Jaime Skelton is a Regional Digital Managing Editor for Townsquare Media serving Tri-Cities, Yakima, and Wenatchee, Washington. She has worked in online publishing for 14 years as a writer and editor, initially covering the video game industry but now covering local news, food, and culture in Central and Eastern Washington. After living in the dense suburbs of California, Utah, and Texas, Jaime made Tri-Cities her home five years ago and hasn't looked back.
HPAI Continuing to Spread in OR As 790,000 More Birds Euthanized
As of November 17, 2023, Oregon has new confirmed cases of avian influenza, resulting in the euthanization of almost 790,000 birds.
PNW Livestock Organizations Unite To Protest Grizzly Bear Plan
This week, livestock organizations in the northwest United States joined together to send a formal letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, asking the federal organization to not proceed with a plan to introduce an experimental population of grizzly bears to the North Cascade ecosystem.
Invasive European Green Crab Found At Salt Creek Recreation Area
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is praising the efforts of partners and the public in managing a new European green crab sighting in Salt Creek Recreational Area.
Goodbye, Artificial Turf: Heavy Duty Grasses Being Bred By WSU
Washington State University's grass breeding program has begun a two-year study this fall in order to "identify and breed hardy blends of grasses that can stand up to heavy, constant wear."
Crop Conditions in Pacific Northwest For Week Ending Nov 12
The USDA has released its weekly crop progress and condition report for the Pacific Northwest. This week's report covers November 6 through November 12, 2023.
Agriculture Committees Support Farm Bill Extension Until 2024
An extension to the Farm Bill has been agreed to by the House and Senate Agricultural Committees, and is on its way for review in Congress.
Limited Artisan Gift Boxes From Idaho Preferred Now Available
The Idaho Preferred program has released special Holiday Gift Boxes for consumers to buy. The boxes feature specially picked products that all come from Idaho, helping support and promote local producers. This year offers two different gift box collections, featuring contributions from over 25 Idaho businesses.
Grain Corn, Sugarbeet, Potato Production Forecasts Increase in PNW
The USDA's most recent crop production report has been released for the Pacific Northwest, covering corn for grain, sugarbeets, and potatoes. All three crops have forecasts of production increases across the board over last year's numbers.
Congressmen Criticize CEQ Involvement in Lower Snake River Dams Negotiations
Congressmen Cliff Bentz and Thomas Massie sent a letter to CEQ Chairwoman Brenda Mallory expressing concern about mediation and settlement negotiations for the Lower Snake River Dams.
Crop Conditions in Pacific Northwest For Week Ending Nov 5
The USDA has released its weekly crop progress and condition report for the Pacific Northwest. This week's report covers October 30 through November 5, 2023.