Video: Valley View Fires of 2008 and Firewise CommunityFall 2011
In 2008, the Valley View fire in the Dishman Hills outside of Spokane burned 13 homes and 1,200 acres. A number of homes survived because residents applied Firewise principles to protect their residences. In this video produced by the Spokane County Conservation District, some of those residents discuss the fire, how they prepared their homes, and what happened during the blaze.Length: 19 minutes, 21 seconds....
Tags: Wildfire, Forest fires, Forest management
When soil goes sourFall 2011
Ammonia based fertilizer, which provides nitrogen, can offer a great boost to even an otherwise not so healthy soil. But ammonia fertilizer, which depends on petroleum for its manufacture, is becoming very expensive. The consistent high yields of wheat on the Palouse depend on applying about 100 pounds of fertilizer per acre, with that fertilizer currently costing $50-80/ton. More significant, however, is not the cost, but the long-term effect of applying so much fertilizer.Soils on the Palouse ...
Tags: Soil, Soil health, Nitrate fertilizer
Watching the weather in the Pacific NorthwestFall 2011
You can follow the mercurial weather of the Pacific Northwest with a number of resources from Washington State University and other weather websites.
AgWeatherNet :: Access to raw weather data from the Washington State University weather network, along with decision aids. AWN includes 136 weather stations located mostly in the irrigated regions of eastern Washington State but the network has undergone significant expansion in Western Washington and in dry l...
Tags: Weather, Meteorology
The Lady Who Kept ThingsSummer 2011
There was once a small, plump, good-natured lady who lived in a great old house with a cantakerous husband named Harold. She was about the best mate a man could have and he was about the worst mate anything could have.
The lady, whose name was Emma, had a peculiar habit, however, and that was that she never threw anything away. Her closets bulged with heaps of dothes and stacks of magazines and balls of string and boxes of buttons— in short, just about anything that had ever entered ...
Tags: Humor, Short stories
About The Storyteller—A triple portraitSummer 2011
by Derek Mueller with Daniel Vasconcellos
Tags: Authors, Humor, Artists
Food and drink pairings with fudgeSummer 2011
Fresh fruit is always a winner. I love anything in season when it's flavor is at it's peak. Other than that, any kind of fruit works great; strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and pineapple are a few of my favorites.Red Wine!! Any full-bodied red will do. Favorites are so subjective. Two Washington Syrahs that work are "Haystack Needle" or "Lick my Lips". Another fun pairing is an Italian Negroamaro by Palama. It has fabulous notes of spice like cassis and pepper, also dark cherry and ...
Tags: Recipe, Fudge
Video: Build a Bouquet of Local FlowersSummer 2011
Diane Szukovathy from Jello Mold Farm in Washington state's Skagit Valley puts together a bouquet of locally-grown flowers and offers tips to gardeners on building their own bouquet of blooms. Diane and her husband Dennis Westphall grow cut flowers. They have teamed up with Washington State University researchers Bev Gerdeman and Lynell Tanigoshi to build a community of local, seasonal flower growers in the Pacific Northwest. The growers sell at markets, directly to farmers, florists, grocery st...
Tags: Video, Sustainability, Gardening, Flowers
Video: Excerpt of The Murrow Interview with Ayman Mohlyedin of Al Jazeera EnglishSummer 2011
In March 2011, founding dean of WSU's Murrow College of Communication Lawrence Pintak interviewed Ayman Mohlyedin, correspondent for Al Jazeera English, on Northwest Public Television's The Murrow Interview. Watch an excerpt of the interview below. You can read more about Mohlyedin and other journalists in the Arab world in "Revolutions are televised by Arab journalists."3 minutes, 26 seconds...
Tags: Broadcasting, Revolutions, Arab world
Gallery: Cougs and their dogsSummer 2011
A gallery of WSU alumni, faculty, staff, and family with their dogs....
Tags: Dogs, Pets
Map: Rainbow trout stocks in Washington lakes for 2011Summer 2011
Rainbow trout stocked in Washington state lakes by the Department of Fish and Wildlife in 2011. Stocking plans may change. Visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/plants/weekly for weekly updates.Check up on fishing regulations and learn more about fishing in Washington at the WDFW website....
Tags: Fish, Fishing, Rainbow trout, Maps