Tag Archives: State of Washington

Jayne: Oregon’s hare-brained to want to toll Washington drivers

For some reason, it calls to mind Wile E. Coyote. When you can’t catch Road Runner, you drop an anvil on him from atop a cliff. Or strap yourself to a rocket. Or purchase some jet-propelled roller skates from Acme Corporation. When you are this clever, after all, what could possibly go wrong? So it […]
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Washington state added to fisheries disaster legislation

Relief is making its way from Washington, D.C., to coastal communities facing economic hardship from tough fishing seasons. U.S. Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, and Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, have tacked $20 million for Washington state fishery disasters onto a federal spending bill. Source: Washington state added to fisheries disaster legislation – Local News – […]
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Tour touts benefits of keeping USDA grants

A tour highlights how farms used USDA grants that the White House argues should be eliminated. A farm tour in northwest Washington Monday showcased the rippling economic gains from USDA grants, which the White House says the government shouldn’t be handing out. The Northwest Agriculture Business Center, which helps farms apply for grants, organized stops […]
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Farmers bank on the value of wetlands (WA)

Land drained long ago in Western Washington for agriculture is now being cultivated into wetlands. The Morgan family’s land, bordered by rivers and nearly surrounded by housing and other developments in fast-growing southwestern Washington state, has been a dairy, ranch and tree farm. Someday soon, it will produce a new cash crop: wetlands. Source: Farmers […]
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Fate Of Pacific Northwest Orcas Tied To Having Enough Columbia River Salmon

What does the next decade hold for killer whales that share the Puget Sound with millions of people and just a fraction of the salmon that historically were the beloved sea mammals; main food source. Editor’s note: Research, tenacious advocates and $16 billion have lifted Columbia salmon from the brink of extinction. But the Northwest has […]
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Northwest salmon are the stuff of legends. Despite millions, the species struggles to survive. Can we save them — and at what price?

The salmon of the Northwest are the stuff of legends.Pioneers talked of rivers so thick that they were tempted to cross on the backs of the fish. When Meriwether Lewis led his band of explorers through the Northwest in 1805, he marveled in his journal of “almost inconceivable” numbers of salmon. Source: Northwest salmon are […]
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Washington AG targets chemical ‘incredibly important’ to farmers

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has joined a handful of East Coast states in a lawsuit to ban the widely used insecticide chlorpyrifos. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has joined the fight to ban the country’s most widely used insecticide, a chemical the USDA said has successfully warded off unpredictable pests for more than 50 […]
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Oil tanker runs aground near Skamokawa

An oil tanker ran aground near Skamokawa, Washington, Thursday morning. The Argent Cosmos lost the use of a fuel pump and ran aground around 6:30 a.m. before notifying the U.S. Coast Guard. The Panamanian-flagged tanker is carrying 1.63 million gallons of ethanol, 6.65 million gallons of glycol, 458,074 gallons of high-sulfur oil and 99,064 gallons […]
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Newhouse drops “save the dams” bill 

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in Congress aimed at saving the Snake River dams in Washington state. The bill — introduced by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers with Rep. Dan Newhouse, both R-Wash., and others — would keep in place the Federal Columbia River Biological Opinion, or BiOp, until 2022. It’s a plan created by a […]
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Temperature changes raise falling number worries

Recent temperature fluctuations in Eastern Washington have wheat researchers worried about the possibility of falling number problems again this year. Rapidly changing temperatures have Northwest researchers worried about the possibility of falling number problems in this year’s wheat crop. Source: Temperature changes raise falling number worries – – Capital Press