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February 5, 1990 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Until a few months ago, Jim Harnett jokes, the most visible part of his dual position as Orange County's agriculture commissioner and sealer of weights and measures entailed "making sure the strawberries were sweet and the scales in the groceries were right." Then the Medfly hit Orange County. Now, the career bureaucrat with a low profile finds himself thrust into the sometimes-unnerving role of local point man for the state's expanding aerial campaign against the Mediterranean fruit fly.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1990 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Until a few months ago, Jim Harnett jokes, the most visible part of his dual position as Orange County's agriculture commissioner and sealer of weights and measures entailed "making sure the strawberries were sweet and the scales in the groceries were right." Then the Medfly hit Orange County. Now, the career bureaucrat with a low profile finds himself thrust into the sometimes-unnerving role of local point man for the state's expanding aerial campaign against the Mediterranean fruit fly.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1986 | Gary Jarlson \f7
Break out the shortcake and whipped cream--strawberry days are at hand once again. Throughout the county, picking crews have begun harvesting the plump red fruit, a task that will continue into early summer. Although February usually marks the beginning of the strawberry harvest, warmer-than-usual weather this winter allowed growers to get a bit of a jump on the season as crops became ready for picking in January.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1988 | GEORGE BUNDY SMITH, Times Staff Writer
People who send packages containing fruit flies or other dangerous pests may face a year in jail, a $1,000 fine or both under a new federal law outlined in Anaheim on Tuesday. In an effort to prevent another invasion of exotic pests into California, President Reagan has signed a bill making the sending of quarantined fruits and vegetables by first-class mail a criminal offense. The law gives U.S.
BUSINESS
April 22, 1986 | JEFF ROWE, Jeff Rowe is a free-lance writer
They tend to get lost in the shadows of the high-rise buildings that often border their fields, but Orange County--once one of the state's most productive agricultural areas--still has its farmers. And in 1985, they produced $260 million worth of food and nursery products--down 3% in value from the previous year but, because of favorable weather and a strong economy, still the second best year on record, according to William Fitchen, Orange County's agricultural commissioner.
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November 21, 1989 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Mediterranean fruit fly infestation in Los Angeles County appears to have crossed over to Orange County, officials reported Monday, and the state's leading entomologist described the escalating outbreak as "grave." Orange County officials reported finding a pregnant Medfly in Brea, a city that sits just south of the county line and near the locations of other fly discoveries. Aerial pesticide spraying was ordered.
NEWS
February 6, 1985 | MARITA HERNANDEZ, Times Staff Writer
The cold temperatures of the past week have delayed harvesting of some crops in Southern California and caused citrus farmers to take protective measures against overnight frost conditions, but damage has been light, agriculture officials said Tuesday. Thus, with the National Weather Service saying the end of the cold wave is in sight, farmers seem to have escaped relatively unscathed.
BUSINESS
October 15, 1985 | JEFF ROWE
It's been a tough decade for Blair Smith. The Santa Ana farmer, one of a rapidly dwindling number of urban growers, surveys his six acres of various vegetables and tells a visitor that he can "almost guarantee that after the first of the year, this won't be here." In the last three weeks, for example, 10 developers have looked over the acreage, which was owned and farmed by Smith's parents beginning in 1907.
SPORTS
April 27, 1996 | JUDIE GLAVE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Turn on the TV any weekend and see Olympic skating star Kristi Yamaguchi. Check the Nielsen ratings and see figure skating consistently finishing in the top five sports programs. Watch new ice rinks sprout in warm climes like Phoenix, Biloxi, Miss., and St. Petersberg, Fla. Ice is hot these days, thanks to an explosion in the popularity of recreational skating, ice hockey and figure skating.
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