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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4:53 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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9:42 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Safety First: Are Security Requirements For Legal Pot Grows Enough?

Even though the grow area at Black Dog Acres in Goldendale, Washington, is in the middle of a 20-acre lot, regulations mandated that the fence and all the other security protocols be followed.
Joe Barrentine The News Tribune

Washington state’s new pot grow operations have state-required alarm systems, dozens of cameras and tall fences. But some growers said they aren’t worried about theft and violence.

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6:15 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Odd Couple: Where Does A Straitlaced Farmer Get Pot Growing Expertise?

Research farmer Alan Schreiber and research assistant Tom Balotte, of Ag Development Group, talk about an ongoing research project in the fields of the 105-acre farm north of Pasco, July 2, 2014.

In Eastern Washington, a pair of very different guys teamed up to embark on an experiment to grow Washington’s latest agricultural crop -- legal marijuana. 

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5:37 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Mary, How Do You Grow? The Tricky Business Of Yielding The Best Pot

Growing marijuana outside is a tricky venture, as farmer Susy Wilson can attest to.

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 11:29 am

Figuring out how to maximize yields on legal marijuana in Washington state will be tricky -- and not every licensed farmer will survive the competition and the tight margins.

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8:57 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Lightning-Sparked Wildfire In Central Washington Grows

The Snag Canyon Fire is sending plumes of smoke mixing with storm clouds above tinder-dry hillsides just outside of Ellensburg, Washington.

Firefighters are battling the lightning-strike Snag Canyon Fire that’s grown quite large just north of Ellensburg.

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2:48 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Winds Blowing Ellensburg-Area Wildfire Away From Homes Today

Map of active wildfires in Washington state as of 2 p.m. Sunday.

Kittitas County Commissioner Obie O’Brien said he fears about a dozen homes have been lost to a fast-growing wildfire in the foothills north of Ellensburg, Washington. Those losses have not been confirmed.

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6:01 am
Sun August 3, 2014

Dark 'n' Light: Is It Better To Grow Marijuana Indoors Or Out?

Toni Reita, of Black Dog Acres in Goldendale, Washington, waters her starts.

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 11:35 am

As legal pot growing operations spring to life from urban King County to remote corners of Washington state, an ongoing debate has developed within this new farming community.

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9:16 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Hanford Workers Say They’re Not Satisfied With Working Conditions At Tank Farms

Dozens of workers from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation gathered for public meeting organized watchdog group Hanford Challenge.

Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers who are worried about getting sick turned out in droves for a public meeting Wednesday night in Richland organized by a Seattle-area watchdog called Hanford Challenge.

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8:46 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Hanford Vapors: It's Still Difficult To Track Down The Solution

Handheld air monitors are used in the Hanford Nuclear Reservation's tank farms to help keep workers safe. But a human nose can detect far less concentrated chemicals, than this high-tech machinery.

Since the spring, a run of workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have needed medical attention from exposure to chemical vapors. On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Energy led a bus load of journalists to points across the site to show off what they’re doing to keep workers safe.

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3:58 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

'Altitude' Legal Pot Store Opens In Eastern Washington Farming Town

Jacob Nichols, of Pasco, says he's excited to buy legal weed for the first time at the Altitude store in Prosser, Washington.

Legal marijuana stores opened Tuesday morning in Washington state. One of the earliest locations to open was in the rural Eastern Washington farming community of Prosser.

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9:20 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Legal Washington Pot Stores Opening Soon, But Production Lags

Eric and Katey Cooper stand amid their flowering marijuana. Their business, named Monkey Grass, in Wenatchee, Washington, is one of the largest marijuana grows licensed by Washington state so far.

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 12:00 pm

Eric Cooper has a sort of "The Dude" vibe: Hawaiian shirt, leather brown sandals and a bushy silver goatee. He smoked weed for the first time when he was about 14. He’s a former contractor and registered nurse. Cooper grew medical marijuana, and now he’s one of the owners of Monkey Grass Farms in Wenatchee, Washington.

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9:53 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Letting Go Of The Oso Landslide On The Back Of A Fast Horse

Alexis Blakey, 20, of Oso, Washington, says running barrels with her horse Tax helps her hit the pause button on memories of the landslide for a few brief moments.

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 2:52 pm

The Timberbowl Rodeo, in the town of Darrington, Washington, saw some of its largest crowds ever this past weekend. Neighbors gathered at the event to hug, shake hands and heal up a bit from this year's nearby terrible Oso landslide.

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7:42 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Washington State, Energy Department Continue Talks Over Hanford Tank Cleanup

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 8:46 am

  Washington state and the U.S. Department of Energy just gave themselves a 40-day deadline. They need a clear cleanup plan for leaking tanks of radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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9:12 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Wenatchee Latino Population Encouraged To Hike Outdoors For Health

Hikers Kimberly Carrillo and her friend Lily Esuivel near Wenatchee. Agencies in the area are trying to get more people hiking on nearby trails.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Doctors in Wenatchee have been passing out some unusual prescriptions lately – not pills, but mountain hikes. It’s called the Foothills Hiking Challenge.

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9:10 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Japan Looks To Richland-Made Filters To Treat Radioactive Water

John Raymont, founder and president of Kurion, stands inside one of his company’s containerized mobile strontium filter units. These shipping-container-like machines will be shipped from the build site in Richland to Japan’s crippled nuclear plant in July
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 8:19 am

Japan’s crippled nuclear plant is bleeding hazardous radioactive water at a mind-staggering rate. Officials at Fukushima Daiichi are filling 37-foot-tall tanks nearly every other day. Now, in southeast Washington, a company called Kurion is developing and building a mobile filter system to help deal with that troublesome radioactive wastewater.

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7:17 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Court-Ordered Negotiations Between Feds, Washington State Are Up

File photo of a nuclear waste storage tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

This week is the deadline for the State of Washington and the U.S. Department of Energy to reach an agreement on how to clean up radioactive tank waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The two sides can’t agree on a timeline.

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4:05 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Northwest Fire Season Ramps Up East Of The Cascades

File photo of a 2013 wildfire near Goldendale, Washington.

Workers in the Tri-Cities, Washington, area got notice Wednesday of tinder-dry conditions at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and were advised to practice fire safety at work and at home.

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5:54 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Young-Adult Cougars Looking For A Home Of Their Own Can Cause Problems

File photo

This time of year, young Northwest cougars are getting kicked out of the nest by their mother cats. That means many of these young adults are looking for their own home range.

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