Washington state is known for its apples, but Gov. Jay Insley did not show up to make the popular fruit, which served public relations last week.
In a bid to provide comfort to communities in eastern Washington devastated by recent fires, they unknowingly and illegally donated apple baskets from their Olympia orchard, which were later found to be infected with apple larvae, according to reports. .
Thurston County, where Inslee lives, is an apple larva quarantine zone – meaning it’s illegal for Inslee to move home-grown apples from the area to a non-quarantined area like Douglas County, according to Seattle’s Q13 FOX.
The governor expressed regret in a statement.
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A basket of apples that the governor gave to a retirement home in Omak, Washington, later turned out to be positive for apple larvae, so officials desperately tried to find the basket he left at a church in Omak, Washington, but no one he knows where he went, according to the station.
Douglas County, west of Spokane, is currently pest-free and can be infested with bad apples.
“Apple Maggots are an extremely serious pest and can have dire consequences for Douglas County fruit growers if we fail to find the infected apples and mitigate the effects immediately,” Douglas County officials wrote on Facebook. “Orchard gardeners, regulators and processors in Douglas County have worked tirelessly to ensure that our area remains free of apple larvae and this event could have serious consequences for the region. It is crucial that these apples are safely disposed of immediately. “
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Officials said they had reason to believe the apples may have been mixed with others that were not contaminated, according to Q13.
With orchards all over the city, some Bridgeport call the governor’s gift – dirty or not – a “slap in the face,” according to KUOW-TV in Seattle.
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“Some people live in tents; some people with relatives, “said a 45-year-old resident of the devastated city. “The biggest challenge is to build back, you know. There are people who want money that many people do not have here. “