Editor Pick http://www.kplu.org en Same-sex marriage foes concede; marriage industry gearing up http://www.kplu.org/post/same-sex-marriage-foes-concede-marriage-industry-gearing <p>Foes of the same-sex marriage referendum in Washington have conceded the law will pass.&nbsp;The group that sponsored Referendum 74&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/same-sex-marriage-backers-declare-victory-video-tells-couples-story" target="_blank">declared victory</a>&nbsp;yesterday.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 21:17:20 +0000 Ashley Gross & KPLU News Staff 7064 at http://www.kplu.org Same-sex marriage foes concede; marriage industry gearing up Northwest's long regional nightmare of sunshine is about over http://www.kplu.org/post/northwests-long-regional-nightmare-sunshine-about-over The streak of dry weather in much of the Northwest is about to come to a soggy end. A weather system fueled by subtropical moisture is bearing down on the region.<p>Forecasters say some coastal mountain areas could see up to eight inches of rain this weekend, with as much as two inches predicted for interior valleys. Many of those areas have had just a smattering of rain drops since the beginning of July.<p>Kathie Dello is deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University. Thu, 11 Oct 2012 22:20:16 +0000 Chris Lehman 6693 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest's long regional nightmare of sunshine is about over Mystery solved: Who the 'Kennewick Man' really was http://www.kplu.org/post/mystery-solved-who-kennewick-man-really-was <p>For one thing, Kennewick Man –&nbsp;the 9,500-year-old remains found in the shallows of the Columbia River more than 16 years ago –&nbsp;was buff. We’re talking beefcake.</p><p>So says Doug Owsley, head of physical anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Owsley led the study of the ancient remains.</p><p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 20:39:11 +0000 Anna King 6690 at http://www.kplu.org Mystery solved: Who the 'Kennewick Man' really was Marijuana Notes: Strange new state job … cannabis quality control http://www.kplu.org/post/marijuana-notes-strange-new-state-job-cannabis-quality-control <p>KPLU reporters are looking into Washington's marijuana legalization initiative (I-502) to produce a series of stories that will separate facts from rumors and to learn exactly what would change if it’s approved.&nbsp;And on this page, we’re sharing some of the interesting facts as we learn them along the way.</p><p><strong>Oct. 3</strong> – If it's legal, you'll need some standards for the "quality" of the cannabis sold in state-licensed stores. But how will that be determined?&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 18:45:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 6375 at http://www.kplu.org Marijuana Notes: Strange new state job … cannabis quality control The earth's shaking a record amount in the Northwest http://www.kplu.org/post/earths-shaking-record-amount-northwest <p>The Puget Sound region is experiencing a record “episodic tremor and slip” event, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.</p><p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 20:38:00 +0000 Jake Ellison 6560 at http://www.kplu.org The earth's shaking a record amount in the Northwest First Boeing 787 on Seattle-Tokyo route lands at Sea-Tac http://www.kplu.org/post/first-boeing-787-seattle-tokyo-route-lands-sea-tac <p>SEATAC, Wash. — Fire trucks spraying rainbows of water Monday morning greeted the first All Nippon Airways 787 to land in commercial service at Sea-Tac Airport.</p><p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 18:59:36 +0000 Jake Ellison 6548 at http://www.kplu.org First Boeing 787 on Seattle-Tokyo route lands at Sea-Tac Coast Guard investigating collision off Washington coast http://www.kplu.org/post/coast-guard-investigating-collision-washington-coast <p></p><p>The Coast Guard has declared the fatal collision of two fishing boats off the Washington coast a "serious marine incident" and an investigation is under way.</p><p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 17:38:54 +0000 The Associated Press 6545 at http://www.kplu.org After NW fires: Bring on the bugs http://www.kplu.org/post/after-nw-fires-bring-bugs Wildfires have already scorched more than one million acres across the Northwest this year. It may take years before the signs of the burns are no longer visible. But charred Northwest forests are already a-buzz with new life.<p>Burned forests are not quiet places.<p>“It’s very lively in the forest immediately after a fire," says Connie Mehmel. "Very lively. And a lot of that liveliness is insects.”<p>Mehmel studies insects for the U.S. Forest Service. She’s based in Wenatchee. Mon, 01 Oct 2012 06:33:34 +0000 Jessica Robinson 6541 at http://www.kplu.org After NW fires: Bring on the bugs Scientist cleared in polar bear controversy popularizing global warming http://www.kplu.org/post/scientist-cleared-polar-bear-controversy-popularizing-global-warming A long, controversial investigation of a polar bear scientist has ended with his government employer saying it does not look like he engaged in any scientific misconduct.