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Mother Nature lends a helping hand and boosts Malheur County snow packs

December proved to be a good month for snow pack which, in turn, could help fill reservoirs like the Owyhee before the planting and harvest season rolls around. (The Enterprise/File).

VALE – Good news, bad news.

That is the theme of the most recent water and snowpack report from the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The good news is a spate of December snowstorms delivered ample amounts of the cold stuff on the mountains of eastern Oregon, including the peaks that feed the Malheur and Owyhee basins.

Both of those basins will provide this year’s spring and summer water for Malheur County’s multimillion-dollar agriculture industry.

As of Jan. 1, the snowpack level for both the two basins stood at 116 percent of normal. That is a sharp rise from the 42 percent . . .