February 25, 2015
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2014 surpasses 1992 as the warmest year on record

Prosser - Despite the broad spectrum of weather observed last year, Washington's overall 2014 climate can be summarized in one word: warm.
It was, in fact, Prosser's warmest year in at least a quarter-century. Although 2014 temperatures were consistently above normal, one period stands out from the rest.
Record crop yields, quality
"The mid to late portion of the growing season was an unusual and record-breaking time frame of seemingly unrelenting heat," said AgWeatherNet meteorologist Nic Loyd. "July was Prosser's all-time hottest month, which was followed by record warm months in August and October."
WSU students, faculty honored at Wine Grape Growers annual awards

Kennewick Washington State University students and faculty dominated awards for research poster sessions and scholarships during the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers 2015 annual meeting Feb. 10-13.
WSU faculty and students won all nine poster awards in the professional, graduate and undergraduate categories. Six WSU students won scholarships totaling $14,000 from the Washington Wine Industry Foundation.
Surplus state-held water rights targeted for irrigation, local uses

By Alice Day, Reporter
WNPA Olympia News Bureau
Olympia—Local communities could have more access to water if legislators succeed in implementing a new system of leasing surplus state-owned water rights.
A bill proposed by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, would require state agencies to more clearly identify, hold and reassign unused water rights associated with agency-held land. Sen. Doug Erickson, R-Ferndale, is the bill's co-sponsor.
Affected agencies include the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Department of Natural Resources and the Parks and Recreation Commission.
WorkSource launches new initiative to meet hiring needs

Olympia The state's WorkSource system is launching a new initiative connecting mid-level career professionals and college graduates to jobs.
Washington Employment Security Department is funding 12 new positions statewide to help increase engagement with white-collar workers, graduates of universities, colleges and apprenticeship programs and professionals making career changes. They will ensure job seekers benefit from WorkSource services and ultimately are matched with employers seeking their particular skills. Called Career Pathway Navigators, the new positions will be located at WorkSource centers.