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The number of U.S. honeybees, a critical component to agricultural production, rose in 2017 from a year earlier, and deaths of the insects attributed to a mysterious malady that’s affected hives in North America and Europe declined, according a U.S. Department of Agriculture honeybee health survey released Tuesday.
Hundreds of local residents are taking beekeeping classes at the Spokane County Washington State University Extension in hopes of pollinating their gardens, having access to fresh honey or combating honey bee colony collapse.
Councilman Steve Adams of Coeur d’Alene continues to provide evidence that rigid ideology can be harmful to a community’s health. For almost four years, conservative hard-liner Adams has voted against taking federal money for purchases, road construction and city projects. He almost singlehandedly scuttled a mandated, megamillion-dollar expansion of the Coeur d’Alene sewage treatment plant because federal dollars were involved. Last week, he voted in a council subcommittee against federal funding that would help the city of Coeur d’Alene hire three more police officers. The city is several officers short. Adams figures the federal money goes away after three years, and Coeur d’Alene will then have to pick up the whole tab. However, he doesn’t realize that attrition and retirement will allow the department to move those three officers into open spots before the 75 percent federal funding expires. He took his, ahem, “principled” stand despite the outpouring of community support for Coeur d’Alene police after the May 5 slaying of Sgt. Greg Moore. Remember this vote if Adams runs for re-election this year. It’s a joke, son
If you sit quietly in the middle of your garden, you will witness an incredible amount of activity. I’m not talking about other people in your garden, but rather, the vital role that pollinating insects play in the cycle of life that takes place every day. Without pollinators, we wouldn’t have tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, beans, peas, melons, squash, berries or tree fruits.
We think of ourselves as a species that’s as busy as bees, 7 billion of us seemingly clamoring to keep active doing good things to do good for the whole. Some of us hold onto postage-stamp sized spits of land in our urban mega cities of 10 million or more (18 total thus far in the world).
Washington State University researchers on the trail of a mysterious honeybee killer have narrowed the list of contributors to two: a microscopic pathogen and pesticides. “We are getting closer to understanding the possible causes of colony collapse disorder,” WSU professor of entomology Steve Sheppard said of the malady that has decimated bee colonies nationwide since it emerged about three years ago.
Researchers at Washington State University are studying bee hives to improve the quality of the queens around the state, hoping that it will help haives resist colony collapse, a problem across the nation.