Anna King

Richland Correspondent

Anna King, KPLU’s and N3’s Richland-based reporter, has been covering the Mid-Columbia since the spring of 2007. Before that she was a print reporter for the Tri-City Herald where she covered the environment, Native Americans, agriculture and Northwest wine. A Washington native, she's also a regular contributor to the magazine Wine Press Northwest and was a contributing author to the guide book Best Places to Kiss in the Northwest. Anna's memorable moment in public radio: "Being dusted from head-to-toe by a potato digger during harvest. Every square inch of me was covered in fine sand. Public radio is a dirty job!"

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Recovery
2:13 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Inslee Declares State Of Emergency After Severe Rainstorms Hit Okanogan County

In this photo provided by Washington State Department of Transportation crews work near a damaged road east of Twisp, Washington, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.
AP Photo/Washington State Department of Transportation

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a state of emergency proclamation for Okanogan County Thursday after severe rainstorms pounded the area earlier this month.

The rains last week ended in flash floods, mudslides and debris flows that blocked two state highways.

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Science
4:06 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Out Soon: Long-Awaited Scientific Volume On 'Kennewick Man' Skeleton

A new book about Kennewick Man is due to hit bookstands in mid-September.
Texas A&M University Press

A skeleton some 9,000 years old is giving up a few of his secrets. A new book about the so-called Kennewick Man, whose remains were found 18 years ago, is due to hit bookstands in mid-September.

Kennewick Man was found resting in the shallow water of the Columbia River. His early story was that of some strife; a rock-point was found buried in his hip bone.

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Recovery
12:10 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

After Massive Wildfire, Town Of Twisp Digging Out From Flash Flooding

This steep hillside in Finley Canyon shows the story.
Anna King

Residents near the town of Twisp, Washington are digging out from mud that ripped through Finley Canyon last week. Because the record-breaking Carlton Complex wildfires have left soil and rock primed to run downhill, more damage could be on the way.

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Disasters And Accidents
12:23 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

After The Fire, Heavy Rains Trigger Landslides Near Twisp

In this photo provided by Washington State Department of Transportation water pours over a damaged road east of Twisp, Wash., Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.
WSDOT

Heavy rains near Twisp, Washington have triggered flash floods and landslides on hills and ranches left charred by the Carlton Complex wildfire. Highways have been closed in Okanogan County and traffic has been rerouted.

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Radio Silence
4:59 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Wash. State Radio Station For The Visually-Impaired Fades To Quiet This Week

Volunteer Richard Berndt will read the Evergreen Radio Reading Service’s last Seattle Times on Friday at noon, 6 and 11 p.m.
David Junius

For more than 40 years, a radio station called the Evergreen Radio Reading Service has been broadcasting all day, every day across Washington state for the print-disabled — people who are visually-impaired or unable to hold or turn a page.

But the station is fading to quiet today.

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First Cut
5:00 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Are Security Requirements For Legal Pot Grows Enough?

Even though the grow area at Black Dog Acres in Goldendale, Washington, is in the middle of a 20-acre lot, regulations mandated that the fence and all the other security protocols be followed.
Joe Barrentine The News Tribune

Washington state’s new pot grow operations have state-required alarm systems, dozens of cameras and tall fences. But some growers said they aren’t worried about theft and violence.

Should they be?

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First Cut
5:00 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Where Does A Strait-Laced Farmer Get Pot-Growing Expertise?

Research farmer Alan Schreiber and research assistant Tom Balotte, of Ag Development Group, talk about an ongoing research project in the fields of the 105-acre farm north of Pasco, July 2, 2014.
Joe Barrentine The News Tribune

In eastern Washington, a pair of very different guys teamed up to embark on an experiment to grow Washington’s latest agricultural crop, legal marijuana. 

One of them, Alan Schreiber, is a strait-laced farmer. The other, Tom Balotte, is not a farmer; he’s a video-gaming techie.

