Washington, B.C. To Fight Asian Giant

British Columbia and U.S. federal and state agencies will work together to track, trap and eradicate Asian giant hornets in the Pacific Northwest. The Asian giant hornet species was first spotted in Northwest Washington in 2019 and agencies have since been on the hunt for the invasive hornets. The hornets, known by many as Murder […]

Skagit County Tulip Festival Will Open With Some Restrictions This Year

With tulips blooming next month in Washington’s Skagit County crowds are preparing to return to the Tulip Festival. Last year’s event was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but crews look to welcome tourist back to the area this year, but with some restrictions. Both fields, Tulip Town and Roozengaarde, will require advanced ticket purchases […]

Washington Ecology Secures $3.6M To Protect Coastal Wetlands

On Friday, the Washington Department of Ecology announced that it had secured nearly $3.6 million in federal National Coastal Wetlands Conservation grants to protect about 725 acres of coastal wetlands in Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston, and Whatcom counties. Coastal wetlands bordering Puget Sound and other state marine waters often rival tropical rain forests and coral reefs as some of […]

USITC Investigation Competition in Raspberry Industry

The U.S. International Trade Commission is seeking input for a new general fact finding investigation on the U.S. raspberry industry here in Washington.The investigation announced last week will look into the conditions of competition between U.S. and foreign suppliers of raspberries meant for processing. The investigation was requested by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in […]

UFW, Others File Suit Over Coronavirus Concerns

Several unions filed a lawsuit in Washington’s Skagit County Thursday, calling for the Washington Department of Health as well as the Department of Labor and Industries to immediately update the health and safety standards impacting farm workers. The groups claim the state does not protect domestic workers or seasonal workers from COVID-19. Saying current guidelines […]

NW Washington Landowners Killing Elk, Trying To Help Farmers

Northwest Washington landowners are harvesting elk and a much faster pace this year, compared to 2018, in an effort to reduce damage to farmland.  According to Capital Press since July 1st, landowners or their hand-picked hunters have shot 22 elk, that compares with 15 at the same time last year.  The uptick comes after Fish […]