Bellamy Pailthorp http://kplu.org en Summer Is Back! Dry Weather And Warm, Sunny Skies In the Forecast http://kplu.org/post/summer-back-dry-weather-and-warm-sunny-skies-forecast <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160262297&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 last week of July is historically the driest week of the year. And despite record-breaking rain last week, the forecast for the days ahead fits the bill for this time of year, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We’re going to have sun, warmth and virtually no precipitation,” Mass said of the week ahead.</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:06:14 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17871 at http://kplu.org Summer Is Back! Dry Weather And Warm, Sunny Skies In the Forecast Oil Train Derailment Under Busy Seattle Bridge Highlights Safety Concerns http://kplu.org/post/oil-train-derailment-under-busy-seattle-bridge-highlights-safety-concerns <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160154500&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>Three tanker cars derailed at a Seattle rail yard early Thursday while carrying oil from North Dakota to a refinery in Anacortes.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">No one was hurt and none of the oil spilled, according to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Burlington Northern Santa Fe</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the incident spurred renewed calls from the city for a </span><a href="http://clerk.seattle.gov/~scripts/nph-brs.exe?s1=&amp;s3=31504&amp;s2=&amp;s4=&amp;Sect4=AND&amp;l=20&amp;Sect2=THESON&amp;Sect3=PLURON&amp;Sect5=RESNY&amp;Sect6=HITOFF&amp;d=RESF&amp;p=1&amp;u=%2F~public%2Fresny.htm&amp;r=1&amp;f=G" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">ban on oil train traffic near neighborhoods</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:41:16 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17865 at http://kplu.org Oil Train Derailment Under Busy Seattle Bridge Highlights Safety Concerns Expansion Of 13-Year-Old Oil Terminal Just Now Getting Environmental Review http://kplu.org/post/expansion-13-year-old-oil-terminal-just-now-getting-environmental-review <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160022871&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>An expansion of the Northwest’s largest oil terminal will be the subject of a public hearing before the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Army Corps of Engineers</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Portals/27/docs/regulatory/publicnotices/2014%20PNs/Special%20Public%20Notice%20BP%20Cherry%20Point%20(3).pdf" target="_blank">Thursday evening in Seattle</a>.&nbsp;Environmentalists</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are calling for limits on oil tanker traffic at BP’s docks at Cherry Point, north of Bellingham.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Environmental impact statements are usually heard before a project is built. But in an unusual twist, this hearing concerns a facility that’s been up and running for 13 years.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17854 at http://kplu.org Wash. To Host First Public Meeting On Inslee's Fish Consumption Rate Proposal http://kplu.org/post/wash-host-first-public-meeting-inslees-fish-consumption-rate-proposal <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159728327&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>Washington is slowly moving ahead with a long-delayed plan to update its water quality rules. Tuesday's will be the first public meeting on Gov. Jay&nbsp;<a href="http://governor.wa.gov/news/releases/article.aspx?id=293">Inslee’s proposal</a> to dramatically increase the fish consumption rate, which determines how clean discharged water must be.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But some say the proposal doesn’t go far enough.</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17835 at http://kplu.org Wash. To Host First Public Meeting On Inslee's Fish Consumption Rate Proposal Germany Provides Inspiration, Potential Market for Wash. Clean Tech Companies http://kplu.org/post/germany-provides-inspiration-potential-market-wash-clean-tech-companies <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159313500&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> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:16:42 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17810 at http://kplu.org Germany Provides Inspiration, Potential Market for Wash. Clean Tech Companies On Tap: Cooler, Cloudier Weekend With Chance Of Showers http://kplu.org/post/tap-cooler-cloudier-weekend-chance-showers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159270852&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>If you love sunshine, Friday’s the day to get out and enjoy it.</p><p>The cooling trend we’ve been experiencing will continue this weekend and even bring some rain with it, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:02:27 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17802 at http://kplu.org On Tap: Cooler, Cloudier Weekend With Chance Of Showers Analyst: Microsoft CEO 'Seizing The Moment' Restructuring For Mobile World http://kplu.org/post/analyst-microsoft-ceo-seizing-moment-restructuring-mobile-world <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159293956&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>More than 1,300 Microsoft employees in the Puget Sound region got their pink slips Thursday as part of announced cuts to the worldwide workforce that could total 18,000 by the end of the year — the biggest in the company’s history.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17796 at http://kplu.org Analyst: Microsoft CEO 'Seizing The Moment' Restructuring For Mobile World Report Shows Coal, Oil Trains Would Quadruple Rail Traffic, Alarming Lawmakers http://kplu.org/post/report-shows-coal-oil-trains-would-quadruple-rail-traffic-alarming-lawmakers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158980956&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>Lawmakers are expressing concerns over an updated report outlining the combined impacts of coal and oil trains that would roll through the Northwest if plans for export terminals move forward.