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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Hanford Cleanup
10:53 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Tri-Cities braces for less Hanford cleanup money in Obama budget

People with a direct stake in the Hanford Nuclear Reservation will be closely following President Obama's budget roll out. Money for cleaning up hazardous waste there is expected to be down.

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Hanford Clean-Up
7:40 am
Thu February 10, 2011

Hanford tank waste retrieval resumes

Crews at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are once again pumping radioactive waste from a World War II era tank. Work had been stopped on the unstable tank buried near the Columbia River.

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Nuclear Waste Clean-up
9:53 am
Fri February 4, 2011

A new generation begins taking the reins at Hanford

What do you do when you have a huge dilemma, and the number of people who can solve it is dwindling? That's the problem at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation -- one of the largest environmental cleanup projects in the world.

About 12,000 people are working on it right now. But the vast majority of Hanford's top experts are nearing retirement age. That leaves this complex cleanup task to the next generation.

The stakes are high: one wrong move could mean an environmental disaster, or a contaminated worker.

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Preservation
8:07 am
Wed January 26, 2011

New site proposed for Hanford Reach Interpretive Center

Supporters of a proposed interpretive center for the Hanford Reach have identified a new location for the star-crossed project. They're hoping the fresh site will breathe new life into a project that's been mired in controversy and divisiveness.

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Business
9:48 am
Tue January 4, 2011

Sports car company may build new Washington factory

Shelby Super Cars, of West Richland, Wash., is vying for a state loan for economic development that would help the company build a production facility and create nearly 50 new jobs.
Shelby SuperCars

A company that designs super-fast cars is hoping to build a new factory in the state. Shelby SuperCars is eyeing a site in south-central Washington, in the city of West Richland.

Until recently, Shelby held the record for the making the fastest production car on earth: an average of about 256 miles per hour. Now the company working on their next generation speed demon. Shelby has applied for an $800,000 state loan to buy property and build a new manufacturing facility.

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Water Purification
5:55 pm
Sun January 2, 2011

Some help for Yakima Valley residents with bad wells

Sandy Halstead, of the Environmental Protection Agency, and a summer intern, listen to the concerns of a homeowner in the Yakima Valley. Many private wells in the Eastern Washington agricultural area are polluted with nitrates.
Anna King N3

Residents with contaminated wells in the Yakima Valley are getting state-funded purification systems, at least some of them are. Many families there have been drinking water polluted with nitrates and bacteria.

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Holiday Season
12:07 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

How to pick out the perfect christmas tree

Greg Kutz, front, and Rebecca Brown carry a tree they cut down through the snow at a tree farm.
Carolyn Kaster AP Photo

Whether you’re going to a corner lot or snowshoeing into the backcountry – picking the perfect Christmas tree can be daunting. We tracked down a certified Christmas tree expert and have this primer on how to care for evergreen trees.

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NW Food Banks
3:31 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Northwest food banks helping more families than ever

A food bank operated by Northwest Harvest in Seattle. As more strapped Americans rely on charity amid worsening economic gloom, operators of food banks and other charities are relying on the surprisingly resilient generosity of their neighbors.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Across the Northwest food banks are seeing more customers than ever. Now, Washington’s Department of Agriculture is asking farmers to increase their produce donations to aid the state’s hungry.

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Radioactive Animals
8:06 am
Fri November 19, 2010

On the trail of a radioactive mouse

How do you catch a radioactive mouse?  Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers will use standard mousetraps. Radioactive droppings were found at Hanford recently. After nabbing a radioactive rabbit two weeks ago,  workers say catching the mice is no easy task.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
8:36 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Highly radioactive soil found near Columbia River

Hanford Nuclear Reservation officials say they don’t know how much radioactive contaminated soil they’re dealing with yet. What they do know is that newly discovered radioactive dirt exceeds lethal limits and is not far from the Columbia River and the city of Richland.


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Underground Food
3:59 pm
Tue November 16, 2010

Down economy gives rise to underground dining

Plates full of piping hot calamari await a few final touches before being shuttled out to customers in “Lupita’s” kitchen. Underground dining and other black market businesses increase in a down economy
Anna King N3

In the down economy some people are turning to off-the-books business models. High-priced underground restaurants have been popular with foodies, but some families have begun selling meals from home kitchens just to scrape by.

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Environment
2:29 am
Mon November 8, 2010

The Case of the Radioactive Rabbit

A radioactively contaminated rabbit has been caught and killed on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland in southeast Washington.

The U.S. Department of Energy says that's not unusual. Last year the agency caught 33 contaminated animals. But this rabbit was unusually close to workers and the public.

The bunny was found just a few miles outside of the city of Richland in Hanford's 300 Area. Todd Nelson is a spokesman for one of the federal contractors that clean up Hanford. He downplayed the incident.

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