OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday scrapped a major rewrite of the state's clean water rules, opening the door for the federal government to impose its standard on the state.Inslee, in a...
Date: 08/01/2015 | Local News
SNOHOMISH — Major repairs at the Lord Hill levee along the Snohomish River are set to begin Wednesday.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is picking up 80 percent of the $892,000 project near the city of Snohomish, the French Slough Flood Control District the remaining 20 percent.
Date: 07/29/2015 | Local News
SEATTLE — A former investigator of the sunken Arctic Rose fishing vessel says the ship went down because of damage to the hull.The Arctic Rose sank suddenly in the Bering Sea April 2001, killing all 15 men on board in one of the worst fishing disaster off Alaska in decades.
Date: 07/20/2015 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — Drought conditions are prompting state officials to prohibit or limit fishing on more than 30 rivers across Washington to help protect fish.
Date: 07/16/2015 | Northwest
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon officials have prohibited fishing or curtailed fishing hours on most rivers in the state to avoid additional stress on wild fish suffering from drought-related high water temperatures and low stream flows.
Date: 07/16/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Washington state is under a federal court order to fix hundreds of barriers built under state roads and highways that block access for migrating salmon and thus interfere with tribes’ treaty-backed right to catch fish.
Date: 07/05/2015 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — State officials are rewriting water quality rules and the update could change how Snohomish County farmers use manure lagoons.The Department of Ecology is updating permits it issues for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. Those are farms that discharge...
Date: 07/04/2015 | Local News
Opening foreign markets to American agricultural exports has provided strong returns to rural communities. When the high-quality products grown and made in rural Washington have a chance to compete on a global scale, every Washingtonian benefits.Expanded exports mean more...
Date: 06/22/2015 | Commentary
SNOHOMISH — Lourdes Margarito and dozens of people who planted blueberries on a farm here last fall say they haven't been paid for their work.A class-action...
Date: 06/18/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — A massive earth-moving project to transform low-lying farmland along the Snohomish River delta into salmon habitat could break ground in August, after more than a decade of preparation.
Date: 06/15/2015 | Local News
YAKIMA — The new director of the Washington Department of Agriculture begins his job Monday leading a staff of 750 with a budget of about $158 million.
Date: 06/14/2015 | Northwest
Warm weather could shorten an early strawberry season
Date: 06/09/2015 | Local News
Three votes yet to be taken in Congress — two in the House and one in the Senate — will have a significant impact on jobs and the economy in Washington state and for the rest of the nation.And both are meeting resistance from a bipartisan coalition in both...
Date: 06/08/2015 | Editorials
In our global economy, every state needs international trade in order to generate growth and create good jobs. But some states are especially reliant on foreign trade to maintain a robust economy; Washington is without question one of these states. That's why Washington state businesses...
Date: 06/07/2015 | Commentary
Marysville man who appears on 'Deadliest Catch' finds clarity
Date: 06/07/2015 | Life
SEATTLE — With Washington state experiencing the worst mountain snowpack in decades and a drought emergency declared two weeks ago, farmers, growers and wildlife managers are preparing for a tough summer as conditions are expected to worsen.
Date: 05/31/2015 | Northwest
An outbreak of bird flu has forced American farmers to kill millions of egg-laying chickens, 32 million in Iowa alone — hence the rise in egg prices.But why so many? Because our eggs are now produced by a handful of gigantic farms. When one of their birds gets sick,...
Date: 05/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Ladybird Johnson may have been onto something after all.During the Johnson administration, the late first lady famously fought to replace billboards with wildflowers along the nation's highways. While she was seeking to beautify America, her idea has returned, this time with...
Date: 05/24/2015 | Editorials
YAKIMA — This year’s water supply outlook for the Yakima Basin continues to decline.The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is now predicting that holders of junior water rights will receive only 44 percent of their normal water this year.
Date: 05/19/2015 | Northwest
On May 6, Snohomish County Councilmembers voted 4 to 1 to ban legal marijuana business owners from operating in the agriculturally compatible rural 5-acre zone (R5) of the county.The R5 zone is where urban sprawl meets rural protectionism, and has long been the battleground...
