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Posted by | March 17, 2008

Graduate student Ben Maletzke and his advisor Robert Wielgus are quoted in a Sunday Seattle Times article on their research on cougar populations and the passage of laws loosening restrictions on cougar hunting.

An editorial in Thursday’s Tri-City Herald supported the hiring of Danish scientist Birgitte Ahring to lead the Center for Bioproducts and Bioenergy at WSU Tri-Cities.

An editorial in today’s Tacoma News Tribune says that negotiations to preserve some or all of the former WSU Demonstration Forest in Bonney Lake appear to be moving in the right direction.

The state Transportation Department announced that the state ferry system is going to test the use of biodiesel fuel in three of its ferries. WSU is among the partners in the research and demonstration project.

The Snohomish edition of Wednesday’s Seattle Times featured an article on the upcoming beekeeping workshop being held by Snohomish County Extension.

Don Tapio is among those quoted in a Monday Aberdeen Daily World article on how high crop prices aren’t necessarily translating into higher profits for local farmers.

Barry Swanson is the expert quoted in a brief Baltimore Sun article on Thursday about a British study showing that rinsing raw French fries in water before frying reduces acrylamide formation. The story has appeared in several newspapers.

Wednesday’s Longview Daily News reported on the Legislature’s passage of the Local Farms – Healthy Kids Act, amended to remove a requirement that WSU report on the program.

Several in-state newspapers including Friday’s Yakima Herald-Republic have editorialized in support of the Legislature enacting the Local Farms – Healthy Kids Act.

Gary Moulton was quoted in a Skagit Valley Herald article last week on the state of Skagit County’s apple industry.

Kitsap County Extension’s Dana Coggon is featured in a Bainbridge Island Review article on a local field day to teach 7th and 8th grade students about the impacts of invasive and noxious weeds on native plants.

The Feb. 28 Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce cited the expertise of the WSU Extension Energy Office and quotes Mike Lubliner in an article on a plan to build a Zero Energy Idea House in Bellevue.
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In this week’s Capital Press: A brief item on the 4-H program seeking host families for Japanese students this summer; and announcement of the Spanish language pesticide training to be held in Rochester cosponsored with WSDA.

News releases: “Master Gardeners Raising Funds to Put ‘Memorial’ Back in Memorial Highway,” and “WSU Beach Watchers Named ‘Environmental Heroes’ for Salmon Recovery Work in Whidbey Basin.”