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Pacific NW raises a glass to perry — sparkling and still
August 29, 2017

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Glass of perryWENATCHEE, Wash. – An alcoholic beverage made from fermented pears that was a favorite drink of Napoleon’s is gaining popularity in the United States, thanks to a wave of hard apple cider producers in the Pacific Northwest.

Learn how to earn your MBA at regional information meetings
April 2, 2009


RICHLAND — Learn how to earn a Master’s in Business Administration degree through WSU Tri-Cities at regional information meetings on April 7, 9 and 14.
The MBA program is offered on the WSU Tri-Cities campus and through interactive video-conferencing at the WSU Learning Centers in Yakima and Wenatchee. Most classes are held in the evenings to meet the scheduling needs of busy professionals.
Information meetings are:
• Yakima — 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in the WSU Learning Center on the Yakima Valley Community College campus, 1000 … » More …

Reducing costly fruit rot
April 1, 2009

Xiao (Photo by Brian Charles Clark)

The old saying about one bad apple spoiling the whole bunch is based on a real concern. For Washington’s tree fruit industry, postharvest rot of fruit in storage costs the industry millions of dollars of losses annually.


Chang-Lin Xiao, an associate professor of plant pathology and extension specialist at the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, has discovered three previously unknown fungal pathogens in the United States that cause apples and pears to rot in storage.


Two were the first reports of the pathogens in … » More …

WSU evaluates a new apple from Stemilt
February 23, 2009

The next time you are in your neighborhood grocery store you many want to look for a new apple with the sporty name Piñata.


Stemilt Customer Development Specialist

Travis Chin

The Piñata is produced by Stemilt Growers in Wenatchee, and features a distinct tropical twist. “We want to expand the market for apples and by doing this get people to eat less junk food,” Stemilt Customer Development Specialist Travis Chin said.


Piñata has drawn rave reviews and is even featured in recipes by Jason Wilson of Crush, one of Seattle’s premiere restaurants. In … » More …

Protecting fruit;aiding growers
December 3, 2007

After a quick calculation, Jim McFerson has the number. Fifty million dollars. Five percent of the annual value of Washington state’s billion-dollar apple crop.

McFerson, who manages the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, offered this estimation of the potential total value to Washington apple growers of Raynox, a patented spray-on product that protects apples from sunburn as they grow.

Raynox is just one of three fruit protection products recently developed at the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee by Larry Schrader, professor of plant physiology.

Schrader’s work, McFerson said, … » More …

Regents approve purchase of research orchard
March 3, 2006

TRI-CITIES – The Board of Regents of Washington State University has approved the purchase of Sunrise Orchards near Palisades, Wash., for use as a research, extension and teaching site.The cost of the property is $1.1 million. The regents took action during their regularly scheduled meeting Friday, March 3, on the WSU Tri-Cities campus.Because of encroaching housing development, WSU sold 70 of its 100 acres in Wenatchee to the Wenatchee School District three years ago. The school district bought the land for future expansion, so WSU has been able to maintain its research orchard there.The center’s office, labs and shop will remain on the 30 acres … » More …

Northwest Public Radio adds translator in Wenatchee area
October 4, 2005

Radio listeners in the Wenatchee area now have a new option for listening to Northwest Public Radio, the public radio service of Washington State University.Northwest Public Radio recently added a new translator at 90.3, which carries the network’s NPR News service. Programs heard on the NPR News service include “The Diane Rehm Show,” “Talk of the Nation,” “Marketplace,” “The World” and the BBC World Service.The cost of the project was about $10,000, said Roger Johnson, station manager for Northwest Public Radio. Contributions to date include $1,000 from the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center. However, Northwest Public Radio is still short of covering the cost of the … » More …

Schools commend field day hosted by research orchard
October 29, 2004

WSU is helping the Wenatchee School District teach students a variety of interwoven disciplines in their own back yard — or orchard. A four-week apple curriculum, based on a national curriculum, incorporates physical science, social studies and even art and music. It culminates in a two-day field experience, Awesome Apple Adventures, that brings nearly 700 second graders to the orchards of the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center. Last month, 50 volunteers set up learning stations in the TFREC orchards, and for two days the students learned through hands-on experience about planting, grafting, pruning, irrigation, pests and pest control, picking, packing and marketing.They are … » More …

Wenatchee school leader receives alumni award
March 28, 2003

Gene Sharratt, retired superintendent of the North Central Educational Service District in Wenatchee, received Washington State University’s Alumni Achievement Award March 14 in Wenatchee at a gathering of WSU alumni and friends.He was recognized as “an educator who cares about others and does something positive to help the personal conditions of children.” After earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from WSU in 1972, he taught at most grade levels in Alaska and Washington, and at the International School in Stavanger, Norway. He completed a Ph.D. in education at WSU in 1983, and was elementary school principal in Naches, assistant superintendent in Yelm, and superintendent … » More …