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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Water
4:05 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Endangered Salmon Migrate Via Trucks Around Cracked Dam

At Priest Rapids Dam workers practice transporting salmon in trucks. They'll have to transport hundreds of fish a day so the salmon can get past the lowered water and several dams.
Anna King Northwest News Network

The Columbia River will remain drawn down at least until June because of the cracked Wanapum Dam in southeast Washington.

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Agriculture
6:40 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Alfalfa Growers Hope To Rake In More Green This Year

Drex Gauntt grows some of the earliest-harvested alfalfa in the Northwest near Burbank, Wash. Hay prices this year have him smiling.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Many Northwest alfalfa growers had a rough year with bad weather last summer.

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NPR Story
5:07 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Keeping Bones, Cultural Artifacts Safe In Central Washington Is Proving Costly

File photo. Sheriff's deputies, Grant County employees and state Fish and Wildlife officers are patrolling 80 miles of Columbia River shore.
Anna King Northwest News Network

The drawdown of water behind Wanapum Dam in central Washington is exposing dozens of human gravesites and hundreds of Native American cultural artifacts.

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4:52 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

What Cracked Wanapum Dam? Experts Won't Know Until June

A view of the lowered Columbia River at Crescent Bar near Vantage, Wash.
Grant County PUD

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 6:25 pm

Central Washington could be in for a bummer of a summer as Grant County officials have said they won’t nail down the cause of the crack on Wanapum Dam until June.

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Education
5:43 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Northwest Students To Test Their Code-Breaking Skills

Stuart Boersma is a professor at Central Washington University. He’s organizing a code-breaking completion for Northwest college and high school students.
Stuart Boersma

Code language is probably as old as language itself. Now, two Northwest university professors have launched a competition to test students’ code breaking skills.

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Agriculture
6:48 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Low Prices Prompt Northwest Asparagus Growers To Try To Delay Harvest

File photo
Anna King Northwest News Network

Northwest asparagus growers are just starting to harvest spears in the warmer sites around Pasco, Wash.

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4:33 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A Long, Dry Summer For River Resort Communities Behind Wanapum Dam?

Boat launches and docks have been left high and dry from the drawdown of water behind the damaged Wanapum dam.
Anna King Northwest News Network

This summer could be a bust for a resort community in central Washington after a crack in the Wanapum Dam forced operators to draw down the Columbia River more than 25 feet.

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4:03 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Winds Hamper Exploratory Drilling On Wanapum Dam's Giant Crack

Crews are trying to figure out how bad the crack on Wanapum Dam is and how it can be repaired.
Grant County PUD

High winds on the Columbia River are hampering forensic work on the damaged Wanapum Dam in southeast Washington.

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6:52 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Washington State Tells Feds Hanford Cleanup Must Go Faster

File photo. Construction of Hanford's waste treatment plant is way behind schedule.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson complained Monday that the federal government will likely miss major deadlines for cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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5:46 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Bones Found Near Wanapum Dam Repatriated To Northwest Tribes

File photo. Two skeletons were found several weeks ago along newly exposed Columbia River shore.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Two skeletons found upstream of the cracked Wanapum Dam have been handed over to Northwest tribes.

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7:31 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Hanford Fumes Lead Some Workers To Seek Medical Attention

Anna King Northwest News Network

Some workers from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s tank farms were transported to a Richland hospital Tuesday morning.

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5:53 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Irrigators Struggle To Secure Fish Screens And Water In Time

Many irrigation pipes don’t reach the lowered Columbia River behind the cracked Wanapum Dam
Anna King Northwest News Network

Dozens of central Washington fruit farmers are still high-and-dry without water for their valuable fruit trees.

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4:13 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Washington State Orders Hanford Managers To Empty Leaking Tank

View inside the space between the two walls of Tank AY-102 at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
U.S. Department of Energy

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 9:37 am

The state of Washington has ordered the federal government to start pumping out a leaking double-shell tank of waste at Hanford by September 1.

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7:07 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Washington Fruit Farmers Scramble To Irrigate From Lowered Columbia River

Frosty Hansen, 74, of Wenatchee, Wash., says many of his neighbors can't reach the Columbia River with thier irrigation pipes. He plans to pump water for them until the Wanapum Dam can be repaired.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Dam engineers are continuing to keep the pool behind the ailing structure drawn down to relieve pressure.

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Columbia River
5:00 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Fish Experts Plan A Salmon Water Slide On Cracked Wanapum Dam

File photo of the fish ladder at John Day Dam on the Columbia River. The fish ladders at the Wanapum and the Rock Island dams are dry.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 4:24 pm

The ongoing issue with the cracked Wanapum Dam in central Washington is now creating a problem for migrating salmon.

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Water
9:08 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Worried Washington Farmers Plead For Help To Water Fruit Trees

Becuase of the drawdown. this irrigation pipe for cherry orchards that lies four miles downstream from Rock Island Dam cannot reach water in the Wanapum pool.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 4:20 pm

In central Washington, state officials and farmers are scrambling to save orchards at risk of drying up because of a drawdown of the Columbia River.

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Human Remains Found
2:15 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Wanapum Dam River Drawdown Churns Up More Old Bones

Washington State officials are worried over the safety of newly-found human remains and artifacts on miles of newly-exposed Columbia River shoreline.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 3:04 pm

State officials are reporting the discovery of a second set of human remains near the cracked Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River in Eastern Washington state.

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3:47 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Farmers Upstream Of Wanapum Dam Can't Reach Columbia For Irrigation

File photo of a cherry orchard in Eastern Washington
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 9:03 am

Thousands of acres of high-value cherry and apple orchards behind the damaged Wanapum Dam are at serious risk.

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Found Remains
7:17 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Old Questions About Newly-Exposed Bones On Columbia River Shore

Newly exposed riverbank sprawls out upstream on the Columbia River from Wanapum Dam
Anna King Northwest News Network

Grant County officials and Native Americans are patrolling round the clock to keep sacred and sensitive sites protected on miles of exposed Columbia River shoreline.

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5:11 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Hanford Whistleblowers: Senate Hearing Forces Few Answers Into The Open

File photo of Hanford whistlerblower Walt Tamosaitis testifying before the Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight in 2011.
US Senate

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 5:17 pm

In Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Hanford whistleblowers Donna Busche and Walt Tamosaitis weren’t allowed to speak before a Senate hearing.

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