Jessica Robinson http://kplu.org en Northwest Meth Houses To Get Scrubbed Under EPA Program http://kplu.org/post/northwest-meth-houses-get-scrubbed-under-epa-program <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160319830&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;">Federal dollars meant to restore toxic areas like old factories, mines and gas stations are now going to clean up after another longtime industry: methamphetamine.</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;">For the first time, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">EPA’s "Brownfields" program</a>&nbsp;is covering the cleanup of former meth houses, and the inaugural sites are right here in the Northwest.</p><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17874 at http://kplu.org Northwest Meth Houses To Get Scrubbed Under EPA Program Wildfires Force Northwest Fruit Pickers Out Of Camps http://kplu.org/post/wildfires-force-northwest-fruit-pickers-out-camps <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071914JR_MigrantEvacuees_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Fire officials estimate wildfires have burned more than 1,200 square miles in Washington and Oregon. Crews are working fast to build fire lines between the rapidly moving flames and rural communities. But hundreds of people remain on evacuation alert.<p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:58:20 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17817 at http://kplu.org Wildfires Force Northwest Fruit Pickers Out Of Camps Pateros Residents Try To Make Sense Of Destruction Left By Wildfire http://kplu.org/post/pateros-residents-try-make-sense-destruction-left-wildfire <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071914JR_CarltonSpotFIXED_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The wildfires burning in central Washington prompted another round of evacuations Friday night. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:57:39 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17816 at http://kplu.org Pateros Residents Try To Make Sense Of Destruction Left By Wildfire Okanogan County Residents Look For Remnants Of Lives In Burned Homes http://kplu.org/post/okanogan-county-residents-look-remnants-lives-burned-homes <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071914JR_Rubble_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Residents of fire-ravaged central Washington say they're in a “state of shock.” Fires destroyed more houses over the weekend and prompted additional evacuation notices.<p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:57:07 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17815 at http://kplu.org Okanogan County Residents Look For Remnants Of Lives In Burned Homes 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’ Fire Evacuees In Pateros, Wash. Await Information On Their Town's Fate http://kplu.org/post/fire-evacuees-pateros-wash-await-information-their-towns-fate <p>About 80 people woke up in a Red Cross shelter in central Washington Friday morning after a wildfire forced the town of Pateros to evacuate overnight. Initial reports are that 40 homes and a church have burned in the small town on the Columbia River.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:32:02 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17797 at http://kplu.org Bergdahl's Attorney Expects Army Questioning To Begin Soon http://kplu.org/post/bergdahls-attorney-expects-army-questioning-begin-soon <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159161809&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 attorney representing rescued POW <a href="http://www.kplu.org/term/bowe-bergdahl">Bowe Bergdahl</a> expects the Army sergeant to be interviewed by military investigators within the coming weeks. The probe into how Bergdahl fell into Taliban hands while off-base in 2009 is already underway.</p><p>Bergdahl's attorney Eugene Fidell says it's hard to find other cases that serve as precedent for Bergdahl. Fidell, who teaches military justice at Yale Law School, met with Bergdahl in San Antonio for the first time last week after Bergdahl asked Fidell to represent him.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:31:12 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17791 at http://kplu.org Bergdahl's Attorney Expects Army Questioning To Begin Soon Northwest Health Officials See Gonorrhea Rising Outside Urban Hubs http://kplu.org/post/northwest-health-officials-see-gonorrhea-rising-outside-urban-hubs <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158974498&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>Public health officials in the Northwest say they're seeing gonorrhea infections at levels they haven't seen in years. Three counties in Washington state are now in the midst of an outbreak, and parts of Oregon and Idaho are set to top even last year's high numbers.</p><p>And health departments are seeing some unusual trends in the data.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:42:06 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17745 at http://kplu.org Northwest Health Officials See Gonorrhea Rising Outside Urban Hubs Bergdahl Retains Lawyer For Army Investigation Into His Disappearance http://kplu.org/post/bergdahl-retains-lawyer-army-investigation-his-disappearance <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158822208&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe><p>Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has retained a lawyer to counsel him during the Army's investigation into the circumstances of his capture.