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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Umatilla Chemical Depot
1:00 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Last of Northwest's chemical weapons headed to incinerator

Workers signed the truck and special container that the last ton container of mustard agent was transported in to the incinerator at the Umatilla Chemical Depot in northeast Oregon.
Northwest News Network

HERMISTON, Ore. – It's almost done. For 70 years the Umatilla Chemical Depot has stored deadly weapons of one kind or another. That very real danger has always been in the background of the nearby northeast-Oregon community of Hermiston.

But the base also provided a home for families, jobs and stability for the region’s economy, some of which will be lost after the last truckload of mustard agent roared toward the incinerator on Thursday.

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Agriculture
4:10 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Worker shortage may force apple growers to leave some fruit behind

Apples going in want of pickers in Washington state.
Andrea Parrish Flickr

Across the Northwest, apple growers are having a hard time bringing in their harvest because of a worker shortage. The result may mean certain lower-priced varieties of apples don’t get picked at all.

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Protesting Wall Street
11:31 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Occupy movement spreads, including to some unlikely Northwest places

It may have started in New York, but now the Occupy movement is reaching to cities around the world and even starting up in small Northwest towns.

"Spokane, Seattle, Auburn, Portland, Salem, Yakima..."

That's Jason Caryl of Pasco. And those are just a few of the places that have started up their own Occupy movements in the Northwest. Others you might not expect are: Occupy Seaside, Oregon and Occupy Idaho Falls.

The movement has been mostly organized on Facebook and Twitter. It has been criticized for being too loose, with no clear message or demands.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
4:12 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Layoffs add up to a sober week for Hanford workers

More than 1,000 workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are getting layoff notices. This latest round of downsizing started this week due to reduced federal funding in 2012.

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Washington wildfires
8:10 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Neighbors help rebuild after Goldendale Monastery fire

Klickitat County Commissioner Rex Johnston and his wife Donna, stand near the spot where a fire broke out that later became known as the Monastery Complex Fire near Goldendale, Wash.
Anna King Northwest News Network

GOLDENDALE, Wash. – This year’s Northwest fire season has been relatively calm. But that’s little solace to the small mountain town of Goldendale, Wash. Residents there are just starting to rebuild and cleanup after a wildfire obliterated about 20 structures earlier this month .

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Nuclear Power Plant
8:00 am
Wed September 28, 2011

NW nuclear plant back on grid just as its future is debated

Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station near Richland, Wash., is shown in this 2003 file photo.
Associated Press

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant is back on line. A six-month outage ended Tuesday, the same day that critics and supporters of the plant debated its future in Richland, Wash.

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Washington wines
5:23 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Northwest wine makers struggle just to keep sales flat

David Lytle Flickr

RICHLAND, Wash. – Northwest wineries are working harder than ever just to keep sales flat. That's what winery owners and market experts are saying as wine lovers gather this weekend for the Columbia Valley's Catch the Crush event.

"We pay our bills," one winery owner told me. "There’s a lot of extra wine out there," said another.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
5:04 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

GAO to study Hanford treatment plant

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Waste Treatment Plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is getting more scrutiny after complaints over its safety culture. The U.S. Government Accountability Office – the investigative arm of Congress – is launching a review.

Representatives Henry Waxman of California and Diana DeGett of Colorado asked for the study. Both are members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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Washington State University
12:04 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

WSU's largest gift ever will advance tree fruit research

A $27 million donation from the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission is aimed spurring tree fruit research at WSU stations.
Brian Clark Washington State University

RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University is receiving its largest gift ever. The $27 million donation announced Tuesday is aimed spurring tree fruit research at WSU stations in Prosser and Wenatchee.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
9:48 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Interior’s Salazar makes economic pitch for Hanford B reactor park

Ken Salazar visited Hanford’s B Reactor this past weekend. He supports efforts to make the site a National Park that would be open to the public.
Anna King KPLU

RICHLAND, Wash. – U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says turning a historic piece of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation into a National Park would be good for the Northwest economy. He made the comment during a tour of Eastern Washington this weekend.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
8:34 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Hanford’s waste treatment plant to undergo large scale testing

Hanford’s Waste Treatment Plant.
Courtesy of contractor Bechtel

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Department of Energy says this fall they'll start large-scale testing on how to treat 56 million gallons of radioactive sludge at the currently under-construction Hanford's waste treatment plant.

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Washington wines
8:07 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Washington wine science center moving closer to reality in Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – A Northwest wine science center is moving closer to reality with the promise of money from the industry and private donors. The center would be part of Washington State University located on the Tri-Cities campus.

Plenty of people study wine grapes and wine around the world. But each region is different and has different challenges in growing and producing top rated wine. That's why the Northwest wine industry wants a place to research, teach and learn of its own.

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9/11 Anniversary
10:22 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Anniversary stirs sadness and hope for one farm laborer

Victor Santillan, standing with his son Diego, loads alfalfa hay on large trucks near Eltopia, Wash. He says 9/11 made him appreciate the United States, but those events and the changes that came after made life harder for many Hispanics here.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Reflections of a farm laborer and his son near Eltopia, Wash.:

"My name is Victor Santillan and I work for Agri-Pack, stacking hay in the trucks. I'm from Durango, Mexico and I'm proud of it too. I think people are still feeling sad about this anniversary. I feel sad for all the people that died.

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9/11 Anniversary
10:14 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Anniversary brings out gratitude for troops in one farmer

Collette McEntire, of Eltopia, Wash. says she has a greater appreciation of the United State's armed forces since 9/11.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Reflections of an eastern Washington farmer harvesting alfalfa with a massive tractor:

"This is about the only piece of farm equipment that has air conditioning. (Laughs) My name is Collette McEntire and I am swathing third cutting export alfalfa hay.

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Farmworkers
5:37 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Housing study finds cramped quarters in Walla Walla County

RICHLAND, Wash. – A new study says increasing numbers of families in Walla Walla County are living in overcrowded conditions.

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