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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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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6:45 pm
Wed October 15, 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.

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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10:50 am
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 Thu October 16, 2014 12:00 am

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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4:51 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Washington Fire And Flood Survivors Prepare For Winter

File photo of fire damage near Twisp, Washington.

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

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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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