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Ebola Preparedness
5:00 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Sea-Tac Airport Has CDC Quarantine Station In Case Of Contagion

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Tetona Dunlap AP Photo

Nervous air travelers might know Sea-Tac International Airport doesn’t have any flights to or from Africa. What it does have is a quarantine station that’s prepared to stop the spread of contagious diseases, such as Ebola.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has 20 quarantine stations around the U.S. In Seattle, the station is located at Sea-Tac, and it’s not new. 

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Swimming Upstream
5:00 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Part 5: Cedar River's Restored Habitat Provides Ideal Spawning Conditions For Chinook

Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

Editor's Note: Fifteen years ago, Puget Sound salmon were listed under the Endangered Species Act. Despite the billions of dollars spent on recovery since, the results remain mixed. Some runs are seeing record returns while others are facing one of their worst years ever.

To learn more about the challenges of salmon recovery, this series follows one Chinook run from the open ocean to Puget Sound, through the Ballard Locks, past Renton and finally home to native spawning grounds on the Cedar River.

About five miles from the clogged freeways, shopping malls and airplane hangars at the south end of Lake Washington, the Cedar River starts winding its way through Maple Valley.

It’s here, along some 30 miles of streambeds, some just a few paces off the highway, where life begins and ends each fall for hundreds of Lake Washington chinook.

Read the full story on our companion site, northwestsalmon.org >>>

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Dueling Initiatives
4:05 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Elway Poll: Wash. Background Check Measure Retains Healthy Lead

FILE - Elections worker Joseph MacLean moves boxes of petitions for Initiative 594 at the Secretary of State's office Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in Olympia, Washington.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

A ballot measure to expand background checks for gun sales in Washington has lost some support, but still enjoys a healthy lead, according to the latest Elway Poll released Monday.

Meanwhile, a competing gun rights measure appears to be in trouble.

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Drones
3:54 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Wash. State Police Push Back Against Potential Limits On Drones

FILE - In this May 8, 2014 photo, a Parrot Bebop drone flies during a demonstration at a Parrot event in San Francisco.
Jeff Chiu AP Photo

Law enforcement groups in Washington state are pushing back against possible limits on police use of drones.

A task force convened by Gov. Jay Inslee continued to wrestle Monday about how to regulate small unmanned aircraft.

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Same-Sex Marriage
2:53 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Gay Marriage In Idaho Cleared To Start Wednesday Morning

Machelle Migneault and her partner, Ms. Smith, embrace after being the first ones to arrive the the recorder's office to attempt to get a same sex marriage license at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.
Otto Kitsinger AP Photo

Same-sex couples in Idaho can start getting married and have those marriages legally recognized by the state starting Wednesday morning, according to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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History
12:36 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Cross-Time Photos From Northwest Fire Lookouts Reveal Big Changes

Northwest of Bald Mountain in Kittitas County, Washington.
John Marshall / U.S. Forest Service

The old saying goes, "a picture is worth a thousand words." That was the reaction of a U.S. Forest Service researcher when he rediscovered a trove of landscape panoramas called the Osborne Panoramas.

The photos were taken during the Great Depression at hundreds of fire lookouts in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

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Election 2014
11:10 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Watch Your Mailbox For Ballots, Voter’s Guides

Priscilla Slaughter of Seattle lets out a little cheer and raises her arms in celebration after dropping in her ballot at a ballot drop box Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Election 2014 is less than a month away. 

Ballots will soon be arriving in mailboxes in Washington and Oregon where the election is all vote-by-mail. Idaho voters still go to the polls, but about a quarter of Gem State ballots are cast absentee.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Swainson's Hawks Migrate South

Credit Daniel Sveinsen

In autumn, hundreds of thousands of Swainson's Hawks migrate to South America. With the help of a satellite tracking device, let's follow an individual male. On September 14th, he leaves his breeding territory near Hanna, Alberta; reaches southwest Saskatchewan by September 23rd; passes through Nebraska, October 1st; Tamaulipas, Mexico, on October 7th; Honduras, October 14th; and on the 7th of November, this Swainson's Hawk arrives at Marcos Juarez, Argentina - a migration of more than 6,000 miles.  The American Bird Conservancy has Swainson's Hawk on their watchlist at ABCBirds.org.  Learn more about hawk migration at the Hawkwatch International website.

Environment
5:01 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Volunteers At Wash. Farms Gleaning The Fall Harvest To Fight Hunger, Food Waste

Gleaners ar at work at Clean Greens Farm in Duvall, Washington.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

Gleaning is an ancient word for a practice that dates back to Biblical times. Farmers allowed peasants to take leftover crops after the harvest was over. The practice has been making a comeback in recent years as a way to fight hunger locally and cut back on food waste. 

At Clean Greens Farm in Duvall, Washington, a field of kale is overflowing. It's been picked before, but it just keeps on coming, says farm manager Tommie Willis, as he leads a group of volunteers to one patch and shows them how to glean. 

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Bike Share
5:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Seattle's Bike Share Program Launches With 500 Bikes Around Town

Holly Houser, executive director of Pronto Cycle Share, poses with one of the shared bikes.
Monica Spain

After years of planning, the wheels are rolling on Seattle’s bicycle sharing service. Fifty bike stations open around the city today.

Rows of identical lime-green bikes are lined up next to sky-blue containers holding sanitized helmets available on the honor system. Next to them is a kiosk, which resembles a vending machine.

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Artscape
5:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Wing Luke Museum Exhibit Showcases Bruce Lee's Seattle Roots

This photo shows Bruce Lee during his days as a student at the University of Washington in the early 1960s.
TM & © Bruce Lee Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved

As someone whose job it is to pay attention to the history and legacy of Asian Americans, Cassie Chinn, deputy director of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, had, of course, heard about Bruce Lee and knew some basic things.

She knew he had been a groundbreaking star in Hollywood: a Chinese face cast in the 1966-1967 TV series “The Green Hornet.” She knew he was a legend in martial arts circles. She knew that following his death at age 32 from a swelling of fluid in the brain, he was buried in Seattle at Lake View Cemetery.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Benny Green Trio Concert From Jazz Port Townsend

Benny Green
Jim Levitt

Pianist Benny Green leads his trio in an exciting concert on Jazz Northwest on Sunday October 12.  David Wong is on bass and Rodney Green is the drummer.  The concert was recorded last July at Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend for this broadcast. 

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Birds And Berries

Credit Don Spencer

  Henry David Thoreau wrote, "Our little mountain-ash is all alive with [birds.] A dozen robins on it at once ... plucking the berries... A robin will swallow half a dozen berries, at least, in rapid succession..." If you, too, enjoy watching birds eat berries, then consider planting trees and shrubs that produce berries to attract birds (like this American Robin) to your garden. Learn more about "Garden Basics" at Audubon.org.

BirdNote
9:00 am
Sat October 11, 2014

How Evolution Works, Featuring Dr. Mike Webster

Credit Tom Grey

  After breeding in Alaska, some Swainson’s Thrushes migrate across Canada to the East Coast before turning south to Ecuador. Others migrate directly down the Pacific Coast to the same destination. Why are some are traveling twice the distance? Dr. Mike Webster of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology explains the roles of genetic coding and genetic variation in this migratory divide.

Weather with Cliff Mass
8:00 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Mass: Expect Intensifying Rains With Global Warming

Spappy.joneS Flickr

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include a link to Craig Welch's response. 

A warmer planet will certainly cause more intense rains in the Northwest and we should start getting ready for that now, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

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