Date: 05/18/2015 | Commentary
The convention floor at Denver Airport's Crowne Plaza on a recent afternoon could have been the trade show for any well-established industry — gray-haired execs in conservative suits mingling with office park dads in polos and fresh-out-of-college types in brand-emblazoned...
Date: 05/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists
WARRENTON, Ore. — The Coast Guard has towed to shore a 34-foot fish boat whose operators had reported they were battling an engine room fire as they drifted at the mouth of the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington.
Date: 05/13/2015 | Northwest
LACEY — State ecology officials are considering issuing permits for emergency wells in the drought-stricken Yakima Basin.Capital Press reported that the permits would acknowledge that farmers in that area are facing a crisis.
Date: 05/09/2015 | Northwest
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A silvery fish that represents an important link in the Arctic food chain has been successfully grown in laboratory conditions, giving federal researchers a tool to learn more about the key but vulnerable species.
Date: 04/30/2015 | Northwest
Before there was a California, New England fed itself. Somehow. The soil was lousy, the climate cold and the diet limited (lots of cabbage, no avocados). At least there was plenty of water.Thanks to improved transportation, the production of fruits and vegetables followed...
Date: 04/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists
KENNEWICK — Thanks to a mild winter and warm spring, asparagus harvest is off to a record early start in central Washington.Farms in the Tri-Cities area started cutting asparagus spears as early as March 25. April 5 is considered an average start date.
Date: 04/07/2015 | Northwest
Imagine a government energy program that is such a disaster that the Environmental Working Group and the American Petroleum Institute both oppose it. The anti-poverty group ActionAid USA wants to get rid of it, as does the pro-business Competitive Enterprise Institute. Sen. Dianne...
Date: 04/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists
American consumers have more power than the FDA or the CDC to create needed and healthy changes in our food supply. For example, people have decided that they don't want farm-subsidized high fructose corn syrup in nearly every product they purchase, beyond the obvious soda and cereal,...
Date: 04/06/2015 | Editorials
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Tribal organizations and fishing groups in Alaska are urging federal fishery managers to drastically reduce the number of king salmon allowed to be inadvertently caught by commercial pollock trawlers each year.
Date: 04/02/2015 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — With recent government approval of potatoes that don’t bruise and apples that don’t brown, a new generation of genetically modified foods is headed to grocery shelves.
Date: 04/01/2015 | Northwest
YAKIMA — State water managers are looking to lease water from farmers to keep streams from running dry in the upper Yakima River Basin.
Date: 04/01/2015 | Northwest
Farms in Snohomish County serve as wedding venues
Date: 03/26/2015 | Home and Garden
TOPPENISH — State Supreme Court justices who are being asked to require farmers to pay farmworkers additional money for rest breaks focused on how practical such an arrangement would be during a public session in central Washington.
Date: 03/17/2015 | Northwest
When it comes to familiar icons, McDonald's ranks high in symbolism around the nation and the world. McDonald's is also the world's largest restaurant chain. The company deserves praise for a decision just announced that cannot have been easy to take but is important: to curtail the use...
Date: 03/15/2015 | Commentary
Forum on Snohomish County agriculture plannedThe League of Women Voters of Snohomish County invites the public to a forum on New Direction in Snohomish County Agriculture at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Everett Public Library. Panelists include Ellen Gray of...
Date: 03/12/2015 | Bizblog
Federal fisheries managers have unanimously adopted a West Coast ban on new commercial fisheries for forage fish, the little fish that big fish and seabirds depend on for food.The Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted the ban Tuesday while meeting in Vancouver, Washington.
Date: 03/10/2015 | Northwest
The Small Distilleries Fairness Act, a bill cosponsored by Rep. Rick Larsen, is a sensible, straightforward, non-controversial, needed, economic-driven piece...
Date: 03/09/2015 | Editorials
YAKIMA — Overnight temperatures dropped well below freezing in parts of eastern Washington, threatening budding trees in apple, peach and cherry orchards.
