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Richard D. Kunkle
May 11, 2017

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Richard D. Kunkle, who worked in the WSU Energy Program, died March 3, 2017. He worked for WSU April 1997-December 2016.

Advising helps woodworker grow business, financial acumen
May 18, 2016

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Custom cabinetry shop Beech Tree Woodworks grew out of owner Nic James’ passion for wood and appreciation of quality craftsmanship. Then it grew out of its location in a 2,200-square-foot shop under his apartment.

Jan. 8-9: Rebuilding west side grain economy
January 4, 2016

grains-logoOLYMPIA, Wash. – Rebuilding a regional grain economy west of the Cascade Mountains will be the focus of the 2016 Cascadia Grains Conference Friday-Saturday, Jan. 8-9, in Olympia and field-trip sites throughout Thurston County.

Holiday greenery harvest adjusts to ‘Godzilla El Nino’
November 17, 2015

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Noble-fir-wreath-by-Freed-webOLYMPIA, Wash. – Harvest of evergreen boughs for holiday garlands and wreaths got a late start thanks to the warmest October on record. Just what the economic impact is won’t be clear until the holiday season is over.

Free advising helps young owner launch franchise ambitions
November 4, 2015

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

Myles-Kirchmeier-smallOLYMPIA, Wash. – As a college senior in business administration, Myles Kirchmeier planned to start a business by his early 30s – the age his father was when he opened a heating and cooling company. But Mike Kirchmeier asked his son what he was waiting for: “All you have right now is time and energy,” he said. “Why not take the risk when you are young?”

Landowners rediscover practice of farming the woods
October 1, 2015

By Rebecca Phillips, Washington State Magazine

farm-the-woodsOLYMPIA, Wash. – Jim Freed came to Washington State University to work with Christmas trees, but he started getting questions about what else people could do with their land besides watch the trees grow.