Finally, harvest time
10:24 pm
Sun July 10, 2011

Late Northwest cherry season begins

Francisco, Suares, 32 of Michoacán, Mexico, harvests ripe bing cherries at Broetje Orchards near Prescott, Wash. Although he only has two fingers on one hand, he’s still a quick picker.
Anna King Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – The cherries are finally ready for harvest in the Northwestern U.S. A cold spring means that this is the latest cherry season anyone can remember. The Northwest News Network’s Anna King has this audio postcard from one of the largest fruit orchards in the world. (Watch the story inside)

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Environment
10:06 pm
Sun July 10, 2011

Baseline radiation mapping beginning in Seattle and Bellevue

The Bell Helicopter that will perform the aerial survey has radiation detection equipment located in the capsules attached to its sides.
Photo courtesy Washington State Dept of Health

If you see an unusually low-flying helicopter cruising above Seattle or Bellevue, don't worry. It’s just a project of the State Department of Health to measure naturally occurring radiation in King and Pierce Counties.

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Artscape
8:10 am
Sun July 10, 2011

Recess Monkey is kindie-rock fun

Recess Monkey -- Jack Forman, Daron Henry and Drew Holloway -- perform at Auburn Kids Day 2011.
Photo by Florangela Davila

What inspires bands to make music? For Recess Monkey, it’s the lives of kindergarteners and grade schoolers.

All three musicians – Drew Holloway, Jack Forman and Daron Henry – in the band teach at Seattle elementary schools. And they're having anything but a sleepy summer: playing gigs and promoting their latest CD, "Flying" is on their agenda.

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Japanese Internment
5:27 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Photo collection from Japanese internment camp donated

Heart Mountain Internee George Hirahara (shown) created this darkroom in his barracks in the Fall of 1943 by ordering equipment and supplies from Sears and Roebuck catalog.
Courtesy of WSU

The largest private collection of photographs taken during World War II at an internment camp for Japanese-Americans is being donated to Washington State University.

The more than 2,000 black and white photo negatives were taken by George Hirahara and his son Frank between 1943 and 1945 at the Heart Mountain camp in Wyoming. (More photos inside.)

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Elections 2011
2:24 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Heading to the ballot: 3 state initiatives turn in signatures

Three groups seeking to get initiatives on this year's ballot appear to have plenty of signatures to qualify.

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Events and Festivals
2:10 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Things to do: Get out, literally, to the SAM's sculpture park

Hundreds of people soaking in the sun while viewing great sculptures and sparking water of the Puget Sound at the Olympic Sculpture Park.
Seattle Art Museum

Go out and enjoy the summer sunshine at Olympic Sculpture Park's "Get Out, Summer at SAM". Starting this week until September 15, the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) will be hosting numerous events and activities.

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Events and Festivals
1:57 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Four great festivals to indulge in

The gorgeous Puget Sound. People are taking advantage of the wonderful sunshine by sailing and just being outside.
Seattle Art Museum

The sun has been shining and the heat has been rising! It's time to get outside and enjoy the wonderful season of summer. This weekend's event varies from activities in a park to annual fun festivals. Take a look at the links inside for some great times to come.

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Environment
9:09 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Marlin, blue fin tuna could become regulars in Northwest waters

Shannon Hunter of Newport holds an opah caught last summer on the charter vessel "Misty." Opah is tasty fish normally found in Hawaiian waters.
Courtesy of Robert Waddell

NEWPORT, Ore. – Climate change may push fish native to the Northwest coast further northward and bring fish from southern waters up here.

That's according to a forthcoming study by American and Canadian fisheries biologists. They suggest West Coast fishermen will need to adapt to different prey if the Pacific Ocean warms as projected over the next fifty years.

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Business
8:44 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Northwest farmers hope to regain Mexican market

U.S. produce is about to get cheaper in Mexico. That includes apples, pears and potatoes from the Northwest.

Mexico has agreed to lift a tariff it added three years ago in retaliation over a dispute with the U.S. Northwest farmers are now working to win back their customers south of the border.

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Business
8:40 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Deal suspends chicken cage ballot measures

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Animal welfare groups in Oregon and Washington are shelving initiative petition drives that could have required egg producers to give hens more spacious cages.

The Humane Society of the United States says it's hatched a surprise national agreement with the egg industry for the treatment of chickens on farms. This comes as a ballot measure drive in Oregon for the 2012 election was getting started.

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