Tom Banse http://kplu.org en USGS Tries Listening To Human Racket To Understand Seismic Hazards http://kplu.org/post/usgs-tries-listening-human-racket-understand-seismic-hazards <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160319283&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><div class="card-content" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 12.800000190734863px; background-image: none; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden " style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><div class="field-items" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline;"><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Research geologists have just finished a field trial to test a less invasive way to complete seismic hazard surveys.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">The federal scientists attempted to map an earthquake fault under Seattle simply by listening for underground echoes from all the noise we humans create at the surface.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Tom Banse 17873 at http://kplu.org USGS Tries Listening To Human Racket To Understand Seismic Hazards Donors Pay To Test Seawater For Traces Of Fukushima Radiation http://kplu.org/post/donors-pay-test-seawater-traces-fukushima-radiation <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160031216&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>It's been more than three years since the Fukushima nuclear plant accident resulted in a spill of millions of gallons of radioactive cooling water into the Pacific. Oceanographers projected that it could take until this year for highly diluted traces of that spill in Japan to reach the West Coast of North America.</p><p>Radiation experts don't believe there is cause for alarm on our shores, but some coastal residents are stepping forward to pay for seawater testing just to be sure.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Tom Banse 17856 at http://kplu.org Donors Pay To Test Seawater For Traces Of Fukushima Radiation Alaska Air Says It's Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught http://kplu.org/post/alaska-air-says-its-holding-its-own-against-delta-onslaught <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160171392&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 intensifying competition between Alaska Airlines and rival Delta Air Lines in the Western skies does not seem to be hurting the bottom line of either company.</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;">Seattle-based Alaska Air&nbsp;<a href="http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=109361&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1950870&amp;highlight=" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">posted a record second quarter profit Thursday</a>, a day after Delta toasted&nbsp;<a href="http://ir.delta.com/stock-and-financial/earnings-releases/default.aspx" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">its own high earnings</a>.</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;">But Alaska executives are still showing concern about a flood of new seats on their home turf.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:43:17 +0000 Tom Banse 17868 at http://kplu.org Alaska Air Says It's Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught Washington Evacuees Have Dealt With Fires Before, But ‘Not Like This’ http://kplu.org/post/washington-evacuees-have-dealt-fires-not <p>Gov. Jay&nbsp;Inslee&nbsp;says 1,000 National Guard troops will take a crash course in wildfire fighting so they can be deployed to central Washington fires. A blaze in&nbsp;Okanogan&nbsp;County that the governor calls a “firestorm” has destroyed around 100 homes.</p><p><img alt="Description: --break-&gt;" height="3" src="file://localhost/Users/martha/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/msoclip/0/clip_image002.png" width="3" />Inslee&nbsp;says the troops are currently in Yakima for annual training.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:08:51 +0000 Jessica Robinson & Tom Banse 17809 at http://kplu.org Washington Evacuees Have Dealt With Fires Before, But ‘Not Like This’ Feds To Remove Fewer Wild Horses From Western Rangelands This Year http://kplu.org/post/feds-remove-fewer-wild-horses-western-rangelands-year <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158825086&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 federal Bureau of Land Management plans to capture and remove fewer wild horses from Western rangelands this summer. An agency statement blames budget constraints and already-full holding pens.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:00:16 +0000 Tom Banse 17728 at http://kplu.org Feds To Remove Fewer Wild Horses From Western Rangelands This Year Want More World Cup? 2015 Women's Final To Be Held In Vancouver, B.C. http://kplu.org/post/want-more-world-cup-2015-womens-final-be-held-vancouver-bc <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158695585&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>Organizers of the next&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/index.html" target="_blank">FIFA Women's World Cup</a>&nbsp;hope to leverage the unusually high interest in this year's men's tournament in Brazil to their benefit. Group play and the 2015 World Cup final will take place just across the border in Vancouver, Canada.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:08:22 +0000 Tom Banse 17715 at http://kplu.org Want More World Cup? 2015 Women's Final To Be Held In Vancouver, B.C. How Do Wildland Firefighters Cope With Triple-Digit Heat? http://kplu.org/post/how-do-wildland-firefighters-cope-triple-digit-heat <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158683795&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>Crews battling wildfires in eastern Washington and southeastern Oregon are dealing with sizzling hot temperatures of a heat wave.</p><p>Firefighters are gaining ground this weekend despite the wilting heat. Four of the five largest fires are nearly 100 percent contained.