closer.

Updates will be posted as they become available.  Please call the office with any questions, 541-922-3814

Field Superintendent Job Opening

Job Opening

Irrigation Field Superintendent: West Extension Irrigation District in Irrigon has an opening for a Field Superintendent to oversee irrigation operations.  Responsibilities include oversight of small crew, operation of equipment and operation and maintenance of distribution system.  The successful candidate will be an equipment operator, have construction skills including concrete work, have knowledge of SCADA, have considerable knowledge of pumping systems, and have crew supervisory skills.  The candidate will have the ability to prioritize labor and projects and to effectively communicate with crews, management and the public.   Being a team player is important to this job.  The successful candidate will be able to have a CDL and a public pesticide applicators license within six months.  Salary $52,000 – $55,000 DOE. Please send a resume to:  West Extension Irrigation District, P. O. Box 100, Irrigon, OR  97844;  fax 541-922-9775.  info@westextension.com.  Position open until a qualified person is hired.

 

Office Closed for Painting

PaintingWe will be painting the interior of our office and will have limited office hours this week.  It has been many years since the office was painted, and it shows.

We will be open Monday and Tuesday regular hours.

The office will be closed Wednesday – Friday for moving and painting and closed Monday, 1/11 for moving back into the office.

Please DO NOT put payments in the drop box, as the only person here during the time we are closed will be our painter.  Also, as everything will be out of the office, including our telephone, there will be no way to leave a message.  Please call back on Tuesday, January 12.

Thanks for your understanding and patience as we go through this process.

IRS Grants Tax Relief to Drought-Stricken Farmers and Ranchers in 48 States and Puerto Rico

If you are a farmer or rancher forced to sell your livestock because of the drought that affects much of the nation, special IRS tax relief may help you. The IRS has extended the time to replace livestock that their owners were forced to sell due to drought. If you’re eligible, this may help you defer tax on any gains you got from the forced sales. The relief applies to all or part of 48 states and Puerto Rico affected by the drought. Here are several points you should know about this relief:

  • Defer Tax on Drought Sales.  If the drought caused you to sell more livestock than usual, you may be able to defer tax on the extra gains from those sales.
  • Replacement Period.  You generally must replace the livestock within a four-year period to postpone the tax. The IRS can extend that period if the drought continues.
  • IRS Grants More Time.  The IRS has added one more year to the replacement period for eligible farmers and ranchers. The one-year extension of time generally applies to certain sales due to drought.
  • Livestock Sales that Apply.  If you are eligible, your gains on sales of livestock that you held for draft, dairy or breeding purposes apply.
  • Livestock Sales that Do Not Apply.  Sales of other livestock, such as those you raised for slaughter or held for sporting purposes and poultry, are not eligible.
  • Areas Eligible for Relief.  The IRS relief applies to any farm in areas suffering exceptional, extreme or severe drought conditions during any weekly period between Sept. 1, 2014, and Aug. 31, 2015. The National Drought Mitigation Center has listed all or parts of 48 states and Puerto Rico that qualify for relief. Any county that borders a county on the NDMC’s list also qualifies.
  • 2011 Drought Sales. This extension immediately impacts drought sales that occurred during 2011.
  • Prior Drought Sales.  However, the IRS has granted previous extensions that affect some of these localities. This means that some drought sales before 2011 are also affected. The IRS will grant additional extensions if severe drought conditions persist.

Get more on this relief in Notice 2015-69 on IRS.gov. This includes a list of states and counties where the IRS relief applies. For more on these tax rules see Publication 225, Farmer’s Tax Guide on IRS.gov.

Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS. These are your Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Explore your rights and our obligations to protect them on IRS.gov.

Election Update

There were 2 divisions with board positions up for election this year, Division 2-East and South of Irrigon (Abe McNamee) and  Division 4-East Boardman (Vern Frederickson).

The current board members were the only ones who turned in nominating petitions.  Therefore, according to state law, they are elected by sole nominating petition.  They will take their oath of office at the first board meeting in January 2016.