News http://kplu.org en Summer Is Back! Dry Weather And Warm, Sunny Skies In the Forecast http://kplu.org/post/summer-back-dry-weather-and-warm-sunny-skies-forecast <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160262297&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 last week of July is historically the driest week of the year. And despite record-breaking rain last week, the forecast for the days ahead fits the bill for this time of year, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We’re going to have sun, warmth and virtually no precipitation,” Mass said of the week ahead.</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:06:14 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17871 at http://kplu.org Summer Is Back! Dry Weather And Warm, Sunny Skies In the Forecast 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 Washington Secretly Competed For Tesla ‘Gigafactory,' State Officials Confirm http://kplu.org/post/washington-secretly-competed-tesla-gigafactory-state-officials-confirm <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160175871&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 state competed to become the location for a massive battery factory for Tesla electric cars, state officials confirmed Thursday as media outlets reported&nbsp;Tesla broke ground near Reno, Nevada.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:25:11 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17870 at http://kplu.org Washington Secretly Competed For Tesla ‘Gigafactory,' State Officials Confirm So Far, Federal Wildfire Assistance Doesn't Include Direct Payments To Homeowners http://kplu.org/post/so-far-federal-wildfire-assistance-doesnt-include-direct-payments-homeowners <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160172168&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 funds are being used to help fight the wildfires that have raged across the Northwest this summer. But so far, the Federal Emergency Management Agency isn't handing out money directly to owners of the nearly 200 homes lost in the blazes.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:54:50 +0000 Chris Lehman 17869 at http://kplu.org So Far, Federal Wildfire Assistance Doesn't Include Direct Payments To Homeowners 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 Oil Train Derailment Under Busy Seattle Bridge Highlights Safety Concerns http://kplu.org/post/oil-train-derailment-under-busy-seattle-bridge-highlights-safety-concerns <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160154500&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>Three tanker cars derailed at a Seattle rail yard early Thursday while carrying oil from North Dakota to a refinery in Anacortes.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">No one was hurt and none of the oil spilled, according to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Burlington Northern Santa Fe</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the incident spurred renewed calls from the city for a </span><a href="http://clerk.seattle.gov/~scripts/nph-brs.exe?s1=&amp;s3=31504&amp;s2=&amp;s4=&amp;Sect4=AND&amp;l=20&amp;Sect2=THESON&amp;Sect3=PLURON&amp;Sect5=RESNY&amp;Sect6=HITOFF&amp;d=RESF&amp;p=1&amp;u=%2F~public%2Fresny.htm&amp;r=1&amp;f=G" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">ban on oil train traffic near neighborhoods</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:41:16 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17865 at http://kplu.org Oil Train Derailment Under Busy Seattle Bridge Highlights Safety Concerns Engineers’ Union Files Charges Against Boeing, Alleges Age Discrimination http://kplu.org/post/engineers-union-files-charges-against-boeing-alleges-age-discrimination <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160256124&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 union representing Boeing engineers has filed age-discrimination charges against the company with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Washington State Human Rights Commission.</p><p>The move comes in the wake of a series of announcements by Boeing that said the company is shifting thousands of engineering jobs to other states.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:38:58 +0000 Ashley Gross 17863 at http://kplu.org Engineers’ Union Files Charges Against Boeing, Alleges Age Discrimination Seattle Ballot Measure On Park District Divides Parks Advocates http://kplu.org/post/seattle-ballot-measure-park-district-divides-parks-advocates <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160049636&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>Voters in Seattle will decide whether to establish a special taxing district to help fund the city’s parks.</p><p>Proposition 1, which appears on the Aug. 5 ballot, has created a rift in the ranks of park advocates. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 17857 at http://kplu.org Seattle Ballot Measure On Park District Divides Parks Advocates 5 Tips For Using Your Frequent Flyer Miles http://kplu.org/post/5-tips-using-your-frequent-flyer-miles <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159995990&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;">If you get on a commercial airliner more than a few times of year, the chances are pretty good that you’re building up frequent flyer miles, either through your credit card or an airline, or an airline’s credit card.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Whatever the case, when it comes time to redeem those miles, things can get tricky.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KPLU travel expert Matthew </span>Brumley<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has a few tips.