Courtney Flatt http://kplu.org en Fire Evacuees Find Help With Donation Centers, Shelters http://kplu.org/post/fire-evacuees-find-help-donation-centers-shelters <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159821151&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Department ordered more homeowners to evacuate Monday afternoon after firefighters saw a brief relief from high winds and hot weather Sunday.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Donations are coming in by the truckload to the Pateros High School in central Washington. Piles of clothes hip-deep fill the gym. Stacks of food, water and pet food line the hallways.</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:57:53 +0000 Courtney Flatt 17837 at http://kplu.org Fire Evacuees Find Help With Donation Centers, Shelters Most Destructive Wildfire In Wash. Leaves Thousands Without AC, Gas, ATMs http://kplu.org/post/most-destructive-wildfire-wash-leaves-thousands-without-ac-gas-atms <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159673392&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The most destructive wildfire currently burning in the Northwest has left thousands of people without air conditioning and refrigeration. The so-called Carlton Complex fire has closed gas stations and shut down ATMs in north-central Washington.</p><p>Okanogan County currently estimates 150 to 200 homes burned to the ground. The Okanogan County Utility District says its electrical system is almost a complete loss.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:16:23 +0000 Courtney Flatt 17825 at http://kplu.org Most Destructive Wildfire In Wash. Leaves Thousands Without AC, Gas, ATMs A Greener Way To Cool Your Foods On The Way To The Grocery Store http://kplu.org/post/greener-way-cool-your-foods-way-grocery-store Your produce and frozen foods could soon arrive at grocery stores in trucks that release fewer emissions. Researchers are developing a clean technology to keep your food cool while it travels.<p>Engineers at <a href="http://www.pnnl.gov/">Pacific Northwest National Laboratory</a> are working to replace refrigerated trucks' diesel-burning cooling system with fuel cells. These fuel cells mix hydrogen and air to create energy; the byproduct is water. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 18:16:32 +0000 Courtney Flatt 9877 at http://kplu.org Grant will expand use of ‘sensor fish’ in dams http://kplu.org/post/grant-will-expand-use-%E2%80%98sensor-fish%E2%80%99-dams <p>RICHLAND, Wash. &ndash; As salmon wind their way through dams on the Columbia River, a small percentage ultimately end up passing through turbines. A project that helps fish move more safely through turbines recently received a grant to expand its scope.</p><p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 16:59:32 +0000 Courtney Flatt 2621 at http://kplu.org Grant will expand use of ‘sensor fish’ in dams Electric vehicles could help store NW wind power http://kplu.org/post/electric-vehicles-could-help-store-nw-wind-power <p>RICHLAND, Wash. &ndash; As the Pacific Northwest begins to integrate more renewable energy, grid operators sometimes have trouble predicting the variability that comes with it. Researchers have found a way to use electric vehicles to help balance wind power&rsquo;s inconsistency.</p><p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 17:35:45 +0000 Courtney Flatt 2612 at http://kplu.org Electric vehicles could help store NW wind power Pine white butterflies flit to new homes in Washington desert http://kplu.org/post/pine-white-butterflies-flit-new-homes-washington-desert <p>RICHLAND, Wash. &ndash; It&#39;s been 30 years since the last outbreak, but now white butterflies are flitting between pine trees across areas of eastern Oregon and Washington.</p><p> Wed, 07 Sep 2011 22:37:05 +0000 Courtney Flatt 2570 at http://kplu.org Pine white butterflies flit to new homes in Washington desert Grants awarded to improve hydropower generation in Wash. http://kplu.org/post/grants-awarded-improve-hydropower-generation-wash <p>RICHLAND, Wash. &ndash; New projects in the Pacific Northwest may soon improve the efficiency and reduce costs of hydropower generation, thanks to a new round of federal spending announced today.</p><p>Two projects in Washington received grants to help improve hydropower generation.</p><p> Wed, 07 Sep 2011 00:41:44 +0000 Courtney Flatt 2557 at http://kplu.org Battelle researchers study efficient carbon capture http://kplu.org/post/battelle-researchers-study-efficient-carbon-capture <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-983563.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-983563.mp3</a></p><p>RICHLAND, Wash. &ndash; Researchers recently received a grant to develop a better process to capture carbon dioxide that could save more than half of what coal-fired power plants now spend on the technology.</p> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 00:06:28 +0000 Courtney Flatt 2440 at http://kplu.org Roman artifact helps nuclear storage research http://kplu.org/post/roman-artifact-helps-nuclear-storage-research <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-982302.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-982302.mp3</a></p><p>Scientists are experimenting with 1,800-year-old glass to better understand how nuclear waste storage will hold up for millennia to come.</p><p> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 18:40:39 +0000 Courtney Flatt 2338 at http://kplu.org Roman artifact helps nuclear storage research Northwest businesses seek new salmon policy http://kplu.org/post/northwest-businesses-seek-new-salmon-policy <p>Northwest business, fishing and food industry leaders are asking for a new approach to salmon policy. From Richland, Courtney Flatt has more.</p><p>A group of one thousand businesses is using a ruling recently issued by federal judge James Redden to call for a new look at salmon policy.</p><p>In a news conference, business owners and fishermen say they hope to bring key regional stakeholders to the table to restore all salmon runs to the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Spokane outdoor retailer Paul Fish says a healthy environment goes hand-in-hand with a healthy economy.</p> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 16:59:45 +0000 Courtney Flatt 2294 at http://kplu.org Catalyst may lead to more ethanol options http://kplu.org/post/catalyst-may-lead-more-ethanol-options <p>Ethanol may soon have more uses than just as a fuel additive. Researchers have accidentally discovered an easier, more environmentally friendly biofuel catalyst.</p><p>Researchers hope a new catalyst called isobutene will lead to more ways to use ethanol &ndash;- from making rubber to solvents to aviation fuel.</p><p> Fri, 05 Aug 2011 17:48:45 +0000 Courtney Flatt 2262 at http://kplu.org Catalyst may lead to more ethanol options