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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Safety Concerns
7:16 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Hanford Whistleblower Investigation Folds With Few Available Documents

Donna Busche was fired last winter from the Waste Treatment Plant project at Hanford..

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 5:40 pm

A seven-month federal investigation into the firing of a top safety manager at Hanford came up inconclusive Monday.

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Environment
7:42 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Methow Valley Irrigation Gets Overhaul For Fish

The Methow River in Okanogan County, Washington.

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 2:54 pm

Construction begins this week on a state project in the Methow Valley that will give fish a boost of cold, clean water in rivers near Twisp, Washington.

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$10,000 Per Week
6:26 am
Thu October 16, 2014

EPA Fines Hanford For Stagnating Radioactive Waste Near Columbia River

The K-East and K-West reactors were shut down in 1970 and 1971.

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 5:45 pm

The Environmental Protection Agency intends to fine the U.S. Department of Energy up to $10,000 per week if radioactive waste just a stone's throw from the Columbia River isn’t cleaned up.

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Gun Initiatives
12:33 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Rural Washington Farmers On I-594: Make Your Gun Laws, But We Won't Abide

Ben and Frank Wolf are brothers who farm together in the Palouse, in southeast Washington. They say I-594 would make life hard in farm country, where guns are part of everyday life.

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 11:00 pm

In rural parts of the Northwest, many believe owning a gun is sort of like owning a garden trowel. You just have one or two around.

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Methow Valley
7:37 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Washington Fire And Flood Survivors Prepare For Winter

File photo of fire damage near Twisp, Washington.

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 3:51 pm

Methow Valley families know they have a long, difficult winter ahead. And they’re trying to get ready.

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Agriculture
9:47 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

USDA Has Little Idea How GMO Wheat Came To Sprout In Oregon

File photo

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 9:12 am

Genetically modified wheat has been found at a university research center in Montana. That news Friday came as a federal investigation into a similar case in Oregon concludes with few answers.

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History
9:20 am
Fri September 26, 2014

70 Years Ago: First Full-Scale Nuclear Reactor At Hanford Starts Up

When the B Reactor at Hanford began operating in September 1944, about 64,000 rods of metallic uranium, known as fuel elements, were placed inside the reactor core.

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 5:29 pm

Seventy years ago Friday, an 11-month frenzied construction project went hot. It all happened in the remote southeast Washington desert.

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Wildfires
3:20 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Washington State's Largest Wildfire Not Big Enough To Merit More Federal Assistance

A rancher surveys the fire damage in the Methow Valley near Twisp, Washington.

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 8:30 am

People of the Methow Valley and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation were hoping for more money to rebuild hundreds of lost homes and livelihoods.

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Salmon
11:05 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Chinook Salmon Head Up The Columbia In Big Numbers

Retired Hanford pipe fitter Melvin Miller, 60, was fishing early for Chinook salmon on the Columbia River near Columbia Point Marina in Richland, Washington.

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 4:37 pm

Fisheries experts say the return of Chinook salmon to the Columbia River may not quite break records this fall as expected.

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NPR Story
8:04 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Federal Government To Award Grants To Remember WWII Japanese Internment Sites

Laura Ng, the onsite crew chief in the summer of 2013 at the Kooskia site in Idaho.
Stacey Camp

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 8:18 am

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, U.S. government officials rounded up Japanese-Americans and sent them to harsh, ill-equipped camps. Now, the National Park Service has announced $3 million in new grants to help preserve that important history.

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Harvest Time
11:41 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Northwest Wine Crush: Hot Summer Makes For Strong Juice

Wine grapes ready for harvest at the Ciel du Cheval Vineyard on Red Mountain in southeast Washington.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 9:12 am

As the Northwest is bathed in autumn’s golden light, wineries across the region are harvesting, crushing grapes and making wine full bore. This year’s fruit looks petite and powerful.

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Displaced Homes
4:20 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Washington State To Feds: We Need More Help To Recover From Wildfires

File photo of Kent Stokes surveying the damage of his burnt-down home and shop outside of Twisp, Washington.

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 3:26 pm

In north-central Washington people are trying to get back to normal. But that’s pretty hard with a major housing shortage after more than 350 homes were lost to wildfires.

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Back To School
7:10 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Epic Eastern Washington Party Spot Closed After 'Dunes' Strewn With Trash, Feces

A university party spot called Illia Dunes along the Snake River in Eastern Washington was closed down after 2,000 people mobbed the spot this past weekend.

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 4:30 pm

An epic swim hole and university party spot on public land in Eastern Washington has been closed down after nearly 2,000 people mobbed the spot this past weekend.

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Wildfires
7:33 am
Mon September 8, 2014

It's Always Been Home: Sticking It Out After Fire And Mud In Washington's Methow Valley

Kent Stokes, 28, of Twisp, Washington, surveys the ruins of his large shop and home. He estimates his family lost about 20,000 acres of grazing land in the fires this year.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 7:51 am

Kent Stokes, 28, can’t believe who survived the Carlton Complex wildfire.

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Wildfires
7:33 am
Mon September 8, 2014

After Fire And Mud In Washington's Methow Valley, Some Choose To Leave

The day after the flood near Twisp, Wash., Patty Cho and her boyfriend Sal Asaro, 24, pick on the porch of their yurt and plan their next move. With no power, running water and surrounded by mud, they were looking for a new home.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 8:01 am

Hunkered low on the front deck of a yurt are two 20-somethings. The hut is plopped in the middle of a winding mountain canyon in Washington’s Methow Valley near the town of Twisp.

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