Date: 03/04/2015 | Northwest
Once Congress is through with its latest game of chicken, which threatens to shut down the Department of Homeland Security tonight, it can move on to another episode of brinkmanship as the June 30 deadline approaches to reauthorize the federal
Date: 02/27/2015 | Editorials
As things now stand, the U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees steaks, chicken thighs and eggs out of their shells. The Food and Drug Administration keeps an eye on salmon, apples and eggs in their shells.Fifteen government entities now supervise food safety, including the...
Date: 02/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists
The trick in negotiating a trade agreement with 11 other Pacific Rim nations is in securing the economic benefits of opening up trade with those countries while at the same time not weakening the environmental, labor and other laws we depend upon at home.Negotiations...
Date: 02/19/2015 | Editorials
There's a bit of tongue-in-cheek about La Conner's annual Smelt Derby, which celebrates its 50th anniversary on Feb. 28 in the Skagit Valley town on the Swinomish Channel.
Date: 02/18/2015 | Editorials
BRUNING, Neb. — Come February, the owners of Farmstead Flowers begin nurturing seedlings and preparing three acres for their cash crop reaped from April through October — cut flowers.
Date: 02/08/2015 | Nation & World
SEATTLE — The Washington state Fish and Wildlife Department says the former owner of a Jefferson County shellfish company has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for poaching more than $2 million worth of oysters and clams from state beaches.
Date: 02/07/2015 | Northwest
JUNEAU, Alaska — Fishermen in Alaska will have access to slightly more halibut this year than last.
Date: 01/31/2015 | Northwest
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Federal regulators ruled Friday that Oregon logging rules do not sufficiently protect fish and water from pollution caused by clear-cutting too close to streams, runoff from old logging roads, landslides and sites sprayed with pesticides.
Date: 01/30/2015 | Northwest
ASTORIA, Ore. — One of the West Coast’s biggest fish companies, Pacific Seafood, has told a federal judge it isn’t going through with the purchase of a Washington state processor that fishermen have challenged in an antitrust case.
Date: 01/28/2015 | Business Wire
ASTORIA, Ore. — Some commercial fishermen have won a temporary court order blocking Pacific Seafood Group from taking over Westport-based Ocean Gold Seafoods.
Date: 01/27/2015 | Business Wire
YAKIMA — A thirst for craft beer helped hop growers produce their largest crop of hops in five years.A new report from the Hop Growers of America also shows a 10 percent increase in acres harvested between 2013 and 2014.
Date: 01/24/2015 | Northwest
SALEM, Ore. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is sending $23 million to Washington state for five conservation programs, including work to preserve farmland, help fish runs and prevent soil erosion.
Date: 01/18/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — A crab fisherman featured on the “Deadliest Catch” TV show is suing his former employers over a fireworks injury he suffered aboard the Time Bandit in 2013.
Date: 01/15/2015 | Northwest
SPOKANE — A federal judge has ruled that a large industrial dairy in eastern Washington has polluted drinking water through its application, storage and management of manure, in a case that could set precedents across the nation.
Date: 01/15/2015 | Northwest
We may now have a way to eat our fish and have our jobs, too.The state Department of Ecology on Monday proposed a new water quality rule that, based on a...
Date: 01/13/2015 | Editorials
OLYMPIA — The state Department of Ecology has proposed a draft water-quality rule tied to how much fish people eat, but its adoption may depend on whether lawmakers are willing to give the agency new authority to ban certain toxic chemicals to prevent water pollution.
Date: 01/12/2015 | Northwest
PENDLETON, Ore. — Growers near Milton-Freewater have been pulling trees killed by an abrupt freeze.
Date: 01/10/2015 | Northwest
The national listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples manufactured at two separate companies led the FDA and CDC on Tuesday to broaden its warning —...
Date: 01/02/2015 | Editorials
POULSBO — A controversial proposal for a geoduck and oyster farm on Hood Canal is being pulled.The Kitsap Sun reported that according to Kitsap County planners, Scott Kimmel, the owner of New Day Fisheries, has decided not to pursue permit applications for the project.