Balotte also doesn’t smoke weed, but he does like to build things.

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First Cut
5:01 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Mary, How Does Your Pot Garden Grow? The Tricky Business Of Yielding The Best Crop

Growing marijuana outside is a tricky venture, as farmer Susy Wilson can attest to.
Jordan Schrader The News Tribune

Figuring out how to maximize yields on legal marijuana in Washington state will be tricky, and not every licensed farmer will survive the competition and the tight margins.

Take Susy Wilson’s farm near Dallesport in the Columbia Gorge. Her pot crew and support includes low-paid family and friends. And a few waist-high pot plants in her fenced-off compound look a bit sad.

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Wildfire Danger
11:49 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Lightning-Sparked Wildfire In Central Washington Grows

The Snag Canyon Fire is sending plumes of smoke mixing with storm clouds above tinder-dry hillsides just outside of Ellensburg, Washington.
Anna King

Firefighters are battling the lightning-sparked Snag Canyon Fire that has grown quite large just north of Ellensburg.

The blaze, which has burned nearly 2,000 acres, is challenging firefighters who are trying to secure lines closest to town.

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Wildfire Damage
10:30 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Winds Blowing Ellensburg-Area Wildfire Away From Homes

This map shows wildfires active in Washington state as of 2 p.m. Sunday.
Northwest Interagency Coordination Center

Kittitas County Commissioner Obie O’Brien said he fears about a dozen homes have been lost to a fast-growing wildfire in the foothills north of Ellensburg, Washington. Those losses have not been confirmed.

State Department of Natural Resources regional manager Todd Walker said hundreds of firefighters have been called in to corral the fire.

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First Cut
10:09 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Is It Better To Grow Marijuana Indoors Or Out?

Judy Bodily waters freshly planted pot plants at Black Dog Acres outside of Goldendale, Washington.
Joe Barrentine The News Tribune

As legal pot growing operations spring to life from urban King County to remote corners of Washington state, an ongoing debate has developed within this new farming community: Should marijuana be grown indoors or out?

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First Cut
5:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Reporter's Notebook: 'First Cut' Tells Stories Of Washington's Marijuana Farmers

"First Cut," a collaborative series produced in partnership with the Tacoma News Tribune, tells the stories of the farmers behind Washington's marijuana crop.

Correspondent Anna King and Tacoma News Tribune’s Jordan Schrader talked to Austin Jenkins about their joint effort.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
8:07 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Hanford Workers Say They’re Not Satisfied With Working Conditions At Tank Farms

Dozens of workers from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation gathered for public meeting organized watchdog group Hanford Challenge.
Anna King

Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers who are worried about getting sick turned out in droves for a public meeting Wednesday night in Richland organized by a Seattle-area watchdog called Hanford Challenge.

About 45 people squeezed into tight rows in a small conference room.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
9:21 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Hanford Vapors: It's Still Difficult To Track Down The Fix

Handheld air monitors are used in the Hanford Nuclear Reservation's tank farms to help keep workers safe. But a human nose can detect far less concentrated chemicals, than this high-tech machinery.
Anna King

Since the spring, many workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have needed medical attention from exposure to chemical vapors. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Energy led a busload of journalists to points across the site to show off what they’re doing to keep workers safe.

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Growing Marijuana
8:49 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Legal Wash. State Pot Stores Opening Soon, But Production Lags

Eric and Katey Cooper stand amid their flowering marijuana.
Anna King

Eric Cooper has a sort of "The Dude" vibe: Hawaiian shirt, leather brown sandals and a bushy silver goatee. He smoked weed for the first time when he was about 14. He’s a former contractor and registered nurse. Cooper grew medical marijuana, and now he’s one of the owners of Monkey Grass Farms in Wenatchee, Washington.

Monkey Grass Farms is one of the big boys: a tier-3 Washington state-licensed indoor pot grow. That means they can nurture about 21,000-square-feet of marijuana plants.

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