</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ed Ronco & Matthew Brumley 17851 at http://kplu.org 5 Tips For Using Your Frequent Flyer Miles Expansion Of 13-Year-Old Oil Terminal Just Now Getting Environmental Review http://kplu.org/post/expansion-13-year-old-oil-terminal-just-now-getting-environmental-review <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160022871&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>An expansion of the Northwest’s largest oil terminal will be the subject of a public hearing before the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Army Corps of Engineers</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Portals/27/docs/regulatory/publicnotices/2014%20PNs/Special%20Public%20Notice%20BP%20Cherry%20Point%20(3).pdf" target="_blank">Thursday evening in Seattle</a>.&nbsp;Environmentalists</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are calling for limits on oil tanker traffic at BP’s docks at Cherry Point, north of Bellingham.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Environmental impact statements are usually heard before a project is built. But in an unusual twist, this hearing concerns a facility that’s been up and running for 13 years.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17854 at http://kplu.org ACLU Takes On Case Of Idaho Teen In Solitary Confinement http://kplu.org/post/aclu-takes-case-idaho-teen-solitary-confinement <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160029593&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="font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.5;">In north Idaho, a 15-year-old boy sits in an isolated jail cell awaiting trial for murder. </span>Eldon<span style="font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.5;"> Samuel III is accused of shooting to death his father and younger brother in March</span></p><p>Juveniles accused of crimes like this are automatically charged as adults in Idaho. But now, Samuel’s lawyer and the ACLU&nbsp;<a href="https://acluidaho.org/aclu-of-idaho-asks-court-to-end-solitary-confinement-of-fifteen-year-old-child/" target="_blank">are trying to get him moved out of solitary confinement</a>&nbsp;at the adult county jail. They say his isolation amounts to “cruel and unusual” punishment.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:29:12 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17855 at http://kplu.org ACLU Takes On Case Of Idaho Teen In Solitary Confinement Do Homeless People Need A Place To Smoke Pot So They Don't Light Up In Public? http://kplu.org/post/do-homeless-people-need-place-smoke-pot-so-they-dont-light-public <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160022301&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>Of the 82 tickets S<span style="line-height: 1.5;">eattle police officers issued&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for public marijuana use&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in the first six months of this year, 38 of them — nearly half —</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">went to people who were probably homeless.</span></p><p>For Seattle City Council member Nick Licata, that raises a question: Don't the economically-distressed need a place to go to smoke pot legally, without doing so in public?</p><p>"What we don't want to create is a situation where we literally are giving citations away to people that are going to end up having their record affected for engaging in activity that otherwise would be legal, except that it's just done outside," Licata said.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:33:11 +0000 Kyle Stokes 17853 at http://kplu.org Do Homeless People Need A Place To Smoke Pot So They Don't Light Up In Public? Seattle City Light Employee Raises Workplace Safety Concerns To City Council http://kplu.org/post/seattle-city-light-employee-raises-workplace-safety-concerns-city-council <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159997373&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>On a morning when a fire at a Seattle City Light substation knocked out power to customers including the Monorail, the utility’s CEO happened to be in city council chambers answering questions about safety.&nbsp;</p><p>Seattle City&nbsp;Council members brought&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">CEO</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Jorge </span>Carrasco<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> into an energy committee meeting to discuss a </span><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-city-light-ceo-apologizes-mistakes-admits-he-did-ask-raise" style="line-height: 1.5;">string of recent embarrassing news stories</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, including Seattle City Light’s effort to suppress unflattering online search results.</span></p><p>But public testimony at the meeting steered toward the issue of employee safety.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:34:36 +0000 Ashley Gross 17852 at http://kplu.org Seattle City Light Employee Raises Workplace Safety Concerns To City Council Fun With Making Your Own Banh Mi Viet Subs And The Pickles, Too http://kplu.org/post/fun-making-your-own-banh-mi-viet-subs-and-pickles-too <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159868644&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>I'm a recent though enthusiastic consumer of banh mi and a longtime fan of Andrea Nguyen's superb cookbooks. Her newest, "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Banh-Handbook-Crazy-Delicious-Vietnamese/dp/160774533X">The Banh Mi Handbook: Recipes for Crazy Delicious Vietnamese Sandwiches,"</a>&nbsp;was just released.</p><p>That subtitle is no overstatement. If you're unfamiliar with banh mi (<em>bunn mee</em>) Viet sub sandwiches, it's time to try one. And what better way to get started than to make your own with the easy-to-follow instructions in Andrea's handbook.&nbsp; Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Dick Stein 17840 at http://kplu.org Fun With Making Your Own Banh Mi Viet Subs And The Pickles, Too 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