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NW Washington raspberry harvest down 30% due to heat wave

The late June record-breaking heat wave in the Pacific Northwest resulted in a significantly smaller raspberry harvest in northwest Washington. The Bellingham Herald reports the 2021 harvest numbers show Whatcom County farmers brought in almost 44.5 million pounds, according to the Washington Red Raspberry Commission. That’s down 30.2% compared to the 2020 harvest and down 40% compared to the peak year in 2018. The second-lowest total this century was 45.9 million pounds in 2004. The extreme heat turned many berries to mush just as harvest typically begins.

NASA promotes STEM Education at CWU with hefty grants

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — As part of an effort to expand STEM education in the Northwest United States, NASA will award $8.5 million to Central Washington University over the next four years for instructional programs. According to an announcement from CWU…

Olive Lake Campground will temporarily close

PENDLETON, Ore.-- Olive Lake Campground and associated day uses will be temporarily closed effective Friday, September 17th, according to a press release sent by a Umatilla National Forest official.  According to the press release, the campground is closed while contractors…

Yakima Pride Parade postponed due to wildfire smoke

NACHES, Wash. — Significant smoke and diminishing air quality has forced event organizers to postpone the 2021 Yakima Pride Parade, which was scheduled for Saturday, April 21. This comes after the event was already postponed to August due to COVID-19.…