Hanford Nuclear Reservation
2:13 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Cleanup work completed on 140 acres at Hanford

Officials report they have finished cleaning up roughly 500,000 tons of contaminated soil from trenches dug in the mid-1950s. The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is seen in this undated aerial photograph.
Associated Press

RICHLAND, Wash. — Workers recently completed clean-up work on 140 acres of the Hanford nuclear reservation where liquid waste from the making of nuclear bombs was poured into trenches in the ground.

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2011 Jazz Cruise
1:12 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Photos from the 2011 KPLU Summer Jazz Brunch Cruise

Justin Steyer KPLU

Hundreds of KPLU listeners joined us last week for our 19th Summer Jazz Brunch Cruise. Aboard the relaxing, two-and-a-half hour cruise on Elliott Bay, they enjoyed a scrumptious all-you-can-eat brunch, spectacular views, and great music from "that mighty engine of rhythm," Gypsy jazz masters, Pearl Django.

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Environment
11:27 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Elwha River dam removal historic, but not explosive

The 108-foot tall Elwha Dam is the smaller of the two dams on the Elwha River slated for demolition.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

PORT ANGELES, Wash. – Seattle's Kingdome collapsed with a bang. Explosive demolition experts also brought down the cooling tower at the former Trojan nuclear plant. But if you're hoping for the same excitement from the upcoming destruction of two big hydropower dams on Washington's Elwha River, you'll be disappointed.

The history-making dam removal that begins in September will happen slowly and methodically.

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Oregon Public Broadcasting

Hiking
11:09 am
Mon August 22, 2011

6th grade hiker on track to finish 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail

Reed Gjonnes on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Northwest News Network

Medford, Ore. – An 11-year-old girl from Salem, Ore., has walked the first 1,700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. She’s hoping to make it to Canada in time to start sixth grade.

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Education
10:58 am
Mon August 22, 2011

WSU to cut $40 million from budget

Washington State University is finalizing its plans to cut $40 million in the current biennium budget.

Washington State University President Elson Floyd says he’s never seen anything like it in his years in higher education— he’s referring to the loss of 52% of the university’s net state appropriation in the past four years. And about forty million dollars needs to be cut in the current budget cycle through 2013.

To help achieve that reduction, the university will cut $3.2 million from Academic Affairs but Floyd says they’ll spare academic programs.

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Environment
9:20 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Illegal crab activity Puget Sound put crab populations at risk

With more people taking up crabbing in Puget Sound, the people who police the harvest are seeing an uptick in illegal activity. Officials say the illegal activity is a major threat to future crab populations.

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Environment
6:02 pm
Sun August 21, 2011

Enviro groups say Clean Water Act is under attack

Joost Nelissen Flickr

Nearly 40 years ago, the U.S. government began setting federal standards to clean up water pollution with the passage of the landmark Clean Water Act. Now, many environmental groups say that law is under attack and they’re worried about consequences.

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Artscape
8:40 am
Sun August 21, 2011

Youth in Focus: A story that lens itself to art

Khatsini Simani is documenting downtown Seattle as part of a summer participant in the Youth in Focus program. The program empowers young people through photography.
Florangela Davila KPLU

A busy street with lots of cars, bikes and people rushing from one place to another. Except for that one person over there with a camera ... and that one over there.

They're students with Seattle's Youth in Focus (YIF) program who are documenting the area around Second Avenue and Cherry in downtown Seattle.

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Seattle hempfest 2011
4:59 pm
Fri August 19, 2011

20th Hempfest draws crowd to Seattle park

Just hours after opening Friday afternoon, Seattle's 20th Hempfest – with booths, venues and concert stages stretching the entire length of Myrtle Edwards and adjacent parks – quickly drew a crowd. (More photos inside.)
Jake Ellison KPLU

 The 20th Seattle Hempfest opened at noon Friday in a park on the Seattle waterfront.

(Photo gallery from Friday afternoon inside.)

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