Anna King http://kplu.org en Hanford Workers Say They’re Not Satisfied With Working Conditions At Tank Farms http://kplu.org/post/hanford-workers-say-they-re-not-satisfied-working-conditions-tank-farms <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159128379&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>Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers who are worried about getting sick turned out in droves for a public meeting Wednesday night in Richland organized by a Seattle-area watchdog called Hanford&nbsp;Challenge.</p><p>About 45 people squeezed into tight rows in a small conference room.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:07:20 +0000 Anna King 17774 at http://kplu.org Hanford Workers Say They’re Not Satisfied With Working Conditions At Tank Farms Hanford Vapors: It's Still Difficult To Track Down The Fix http://kplu.org/post/hanford-vapors-its-still-difficult-track-down-fix <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158124854&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>Since the spring, many workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have needed medical attention from exposure to chemical vapors. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Energy led a busload of journalists to points across the site to show off what they’re doing to keep workers safe.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:21:22 +0000 Anna King 17666 at http://kplu.org Hanford Vapors: It's Still Difficult To Track Down The Fix Legal Wash. State Pot Stores Opening Soon, But Production Lags http://kplu.org/post/legal-wash-state-pot-stores-opening-soon-production-lags <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156137988&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>Eric Cooper has a sort of "The Dude" vibe: Hawaiian shirt, leather brown sandals and a bushy silver goatee. He smoked weed for the first time when he was about 14. He’s a former contractor and registered nurse. Cooper grew medical marijuana, and now he’s one of the owners of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.monkeygrassfarms.com/" target="_blank">Monkey Grass Farms</a>&nbsp;in Wenatchee, Washington.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Monkey Grass Farms is one of the big boys: a tier-3 Washington state-licensed indoor pot grow. That means they can nurture about 21,000-square-feet of marijuana plants.</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:49:29 +0000 Anna King 17404 at http://kplu.org Legal Wash. State Pot Stores Opening Soon, But Production Lags Rodeo Band-Aid: Roping, Riding Helps People Heal From Oso Landslide http://kplu.org/post/rodeo-band-aid-roping-riding-helps-people-heal-oso-landslide <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155685012&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The Timberbowl Rodeo in the town of Darrington, Washington saw some of its largest crowds ever this past weekend. Neighbors gathered at the event to hug, shake hands and heal from the tragic&nbsp;Oso landslide.</p><p>Alexis Blakey knows nearly everyone in the small town that lies 74 miles northeast of Seattle. A native of nearby Oso, Washington, 20-year-old&nbsp;Blakey said the landslide that made her town infamous is branded on her brain. She was at these same rodeo grounds that day when she saw ambulance after ambulance headed for Oso.</p><p>“I don’t know," Blakey said. "We were all just like, 'What is going on? Is this really happening right now?'”</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:47:38 +0000 Anna King 17317 at http://kplu.org Rodeo Band-Aid: Roping, Riding Helps People Heal From Oso Landslide Wash. State, Feds Set New Deadline For Hanford Cleanup http://kplu.org/post/wash-state-feds-set-new-deadline-hanford-cleanup <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154789105&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Washington state and the federal government just gave themselves a 40-day deadline to come up with a cleanup plan for leaking tanks of radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.</p><p>If you think you’ve heard that before, it’s because you have.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:09:28 +0000 Anna King 17186 at http://kplu.org Wash. State, Feds Set New Deadline For Hanford Cleanup Japan Looks To Richland-Made Filters To Treat Radioactive Water http://kplu.org/post/japan-looks-richland-made-filters-treat-radioactive-water <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153590841&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Japan’s crippled nuclear plant is bleeding hazardous radioactive water at a mind-staggering rate. Officials at Fukushima Daiichi are filling 27-foot-tall tanks nearly every other day. Now, in southeast Washington, a company called Kurion is developing and building a mobile filter system to help deal with that troublesome radioactive wastewater.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Anna King 17040 at http://kplu.org Japan Looks To Richland-Made Filters To Treat Radioactive Water Time's Up For Court-Ordered Hanford Cleanup Negotiations Between Feds, Wash. State http://kplu.org/post/times-court-ordered-hanford-cleanup-negotiations-between-feds-wash-state <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152979740&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week is the deadline for the state of Washington and the U.S. Department of Energy to reach an agreement on how to clean up radioactive tank waste at the </span>Hanford<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Nuclear Reservation.</span></p><p>The two sides can’t agree on a timelinel; it seems the state and the Energy Department have very different views of where things are.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:42:17 +0000 Anna King 16987 at http://kplu.org Time's Up For Court-Ordered Hanford Cleanup Negotiations Between Feds, Wash. State Northwest Fire Season Ramps Up Ahead Of Schedule East Of The Cascades http://kplu.org/post/northwest-fire-season-ramps-ahead-schedule-east-cascades <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152850533&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>With conditions at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation tinder dry, workers were told Wednesday to practice fire safety at work and at home.