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Timber
5:43 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Shutdown Halts Logging On Northwest's National Forests

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 4:29 pm

  Loggers are packing up and leaving timber sales uncut across the Northwest. It's another effect of the partial government shutdown. Timber companies say even if a deal is reached soon at the nation's capitol, the effects from the logging hiatus could be felt all the way into next spring.

Timber companies received letters from the Forest Service telling them to cease operations. That's because the employees who oversee and inspect timber sales were furloughed.

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The Week In Review
4:48 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Seattle Mayor's Race Debate, And A Possible Compromise For Shutdown

It’s Friday — time to talk over the week's news with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Eli Sanders of The Stranger. 

Seattle incumbent mayor Mike McGinn and challenger state Senator Ed Murray met in their first televised debate this week. Our panel weighs in on the candidate's performance and the latest polling. Word of a compromise is heard from Washington, D.C., as the partial government shutdown continues into a second week. Where does the Washington state delegation stand? Plus, Live Wire host Luke Burbank dials in from Chicago.

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More from KUOW
3:23 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Partisanship Unswayed By Federal Shutdown

Washington State Representative Matt Manweller.
From Matt Manweller's Facebook page.

When it comes to Washingtonian sentiment about government gridlock, partisan politics is the name of the game.  Whether it’s here in the Puget Sound region, or in the Central and Eastern parts of the state, political leanings are the lens through which Washington residents are viewing the crisis.

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Public Education Funding
1:36 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Wash. Schools Superintendent Proposes Taxes For Education

Randy Dorn
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 2:14 pm

Washington schools chief Randy Dorn says the time has come to raise taxes to increase funding for public education. And he’s prepared to lead the fight.

Dorn styles himself as a bit of a maverick. He says his job is to make adults uncomfortable. He recently gave the legislature a grade of "incomplete" for its first down payment on a Supreme Court decision that says Washington is not adequately funding public schools.

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North Korea Prisoner
1:34 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Kenneth Bae And Mom Embrace In Tearful North Korea Hospital Reunion

Kenneth Bae, right, an American man detained in North Korea for the past 11 months, and his mother Myunghee Bae met at the Pyongyang hospital where Bae has been receiving care.
Credit AP Photo/The Choson Sinbo, Mun Kwang Son

When Myunghee Bae stepped into the hospital room in North Korea on Friday, she wept as she embraced her son.

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Maritime Law
1:14 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Luxury Yachts Steer Clear Of Washington State Taxes

Serene has been at Pier 90 in Seattle since August 18.
Flickr Photo/Drewski2112

A 440-foot superyacht named Serene is approaching a deadline date with Washington’s tax authorities.

If it cruises through that deadline by staying longer than 60 days, its owners will have to pay 10 percent of the yacht’s value, which is $30 million. 

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Shutdown Activities
12:49 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

NOAA Continues Only Essential Work In Seattle: Feeding The Fish

Access to the NOAA Sandpoint facility in Seattle is restricted to a skeleton crew of employees who are considered essential.
KUOW Photo/Audrey Carlsen

Paychecks and research have come to a halt at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Seattle due to the partial government shutdown. Some NOAA researchers have been given special dispensation to come in to work only to feed the fish and invertebrates they study.

Morale at NOAA is pretty low for the skeleton crew that continues to come in to forecast the weather. So on Thursday they held a potluck to raise their spirits, serving up dishes with names like sequester quencher soda and filibuster parfait.

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Radioactive Waste Cleanup
5:00 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Details About Whistleblower Firings And Cleanup Delays At Hanford

Workers conduct routine monitoring of the tanks at Hanford.
Flickr Photo/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Correspondent Anna King speaks with David Hyde about the firing of Hanford whistleblower Walter Tamosaitis and reports on the Department of Energy’s announcement of more cleanup delays of the Hanford radioactive waste site.

Psychiatric Boarding
2:35 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Wash. Mental Health Advocates Pushing For Increased Funding Of Outpatient Programs

Emergency rooms in Washington often act as stop gap for those needing mental health care.
Flickr Photo/Michael J

Washington state is facing a crisis when it comes to providing beds for psychiatric care. On a per capita basis, according to a 2009 national report, Washington ranks at the very bottom.

When beds are unavailable at psychiatric hospitals and regional mental health providers, hospital emergency rooms are often a last resort. Mental health advocates say this is a huge problem, because in some cases, mentally ill people are housed in emergency rooms for months, without access to sufficient treatment.

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Elections 2013
12:57 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Socialist Candidate Sawant Keeps Conlin On Defensive

Seattle City Council candidates Richard Conlin and Kshama Sawant.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

In coming weeks, Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin will be working hard to secure votes, as he faces a serious challenger: Socialist Kshama Sawant, a Mumbai-educated economics professor who has focused on the $15 minimum wage, which Conlin doesn’t support.

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Spending Bill Vote
12:08 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Pressure Mounts On Congressional Republicans

The federal government is still in a partial shutdown. On Thursday, President Obama met with lawmakers from either side, but no agreement was reached. As pressure mounts, some House Republicans have said they will vote for a clean spending bill, no strings attached. Washington's Representative Dave Reichert is one of them. Steve Scher talks with Andrea Seabrook of DecodeDC.

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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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Canada
5:38 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Huh? Canadians Surprised They're Spying On Brazil

Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer speaks with The Record's Marcie Sillman about whether Canadians are paying attention to the partial government shutdown in the US, Canadian spies snooping around in Brazil and the country's national anthem, which has been accused of being sexist.

Elections 2013
4:12 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Candidates O'Brien and Shen Debate Affordable Housing

Seattle City Council candidates Albert Shen and Mike O'Brien at KUOW studios.
Flickr Photo/Bond Huberman

In a city of like-minded politicians it can be tough to tell the policy differences between candidates running for office. But incumbent city councilman Mike O’Brien and challenger Albert Shen have strong disagreements, including how to build more affordable housing.

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NIH Closure
2:37 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Cancer Patient's Hope For Treatment Thwarted By Shutdown

Flickr Photo/Nicki Dugan

Sharon Beatty of Everett was diagnosed with stage four melanoma in June. The prognosis isn’t good. She hasn’t responded well to chemotherapy, and her family was pinning its hopes on a vaccine trial at the Clinical Research Center of the National Institutes of Health.

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