Tag Archives: State of Washington

Wolf management idea makes sense

We urge the Washington Wolf Advisory Group to adopt a new categorization for predation of livestock that allows managers to more effectively handle the predators. If one follows the wolf issue long enough, occasionally a nugget of common sense appears. Such is the case with a recent suggestion the folks at the Washington State Department […]
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New technology a game changer for dairy industry

This technology is good news for the commercial dairy industry, and bad news for special interests that have been trying to shut down large-scale animal agriculture. Washington legislators last week were asked to invest in revolutionary technology that could distill cow manure into dry fertilizer and clean water, making polluted runoff from dairies a problem […]
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Washington state study: Legalization not affecting teen pot use

A state-run survey of 37,000 middle and high school students in Washington state finds marijuana legalization there has had no effect on youngsters’ propensity to use the drug. The Washington State Healthy Youth Survey found that the 2016 rate of marijuana use was basically unchanged since 2012, when the state voted to legalize marijuana for […]
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Western Innovator: Guarding plants against sneak attacks

Cindy Cooper of the Washington State Department of Agriculture helps prevent spread of plant diseases. Bugs hop from leaf to leaf nibbling and spitting Xylella fastidiosa, a plant-scorching bacterium that bedevils Europe. OSL Ed. Note: Story contains Oregon content regarding X. fastidiosa Source: Western Innovator: Guarding plants against sneak attacks – Nursery – Capital Press

Carbon Tax Keeps Popping Up In Divided Washington Legislature

President Donald Trump has made it clear climate change is not a priority for his administration, but it is still a top issue for Democratic governors and lawmakers in Washington and Oregon. In Oregon, there’s talk of a cap-and-trade system. And in Washington, the idea of a carbon tax keeps popping up as Democrats and […]
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Washington’s wolf population grew by 28 percent last year

The population of wolves in Washington state grew by 28 percent last year, with at least two new packs, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday. At the end of 2016, the state was home to a minimum of 115 wolves, 20 packs, and 10 successful breeding pairs. That’s an increase of at […]
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WDFW floats new way to count wolf attacks

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s staff has suggested considering ‘probable’ depredations in controlling wolves The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife suggested Wednesday creating a new category of wolf attacks on livestock, blurring what’s now a bright line between confirmed and probable depredations. The new category, called “qualifying depredations,” could change the way […]
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Washington declines Oregon overture on Columbia River gill-net compromise

Washington has politely, but firmly, rejected a Columbia River compromise gill-net offer made last week by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission. Source: Washington declines Oregon overture on Columbia River gill-net compromise | OregonLive.com

Port of Vancouver against oil terminal lease changes

The Port of Vancouver has delivered a blow to a proposed oil transfer terminal, coming out against a contract renegotiation requested by Vancouver Energy. Source: Port of Vancouver against oil terminal lease changes | KGW.com

Washington House passes bill on I-5 bridge replacement

Washington’s House of Representatives has passed a bill seeking to jumpstart plans for replacing the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River. Source: Washington House passes bill on I-5 bridge replacement | OregonLive.com