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STEVE RINGMAN / THE SEATTLE TIMES
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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Columbia Basin farmers rejoice but some environmentalists worry over plans for a key irrigation pipeline

Orman Johnson examines potatoes in a shed where he's currently storing some 36 million in one gigantic bin. Tough times have come to many growers in North America's French fry capital. Johnson is among Othello-area farmers who have struggled to adjust their operations to dropping water levels in their irrigation wells.