Skagit County http://www.kplu.org en Counties Deploying Bacteria-Sniffing Dogs To Find Failing Septic Systems http://www.kplu.org/post/counties-deploying-bacteria-sniffing-dogs-find-failing-septic-systems <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152492355&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>In recent years, the Samish River Basin in Skagit County has suffered severe pollution from fecal coliform bacteria. Water polluted with untreated sewage and manure leads to frequent closures of shellfish beds and beaches. County authorities are testing <a href="http://www.ecsk9s.com/" target="_blank">a new method to find the sources: poop-sniffing dogs</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:52:44 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 16896 at http://www.kplu.org Counties Deploying Bacteria-Sniffing Dogs To Find Failing Septic Systems Berry Pickers on Strike Again in Burlington http://www.kplu.org/post/berry-pickers-strike-again-burlington <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the second time this month, about 200 berry pickers at a Skagit Valley farm </span><a href="http://karani.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/huelga-Mixteco-and-Triqui-farmworkers-commence-second-work-stoppage-at-Sakuma-brothers-farms-inc/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">have walked off the job</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>The workers are striking over pay for the boxes of blueberries and strawberries they harvest at <a href="http://sakumabros.com/" target="_blank">Sakuma Brothers Farms</a> in Burlington. Many of those berries are sold to Haagen-Dazs for ice cream. The workers in question have been earning $3.50 per a flat of blueberries, which is about 12 pints. They say they can’t pick them fast enough to earn a fair wage.</p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:22:10 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9404 at http://www.kplu.org Berry Pickers on Strike Again in Burlington County commissioners call for mediation in Skagit Valley water fight http://www.kplu.org/post/county-commissioners-call-mediation-skagit-valley-water-fight <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">In Skagit County, a decades-old fight over water rights has come to a</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">head. </span></p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7082 at http://www.kplu.org Suit filed over deaths at Tesoro Refinery http://www.kplu.org/post/suit-filed-over-deaths-tesoro-refinery <p>The families of six Tesoro&nbsp;Corporation refinery workers killed in an explosion at an&nbsp;Anacortes&nbsp;site last April have filed a wrongful-death suit against the company Wednesday.&nbsp;</p><p><i>The Seattle Times'</i> Jim Brunner reports the suit alleges Tesoro was negligent in addressing the conditions that resulted in the blast, which killed seven people. In addition to the six families, a contractor injured in the explosion has also joined the suit.</p> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 02:05:18 +0000 KPLU News Staff 758 at http://www.kplu.org Suit filed over deaths at Tesoro Refinery