Anna King

Anna King calls Richland, Washington home and loves unearthing great stories about people in the Northwest. She reports for the Northwest News Network from a studio at Washington State University, Triââ

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Oil Equipment
9:44 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Megaload Pulls Out Of Northeast Oregon Port Despite Protesters

Cathy Sampson-Kruse is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation. Police arrested her after she laid down in front of the so-called megaload bound for Canada.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 1:25 pm

A massive load of oil equipment is on its way to Canada, along a winding route that began near Hermiston, in northeast Oregon. 

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Grape Harvest
8:38 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Small Northwest Winemakers May Have More Juice To Work With This Year

Northwest winemakers expect an abundance of high-quality juice this year.
Trey Busch Sleight of Hand Cellars

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 8:23 am

Early crop reports from farmers say Washington and Oregon’s wine grape harvest appears to be up a tick for 2013.

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Nuclear Waste
7:23 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Hanford Researchers Puzzle Over Preventing Sludge Tank 'Burps'

Phil Gauglitz is a chemical engineer with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. He shows off one of his experiments aimed at solving the problem of possible deep sludge gas at Hanford.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 8:27 pm

We all burp sometimes. It turns out, so do underground waste tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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Nuclear Waste
7:15 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Energy Department Says Leaking Tank At Hanford 'Stabilizing'

File photo of part of Hanford's C-Farm
US Department of Energy

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 5:31 pm

After nearly a year of study, the U.S. Department of Energy says fewer radioactive waste tanks appear to be leaking at Hanford than originally thought.

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NPR Story
1:08 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Washington Voters Say No To Initiative On Initiatives

Elizabeth Jenkins Flickr

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 6:57 am

Washington voters have rejected a measure aimed at making it easier to qualify citizen initiatives for the ballot.

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NPR Story
7:36 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Apple Production Way Up In Washington For 2012

Washington state's apple production increased by 16 percent in 2012 over 2011.
Washington Apple Commission

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 3:37 pm

Washington’s agricultural crops in 2012 are up 6 percent from the year before. A recent USDA report say agricultural products reached nearly $10 billion.

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NPR Story
7:35 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Groups Unveil Plans For Redeveloping Hanford

File photo of Hanford's 300 Area, near the Columbia River, after the clean-up of about 50 acres.
Washington Closure Hanford

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 5:02 pm

Community leaders in southeast Washington are looking to develop parts of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation as a prime spot for tourists.

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NPR Story
7:07 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Twin Atomic Cities: New Book Compares Richland, Wash. To Ozersk, Russia

Oxford University Press

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 8:50 am

In southeast Washington, and in southern Russia there are two atomic cities a world apart but with surprising similarities.

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Environment
7:21 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Putting The Spa in Spawn: Tribe Creates Refuge For Exhausted Fish

Joe Blodgett (right), with the Yakama Nation's steelhead rehabilitation center, lifts a fish out a tub where they're fed highly nutritious pellets.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:27 pm

The Yakama Nation’s steelhead reconditioning program is like a retreat spa for fish. And it's changing the circle of life for the species.

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Elections 2013
7:22 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Washington's Initiative 522: A Tale Of Two Northwest Farms

Eric Maier farms 7,000 acres of wheat and cattle near Ritzville, Washington. He says labeling GMO foods would possibly curtail an option that would keep his farm competitive globally in the future.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 7:27 am

The state of Washington grows about 300 types of crops -- from the lush valleys north of Seattle, to the orchards of the Columbia Basin, to the rolling fields between Spokane and Walla Walla. And if you ask any of those farmers about Washington’s Initiative 522 and you’ll get every kind of answer.

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Nuclear Energy
8:58 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Let-Go Hanford Whistleblower Readies For Upcoming Court Battles

Walter Tamosaitis has worked in the chemical and nuclear industry for 44 years. He was just laid-off earlier this month.
Rajah Bose

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 7:19 am

In early November, a federal appeals court will consider the case of a well-known Hanford whistleblower.

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Nuclear Waste
9:18 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Radioactive Hanford Sludge Ages as Feds To Miss More Deadlines

A tank farm at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation
US Department of Energy

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:56 am

Washington officials say they’re disappointed but not surprised by news that the federal government likely will miss several more cleanup deadlines at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. 

At Hanford, radioactive sludge stews in aging underground tanks not far from the Columbia River. A 1989 agreement created the timeline for treating that caustic gunk. But the task has proven extremely difficult: A waste treatment plant has been plagued by whistleblowers, critical federal investigations, cost overruns and delays.

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Hop Industry Growth
9:26 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Northwest Craft Breweries Keep Pouring Into The Market, But Is There A Bubble?

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 4:48 pm

Northwest farmers are wrapping up this year’s hop harvest at a time when the craft beer industry is seeing huge growth.

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Nuclear Waste
9:36 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Feds Propose Plan For Hanford's Tank Waste Challenges

US Department of Energy

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 8:49 am

There’s a new plan for cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The federal government is looking for ways to process certain types of radioactive waste more quickly, while managers there figure out how to solve major technical challenges at its massive Waste Treatment Plant.

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Food Safety
9:23 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Warning: Some Columbia River Fish Not Safe To Eat

US Army Corps of Engineers

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 3:50 pm

New advisories from health officials in Washington and Oregon warn that some fish in the Columbia River aren’t safe to eat.

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