Tom Banse http://www.kplu.org en First Nuisance Sea Lions Of 2014 Killed At Bonneville Dam http://www.kplu.org/post/first-nuisance-sea-lions-2014-killed-bonneville-dam <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">State wildlife officers trapped and killed six salmon-chomping sea lions at </span>Bonneville<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;"> Dam earlier this week.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">It's part of a renewed campaign against nuisance predators who follow the spring salmon run.</span></p><p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:49:31 +0000 Tom Banse 16151 at http://www.kplu.org First Nuisance Sea Lions Of 2014 Killed At Bonneville Dam Flags Lowered Statewide For One Week To Honor Landslide Victims http://www.kplu.org/post/flags-lowered-statewide-one-week-honor-landslide-victims <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Flags will fly at half-mast across Washington state until next Tuesday to honor the victims of last month's deadly landslide. Earlier Tuesday, the Snohomish County medical examiner raised the death toll by one to 37. Seven others remain missing.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:30:05 +0000 Tom Banse 16047 at http://www.kplu.org Flags Lowered Statewide For One Week To Honor Landslide Victims It's Now Officially Wildfire Season In Wash. http://www.kplu.org/post/its-now-officially-wildfire-season-wash <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">Wildfire season officially starts on April 15 in Washington state.&nbsp;Oregon and Idaho have rolling starts to fire precaution rules, depending on local conditions.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Fire managers are looking ahead to a fairly "normal" wildfire season in Idaho and Washington this year.&nbsp;Drought-ridden central and southern Oregon though are classified at higher risk.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:16:45 +0000 Tom Banse 16041 at http://www.kplu.org It's Now Officially Wildfire Season In Wash. Extended Season For Some Northwest Ski Areas, But Profits Scarce http://www.kplu.org/post/extended-season-some-northwest-ski-areas-profits-scarce <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144693657&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Thanks to late-season snow that fell in many areas, some Cascade ski areas will welcome skiers and snowboarders well past Easter.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">There will be end-of-season parties at at least nine Northwest ski resorts this weekend.&nbsp;Timing means everything for the bottom line of these resort companies. But a strong finish doesn't necessarily make up for a late start like we saw this season.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:18:54 +0000 Tom Banse 16008 at http://www.kplu.org Extended Season For Some Northwest Ski Areas, But Profits Scarce Water Supply Rebounds Across Most Of Northwest After March Storms http://www.kplu.org/post/water-supply-rebounds-across-most-northwest-after-march-storms <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144098189&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Irrigators, hydropower dam operators and tugboat captains are sitting pretty across most of the Northwest, according to the latest regional water supply forecast presented Thursday.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:22:07 +0000 Tom Banse 15905 at http://www.kplu.org Water Supply Rebounds Across Most Of Northwest After March Storms New Quotas Clear Way For Banner Summer Salmon Fishing In Pacific Ocean http://www.kplu.org/post/new-quotas-clear-way-banner-summer-salmon-fishing-pacific-ocean <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143977351&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A federal fisheries management panel approved what some charter captains are calling the best ocean fishing season in 20 years.</p><p>Meeting at a hotel in Vancouver, Washington, the Pacific Fishery Management Council on Wednesday adopted the 2014 season quotas unanimously after days of lengthy negotiations between commercial troll and recreational fishing representatives, treaty tribes and government regulators.</p><p>The quotas are a big turnaround from the recent past when ocean salmon fishing was sharply curtailed or not allowed at all.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 03:40:55 +0000 Tom Banse 15869 at http://www.kplu.org New Quotas Clear Way For Banner Summer Salmon Fishing In Pacific Ocean Inslee Happy With Federal Aid For Landslide, But Says It Won't 'Make People Whole' http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-happy-federal-aid-landslide-says-it-wont-make-people-whole <p>Gov. Jay Inslee says he's pleased with the federal disaster relief flowing to the state for last month's deadly landslide in Snohomish County.&nbsp;But during an interview with public radio Wednesday, Inslee said the arrival of the Federal Emergency Management Agency aid does not replace private charity.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:15:36 +0000 Tom Banse 15866 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee Happy With Federal Aid For Landslide, But Says It Won't 'Make People Whole' Central Wash. Home To Nation's Biggest Bitcoin Mine, More Coming http://www.kplu.org/post/central-wash-home-nations-biggest-bitcoin-mine-more-coming <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143559683&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Here's a surprising fact: the largest bitcoin mine in North America is located on the outskirts of Wenatchee, Washington.</p><p>It's not a mine in the traditional sense. In these mines, you won't have helmets, lamps or pickaxes, and there's no danger of cave in. In this case, the mine consists of two warehouses that have been converted into a data center.