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WSU offers $15.7 million in wage increases for academic student employees

PULLMAN — Academic student employees on assistantships would see an average wage increase of at least 20% under the latest proposal offered by Washington State University as labor negotiations continued ahead of a …

Updated 3 weeks, 3 days ago
WAEF marks 30 years

WENATCHEE — The Washington Apple Education Federation celebrated its 30th birthday this month, according to an announcement from the organization. The anniversary commemorates three decades of shaping the future…

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
State paying out $40M-plus to families after price-fixing lawsuit

OLYMPIA — Thousands of Washington households will receive a little extra money, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced in a Dec. 6 press conference. The payouts are the result of price-fixing lawsuits b…

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Basin Business Journal commodity report for Nov. 22, 2023

Commodity prices in the Basin

Updated 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Chemical processor fined nearly $480,000 for exposing workers to toxic gases

TUMWATER — A manufacturing company in Moses Lake that works with dangerous chemicals is facing nearly $480,000 in fines for safety violations, according to a statement from the Washington State Department of Labor …

Updated 5 months, 1 week ago
Energy Dept. awards Washington $23.4 million for electric infrastructure

OLYMPIA — On Sept. 5, Washington state received a $23.4 million Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to modernize the electric grid and reduce impacts due to extre…

Updated 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Yakima orchards pay back wages to improperly paid workers

TUMWATER — The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries announced July 12 that the owners of two Yakima orchards have paid $500,000 in back wages and interest to more than 400 workers. “Farmworkers do…

Updated 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Basin Business Journal commodity report for July 21, 2023

Here's how agricultural commodity prices have changed in the last month:

Updated 7 months, 3 weeks ago
As fuel taxes plummet, states weigh charging by the mile

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Evan Burroughs has spent eight years touting the virtues of an Oregon pilot program charging motorists by the distance their vehicle travels rather than the gas it guzzles, yet his own mother still…

Updated 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Wenatchee port commissioner named to WSTC

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Janet “JC” Baldwin of Wenatchee to fill an open seat on the Washington State Transportation Commission, according to an announcement from the WSTC. Baldwin is a small busines…

More than $6 million in grants awarded to strengthen Washington state’s local food system
WSDA has awarded $6.3 million in Local Food System Infrastructure Grants to support local food system infrastructure, supply chains, and market access for farms, food processors, food distributors, and meat processors.
Eradication proposed for invasive spongy moth
WSDA is proposing to treat over 2,000 acres in Thurston and Skagit counties for spongy moth in 2024.
WSDA seeks consent to treat properties for Japanese beetle
The Washington State Department of Agriculture is seeking consent from residents in Yakima, Benton and Franklin counties to treat target properties for the invasive Japanese beetle.
Annual invasive pest hunt concludes
The Washington State Department of Agriculture has concluded its annual search for invasive pests. No northern giant hornets were detected for the second year in a row.
State vets office gives update on canine respiratory disease
With recent reports of an unidentified canine illness increasing across the nation, the Washington State Veterinarian is encouraging dog owners to be vigilant to keep their animals safe and healthy.