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:36:18 +0000 Tom Banse 17711 at http://kplu.org How Do Wildland Firefighters Cope With Triple-Digit Heat? Grays Harbor County Tries Tax Gambit To Stop Weyerhaeuser's Recreation Fees http://kplu.org/post/grays-harbor-county-tries-tax-gambit-stop-weyerhaeusers-recreation-fees <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157835616&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>A coastal Northwest county is the first to strike back against pricey recreation permits now being required by some large timber companies. The Grays Harbor County commission voted unanimously Monday to take a tax deferral away from private timberland owners that charge for public access.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:59:58 +0000 Tom Banse 17613 at http://kplu.org Grays Harbor County Tries Tax Gambit To Stop Weyerhaeuser's Recreation Fees Feds Warn States Of Possible Highway Cash Holdback http://kplu.org/post/feds-warn-states-possible-highway-cash-holdback <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157717702&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 and Oregon may follow Idaho’s lead in temporarily suspending advertising for bids for some highway projects.</p><p>Idaho’s decision is the result of a standoff in Congress over how to replenish the money in the pot for highway construction. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:14:17 +0000 Tom Banse 17599 at http://kplu.org Feds Warn States Of Possible Highway Cash Holdback Proposed Changes To Tribal Recognition Hold Both Promise And Pitfalls http://kplu.org/post/proposed-changes-tribal-recognition-hold-both-promise-and-pitfalls <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156905396&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 U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs wants to rewrite the rules that determine how a tribe becomes officially recognized in the eyes of the feds. The proposal raises hopes for status and federal benefits among some unrecognized tribes in the West.</p><p>The bid to streamline and simplify the process of tribal recognition encourages leaders of native groups and bands currently frozen out of federal programs. But they have to contend with existing tribes who fear having to share territory, resources or casino customers.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:40:59 +0000 Tom Banse 17517 at http://kplu.org Proposed Changes To Tribal Recognition Hold Both Promise And Pitfalls Wash. State Task Force Starts Work On New Drone Regulations http://kplu.org/post/wash-state-task-force-starts-work-new-drone-regulations <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156749695&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;">Imagine looking out your window to see a drone hovering outside. That happened earlier this month to a partially-dressed Seattle women who was startled and outraged.</span></p><p>That incident came up Monday as a Washington state task force convened for the first time to develop privacy rules for drones — something Oregon and Idaho have already done. The task force quickly narrowed its focus to use of drones by government agencies.</p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:49:19 +0000 Tom Banse 17494 at http://kplu.org Wash. State Task Force Starts Work On New Drone Regulations Spokane, Seattle Among U.S. Auto Theft Hot Spots http://kplu.org/post/spokane-seattle-among-us-auto-theft-hot-spots <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156742307&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>In what Northwest city is your car most likely to be stolen? According to a new insurance industry report, the answer is Spokane, Washington.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:52:16 +0000 Tom Banse 17489 at http://kplu.org Spokane, Seattle Among U.S. Auto Theft Hot Spots Yakima Labor Dispute Leads To U.S. High Court's Presidential Powers Ruling http://kplu.org/post/yakima-labor-dispute-leads-us-high-courts-presidential-powers-ruling <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156208744&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>In a noteworthy decision issued Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court narrowed the president's power to make recess appointments&nbsp;when the Senate is not in session.&nbsp;</p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-1281_bodg.pdf" target="_blank">unanimous decision</a>&nbsp;held that three appointments President Obama made to the National Labor Relations Board in 2012 were invalid because the Senate was not technically in recess.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The ruling stemmed from a labor dispute in Yakima, Washington.</span></p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 01:16:23 +0000 Tom Banse 17440 at http://kplu.org Yakima Labor Dispute Leads To U.S. High Court's Presidential Powers Ruling Federal Judge In Portland Orders Changes To No-Fly List http://kplu.org/post/federal-judge-portland-orders-changes-no-fly-list <p>A federal judge in Portland on Tuesday ordered the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI to come up with new rules for the government's no-fly list. The court found travelers labeled as potential terrorists had been deprived of their constitutional rights to due process.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:22:16 +0000 Tom Banse 17372 at http://kplu.org Federal Judge In Portland Orders Changes To No-Fly List Wash. Job Growth Slowed, But Unemployment Rate Holding Steady http://kplu.org/post/wash-job-growth-slowed-unemployment-rate-holding-steady <p>The unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.1 percent, according to the latest numbers released Wednesday by the state Employment Department.</p><p>State labor economist Paul Turek says the pace of job gains slowed down in the month of May, but Washington is still on course to record the strongest year of employment growth since the Great Recession.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:34:47 +0000 Tom Banse 17233 at http://kplu.org Wash. Job Growth Slowed, But Unemployment Rate Holding Steady