Liam Moriarty

Environment Reporter

Liam Moriarty started with KPLU in 1996 as our freelance correspondent in the San Juan Islands. He’s been our full-time Environment Reporter since November, 2006. In between, Liam was News Director at Jefferson Public Radio in Ashland, Oregon for three years and reported for a variety of radio, print and web news sources in the Northwest. He's covered a wide range of environment issues, from timber, salmon and orcas to oil spills, land use and global warming. Liam is an avid sea kayaker, cyclist and martial artist.



Liam's most memorable KPLU radio moment: "Recording a musician swapping songs with killer whales from a boat in the middle of Johnstone Strait in British Columbia."

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Boeing
3:48 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Boeing, Airbus both claim WTO victory

NORMANDY, France – Both U.S. and European officials are claiming victory after a global trade court ruled in a long-standing dispute over claims of illegal government subsidies to Boeing and European rival Airbus. 

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Business
11:14 am
Wed December 28, 2011

Airbus on track to beat Boeing 9th year in a row

Jim Albaugh, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, talks to reporters about Boeing's plans to build a version of its 737 passenger airplane named the 737 MAX, which feature redesigned CFM International LEAP-1B engines, in August.
Associated Press

NORMANDY, France – Boeing rival Airbus is set to finish 2011 with a record number of aircraft orders, beating out Boeing for the ninth year in a row.

But analysts say Boeing is poised to gain ground against its European competitor in 2012. That's because of a new product that will be built in Puget Sound.

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WILDLIFE
10:58 am
Fri April 22, 2011

Coming to Terms with Bears: A conversation with Chris Morgan

Brian Zeiler Stewart, Tabori & Chang

Over the years, bears have gone from primal menace to environmental icon, while enduring a close brush with extinction along the way. Ecologist and Bellingham resident Chris Morgan works to educate people about bears, especially the bears we share the Cascades Mountains with.

On this Earth Day, we present a recent conversation about the importance of coming to terms with these large carnivores.

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Professional Baseball
7:00 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Renovated Cheney Stadium will usher in a new era in Tacoma baseball tonight

The AAA Tacoma Rainiers baseball club opens its 2010 season in a new home.
Liam Moriarty KPLU

A steady drizzle has the infield covered in white plastic, but as the time ticks down, the place is in a high-level state of bustle.

Staffers scurry by carrying armloads of bright red T-shirts, burly young guys wheel stacks of cardboard boxes around. Crews are wiring up the TV and radio booths and the control room for the electronic scoreboard is filled with techies.

At 7:05 this evening, it's showtime for the newly redesigned, redveloped, revamped and renovated Cheney Stadium and the Tacoma Rainiers' home opener against the Sacramento River Cats.

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Utility Rates
6:45 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Seattle's water and sewer rates are among the highest in the nation

blog.lib.umn.edu

If you live in Seattle, and you think your water and sewer charges are high, you’re right.

That’s according to a new city-government audit of Seattle Public Utilities. The Seattle Times reports the audit cites an industry analysis that found Seattle paying the highest rates among 50 U.S. cities. 

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Whale Watching Rules
6:00 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Step away from the whale: Whale watch regulations get tougher

Under new federal rules, whale watcher such as these will have to stay further back from the killer whales
Soundwatch

Next time you go whale watching on Puget Sound, be sure to take your binoculars. Soon, you’ll have to stay twice as far from the endangered killer whales as before. 

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State Budget
11:05 am
Mon April 11, 2011

Taking a broader look at the value of natural resources

Lime Kiln State Park on San Juan Island is a prime spot for watching killer whales from the shore
San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau

Lawmakers in Olympia are struggling to close a $5 billion budget gap, and, like many state programs, natural resource agencies are on the chopping block. A study by a Tacoma-based non-profit says cutting those services too deeply could cost a lot more money than it saves.

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Transit Cuts
3:18 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

Snohomish Community Transit faces more service cuts

CT

If you ride Community Transit buses, brace yourself for longer waits and fewer trips. For the second year in a row, bus service in Snohomish County is facing a 20 percent cut.

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Air Pollution
4:05 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Groups seek regulation for livestock air pollution

EPA.gov

If you put thousands of cows or chickens or hogs in a confined area, it’s likely to produce a powerful aroma. But can it harm your health?

A coalition of community and environmental groups says "yes." And they're asking for regulations on high-intensity livestock operations they say violate air pollution standards.

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Airline Safety
8:01 am
Tue April 5, 2011

Boeing helps with Southwest Airlines investigation

A Southwest Airlines jet, a Boeing 737-300, takes off from the Tampa, Fla., airport in January. The plane is coming under scrutiny after a section of a Southwest Airlines jet ripped open during a flight in the skies of Arizona last week.
AP

Boeing says it’s providing technical assistance to federal aviation regulators and to Southwest Airlines in the wake of Friday’s mid-flight incident where a hole appeared in the skin of a 737 airliner at 34,000 feet.

The Seattle Times reports that the sudden rupture has experts concerned because the stress-related failure of the aircraft’s aluminum skin occurred mid-fuselage. That's a place that was not previously thought to be vulnerable to that kind of damage. 

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Passenger Rail
4:56 am
Mon April 4, 2011

Washington hopes to benefit from rejected Florida rail funds

The Amtrak Cascades passenger train running along the bottom of a steep bluff near Steilacoom
WSDOT

Today is the deadline for Washington and other states to apply for a share of more than $2 billion in federal high-speed rail money that Florida rejected. State officials hope to use some of that money to tackle landslides that have made rail travel this winter unreliable.

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Law and Justice
3:03 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Feds launch civil rights investigation of Seattle Police

A protester named Redweezil holds up a photo of John T. Williams, a Native woodcarver killed by Seattle Police officer Ian Birk in August 2010. The killing sparked protests and was among the events prompting the ACLU to call for a federal investigation.
Ted S. Warren AP

Update 2:55 p.m.

The federal Department of Justice is launching a full-scale investigation into possible discrimination and excessive use of force in the Seattle Police Department. The probe will review the department’s policies, practices and behavior.

The investigation will look for what’s called a “pattern or practice” of civil rights violations in how the Seattle police use force, especially against minorities.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement
3:06 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Legal questions confront proposed Seattle referendum on tunnel

Seattle's Alaskan Way viaduct remains the focus of political controversy.
AP

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes has filed a legal challenge to a citizen referendum on Seattle's proposed deep-bore waterfront tunnel.

Holmes has asked a judge to rule on whether the construction agreements between the city and the state that targeted by the referendum are “administrative actions” which can't be overturned by the vote. 

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Puget Sound
9:05 am
Tue March 29, 2011

Pier Peer: Discovering the Creatures of the Night

Naturalists and curious youngster gather at night on a dock at Seattle's Elliott Bay Marina. They're studying the sea life drawn to an underwater light bulb.
Liam Moriarty KPLU News

What with theaters, concerts and clubs, Seattle has a pretty lively night life. But as a group of people gathers after dark at a marina on Elliot Bay, they’re looking for a completely different kind of thrill.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement
7:22 am
Tue March 29, 2011

Tunnel vote likely in Seattle, but it may not resolve anything

A conceptual drawing of the proposed deep bore tunnel slated to replace Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct.
WSDOT

Opponents of the tunnel proposed to replace Seattle’s aging Alaskan Way Viaduct say they’ve gathered more than enough signatures to force a public vote. But a new poll suggests that won’t settle the contentious issue. 

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