Other News http://kplu.org en Patty Murray Praises VA Reforms But Warns Of More Troubling Revelations http://kplu.org/post/patty-murray-praises-va-reforms-warns-more-troubling-revelations <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160870111&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’s senior U.S. Sen. Patty Murray says a new deal to spend billions on fixing the Department of Veterans Affairs is an essential step, but she warns the reform efforts are likely to unearth even more problems.</p><p>Bipartisan negotiators in Congress took a while to settle on a $17 billion package of reforms meant to address long waits for care at VA hospitals and clinics across the country.</p><p>As the Senate voted to confirm Robert McDonald as the new VA Secretary, Murray, the former chairwoman of the Senate veterans affairs committee, praised both the nominee and the reforms he’ll be overseeing. But she also warned there could be more troubling revelations to come.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:33:11 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17893 at http://kplu.org Patty Murray Praises VA Reforms But Warns Of More Troubling Revelations Blue Angels' Flights Won't Damage Hearing, But Will Affect Traffic http://kplu.org/post/blue-angels-flights-wont-damage-hearing-will-affect-traffic <p>People can expect to hear the roar of the Blue Angels zooming above Lake Washington this weekend. After missing last year’s Boeing Seafair Air Show due to sequestration cuts, the Blue Angels have returned to Seattle.</p><p>The noise of the planes may be bothersome to neighbors, but audiologist Susan Anderson says it doesn’t pose a health risk.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:30:46 +0000 Alison Marcotte 17875 at http://kplu.org Blue Angels' Flights Won't Damage Hearing, But Will Affect Traffic Tunnel Company Says Bertha Rescue Is Already A Month Behind Schedule http://kplu.org/post/tunnel-company-says-bertha-rescue-already-month-behind-schedule <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160721997&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>Just six weeks after the contractor managing the State Route 99 tunnel project laid out its timeline for getting back to digging, the company said it’s about a month behind on repairs to its tunneling machine.</p><p>Crews are working to burrow down from the surface to where the machine known as Bertha is sitting idle. An early step is to sink a circle of interlocking concrete pillars that will line the access shaft and protect surrounding structures, but that’s proving harder than what the company was planning for in mid-June.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:55:55 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17877 at http://kplu.org Tunnel Company Says Bertha Rescue Is Already A Month Behind Schedule Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell Dies http://kplu.org/post/former-seattle-mayor-paul-schell-dies <div><p>Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell, who led the city during the World Trade Organization protests in 1999, has died. He was 76.</p><p>Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says Schell died Sunday morning. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:19:04 +0000 Paula Wissel & The Associated Press 17876 at http://kplu.org Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell Dies Inslee Says Feds Will Help Restore Power In Fire Zone http://kplu.org/post/inslee-says-feds-will-help-restore-power-fire-zone <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/072214AJ_InsleeFires_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Tuesday President Obama has pledged immediate federal aid to help fire-swept areas of north central Washington.<p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:05:09 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17850 at http://kplu.org Inslee Says Feds Will Help Restore Power In Fire Zone Four Years After A Life-Changing Tragedy, A Pilot Meets His Rescuers http://kplu.org/post/four-years-after-life-changing-tragedy-pilot-meets-his-rescuers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159871551&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;">In a thick Pacific fog, James Island completely disappears from view. But it sits just a few hundred yards from La Push, a small community on the outer edge of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Even with the landmark obscured by heavy gray, Lt. Lance Leone can point to where it all happened. The power lines extended out this way. The helicopter broke apart in mid-air right here. The cockpit hit the water over there.</span></p><p>Of the four on board, Leone was the only survivor of the crash. Four years later to the day, he returned to meet the people who saved him, and to tell them how the crash changed his life and ended his Coast Guard career.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ed Ronco 17842 at http://kplu.org Four Years After A Life-Changing Tragedy, A Pilot Meets His Rescuers Fire Evacuees Find Help With Donation Centers, Shelters http://kplu.org/post/fire-evacuees-find-help-donation-centers-shelters <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159821151&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 Okanogan County Sheriff’s Department ordered more homeowners to evacuate Monday afternoon after firefighters saw a brief relief from high winds and hot weather Sunday.</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;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Donations are coming in by the truckload to the Pateros High School in central Washington. Piles of clothes hip-deep fill the gym. Stacks of food, water and pet food line the hallways.</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:57:53 +0000 Courtney Flatt 17837 at http://kplu.org Fire Evacuees Find Help With Donation Centers, Shelters 'It’s Not Going To Be The Same': How The Kids Of Yesler Terrace Feel About Leaving http://kplu.org/post/it-s-not-going-be-same-how-kids-yesler-terrace-feel-about-leaving <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When 10-year-old Mohamed Mohamed thinks of </span>Yesler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Terrace, the word “community” comes to mind.</span></p><p>“It’s not one of those quiet neighborhoods where you’re staying at home playing video games or anything like that,” he said. “It’s somewhere where you can play outside and meet new people.”</p><p>Mohamed says he has lived in Yesler Terrace, Seattle’s oldest housing project, his whole life.</p><p>“It’s very sad they’re changing it into like houses that have elevators,” he said. “It’s not going to be the same; it’s not going to be low-income anymore. It’s just going to be sad.”</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:50:05 +0000 Alison Marcotte 17813 at http://kplu.org 'It’s Not Going To Be The Same': How The Kids Of Yesler Terrace Feel About Leaving Most Destructive Wildfire In Wash. Leaves Thousands Without AC, Gas, ATMs http://kplu.org/post/most-destructive-wildfire-wash-leaves-thousands-without-ac-gas-atms <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159673392&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 most destructive wildfire currently burning in the Northwest has left thousands of people without air conditioning and refrigeration. The so-called Carlton Complex fire has closed gas stations and shut down ATMs in north-central Washington.</p><p>Okanogan County currently estimates 150 to 200 homes burned to the ground. The Okanogan County Utility District says its electrical system is almost a complete loss.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:16:23 +0000 Courtney Flatt 17825 at http://kplu.org Most Destructive Wildfire In Wash. Leaves Thousands Without AC, Gas, ATMs 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 Wildfire Threatens Hundreds Of Homes In Central Washington http://kplu.org/post/wildfire-threatens-hundreds-homes-central-washington <p style="font-family: arial; background-color: rgb(238, 238, 238);">Residents of 860 homes have been told they should evacuate as a wildfire burns out of control in central Washington state.</p><p style="font-family: arial; background-color: rgb(238, 238, 238);">The&nbsp;Chiwaukum Creek fire in Chelan County, believed to have been started by lightning and first detected on Tuesday, remains zero percent contained. It has now burned approximately&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/ChelanCountyEM/status/489790351394091009" style="color: rgb(24, 95, 159);" target="_blank">4,500 acres</a>.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:58:16 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 17780 at http://kplu.org Wildfire Threatens Hundreds Of Homes In Central Washington 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 Here's What The Big I-90 Closure Will Look Like. How Will You Survive? http://kplu.org/post/heres-what-big-i-90-closure-will-look-how-will-you-survive <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Get ready for some big delays on Interstate 90. Starting Friday night, westbound traffic will have to squeeze down from four lanes to one, beginning at Bellevue Way. Several ramps will also be closed.&nbsp;</span></p><p>It's going to last an entire week, and&nbsp;yes, the Washington State Department of Transportation <a href="http://wsdotblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-i-90-closure-survival-guide.html" target="_blank">says it’s going to be messy</a>.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ed Ronco 17756 at http://kplu.org 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