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:33:57 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17744 at http://kplu.org Report Shows Coal, Oil Trains Would Quadruple Rail Traffic, Alarming Lawmakers UW Study: Urban Fumes Cause Pollinating Moths To Fly Like 'Stumbling Drunks' http://kplu.org/post/uw-study-urban-fumes-cause-pollinating-moths-fly-stumbling-drunks <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157208470&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>As much as one-third of our food supply depends on pollinators like insects and birds that fertilize plants when they fly between blossoms.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17580 at http://kplu.org UW Study: Urban Fumes Cause Pollinating Moths To Fly Like 'Stumbling Drunks' A Lovely Fourth Of July Weekend On Tap With Chance Of Clouds Saturday http://kplu.org/post/lovely-fourth-july-weekend-tap-chance-clouds-saturday <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157302144&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>Sunny skies on the Fourth of July are not something to take for granted in Seattle. But revelers can count their blessings this year, as the clouds are expected to burn off and give way to a decent day for picnics and fireworks displays, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.</p><p>“Much better than some other&nbsp;Fourth of Julys,” Mass said.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 17:16:23 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17583 at http://kplu.org A Lovely Fourth Of July Weekend On Tap With Chance Of Clouds Saturday Tenants With Disabilities Filing Suit Over Sale Of Seattle Apartment Building http://kplu.org/post/tenants-disabilities-filing-suit-over-sale-seattle-apartment-building <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157069217&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><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">A group of disabled and elderly tenants being priced out of a Seattle apartment building are striking back. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">Several residents of the Theodora Apartments in Ravenna have filed suit under federal fair housing laws.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:34:04 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17554 at http://kplu.org Tenants With Disabilities Filing Suit Over Sale Of Seattle Apartment Building A Dose Of June Gloom This Weekend, But Sunnier Outlook For The Fourth Of July http://kplu.org/post/dose-june-gloom-weekend-sunnier-outlook-fourth-july <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156299091&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>Keep your rain gear handy if you’re headed outside this weekend. KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass says we’re starting to pay for the drier-than-usual June we’ve had this year.</p><p>But Mass says sunny days are around the corner; things will improve by the Fourth of July weekend.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:18:35 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17443 at http://kplu.org A Dose Of June Gloom This Weekend, But Sunnier Outlook For The Fourth Of July This Is What Puget Sound Orcas Sound Like When They Talk To Each Other http://kplu.org/post/what-puget-sound-orcas-sound-when-they-talk-each-other <p>Ever hear an orca speak?&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">Ken Balcomb, who many regard as the godfather of whale&nbsp;conservation, captured their chatter using a hydrophone on San Juan Island:&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:10:33 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17421 at http://kplu.org This Is What Puget Sound Orcas Sound Like When They Talk To Each Other Key To Saving Endangered Orcas: Chinook Salmon, Says Local Expert http://kplu.org/post/key-saving-endangered-orcas-chinook-salmon-says-local-expert <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156055333&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><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Following the release of a </span><a href="http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/news/features/killer_whale_report/index.cfm" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">federal report on the state of endangered orcas</a>, one local researcher says there's one factor that matters more to the whales' wellness than toxins and vessel traffic: fish.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ken </span>Balcomb<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who many regard as the godfather of whale</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;conservation,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is the director of the </span><a href="http://www.whaleresearch.com/#!about-orcas/c1qa8" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Center for Whale Research</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Friday Harbor. For almost 40 years now, the center has been keeping track of every individual whale in the three pods that make up the southern resident population of the iconic </span>orcas<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that live in Puget Sound.</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17403 at http://kplu.org Key To Saving Endangered Orcas: Chinook Salmon, Says Local Expert Decade Of Research Reveals Iconic Orcas' Struggle http://kplu.org/post/decade-research-reveals-iconic-orcas-struggle <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Scientists studying southern resident killer whales for the past decade now know they are among the most contaminated marine mammals and prefer to eat Chinook salmon.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp & Associated Press 17387 at http://kplu.org Decade Of Research Reveals Iconic Orcas' Struggle