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Salmon Habitat
10:25 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Pierce County is the biggest winner in land of recovery grants

Florian Leischner, salmon recovery biologist for the Nisqually Tribe, marks a tree donated by Tacoma Public Utilities, for use in a habitat restoration project in 2008.
By nwifc-photos NWIFC Flickr

Getting diverse governments to cooperate is more art than science.

And there’s a project in Pierce County that is being honored with something called a “surf board award.”

It’s for meeting the difficult challenge of protecting endangered Chinook salmon, which were listed on the endangered species act more than a decade ago.

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Protesting Wall Street
10:23 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Occupy Olympia activists ignore deadline, take over vacant building

Occupy Olympia activists outside an abandoned building they occupied after marching from Heritage Park.
Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Several campers did fold their tents, but Occupy Olympia activists largely ignored a midnight deadline lastnight to vacate Heritage Park on Washington’s Capitol campus. Instead, they held a rally and then took over an abandoned building across the street.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:05 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Dry December continues, but inversion is breaking up

Dry and cold, often means frost
Daveybot flickr

A drought in December? It's been record dry this month, so far, says KPLU weather-meister Cliff Mass. In the meantime, we'll get a few showers, and possibly a glorious Saturday.

The off-shore pressure "ridge" is still there, keeping all the storms away from the Northwest. But, it's weakening, and the "inversion" -- which led to stagnant air, burn-bans, and so much fog -- appears to be breaking up.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Offensive change, hard-charging Lynch spur Seahawks' streak

'Beast mode': Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch evades the St. Louis Rams defense during Monday night's 30-13 rout in Seattle. Lynch is on a roll that could land the Seahawks in the playoffs for the second straight year.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

They started the season 2-6. But a big change in offense and the explosive play of running back Marshawn Lynch have the Seahawks looking at a possible playoff berth.

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Science
5:22 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Ignorance has its place in democracy, researchers say

The least informed among us, tend to side with the quieter majority rather than follow the vocal minority. And in that sense, decisions are more democratic. Researchers at Princeton figured this out by studying schools of fish.
Olivier Roux Flickr

Some say ignorance is bliss.  Others say ignorance is a drain on society.  But as contrary as it might sound, researchers have found there may actually be a place for the uninformed in group decision-making.

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Salmon virus fears
2:28 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Scientist claims early evidence of salmon virus, feared lab would be closed

Canadian scientist Kristi Miller testifying that she found evidence of the ISA virus in salmon at the Cohen Commission hearings in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday.
Craig McCulloch KPLU

VANCOUVER, B.C. – A Canadian scientist testifying in front of a commission on the collapse of the Fraser River salmon fishery says that tests done as far back as 2002 did find indicators of the Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA) virus in pacific salmon and that her lab had discovered evidence of the virus from fish gathered in 1986.

Dr Kristi Miller, Head of Molecular Genetics in Nanaimo for the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Ocean, testified in Vancouver, B.C., that Canada's food inspection agency was not happy with her doing the tests.  

She said there was a general feeling she should not be looking at viruses or diseases. She was fearful that all samples would be taken from her lab and was also very concerned that samples from her genomics program, also based in the lab, would be removed.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Preview: The Hawks' late rise

Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson greets teammate Doug Baldwin after Baldwin scored a touchdown Monday night in Seattle. The Seahawks defeated the Rams 30-13.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The Seahawks' late-season winning streak is keeping their hopes alive for making the playoffs. A lot of things have to happen first, but there's a sliver of hope they'll make it to the post-season for the second year in a row.

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Initiative rules
11:56 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Olympia leaders eye overhaul of Washington initiatives 

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Political leaders in Olympia are considering an overhaul of the state's popular initiative system, proposing a requirement that ballot measures have their own funding source.

A group of lawmakers proposed a constitutional amendment Thursday. The Legislature and Gov. Chris Gregoire have expressed frustration with voter-approved measures that require hundreds of millions of dollars in spending with no way to pay the bill.

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Education
11:49 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Ex-Seattle school official pleads not guilty 

A man accused of taking money from a Seattle School District program pleaded not guilty Thursday to theft charges.

KOMO Radio reports Silas Potter remains in jail following his arraignment.

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Cellphone Laws
9:29 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Banning cell phone use may prevent collisions

That phone call can wait, especially if you are driving, said the National Transportation Board Tuesday. In Washington, using a hand-held phone while driving became a first offense in 2010.

The National Transportation Board asks each state to ban the use of electronic devices while driving, like cell phones or mp3 players. The board thinks reducing the use of hand-held devices will reduce the amount of collisions.

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Idaho Mine Collapse
9:19 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Seven miners rescued at Lucky Friday

Crews have rescued seven miners after a collapse at the Lucky Friday Mine in north Idaho. It’s the third major accident there this year. The Lucky Friday’s owner says the silver mine has been evacuated until further notice.

A rockburst occurred Wednesday evening nearly 6,000 feet underground near Mullan in Idaho’s Silver Valley. Local law enforcement and the mine’s rescue crew were called in. Twenty-five people were working in the vicinity at the time.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu December 15, 2011

What are memories and what's the brain doing with them?

Memory explained
luciana christante Flickr

Whenever we think about the past it brings back so many memories.

But what are memories, exactly?

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Reception Notice ...
3:45 am
Thu December 15, 2011

KPLU's West Seattle listeners may encounter reception problems

KPLU's long-time signal to West Seattle at 88.1 FM may encounter interference due to a new radio station broadcasting on that same frequency beginning Monday, December 19.

Because of terrain and distance, it's possible that some KPLU listeners in West Seattle will still be able to hear the station, but others may experience some signal disruption.

At the present time, KPLU is unable to do anything about the interference. However, the station has a license application in to the FCC to move its West Seattle signal to a new frequency.

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Salmon virus controversy
5:51 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Hearing Thursday on decline of salmon in Canada's Fraser River

In British Columbia on Thursday, Canadian scientists will testify about the decline of salmon in the Fraser River. 

Even if you don’t like fish, advocates say you should still be concerned.

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K-12 Education
2:01 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Hundreds of high school students ditch school to protest state budget cuts

More than 100 Ballard High School students walked out of their classrooms Wednesday afternoon to join a protest at UW against cuts to education.
Katie Kennedy

Hundreds of high school students are rallying at the University of Washington in protest of cuts to education. They walked out of their classrooms this afternoon and marched or rode buses to the University District. 

Students from at least five high schools, including Ingraham and Nathan Hale - and even a few students from Tacoma - have banded together for the protest. 

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