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!"


Northwest Craft Beers
6:37 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Craft Breweries Keep Pouring Into Market, But Is There a Bubble?

Patrick Smith is a fourth-generation hop grower.
Anna King

Northwest farmers are wrapping up this year’s hop harvest at a time when the craft beer industry is seeing huge growth. The change in Americans’ beer-drinking habits means hop farmers are selling more of their crop to smaller breweries than ever before. But all this success begs the question: is there a craft brew bubble?

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the science of wine
3:10 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

WSU Breaks Ground on Wine Science Center in Tri-Cities

Artist rendering courtesy of Washington State University.

Dignitaries and leaders of the Northwest wine industry braved a drizzle Thursday for a ceremonial groundbreaking at Washington State University’s new Wine Science Center in the Tri-Cities. 

There are now nearly 800 licensed wineries in the state of Washington, up from about 40 three decades ago.

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2:35 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Inslee: Hanford Plan Doesn’t Include Immediate Solution for Leaky Tanks of Waste

Ted S. Warren AP Photo

A new proposal to phase-in portions of cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is an intriguing idea, but it doesn’t solve immediate problems of leaking waste tanks, said Gov. Jay Inslee during a visit Thursday.

The Democrat was responding to a new plan this week from U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. 

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5:01 am
Thu September 26, 2013

JFK Visited Hanford 50 Years Ago, Trying to De-Escalate Cold War

Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Fifty years ago today, President John F. Kennedy stepped off a Marine helicopter into the dry heat of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington.

He was there to see the massive new N Reactor. The reactor was the first to produce both plutonium and power in the U.S. The visit was also part of Kennedy’s efforts to de-escalate the Cold War.

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12:17 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Feds Propose Plan for Hanford’s Tank Waste Challenges

Ted S. Warrena Associated Press

There’s a new plan for cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The federal government is looking for ways to process certain types of radioactive waste more quickly, while managers there figure out how to solve major technical challenges at its massive Waste Treatment Plant.

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz released the new framework Tuesday after a year of study.

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Fish Consumption
11:55 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Warning: Some Columbia River Fish Not Safe to Eat

WSK_2005 Flickr

Some fish in the Columbia River aren’t safe to eat, according to advisories issued Monday by health officials in Washington and Oregon.

The warnings do not apply to ocean-going fish like salmon and steelhead.

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bio-fuel research
12:30 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

WSU Tri-Cities to Head Federal Jet Bio-fuel Research Center

Washington State University will lead a new federal research center focused on finding new biofuels for jet airplanes.

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., made the announcement Friday at the university’s new science labs in the Tri-Cities.

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GMO food
3:55 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Possible GMO Alfalfa Found Growing in Non-GMO Field

File image
Michelle and Anna Flickr

Washington agriculture researchers are investigating whether genetically-modified alfalfa was growing where it wasn’t supposed to. 

An Eastern Washington farmer's alfalfa has been rejected by a broker that says it found evidence of genetically modified pesticide resistance.

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Prose Pros
2:15 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

State Poet Laureate Wins Book Award for Hanford-Based 'Plume'

Photo courtesy of Kathleen Flenniken.

Washington state’s poet laureate Kathleen Flenniken has been awarded the Washington Book Award.

Flenniken’s new work of poetry, titled “Plume,” recounts her childhood in the nuclear-company town of Richland.

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9:53 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Hanford: Tank Farm Closure Given Federal All-Clear to Resume Work

The tank farms at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington are cleared to resume work after a high-radiation incident briefly shut down much of the site last month.

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apples by delivery
1:54 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Recent WSU Grads Offer Weekly Apple Delivery Service to Offices

Apple-A-Day's recent college grad owners Danielle LaRiviere, left, and Lexi Schmidt.
Anna King

We’ve all been there. You’re hungry. You want something good, but there’s no time. You hit the vending machine for sugar or salt.

Two recent Washington State University graduates want to change that. They've launched an urban apple delivery service called Apple-A-Day, and it’s taking off.

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washington apples
6:01 am
Sat August 24, 2013

New Wash. Apple Not Yet in Stores, But Plenty Others Will Be

The new Washington State University apple WA-38 is one consumers can’t get their hands on just yet.
Washington State University

Northwest apple growers are expecting a bumper crop this year. Harvest is already beginning on some farms, but growers are excited over an apple variety you can’t even get in stores yet.

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3:26 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Seattle Band to Release Pop Song Inspired by Hanford Tank Waste

From left to right, the band members are: Toby Kuhn, guitar, Miro Justad, drums, Ryan Baker, bass, and Marika Justad, vocals, guitar and keyboard.

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation has inspired documentaries, museum exhibits, art shows, and even a book of poetry.

Now, a Seattle band call Tangerine is about to release a new song that tackles the leaking tanks of radioactive waste at the federal site.

“I guess it’s a slightly unusual topic for a pop song, especially one that has a romantic angle,” said Marika Justad, who sings, plays the guitar and the piano for the alternative-pop band.

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10:01 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Investigation into Abnormal Radiological Reading at Hanford

Crews at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are investigating increased radiological readings at a tank farm there.

Part of the massive site was shut down following the reading Wednesday night.

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washington wine
8:01 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Northwest Winemakers Ready for ‘Intense’ Vintage

Vineyard manager Dick Boushey.
Anna King

Wine grapes throughout the Northwest are ripening faster this year because of the hot dry summer. Vineyard managers and winemakers are preparing for a breakneck harvest over the next few weeks—that is, if it stays warm.

This year, eastern Washington had record-setting heat in July, while Oregon had consistently warm weather. Growers throughout the Northwest are hoping for cooler temperatures so the grapes don’t race to ripeness.

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