Date: 12/27/2014 | Northwest
EVERETT — Marijuana-enterprise owners are expected to plead for their businesses at a public hearing before the Snohomish County Planning Commission on Tuesday.Neighbors who oppose pot...
Date: 12/15/2014 | Local News
Can farms and fish co-exist, and even thrive, in Snohomish County's riverways? As co-chairmen of the Snohomish Sustainable Lands Strategy, we believe the answer is yes — and that fish and farm advocates can make more progress by working together than by fighting each other as both...
Date: 12/14/2014 | Commentary
Marijuana growers worry county could pull their permits
Date: 12/12/2014 | Local News
PORTLAND, Ore. — A new study shows two dozen of Oregon’s most significant invasive noxious weeds cause an estimated annual loss of about $83.5 million to the state’s economy.
Date: 12/10/2014 | Northwest
ILWACO — A salvage crew has been unable to move a 78-foot crab boat that ran aground at the mouth of the Columbia River near Ilwaco with 3,500 gallons of diesel on board.The Coast Guard says there was no visible pollution Monday from the vessel — the Titan out of Warrenton, Oregon.
Date: 12/09/2014 | Northwest
ILWACO — The Coast Guard says a crab boat that ran aground at the mouth of the Columbia River near Ilwaco is leaking diesel fuel.The vessel was carrying 3,500 gallons of diesel but it’s unknown how much spilled. A sheen is visible on the water.
Date: 12/05/2014 | Northwest
ILWACO — The Coast Guard has escorted a commercial crab fishing vessel back to port in southwest Washington after saying it found several safety violations including expired flares and an insufficient number of survival suits.
Date: 12/01/2014 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from taking action against a massive Alaska mining project that the agency says could be catastrophic for the best run of wild salmon remaining on the planet.
Date: 12/01/2014 | Northwest
NEWPORT, Ore. — U.S. Coast Guard crews rescued five people whose fishing boat sank Saturday in the chilly Pacific waters off the Oregon coast.
Date: 11/30/2014 | Northwest
Capital PressYAKIMA — The most extensive trapping for certain wine grape pests conducted by the Washington State Department of Agriculture has resulted in a clean bill of health.
Date: 11/29/2014 | Northwest
POULSBO — Just hours into the experiment, the prognosis was grim for salmon that had been submerged in rain runoff collected from one of Seattle's busiest highways.One by one, the fish were removed from a tank filled with coffee-colored water and inspected: They were...
Date: 11/18/2014 | Local News
BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.’s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company’s oldest business partners — McDonald’s — hasn’t.
Date: 11/15/2014 | Northwest
PORTLAND, Ore. — Monsanto Co. said Wednesday it will pay nearly $2.4 million to settle a dispute with farmers in the Pacific Northwest over genetically modified wheat.
Date: 11/12/2014 | Northwest
LONE PINE, Ore. — Bernadette Grace’s trailer is hidden behind a larger trailer charred and strewn with trash. It’s far enough from the communal restroom and shower without doors, where drunks linger after dark. But close enough to the icy waters that sustain her.
Date: 11/10/2014 | Northwest
EVERETT — More flooding. Longer droughts. Warmer summers.Weather patterns of late have strayed further and further from the trusty Farmer's Almanac. That's made it harder to make a go of it in agriculture, whether as a big business or a backyard gardener.
Date: 11/06/2014 | Business
In recent weeks, we've outlined some of the budget considerations in addition to K-12 education that the Legislature is going to have to address when it convenes in January, including transportation,
Date: 11/06/2014 | Editorials
OLYMPIA — A Washington State University graduate who has spent much of his career in New Mexico has been named Washington state veterinarian.The Washington state Department of Agriculture said Monday that Joe Baker will start Nov. 3, managing the department’s Animal Health Program.
Date: 10/22/2014 | Northwest
On Wednesday, the film "Wild Reverence" will show at the Historic Everett Theatre. The film is about the decline of steelhead on the West Coast. The event is a fundraiser for the Native Fish Society. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the film starts at...
