In Washington state, regulators are putting the finishing touches on rules for the new state-sanctioned recreational marijuana market. And the man hired to help shape those rules is raising a warning to local law enforcement: toughen up on the black market.
Disgruntled berry pickers at a major farm in Skagit Valley have brought their fight to grocery stores in Seattle, Mount Vernon and Bellingham. On Tuesday, about a dozen farm workers and advocates waved handmade signs outside of the upscale Ballard Market in Seattle, calling for a boycott.
â€śDonâ€™t buy Sakuma berries,â€ť shouted Anna Lopez, whoâ€™s picked berries at Sakuma Brothers Farms for about 10 years. Just inside the store, the produce section features deals on fresh-picked Sakuma blueberries and strawberries.
Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 12:30 pm
Two chimpanzees living in the Northwest are competing in a national art contest.Â The chimps and their caretakers are trying to win a $10,000 first prize for their respective sanctuaries.Â
The abstract artwork entered by Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in Cle Elum, Washington was created using children's finger paint enhanced with sunflower seed shells. "It's kind of a mixed media piece," says sanctuary outreach director Diana Goodrich. She says the chimp artist is a retired biomedical study subject named Jamie.
Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 4:48 pm
Wine grapes throughout the Northwest are ripening faster this year because of the hot dry summer. Vineyard managers and winemakers are preparing for a breakneck harvest over the next few weeks -- if it stays warm.
This year Eastern Washington had record-setting heat in July, while Oregon had consistently warm weather. Growers throughout the Northwest are hoping for cooler temperatures so the grapes donâ€™t race to ripeness.
The prediction is for more wine, deeper colors and higher alcohol levels.
Correction 8/22/13: A previous version of this story contained errors. It overstated the contributions received by the Yes on 522 campaign and the share of donations received from Washington state. The Yes campaign has amassed $3.5 (not 3.9) million, with 79 (not 71) percent of the funds coming from out of state. The nonprofit MapLight, based in Berkeley, Calif., informed us on Aug. 21 that it had double-counted some contributions, which led to the errors.
When it comes to publishing authorsâ€™ works, Seattle may be the next New York City. Amazon and other tech companies have transformed publishing with e-readers, social media and new financial models, making the old New York book publishing house less relevant, according to tech reporter Emily Parkhurst.
Seattleâ€™s Bicycle Master Plan includes a proposal for a bike lane on NE 65th Street. The bike lane would be a cycle track, which is a protected lane for bikes. Usually such lanes take away some parking.
Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 2:53 pm
The Northwest hydropower system is full of dams that were built over the strenuous objections of Native American tribes. Now, two of these old projects are changing ownership -- one in Western Montana and another in central Oregon.
And itâ€™s the tribes that were once powerless to stop them that are becoming the new managers.
The Kerr Dam went up on the Flathead Indian Reservation in the 1930s. Itâ€™s north of Missoula. Homesteaders and farmers used it for irrigation and it still generates electricity to this day.
A burn ban issued by the Department of Natural Resources in late July has beenÂ partially liftedÂ in Western Washington. Recreational fires in approved fire pits on DNR protected lands â€”Â such asÂ state, county, municipal or other campgrounds â€” are now allowed west of the Cascades. Other outdoor burning is still banned in Western Washington.
Washington state has been given one year to change its teacher evaluation law or risk losing $38 million in federal education funding.
In a letter Wednesday to state Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, US Department of Education Assistant Secretary Deborah Delisle said the state was being granted a one-year extension of its conditional waiver from the requirements of the federal law known as No Child Left Behind.
Seattleâ€™s 22nd annual HempfestÂ takes place in Myrtle Edwards park near Belltown this Friday afternoon through Sunday. And times have certainly changed. Initiative 502 has legalized recreational marijuana in Washington. ButÂ Hempfest founders say as long as marijuana is illegal under federal law, their festival will still focus on changing drug laws.
Hundreds of members of the Nooksack Tribe near Bellingham won a temporary victory Wednesday. Hearings were scheduled to start this week to potentially expel 306 members from the tribe, but a ruling from the Nooksack Court of Appeals has halted the proceeding for now.