Anna King http://kplu.org en Endangered Chinook Hitching A Ride On Trucks Around Cracked Wanapum Dam http://kplu.org/post/endangered-chinook-hitching-ride-trucks-around-cracked-wanapum-dam <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hundreds of Chinook salmon are being rounded up and loaded into tanker trucks that will drive them around the cracked </span>Wanapum<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dam in </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">southweast</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Washington.</span></p><p>The Columbia River will remain drawn down at least until June, which means fish can’t reach their traditional ladders. Engineers are working on extensions and water slides of sorts to get fish ladders working again. But work to install this new equipment has been difficult, with cranes, man baskets and the whipping wind.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:14:56 +0000 Anna King 16046 at http://kplu.org Endangered Chinook Hitching A Ride On Trucks Around Cracked Wanapum Dam 'This Is The Kind Of Hay Year That Makes A Hay Farmer Smile' http://kplu.org/post/kind-hay-year-makes-hay-farmer-smile <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;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">Many Northwest alfalfa growers had a rough year with bad weather last summer. Rain can leach nutrients out of drying hay and rot away any profits.&nbsp;</span></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 this year, hay markets are primed if growers can duck the storm clouds.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px;">Drought in California and parts of the Midwest means hay buyers are focusing in on Northwest crops.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:13:48 +0000 Anna King 16026 at http://kplu.org 'This Is The Kind Of Hay Year That Makes A Hay Farmer Smile' Keeping Bones, Cultural Artifacts Safe In Central Washington Proving Costly http://kplu.org/post/keeping-bones-cultural-artifacts-safe-central-washington-proving-costly <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143960086&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The drawdown of water behind the cracked Wanapum Dam in central Washington is exposing dozens of human gravesites and hundreds of Native American cultural artifacts. Grant County officials are working overtime to protect these sensitive sites, but that work isn’t cheap.</p><p>Grant County utility district says it’s spending about $600,000 per month protecting 80 miles of Columbia River shore.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:58:30 +0000 Anna King 15867 at http://kplu.org Keeping Bones, Cultural Artifacts Safe In Central Washington Proving Costly Contest Challenges Northwest College Students To Break Secret Code http://kplu.org/post/contest-challenges-northwest-college-students-break-secret-code <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143742375&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Code language is probably as old as language itself. Now, two Northwest professors have launched a competition to test students’ code-breaking skills.</p><p>Called <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/math/kryptos" target="_blank">Kryptos</a>, the competition is geared toward undergraduate students all around the Northwest. But the region’s high school students are also encouraged to try and break the codes.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:11:33 +0000 Anna King 15800 at http://kplu.org Contest Challenges Northwest College Students To Break Secret Code Low Prices Prompt Northwest Asparagus Growers To Try To Delay Harvest http://kplu.org/post/low-prices-prompt-northwest-asparagus-growers-try-delay-harvest <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143427537&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Anna King 15734 at http://kplu.org Low Prices Prompt Northwest Asparagus Growers To Try To Delay Harvest A Long, Dry Summer For River Resort Communities Behind Cracked Dam? http://kplu.org/post/long-dry-summer-river-resort-communities-behind-cracked-dam <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143113119&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>For one resort community in central Washington, this summer could be a bust. A crack in the Wanapum Dam there has forced operators to draw down the Columbia River more than 25 feet, leaving boat docks hundreds of feet from the water.</p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:34:55 +0000 Anna King 15704 at http://kplu.org A Long, Dry Summer For River Resort Communities Behind Cracked Dam? Winds Hamper Exploratory Drilling On Wanapum Dam’s Giant Crack http://kplu.org/post/winds-hamper-exploratory-drilling-wanapum-dam-s-giant-crack <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142587020&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>High winds on the Columbia River are hampering forensic work on the damaged Wanapum Dam in southeast Washington. Workers first noticed a giant crack in the structure over a month ago. Investigators are trying to figure out just how bad it is and how to fix it.</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:25:06 +0000 Anna King 15582 at http://kplu.org Winds Hamper Exploratory Drilling On Wanapum Dam’s Giant Crack State of Washington To Feds: Cleanup At Hanford Must Go Faster http://kplu.org/post/state-washington-feds-cleanup-hanford-must-go-faster <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142537497&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson complained Monday that the federal government will likely miss major deadlines for cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.