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:27:30 +0000 Tom Banse 15751 at http://www.kplu.org Central Wash. Home To Nation's Biggest Bitcoin Mine, More Coming Measles Outbreak In B.C. Crosses Into U.S. http://www.kplu.org/post/measles-outbreak-bc-crosses-us <p>A big measles outbreak in British Columbia has crossed over the border into the American Northwest.</p><p>Health officers in B.C.'s Fraser Valley southeast of Vancouver have confirmed more than 350 cases of measles there since an outbreak started in early March. Six additional cases have now been diagnosed in Washington’s Whatcom County.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:21:24 +0000 Tom Banse 15666 at http://www.kplu.org Whales' New Breath-Hold Record Like 'Flying From Seattle To San Jose' Without A Gasp http://www.kplu.org/post/whales-new-breath-hold-record-flying-seattle-san-jose-without-gasp <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142900297&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Think about how long you can hold your breath, then consider this.</p><p>Northwest-based whale researchers have documented a new breath-hold record among mammals. They timed a dive by a beaked whale that lasted 2 hours and 17 minutes.</p><p>A paper&nbsp;<a href="http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0092633" target="_blank">published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS One</a>&nbsp;by scientists with the Cascadia Research Collective of Olympia revealed two new records. The researchers tagged Cuvier's beaked whales, a rarely-seen species which forages in deep ocean waters worldwide, including off the U.S. West Coast.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:03:22 +0000 Tom Banse 15647 at http://www.kplu.org Whales' New Breath-Hold Record Like 'Flying From Seattle To San Jose' Without A Gasp Weather Working Against Deadly Landslide Responders http://www.kplu.org/post/weather-working-against-deadly-landslide-responders <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141905792&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Heavy rain in Friday’s forecast threatens to hinder ongoing search and recovery operations at the side of the catastrophic mudslide near Oso.</p><p>Mother Nature is just not cooperating with the hundreds of searchers and heavy equipment operators at the scene of Saturday’s deadly landslide.</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:06:39 +0000 Tom Banse 15434 at http://www.kplu.org Weather Working Against Deadly Landslide Responders At The Landslide Front Line, Comparisons To Mount St. Helens Devastation http://www.kplu.org/post/landslide-front-line-comparisons-mount-st-helens-devastation <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141863496&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A local fire chief is warning communities around the deadly landslide in northwest Washington to brace for a jump in the death toll Friday.</p><p>Meanwhile, fresh crews are rotating in to relieve exhausted first responders. Friday is the seventh day of the rescue and recovery mission at the place known in shorthand as “the pile.”</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:25:23 +0000 Tom Banse 15415 at http://www.kplu.org At The Landslide Front Line, Comparisons To Mount St. Helens Devastation Search Ongoing After Two More Bodies Recovered From Mudslide Debris http://www.kplu.org/post/search-ongoing-after-two-more-bodies-recovered-mudslide-debris <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141508296&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Emergency managers at the scene of Saturday’s deadly landslide near Oso say s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">everal hundred searchers will once again fan out over the debris field to look for victims on Wednesday.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday night, the local fire chief raised the death toll from 14 to 16, and said eight additional bodies have been located but not yet recovered.</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:09:18 +0000 Tom Banse 15315 at http://www.kplu.org Search Ongoing After Two More Bodies Recovered From Mudslide Debris County Officials Say Stricken Neighborhood Made Aware Of Landslide Risk http://www.kplu.org/post/county-officials-say-stricken-neighborhood-made-aware-landslide-risk <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141397045&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>With the death toll expected to rise from Saturday’s catastrophic landslide near Oso, Snohomish County officials and emergency planners are starting to field hard questions about permitting home construction in a known landslide zone.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:08:54 +0000 Tom Banse 15294 at http://www.kplu.org County Officials Say Stricken Neighborhood Made Aware Of Landslide Risk Study: Cigarette Tax Evasion Sky-High In Washington, Idaho Big Supplier http://www.kplu.org/post/study-cigarette-tax-evasion-sky-high-washington-idaho-big-supplier-0 <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/140957335&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Nearly half of the cigarettes smoked in Washington went untaxed by the state, according to a new study by two think tanks.</p><p>The study compared actual legal sales in a state against the level you would expect to see based on its smoking rate. From that, researchers came up with a smuggling estimate. The study pegs low-tax Idaho as a major source of smuggled cigarettes.</p><p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Tom Banse 15195 at http://www.kplu.org Study: Cigarette Tax Evasion Sky-High In Washington, Idaho Big Supplier