Miaoli County farmers create field painting for Mother’s Day

Farmers in Yuanli Township in Miaoli County have created a rice field “painting” dedicated to mothers ahead of Mother’s Day, and it will last to early July, the Yuanli Township Farmers’ Association says. The rice isn’t actually painted, the association pointed out, but rather is created by using five different varieties of rice producing different colors. A viewing platform was constructed, and opened in mid-April, and the peak viewing season will be from May to early July. The association has

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Snitches get riches reporting cigarette butt littering in Miaoli County

The Miaoli County Environmental Protection Bureau announced today that it has already received reports of 10,994 littering cases of which 90% consisted of dropping cigarette butts via the “Incentive Measures for Violation of Waste Clearance Cases” system this year. Two informants reported more than 800 cases of littering in a single month, and if every case results in a fine, each of those two informants will have earned more than NT$384,000 (US$13,672). The calculation is based on a fine of

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Cannabis chocolate grow-op busted in Miaoli County

Miaoli County district prosecutors and the Criminal Investigation Bureau raided a property in Zhunan Township, Thursday, September 5, and arrested four men involved in growing marijuana which they processed into chocolate products. According to a report in Liberty Times, the police were astonished to find that the men did not sell the leaves and flowers of the plant to be smoked, but rather processed it into edible products. Investigators seized 220 mature cannabis plants, 11 seedlings, a quantity of seeds,

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One person slightly injured after boulder falls on car

A woman suffered a slight head injury today after a large rock fell onto a moving car on route 62 in Miaoli County today, partially destroying the car, and causing it to crash into the mountainside. A couple had visited a hot springs resort and were heading home in a small hatchback at around 5:00pm, when a rock hit the car’s left-rear, sending the car out of control. Firefighters who attended the crash provided first aid and sent the 44-year-old

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10 Vehicle Freeway Pile-up: 1 Dead, 3 Injured

One man died and eight people were injured after an accident involving 10 vehicles on National Freeway 3 in Miaoli County late this afternoon, September 25. According to reports in Apple Daily and United Daily News this evening, at around 5:25pm, a multi-vehicle crash occurred at the 137.3km mark in the northbound lanes involving 3 large trucks, a small truck, and six cars. One vehicle was crushed under a truck, trapping the occupants. A slightly injured five-month pregnant woman was

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Cat Survives being Shot with Crossbow

A cat in Dahu Township, Miaoli County survived being shot with a crossbow bolt several days ago, and police said they found no evidence to positively link the shooting with a suspect neighbor. At around 9:00am, August 2, the owner of the cat heard it crying in the living room, and found the cat, “Ginger,” had a crossbow bolt protruding from its left shoulder. The cat was rushed to a veterinarian who removed the crossbow bolt. Fortunately, the weapon had

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Woman Shot Dead in Hunting Accident

A woman died this morning after being accidentally shot in the head by her boyfriend while hunting in Miaoli County last night. Mr Chen, 62, an aboriginal from the Amis ethnic group, accompanied by his 62 year-old girlfriend, Ms Lin, and a male cousin, went to Sanwan mountain district in Miaoli County late last night to hunt using spotlights and two homemade shotguns. At around 11:00pm, Chen spotted the reflective eyes of an animal around 100 meters away and fired

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Patrol Car Hit while Running Red Light: Forgot to turn on Siren

A police car escorting an ambulance and a civilian car was hit by another car while running a red light in Miaoli County last night. According to Apple Daily, the police officers had forgotten to turn on the siren. Earlier in the evening, officers had received a report from concerned family members that a 38 year old man named Lee intended to commit suicide. Police located the man’s car near Jiuwenshui Bridge, and found Lee in the riverbed at around

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New Year Fireworks Suspected Cause of Fire in Miaoli County

[Picture: appropriated from Apple Daily, source unattributed] Two adjacent recycling centers went up in flames shortly after midnight in Miaoli County, New Years Day, 2018. Residents suspected fireworks were the cause of the conflagration, but the fire department said investigations were ongoing. At around 1:00 am this morning, firefighters responded to calls reporting a fire in Zhunan Township. Large amounts of waste paper, plastics, and other combustible materials created an intense blaze that spread quickly. Due to much of the

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Australian Redclaw Crayfish now Made in Taiwan

Some aquaculture farmers in Miaoli County, facing declining prices in the mitten crab market, and competition in the Thai shrimp market, are switching to raising Australian red claw crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus). Media reports today, including this Apple Daily story quoted a crayfish farmer, Mr Peng, who said that the meat of the Australian crayfish is superior to Thai shrimp in taste and texture. The crayfish don’t have a fishy taste and can be boiled, stir-fried, or used as an ingredient

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