</p><p style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">They want the feds to stick to agreed upon deadlines and are&nbsp;<a href="http://www.atg.wa.gov/uploadedFiles/Home/News/Press_Releases/2014/Consent-Decree-Amendment-Proposal-March-31-2014.pdf" target="_blank">demanding new tanks to replace the leaking old ones</a>. But the feds say they, too, have a plan.</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 05:31:31 +0000 Anna King 15530 at http://kplu.org State of Washington To Feds: Cleanup At Hanford Must Go Faster Bones Found Near Wanapum Dam Repatriated To Northwest Tribes http://kplu.org/post/bones-found-near-wanapum-dam-repatriated-northwest-tribes <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141690838&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: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Two skeletons found upstream of the cracked Wanapum Dam have been handed over to Northwest tribes.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">The remains were <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/wanapum-dam-s-river-drawdown-churns-old-bones-inundates-guards">found near each other </a>several weeks ago along the newly-exposed Columbia River shore.</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:29:09 +0000 Anna King 15378 at http://kplu.org Bones Found Near Wanapum Dam Repatriated To Northwest Tribes Wash. State Orders Hanford Managers To Empty Leaking Tank http://kplu.org/post/wash-state-orders-hanford-managers-empty-leaking-tank <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/140757175&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe><p>The state of Washington has ordered the federal government to pump out a leaking double-shell tank of waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.</p><p>The state says pumping must begin by Sept. 1.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Anna King 15140 at http://kplu.org Wash. State Orders Hanford Managers To Empty Leaking Tank With Drawdown, Fruit Farmers Scramble To Irrigate From Lowered Columbia River http://kplu.org/post/drawdown-fruit-farmers-scramble-irrigate-lowered-columbia-river <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/140717006&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Dam engineers are working to determine the severity of the crack in the Wanapum Dam’s spillway.</p><p>But the drawdown of the spillway to relieve pressure on the ailing structure is having some real consequences for the region’s farmers, tourism hubs and Northwest tribes.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:57:11 +0000 Anna King 15131 at http://kplu.org With Drawdown, Fruit Farmers Scramble To Irrigate From Lowered Columbia River Fish Experts Plan Water Slide For Salmon On Cracked Wanapum Dam http://kplu.org/post/fish-experts-plan-water-slide-salmon-cracked-wanapum-dam <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/140602906&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The ongoing issue with the cracked Wanapum Dam in central Washington is now creating problems for migrating salmon. The drawdown of water between Wanapum and Rock Island dams to relieve pressure on the crack is the roadblock.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:43:02 +0000 Anna King 15109 at http://kplu.org Fish Experts Plan Water Slide For Salmon On Cracked Wanapum Dam Dam Drawdown: Worried Washington Farmers Plead For Help To Water Fruit Trees http://kplu.org/post/dam-drawdown-worried-washington-farmers-plead-help-water-fruit-trees <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials and farmers are scrambling to save orchards at risk of drying as a result of the&nbsp;</span>drawdown<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of the Columbia River. The </span>drawdown<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is due to major cracks found on the&nbsp;</span>Wanapum<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dam. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:12:33 +0000 Anna King 14874 at http://kplu.org Dam Drawdown: Worried Washington Farmers Plead For Help To Water Fruit Trees Wanapum Dam’s River Drawdown Churns Up Old Bones, Inundates Guards http://kplu.org/post/wanapum-dam-s-river-drawdown-churns-old-bones-inundates-guards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A second set of human remains have been found near the cracked </span>Wanapum<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dam on the Columbia River in eastern Washington, according to state officials.</span></p><p>The remains were found about 500 yards downstream from <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/newly-exposed-bones-columbia-river-shore-churn-old-questions">the first set of remains</a> found last week near Crescent Bar.</p><p>The first set belongs to a Native American man and could be very old. The second skeleton is also Native American, but its gender is not yet known. Whatever the case, some locals hope to avoid what happened with the discovery of the Kennewick Man.</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:52:45 +0000 Anna King 14813 at http://kplu.org Wanapum Dam’s River Drawdown Churns Up Old Bones, Inundates Guards Upstream Of Damaged Dam, Farmers Can’t Reach Columbia River For Irrigation http://kplu.org/post/upstream-damaged-dam-farmers-can-t-reach-columbia-river-irrigation <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thousands of acres of high-value cherry and apple orchards behind the damaged </span>Wanapum<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dam are at serious risk in eastern Washington.</span></p><p>It turns out farmers don't have long enough straws to pump out of the Columbia River now that <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/columbia-river-drawdown-continues-take-pressure-wanapum-dam">the water has been lowered there</a> to stabilize the dam.</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:03:53 +0000 Anna King 14786 at http://kplu.org Upstream Of Damaged Dam, Farmers Can’t Reach Columbia River For Irrigation