Date: 10/14/2014 | Explore NW
YAKIMA — Gary Cox plans to make hard cider from Cosmic Crisp, the new apple variety that Washington State University breeders pitch as near-perfect and uniquely homegrown in an industry crowded with new choices.
Date: 10/08/2014 | Northwest
EVERETT — Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark on Monday defended his leadership after the deadly Oso mudslide and has requested $10 million in the next state budget to better assess the risk of logging in landslide-prone areas.If Goldmark's proposal is approved...
Date: 10/07/2014 | Local News
Last Monday, the city of Seattle unanimously passed a resolution prohibiting the use of neonicotinoid (or ‘neonic') pesticides on city-owned property. City departments worked to create the resolution and will seek to use only pollinator-friendly methods of weed and pest control.
Date: 10/05/2014 | Commentary
Shawn Yanity, chairman of the Stillaguamish Tribe, has been elected vice chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission."I'm there for the commission to help carry the voice of the 20 tribes in their interests," Yanity said.
Date: 10/01/2014 | Local News
OLYMPIA — The state Department of Ecology on Tuesday released a draft rule that updates contentious water quality standards partly tied to how much fish people eat.Under the federal Clean Water Act, rivers and other water bodies must be clean enough so people can...
Date: 09/30/2014 | Local News
SEATTLE— Hop farmers in the Yakima Valley say it’s a challenge to keep up with demand from Washington’s craft breweries.
Date: 09/29/2014 | Northwest
The following editorial appears on Bloomberg View:When does a $23 billion spending cut result in no savings at all? When it's part of the U.S. farm bill.Just a few weeks ago, the newest bill - a grab bag of subsidies for farmers and federal nutrition...
Date: 09/21/2014 | Commentary
SEATTLE — A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit related to how much fish people eat in Washington — and thus, how much toxic pollution they consume.
Date: 09/18/2014 | Northwest
Annual festival a growing attraction at Snohomish farms
Date: 09/11/2014 | Local News
Marijuana trade show is all business and pleasure
Date: 09/08/2014 | Local News
EVERETT — Snohomish County has agreed to pay a $575,000 settlement to resolve a public records lawsuit brought by activists promoting environmental causes in farming areas.The agreement with Citizens for Sustainable Development, finalized Thursday, also calls for the...
Date: 09/06/2014 | Local News
YAKIMA — Foam shoots from the lip of a freshly filled bottle of lager in the research brewery at John I. Haas.Virgil McDonald likes what he sees,
Date: 08/18/2014 | Business
REARDAN — Too much heat and too little rain this summer are taking a toll on the winter wheat crop in Eastern Washington.Joel Zwainz on Aug. 18 estimated that his family’s 3,400-acre farm near Reardan will produce 30 percent to 50 percent less wheat than it did last year.
Date: 08/25/2014 | Business
RICHLAND — Washington’s 2014 wine grape harvest is under way.
Date: 08/25/2014 | Business
Web: evergreenfair.org24-hour hotline: 360-805-6700TicketsAdults, ages 16 to 61: $10Senior citizens, 62-89: $790 and older: freeYouth, ages 6-15: $7Children 5 and under: free
Date: 08/20/2014 | Local News
The Evergreen State Fair in Monroe opens Thursday and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 1.Web: evergreenfair.org24-hour hotline: 360-805-6700
Date: 08/20/2014 | Local News
No consensus on plan to flood farmland for salmon habitat
Date: 08/19/2014 | Local News
EVERETT — When they're awakened by crowing roosters, slumbering suburbanites have no official recourse in much of unincorporated Snohomish County.The same goes for sounds from a host of other livestock: braying donkeys, oinking pigs and mooing cows.The...
Date: 08/15/2014 | Local News
DES MOINES, Iowa — Farmers will produce a record-breaking corn harvest this year, surpassing earlier expectations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which on Tuesday revised upward its estimate of this year’s corn crop to 14 billion bushels to exceed last year’s...
Date: 08/12/2014 | Business
PORTLAND, Ore. — A bitter and occasionally violent two-year labor dispute at Northwest grain terminals ended with a tentative deal reached in the middle of the night.
Date: 08/12/2014 | Business