</p><p>The news is about four weeks ahead of schedule for these types of fire weather alerts — a sign of a long, hot summer ahead.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:47:09 +0000 Anna King 16965 at http://kplu.org Northwest Fire Season Ramps Up Ahead Of Schedule East Of The Cascades Young-Adult Cougars Looking For A Home Of Their Own Can Cause Problems http://kplu.org/post/young-adult-cougars-looking-home-their-own-can-cause-problems <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152697175&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">This time of year, young Northwest cougars are getting kicked out of the nest by their mother cats. That means many of these young adults are looking for their own home range.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">But these rookie hunters are in a cat-crowded field, and that sometimes ends in trouble.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Anna King 16938 at http://kplu.org Young-Adult Cougars Looking For A Home Of Their Own Can Cause Problems Pneumonia Outbreaks Hitting Northwest’s Wild Bighorn Sheep http://kplu.org/post/pneumonia-outbreaks-hitting-northwest-s-wild-bighorn-sheep <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151634512&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" 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;">Bighorn sheep in the Northwest have their lambs in early spring. About now, those babies start playing together in the mountains — a sort of lamb daycare.</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;">But that sweet, social behavior is spreading a deadly disease in several herds throughout the region.</span></p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Anna King 16840 at http://kplu.org Pneumonia Outbreaks Hitting Northwest’s Wild Bighorn Sheep Preserve Vs. Road: Tri-Cities' Growing Pains Erupt In Public Planning Battle http://kplu.org/post/preserve-vs-road-tri-cities-growing-pains-erupt-public-planning-battle <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150828615&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The Tri-Cities are growing faster than most other metro areas in the Northwest and the nation. From a high spot like Badger Mountain, it’s easy see how rapidly new neighborhoods are leveling off ridgelines and hacking into fruit orchards.</p><p>Nearly every week, development in the wide-open spaces of eastern Washington is celebrated with golden shovels and ribbon cuttings. But that’s beginning to change.</p><p>Now there’s a very public pinch point: a small track of wildland versus a planned city road.</p><p> Mon, 26 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Anna King 16796 at http://kplu.org Preserve Vs. Road: Tri-Cities' Growing Pains Erupt In Public Planning Battle What Northwest Wine Experts Are Drinking At Their Holiday BBQs http://kplu.org/post/what-northwest-wine-experts-are-drinking-their-holiday-bbqs <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150936401&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="card-content" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: none; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden " style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 16px; 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; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">The Northwest is quickly becoming world famous for high-quality wine. So what are the region's wine experts splashing into their glasses over Memorial Day weekend?</p> Sun, 25 May 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Anna King 16810 at http://kplu.org What Northwest Wine Experts Are Drinking At Their Holiday BBQs Residents Upstream Of Wanapum Dam Make Do With Low Columbia River http://kplu.org/post/residents-upstream-wanapum-dam-make-do-low-columbia-river <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150977007&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe><p>The dramatic drawdown of the water behind the damaged Wanapum Dam in eastern Washington means boaters are out of luck on that stretch of the Columbia River.</p><p>Those who own vacation homes upstream from Wanapum at Sunland Estates say they are getting creative for the long weekend.</p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 22:14:48 +0000 Anna King 16819 at http://kplu.org Residents Upstream Of Wanapum Dam Make Do With Low Columbia River New Northwest-Developed Organic Fertilizer Not As Smelly, Popular With Farmworkers http://kplu.org/post/new-northwest-developed-organic-fertilizer-not-smelly-popular-farmworkers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150294620&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>When you think organic, you probably visualize fresh, sweet-smelling fruits and vegetables. But what makes that delicious organic produce grow?</p><p>The answer is digested fish parts mixed with molasses, which smells so bad that it’s been known to make farm workers gag.</p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 18:33:50 +0000 Anna King 16668 at http://kplu.org New Northwest-Developed Organic Fertilizer Not As Smelly, Popular With Farmworkers Inslee: Cracked Wanapum Dam A Unique Problem, Not Systemic In River System http://kplu.org/post/inslee-cracked-wanapum-dam-unique-problem-not-systemic-river-system <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149613751&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">Gov. Jay Inslee got an up-close view of the drilling machines at work on the damaged Wanapum Dam in central Washington Wednesday, just one day after officials announced the dam’s massive crack was caused by fundamental design errors and bad concrete pours in 1960.</p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 05:12:01 +0000 Anna King 16579 at http://kplu.org Inslee: Cracked Wanapum Dam A Unique Problem, Not Systemic In River System