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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4:23 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Christmas Trees Delayed At Northwest Ports

Tedder Wikimedia

Several Northwest Christmas tree growers are trying to push containers full of evergreens through the Northwest’s delayed seaports.

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4:46 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Northwest Cranberry Farmers Struggle From North American Fruit Oversupply

File photo of a cranberry harvest.
WSU Long Beach Research and Extension Unit

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 5:20 pm

Northwest cranberry farmers are struggling from a North American oversupply of the fruit.

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5:53 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Senators, Congressman Pile On To Call For Hanford Vapor Fix

Tobin Fricke Wikimedia

For the third time this week there are calls to protect workers from hazardous vapors at Hanford. This time from Washington’s congressional delegation.

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5:19 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Why Your Christmas Tree Might Cost More This Year

The average Christmas tree might be a bit more expensive this year.
Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association

Some of the world’s largest Christmas tree farms are right here in the Northwest. Some are harvesting about 20,000 trees a day.

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5:51 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Tips To Finding A Fresh Christmas Tree: Sniff, Lift And Snap

File photo of a Christmas tree farm near Redland, Oregon.
Tedder Wikimedia

Experts say there are at least three tests to give a Christmas tree before it gets strapped it to a car and dragged home so it doesn’t go “Charlie Brown” before Christmas Day.

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5:35 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Most Northwest Christmas Trees Take A Short Flight Before Landing In Your Living Room

Christmas tree farmers rely on helicopter to move trees from their fields.
Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association

If you buy a Christmas tree, part of its journey to your living room may involve a helicopter.

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4:04 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Hanford Watchdogs, Union Intend To Sue Feds Over Tank Vapors

Three groups say intend to sue the U.S. Department of Energy and a contractor over vapors from storage tanks at Hanford.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Thursday three groups with ties to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation announced they intend to sue the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor.

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4:25 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Washington State Steps Up To Sue Over Hanford Tank Farm Vapors

Washington state intends to sue the federal government if Hanford workers are not better protected at the tank farms on the site.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 5:47 pm

Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington have been complaining of vapors from radioactive sludge for decades.

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5:54 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Small Towns Across The Northwest Scramble To Get Ready For Ebola

Small towns across the Northwest are buying protective equipment and preparing their staff. From left, Donna Tuning, Trish Reinmuth and Tina Glockner of say they "are in" for caring for patients with Ebola that show up at their hospital.

Small-town hospitals and clinics across the Northwest are scrambling to prepare for Ebola.

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Agriculture
3:49 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Apple Farmers Scramble To Save Last Of Their Fruit

Workers at Broetje Orchards in southeast Washington pulled some midnight shifts lately to try and save the last of the apples from the recent arctic air.

An arctic air mass has swept into the Northwest. Cold air and snow are expected from central Washington through central Oregon and even into Idaho’s central Panhandle.

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4:52 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Can A Little Grass Seed Prevent Further Mudslides In The Methow Valley?

Some bunch grass in the Methow Valley made it through the Carlton Complex fires and is coming back.

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 6:12 pm

The Carlton Complex fires burned more than 255,000 acres in Washington’s Methow Valley past summer. There are thousands of fire-scrubbed hillsides and slopes that threaten to become torrents of mud running down in nearly every direction.

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4:51 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Methow Valley Residents Brace For A Long, Tough Winter

Wildfires burned down 350 homes in Washington's Methow Valley this summer. Nearly half of them are uninsured.

The fires and immediate mudslides are over in the Methow Valley in north central Washington. Now a lot of tough work begins.

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6:38 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

How Much Digging Should The Government Do At Hanford?

An aerial view of the 200 Area at Hanford -- also known as the Central Plateau.

Removing and disposing of contaminated soil is one of the biggest jobs at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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10:07 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Dems' Loss of the Senate Could Rattle Budget At Hanford

Senator Patty Murray

The U.S. Senate has flipped to Republican control. Workers and managers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are watching to see what the change could mean for cleanup in southeast Washington.

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7:00 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Northwest States Shaping Up Ebola Policies As More Travelers Arrive Home

Each day now, travelers are arriving home to the Northwest who may have been exposed to Ebola. In Oregon, a woman who has come back from West Africa was just hospitalized Friday with a fever. 

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6:28 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Washington Apples Are Heading To China Again

Washington apples can again be exported to China after a two-year market closure.

The Chinese government approved market access to Northwest apples Wednesday after a two-year market closure.

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6:22 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Ebola Calls Northwest Volunteers To Action, Medical Centers To Prepare

Marc Bouma, an E.R. nurse at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, is taking a leave of absence to fight Ebola in Liberia. In this photo he was volunteering in Haiti after the earthquake of 2010.

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 8:18 pm

Across the Northwest medical professionals are getting ready for Ebola.

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6:16 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Seattle Author's Downwinder Book Tackles Nuclear Contamination

Sarah Alisabeth Fox's new book tackles the issue of nuclear contamination in the western United States.

You might have heard of “Hanford Downwinders.” Now, a new book penned by a Northwest author tackles the stories of nuclear “downwinders” in the broader West.

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6:40 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Hanford Whistleblower Investigation Folds With Few Available Documents

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

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

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3:54 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Methow Valley Irrigation Gets Overhaul For Fish

The Methow River in Okanogan County, Washington.

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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