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Ag/Business
June 21, 2017

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Intense Pollen Levels and Wind Seeding Misery, Irritation



Washington State Patrol Targets Left Lane Violators



Olympia - The Washington State Patrol (WSP) has received numerous requests to address left lane "campers" in our state.
In response to the requests, the WSP will be conducting a statewide focus of effort to address the left lane violators. The focus of effort will take place June 20-22, 2017.                                                                           
RCW 46.61.100
requires all vehicles to keep right except when passing on multiple lane roadways.
Left lane "campers" are drivers who remain in the passing lane (left lane) for long periods of time without passing.

Pullman - An unfortunate overlap in tree and grass pollination combined with brisk winds is posing challenges for people whether they're allergic or not. The proof is before their eyes -- and in them.
Grasses in the Inland Northwest are pollinating hard on the heels of a tree pollination season delayed by a cool and damp spring, according to arborist Tim Kohlhauff of WSU's extension program in Spokane.  Add windiness to the mix and "it's kind of like a dust storm, but with a yellow tint to it," he said.
Yesterday's pollen readings from the National Allergy Bureau's regional monitoring station in Coeur d' Alene show high concentrations from three tree species and all types of grasses.
Pollen levels have been surging into the high range intermittently since May 23, first from trees that pollinated roughly two weeks later than normal, and more recently from grasses that flourished in spring's cool, wet weather, said Kohlhauff.