</p><p>In the meantime, the former prisoner of war who spent nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, has returned to regular duty at an Army base in Texas.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:35:10 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17721 at http://kplu.org Bergdahl Retains Lawyer For Army Investigation Into His Disappearance Study Finds Forests Recover 'Quickly' After Fire — In Tree Years, Anyway http://kplu.org/post/study-finds-forests-recover-quickly-after-fire-tree-years-anyway <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158127029&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>Fire season has come alive in the Northwest. On Monday, 20 homes in Idaho's Sun Valley area were briefly under evacuation when a fire broke out in a nearby canyon. And a 5,000-acre fire north of Wenatchee, Washington continues to threaten houses in the area.</p><p>Fires can be devastating to people's lives. But according to new research, at least certain types of forests recovery fairly quickly.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:43:17 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17668 at http://kplu.org Study Finds Forests Recover 'Quickly' After Fire — In Tree Years, Anyway Report Says Lack Of Maps, Leadership Puts Firefighters In Harm's Way http://kplu.org/post/report-says-lack-maps-leadership-puts-firefighters-harms-way <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156943542&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&nbsp;<a href="http://ffsafetymatters.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/SMBriefingFINALnoCOV.pdf" target="_blank">scathing new report</a>&nbsp;by a group of veteran wildfire experts says too little has been done to improve firefighter safety since an Arizona fire killed 19 firefighters a year ago.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group, called Safety Matters, is asking national wildfire managers to implement a series of changes aimed at putting safety above saving property.</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17519 at http://kplu.org Report Says Lack Of Maps, Leadership Puts Firefighters In Harm's Way Would-Be Day Of Celebration In Bergdahl’s Hometown Passes Quietly http://kplu.org/post/would-be-day-celebration-bergdahl-s-hometown-passes-quietly <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156733564&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 day of planned celebration of Bowe Bergdahl in his Idaho hometown turned out to be a pretty uneventful one. Hailey, Idaho cancelled Saturday’s event after the city received threats.</p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:40:29 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17482 at http://kplu.org Would-Be Day Of Celebration In Bergdahl’s Hometown Passes Quietly Abortion Seekers Still Protected At NW Clinics After Supreme Court Ruling http://kplu.org/post/abortion-seekers-still-protected-nw-clinics-after-supreme-court-ruling <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156309231&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe><p>Abortion services providers say&nbsp;<a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-1168_6k47.pdf" target="_blank">the Supreme Court’s ruling on a 35-foot “buffer zones”</a>around Massachusetts clinics won’t have much effect in the Northwest.</p><p>Neither Washington, Oregon nor Idaho has the kind of law that the high court deemed unconstitutional. Clinics in the region rely on other measures aimed at protesters.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:05:13 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17454 at http://kplu.org Abortion Seekers Still Protected At NW Clinics After Supreme Court Ruling How A Small Idaho County Became The Youngest Place In America http://kplu.org/post/how-small-idaho-county-became-youngest-place-america <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156194489&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>New federal population figures released Thursday show the nation’s youngest county is in the Northwest, and not in an urban area. Madison County, Idaho is in the midst of eastern Idaho's potato country.</p><p>To give a comparison, the median age of the U.S. is almost 38 years old. The median age of Madison County is 23. That’s the lowest in the country and there’s one big reason: Madison County is home to Brigham Young University-Idaho.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:06:57 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17438 at http://kplu.org How A Small Idaho County Became The Youngest Place In America You Could Win A Gun If You Give This Candidate Your Contact Info http://kplu.org/post/you-could-win-gun-if-you-give-candidate-your-contact-info <p>One candidate for an eastern Washington congressional seat has hit on a way to appeal to Second Amendment advocates and increase the names on his campaign mailing list: He’s offering voters a chance to win a gun.</p><p>People who give Clint Didier their name and email address will be entered to win one of three firearms. The Republican candidate for Doc Hastings’ seat is offering up two handguns and a semi-automatic rifle. Didier calls it the Freedom Fighters Gun Giveaway.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 03:05:37 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17247 at http://kplu.org You Could Win A Gun If You Give This Candidate Your Contact Info