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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9:16 am
Mon September 29, 2014

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

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Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 10:12 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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9:30 am
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.

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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5:37 pm
Thu September 18, 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.

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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5:25 pm
Tue September 16, 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 9:18 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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10:12 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

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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4:26 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.

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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5:30 pm
Mon September 8, 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.

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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Northwest News
8:51 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

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

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Northwest News
5:55 pm
Fri September 5, 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 9:01 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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Agriculture
6:27 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Small Tract Of Northwest Wine-Growing Soil Attracting Big Outside Investment

Gewurztraminer grapes at Kiona Vineyards on Red Mountain. The winery founders were some of the very first to try growing wine grapes in the small southeast Washington appellation.

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 6:39 pm

Wine harvest is underway in a small growing region in southeast Washington called Red Mountain. The dusty wedge of earth has been attracting an increasing amount of investment from winemakers from Napa, Canada and even Italy.

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3:52 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Inslee Declare State Of Emergency In Okanogan County After Severe Storms

Mud and debris covered driveways and state highways after a major rainstorm and fires hit Okanogan County.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a state-of-emergency proclamation for Okanogan County Thursday. This, after severe rainstorms pounded the area this month.

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5:04 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

After Wildfires, Dams Fail In North Central Washington

Water from thunderstorms last week ran down barren hillsides and funneled into the canyons below.

The State of Washington and residents in Okanogan County are concerned that more small dams could be at risk of failing after three of them burst in a thunderstorm event last week near Twisp in northcentral Washington.

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Science + Research
3:48 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Scientists Discuss Long-Awaited Scientific Volume On 'Kennewick Man' Skeleton

A new book about Kennewick Man is due to hit bookstands in mid-September.

A skeleton that's about 9,000 years old is giving up a few of his secrets today. Monday, scientists who have a new book about the ancient remains found near Kennewick 18 years ago spoke to the press.

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9:36 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

Twisp Digs Out From Flash Flooding After Carlton Complex Fires

Maggie Garrett's jeans were caked with mud after she went up Finley Canyon Thursday to save her eight horses.

Maggie Garrett’s eight Arabian and Appaloosa horses whinnied and struggled last Thursday night in their pens, mud up to their bellies. Garrett had jumped in a truck with her neighbor to save the horses she calls her babies from drowning in a flash flood.

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5:23 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Benson Creek Road Residents Sort Their Life Out Of A Torrent Of Muck

Aaron Dunlap digs his SUV out of sand and mud that washed over his cannabis farm in a flash flood near Twisp, Washington, Thursday night.

Residents are digging out from flooding that looks 300 yards wide in some places after mudslides brought down hillsides and torrents of mud ran down creeks outside of Twisp, Washington, Thursday night.

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2:24 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Houses In Mud, Fish On Land After Twisp Landslides

Aaron Dunlap found his car stuck in the sand after flash floods hit his cannabis farm Thursday near Twisp, Washington.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 4:55 pm

Aaron Dunlap started Friday morning with his car stuck in sand and a fish stuck in the dirt outside his cannabis farm. Dunlap is one of many people stuck digging themselves out today after landslides and flash floods near Twisp, Washington.

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2:08 am
Fri August 22, 2014

After The Fire, Landslides Near Twisp

The boot of a rancher as he surveys the damage near Twisp, Wash.

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 5:11 pm

Heavy rains near Twisp, Washingon, have triggered flash floods and landslides on hills and ranches left charred by the Carlton Complex wildfire. Highways have been closed in Okanogan County and traffic has been rerouted.

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4:53 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Radio Station For The Visually Impaired Fades To Quiet This Week

Volunteer Richard Berndt will read the Evergreen Radio Reading Service's last Seattle Times on Friday at noon, 6 and 11 p.m.

For more than 40 years, a radio station called the “Evergreen Radio Reading Service” has been broadcasting all day, everyday across Washington State for the "print disabled" -- people who are visually impaired or unable to hold or turn a page.

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3:47 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

U.S. Highway 12 Through Washington's Cascades Reopened After Mudslide

Slides happen nearly every year on this highway known as 'White Pass.'

A section of U.S. Highway 12 in Washington state has reopened after a large mudslide hit Wednesday. But state workers are concerned about more possible slides there.

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Wildfires
5:13 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Northwest Cattle Ranchers Struggling With Wildfires

File photo of cattle receiving fresh water and feed after being stressed by fire.

Northwest cattle ranchers are struggling to get their herds out of the way of raging wildfires. Some herds have been lost, others badly injured.

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