Food
2:19 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Washington Wheat Harvest Breaks Record

Photo courtesy USDA

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 4:11 pm

Washington farmers produced more wheat per acre than ever before this year. And Oregon and Idaho farmers did well also. It comes at a time when wheat prices are down.

Washington harvested 167 million bushels of wheat this year. That's enough wheat that if you filled 18-wheeler grain trucks and lined them end-to-end they could stretch from Seattle almost to Jacksonville, Florida.

Oregon and Idaho didn't break any records, but had a productive year for wheat too.

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Politics
2:18 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Tibetan monk urges Wash. gov to discuss human rights while in China

Palden Gyatso, a Tibetan monk, delivers a ceremonial Tibetan scarf to Gov. Gregoire's office in Olympia.

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 3:57 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is currently in China talking about trade. But she should also be discussing human rights. That was the message Wednesday from a Tibetan monk who was held for more than 30 years as a political prisoner.

Palden Gyatso visited Gregoire's office in Olympia and delivered a ceremonial Tibetan scarf. He was joined the president of the Tibetan Association of Washington. Jampa Jorkhang says trade relations are important, but human rights must come first.

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Economy
2:16 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Washington's monthly jobs report 'baffling'

Chart courtesy Washington Employment Security Department

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 11:05 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The latest jobs report from Washington state Wednesday is sending mixed signals. The statewide unemployment rate for September fell to 9.1 percent, down from 9.3 percent in August.

But at the same time, a survey of business payrolls shows steep month-over-month job losses.

On a conference call with reporters, Washington's chief labor economist Dave Wallace said the numbers need more corroboration to discern any trend.

"You know, it's confusing. It’s baffling," Wallace said. "It's something we're going to continue looking at."

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Initiative battle
2:13 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Costco burns up record $22 million to privatize liquor

Can Costco buy a win in the initiative battle over privatizing alcohol sales?
Joel Goodman Flickr

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The fight to privatize liquor sales in Washington just got a lot more expensive. Costco has dumped another $9 million into the Yes on Initiative 1183 campaign.

That brings the wholesale giant’s total spending to more than $22 million – a state record for a ballot measure.

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Sockeye Salmon
1:27 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Update: Senator Cantwell calls for investigation into salmon virus

Sockeye salmon populations are facing a new challenge.
Flickr

Federal fisheries scientists plan to survey Pacific Northwest and Alaskan waters to determine if a harmful European fish virus has spread here.

And now, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and two senators from Alaska are calling for an investigation into the spread of the virus striking Canadian salmon.

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Global Health
1:14 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

‘Five-Step Plan’ to save the planet, can it work?

Can the Earth's future be secured in five 'easy' steps?
Southernpixel Alby Flickr

Rather than simply get overwhelmed by all of the world’s many problems, an environment and land-use professor at the University of Minnesota and his colleagues decided to come up with a workable game plan to simultaneously deal with three major, overlapping forces that dictate our future.

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Around the Nation
12:28 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Occupy Wall Street: From A Blog Post To A Movement

The Occupy Wall Street protests have inspired similar events around America, and in dozens of countries. Here, a truck has been painted with a sign supporting the Occupy Portland protests in Oregon.

Don Ryan AP

Originally published on Thu October 20, 2011 8:26 am

After more than 30 days, the Occupy Wall Street movement has evolved from a protest in New York City into a growing international movement. And it all started in July, as a single blog post inspired by the Arab Spring.

Here's a look at significant developments in the Occupy Wall Street timeline, as the movement gathered momentum and spread to other U.S. cities.

Timeline: Tracking Occupy Wall Street's Growth

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:20 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Preview: 'Biggest Huskies game in years' this weekend

Then-UW quarterback Jake Locker is sacked during last year's 41-0 loss to Stanford at Husky Stadium. The Huskies are hoping for a better outcome Saturday when they play the Cardinal. But Stanford QB Andrew Luck has been unbeatable so far this season.
Elaine Thompson AP File Photo

The Washington Huskies take on Stanford in California this Saturday. They're hoping for a much better showing than last season's embarrassing 41-0 loss at Husky Stadium.

Standing in their way is the best quarterback since John Elway, according to KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.

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Environment
11:40 am
Thu October 20, 2011

Enviros say new stormwater guidelines too lax

Stormwater runoff must be reduced and monitored under draft rules just issued by the state Department of Ecology.
Thirteen of Clubs photo Flickr

It’s the single largest source of pollution entering Puget Sound – rain that hits pavement and carries grease, metals and other toxins into the water.

The Department of Ecology has just issued new rules that aim to keep stormwater runoff in check. However, several environmental groups complain the new rules are full of loopholes.

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Recreation
11:25 am
Thu October 20, 2011

Washington ski areas may expand recreation opportunities

Crystal Mountain could benefit from the new federal rules.
clappstar Flickr

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Congress has approved more summer activities at ski areas on federal lands.

The Bellingham Herald reports the Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act the cleared the Senate Tuesday will allow ski areas to be used for more than winter sports.

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