Bellamy Pailthorp

Environment Reporter

Bellamy Pailthorp joined the staff of KPLU as a general assignment reporter in 1999 and covered the business and labor beat for more than a decade. She now covers the environment beat. She was raised in Seattle, but spent 8 years in Berlin, Germany freelancing for NPR and working as a producer for Deutsche Welle TV after receiving a Fulbright scholarship in 1989. She holds a Bachelors degree in German language and literature from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and a Masters in journalism from New York's Columbia University, where she completed the Knight-Bagehot fellowship in business reporting in 2006.

Bellamy's most memorable KPLU radio moment: “Seeing the INS open a shipping container at the Port of Seattle that contained stowaways from China, three of whom died en route of seasickness. Harrowing stuff, with global economics and inequity at its root.”

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Missing Hiker
12:38 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Crews Search For Missing Hiker On Mount Rainier Amid Snowy Conditions

Mount Rainier is seen in the distance from a viewpoint within Mount Rainier National Park on Sunday, June 1, 2014.
Rachel La Corte AP Photo

Search and rescue teams are combing the east side of Mount Rainier where a Seattle woman has gone missing amid snowy conditions.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:01 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Good News, Nude Cyclists: Summer Weather Arriving Just In Time for Solstice

Tim Durkan

The nude cyclists at Seattle’s Fremont parade can look forward to comfortable summer temperatures on Saturday afternoon. And it might even be a bit too hot for runners at the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

A weak front has passed through, says Mass, and the clouds and sprinkles are expected to subside in time for the summer solstice Saturday.

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Environment
4:04 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Environment Washington Pushing To Close Loopholes In Clean Water Act

Members of Environment Washington at the lunchtime release in Seattle of the new report, called Wasting our Waterways.
Bellamy Pailthorp photo KPLU News

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Rideshare Services
3:20 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Murray Proposes Deal To Lift Cap On Rideshare Cars In Seattle

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AP Photo

Ridesharing services like Sidecar, Uber and Lyft have won the first round in a battle to decide how regulate them in Seattle. There will be no cap on the number of drivers using these apps under a new proposed agreement announced by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.

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Weather With Cliff Mass
11:05 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Mass: Go East For A Dry, Sunny Father’s Day

The sun sets over Puget Sound on June 10, 2014.
Tim Durkan

Friday will bear the worst of the weekend weather, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass, but don’t expect sunshine on Father’s Day.

The rain returned on Friday with a “fairly good drenching” — “the first substantial rain” in nearly two weeks — and the clouds are expected to stick around for most of the weekend, Mass said.

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Arts
5:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Seattle Sound Artist Trimpin’s Latest Work To Be Unveiled At Olympic Sculpture Park

Alison Marcotte KPLU News

Three sets of oversized orange headphones have arrived at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park.

They’re parts of  “YOU ARE HEAR,” a temporary installation by Seattle sound artist Trimpin that will be unveiled Saturday.

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Metro Funding
7:55 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

King County Executive Vetoes Council's Vote To Postpone Some Metro Service Cuts

AP Photo

Saying it is not an action he takes lightly, King County Executive Down Constantine vetoed a King County Council vote that would have staved off cuts to King County Metro Transit bus service next year.

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Metro Funding
5:43 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

King County Council Postpones Three Rounds Of Metro Cuts Planned In 2015

King County Metro Transit's Facebook Page

The King County Council has voted to postpone a portion of planned cuts to King County Metro Transit bus service — at least for now.

In a 5-to-4 vote, the council on Monday decided to delay three of the four planned rounds of service cuts.

The decision does not affect the first round of cuts planned for this September; all three of the postponed reductions were slated to take effect in 2015, in February, June and September. 

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Hatcheries vs. Wild Fish
9:18 am
Mon June 9, 2014

For First Time In 20 Years, Wenatchee River Open For Spring Chinook Fishing

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Dan Hershman Flickr

For the first time in 20 years, the Wenatchee River in eastern Washington has opened for spring Chinook salmon fishing.

Wildlife officials say it’s a sign of successful management of the hatcheries program. 

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:22 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Mass: Sun-Filled Weekend Will Offer Short Reprieve From Infamous June Gloom

Tim Durkan

It appears the infamous June Gloom will spare us — at least for now.

“Normally this month, we have June Gloom: cloudy skies, temperatures in the 60s. But this year, it’s been unusually nice, [with] temperatures above normal and extraordinary amounts of sun,” Mass said.

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Oil Trains
5:01 am
Thu June 5, 2014

New Rule To Reveal How Many Oil Tanker Trains Passing Through Wash. State

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2013 file photo is a warning placard on a tank car carrying crude oil near a loading terminal in Trenton, N.D. U.S.
Matthew Brown AP Photo

The rapid increase of trains carrying crude oil across the region has raised alarm bells in the wake of a series of serious accidents. Communities and first responders say they can’t adequately prepare for possible disasters because railroads are not required to give any information on the shipments.

That’s about to change, at least to some extent, with a new regulation that takes effect Friday.

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Minimum Wage
3:39 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Seattle City Council Unanimously Approves $15 Minimum Wage — Highest In Nation

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AP Photo

The Seattle City Council on Monday unanimously approved an ordinance to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour, the highest in the nation.

Starting on April 1, 2015, the clock will begin ticking for Seattle-based employers to boost their minimum wage workforce up to $15 per hour. Raises will be phased in over the next three to seven years, depending on how large the business is and what other benefits it offers. 

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Environment
1:52 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Counties Deploying Bacteria-Sniffing Dogs To Find Failing Septic Systems

Molly, a border collie trained by Environmental Canine Services, can sniff out human fecal coliform bacteria in water samples. She recently worked for King County at creeks in Seattle and Kirkland.
Chris Kittredge Photo

In recent years, the Samish River Basin in Skagit County has suffered severe pollution from fecal coliform bacteria. Water polluted with untreated sewage and manure leads to frequent closures of shellfish beds and beaches. County authorities are testing a new method to find the sources: poop-sniffing dogs

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:09 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Weekend Curse Has Lifted: Sunny Skies And Summer-like Temps Ahead

Sunny Seattle beach with more sun to come.
Erin Hennessey

It’s time to get out the sunscreen and summer clothes.

KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass says we have a beautiful weekend ahead of us.

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