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Realtors donate to scholarship fund

The Rogue Valley Association of Realtors has presented a check for $12,400 to Ashland High School to fund a scholarship for a student interested in a business career. The check was presented on behalf of Ashland Realtors.

When the Ashland Board of Realtors merged with the Medford board to form the Rogue Valley Association of Realtors, a portion of the Ashland group's reserve fund was set aside for the scholarships.

Ashland Realtors have traditionally supported a scholarship at Ashland High School, said Emile Cloutier Jr., the last president of the Ashland board. We look forward to selecting our scholarship recipient each year.

Applicants must major in business in college, have an interest in learning about real estate and a 2.5 or above grade-point average.

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Group pushes for dehydrated potatoes

Fresh market potato growers and dehydrated spud makers are working together for the first time to push the flaky white product both count on for profits.

Washington, Oregon and the Idaho potato commissions, national spud organizations, and 14 of the nation's 18 dehydrators have formed a group called the Dehydrated Potato Coalition. They met recently to discuss a two-pronged effort to sell more of the product used for items like instant mashed potatoes and baked potato chips.

Three years of large crops and lower-than-expected demand from snack food makers have led to over supply. Processors have built up inventories and are slowing purchases of raw product. That means less demand and lower prices for the spuds culled from fresh market inventories that dehydrators use.