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What’s next for weed?; State’s marijuana industry takes stock two years after legalization

More than two years since legal recreational marijuana sales started, Washington pot businesses have seen more than $1.48 billion in total sales, raising more than $350 million in excise taxes, according to the state. But while sales have almost only … Continue reading

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Local marijuana businesses rake in nearly $4M in total sales; statewide, I-502 companies see $256M in sales; $67M in taxes

All told, the legal recreational marijuana business has made more than $265 million statewide since business began opening in June and July last year. From that, the state has raised $67 million in excise taxes.
For the most part, which parts of the state are seeing the most sales seems to mirror population. King, Spokane and Clark counties see some of the largest shares of sales on the retail sale and processing sides of the industry. Eastern Washington, however, has seen the most sales on the production end, with Benton, Chelan and Spokane counties contributing the most to the $5.4 million in total sales recorded in that sector. Would-be cannabis companies can apply to the state for licenses in growing, processing for sale, or retail store licenses. Continue reading

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New intramural sport — bubble ball soccer — taking CWU campus by storm (VIDEO)

Central Washington University junior Savannah Isbey was working out in the school’s Recreation Center when she first saw it: Bubble ball soccer — full-contact indoor soccer played inside giant inflatable bubbles. “It was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen, … Continue reading

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Crime is down in Kittitas County

Even after higher-profile, violent crimes, like a grisly child assault early last year and a spate of car thefts later, crime in Ellensburg and the county as a whole is down. Those instances, as disturbing as they are, are statistical … Continue reading

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(VIDEO) Fire retardant drop

One of the most effective, and cool to see, tools in wildland firefighting is the air tanker. In one dive, one tanker can unload thousands of gallons of water or fire retardant onto a fire. The biggest are repurposed cargo jets that can dump in excess of 10,000 gallons. Continue reading

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Burning pine snags and hazard tree felling

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Our engine was staging on the south side of Big Summit Prairie on the Ochoco National Forest, in position to respond to any fires caused by the thunderstorms overhead that Monday. On a ridge over forest highway 42, we saw what looked like a big cloud of dust. But it had been raining, so there couldn’t be any dust. Sure enough, lightning had struck a ponderosa pine snag at the far end of a rocky scab flat. Continue reading

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Infographic: SuperPACs drawing millions

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Campaign financing data offer an inside look into the background of the people and corporations pumping thousands, and sometimes millions, of dollars into Mitt Romney and Barack Obama’s Super PACs, and might offer a glimpse as to who thinks they have the most to gain — or lose — come November. Check out this graphic to see who’s ponying up the most dough this election year. Continue reading

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