<p>Charles Monnett is a wildlife researcher with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, part of the Department of the Interior. Sat, 29 Sep 2012 01:18:53 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 6535 at http://www.kplu.org Scientist cleared in polar bear controversy popularizing global warming Final kill in wolf hunt; backlash expected to remain intense http://www.kplu.org/post/final-kill-wolf-hunt-backlash-expected-remain-intense <p>Washington wildlife managers say the hunt for a pack of grey wolves is over. A state marksman killed the alpha male of the pack Thursday in far northeast Washington. The department has killed a total of seven wolves from the Wedge Pack since August.</p><p>However, emotions have run strong over the decision, and debate over wolf management in the Northwest will likely remain intense.</p><blockquote><p>“We know these issues spark strong feelings among Washington residents across the state, which is why we are committed to conducting our business openly and transparently,” Washington Fish and Wildlife Director <a href="http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/sep2712b/" target="_blank">Phil Anderson said in a press release</a>.</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 20:37:35 +0000 Jessica Robinson & Jake Ellison 6528 at http://www.kplu.org Final kill in wolf hunt; backlash expected to remain intense Video update: The making of two giant arachnids at Seattle Center http://www.kplu.org/post/video-update-making-two-giant-arachnids-seattle-center <p>Earlier this month, <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/how-two-60-foot-arachnids-came-life-seattle-roof">we wrote about the creation of two huge “daddy longlegs”</a> standing atop the roof of the Armory at the Seattle Center. The harvestmen, created by 3-D mural artist&nbsp;<a href="http://marlinpeterson.com/">Marlin Peterson</a>, cast long shadows and look pretty darn realistic (considering the widest span between leg tips is 100 feet).</p><p>Peterson has released a two-minute video showing the creation of the spiders from concept to paint:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5vogtKL-Ps</p><p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 18:46:10 +0000 Jake Ellison 6527 at http://www.kplu.org Video update: The making of two giant arachnids at Seattle Center Microsoft proposes 'pay-to-play' immigration plan to grow workforce http://www.kplu.org/post/microsoft-proposes-pay-play-immigration-plan-grow-workforce <p>With 6,000 high-tech jobs on the table, Microsoft said today it has a pay-to-play plan that would increase the number of H-1B visas to the U.S. by 20,000 and raise more than $500 million for education.</p><p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 21:13:40 +0000 Jake Ellison 6509 at http://www.kplu.org Microsoft proposes 'pay-to-play' immigration plan to grow workforce Seattle's No.2! Bloomberg Businessweek ranks U.S. cities http://www.kplu.org/post/seattles-no2-bloomberg-businessweek-rank-us-cities <p>Seattle is the second-best city in the country, <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-09-26/san-francisco-is-americas-best-city-in-2012" target="_blank">according to Bloomberg Businessweek</a>. The news org evaluated and ranked the largest 100 U.S. cities and published its results today.</p><p>San Francisco grabbed the gold ring at No. 1.</p><p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 00:38:41 +0000 Jake Ellison 6494 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle's No.2! Bloomberg Businessweek ranks U.S. cities 39 sick horses seized from Pierce County property http://www.kplu.org/post/39-sick-horses-seized-pierce-county-property <p>GRAHAM, Wash. – Dozens of horses were seized Wednesday from a Pierce County property where authorities said they were living in squalid conditions.</p><p>The Pierce County Sheriff's Department took 39 sick or starving horses from the property in Graham. Among the horses recovered were a dozen Arabians and some stallions.</p><p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 22:02:27 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer & The Associated Press 6490 at http://www.kplu.org 39 sick horses seized from Pierce County property Opium U? University of Idaho gets big collection of opium pipes http://www.kplu.org/post/opium-u-university-idaho-gets-big-collection-opium-pipes MOSCOW, Idaho - The "world's most comprehensive collection" of opium smoking paraphernalia has a new home; it's at the University of Idaho. A writer and collector, originally from San Diego, donated the exquisite antiques.<p>It's taking weeks to carefully unpack and catalogue all the opium smoking implements and accessories. Collector Steven Martin estimates he donated at least 1,000 pieces... ceramic opium pipe bowls, ornamented heating lamps, traveling kits, scrapers, old photographs and mug shots.<p>Martin is working together with University of Idaho curator Priscilla Wegars. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 17:08:14 +0000 Tom Banse 6485 at http://www.kplu.org Opium U? University of Idaho gets big collection of opium pipes