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Washington pulp mill plans to turn straw into paper

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - A pulp mill is under construction in southeast Washington that plans to give farmers in the state and in eastern Oregon another option to sell their leftover wheat straw.The East Oregonian reports that Columbia Pulp began construction late last month on a new plant near Starbuck, Washington, which will make wood-free pulp for paper products. The mill will pay for farmers' straw that might otherwise be burned or plowed into the ground.

Bighorn sheep jumps off hill, lands on car in Washington

CHELAN, Wash. (AP) - A driver in Washington state escaped injury when a bighorn sheep jumped from a hillside and landed on his car.The Washington State Patrol says the driver was near the town of Chelan in central Washington on Tuesday when he saw a herd of bighorn sheep on the hillside above the roadway.One of the animals, a ewe, jumped and smashed the car's windshield.The driver was not hurt and managed to pull his car over.The sheep died.