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Rukke named acting pipeline safety director

LACEY, Wash. — The Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission has named Scott Rukke acting director of the commission’s pipeline safety division, according to a commission press release. Rukke, w...

Updated 3 months ago
Judge fines company for fraudulent business letters

SEATTLE — A King County Superior Court ordered two companies and their owners on Nov. 1 to pay $24.8 million in penalties after sending over 230,000 deceptive letters to small business owners in violation of the ...

Updated 3 months, 1 week ago
AWB honors exceptional Washington employers

TACOMA — The Association of Washington Business presented its top awards to 13 employers Thursday at the annual Evening of Excellence during a gala ceremony at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. “It is our ...

Updated 4 months, 4 weeks ago
Self-pollinating plant shows rapid loss of genetic variation

PULLMAN — Without bumble bees, a flowering plant that can self‑pollinate lost substantial genetic variation within only nine generations, an experimental study found. A group of “selfing” monkeyflower plants los...

Updated 5 months ago
WineVit conference set for February

CASHMERE — The WineVit 2023 conference will be held Feb. 6-9 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, according to a press release from the Washington Winegrowers Association. The annual three-day eve...

Updated 5 months ago
State of the spuds: Potato harvest looking up

COLUMBIA BASIN — The state of the taters is, well, pretty darn good this year. “The potato harvest is definitely a lighter crop than what we’re historically used to,” said Dale Lathim, executive director of Pota...

Updated 6 months ago
Ag officials warn against rabbit virus

OLYMPIA — Officials with the Washington State Department of Agriculture have confirmed the presence in the state of yet another highly infectious animal disease with the discovery of two cases of rabbit hemorrhag...

Updated 6 months, 3 weeks ago
‘What cherry harvest?’ Growers report drastic drop in yield

ROYAL CITY — There are short and long crops in the tree fruit business, good and bad years, and then there are those years, those harvests, the ones few growers – if any – remember fondly. The 2022 Pacific Northw...

Updated 8 months ago
State regulators charge PacifiCorp with failure to plan

LACEY — The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, the body that regulates the state’s utilities, has filed a complaint against Oregon-based utility PacifiCorp for failing to consider the social cost...

Updated 8 months, 1 week ago
Washington company develops special shoes for people with diabetes

REDMOND — A Washington-based maker of remote sensors for health care has teamed up with a Florida-based maker of protective footwear for people with diabetes to create shoes that can monitor diabetic ulcers and h...

Japanese beetle eradication efforts detailed at virtual open house March 21
Following up on the in-person open house held earlier this month, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is hosting a virtual open house on Tuesday, March 21 at noon to share information about its plans to eradicate the invasive Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica).
Japanese beetle eradication efforts detailed at in-person open house March 9
Residents in the Grandview and Wapato areas are invited to attend an open house about Japanese Beetle treatments from 5 - 7 p.m. on March 9.
WSDA now accepting seafood processors pandemic response and safety grant applications
WSDA is now accepting applications for the second round of grant distribution for the Washington Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Grant.
Benton County flock tests positive for bird flu; flock owners encouraged to self-report
A Benton County flock owner reported sudden death of multiple birds in their small domestic flock earlier this week. The National Veterinarian Services Laboratory (NVSL) confirmed HPAI H5N1 results early this morning, February 10.
Japanese beetle quarantine boundaries expanded by emergency rule
On December 15, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) filed an emergency rule to expand the boundaries of the internal quarantine of Japanese beetle. The internal quarantine is part of a three-pronged effort to eradicate the invasive pest in Washington state.