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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Science
1:39 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Mystery solved: Who the 'Kennewick Man' really was

Final Kennewick Man facial reconstruction.
Brittney Tatchell

For one thing, Kennewick Man – the 9,500-year-old remains found in the shallows of the Columbia River more than 16 years ago – was buff. We’re talking beefcake.

So says Doug Owsley, head of physical anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Owsley led the study of the ancient remains.

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Washington apple crop
7:59 am
Wed October 3, 2012

In Washington State, Picker Shortage Threatens Apple Boom

Amilia Magno, 23, of Pasco, Wash., carries a heavy load of buckeye gala apples in Broetje Orchards near Prescott, Wash.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 2:57 pm

In western Michigan, there aren't enough apples to pick because bad weather decimated 85 to 90 percent of the crop. But Washington state has the opposite problem — there's an abundance of apples, but not enough pickers.

This should be the happiest, busiest time of year in Washington apple orchards. But now — just as the peak of apple harvest is coming on — Broetje Orchards manager Roger Bairstow is wincing.

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Environment
1:44 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Wildfires in Washington, Idaho continue challenging crews

Idaho’s Trinity Ridge Fire is burning more than 90,000 acres in the forests east of Boise.
Zane Brown/inciweb.org

High winds are challenging crews battling the Taylor Bridge fire in central Washington; and crews fighting the Trinity Ridge fire in Idaho are in a standoff with that fire, waiting for it to reach lower ground.

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Environment
4:11 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Illegal Sewage Dumper In Kennewick, Wash., Fined $50,000

Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 2:49 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – State regulators have fined a port-o-john operator in southeast Washington for illegally dumping raw sewage down a manhole at least five times. Some of the 50-thousand-dollars in fines will go to the city of Kennewick, which had to clean up waste that backed up into streets.

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Environment
11:35 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Hanford Nuclear Safety Manager Questions Waste Treatment Plant

Donna Busche, 48, of Richland, has come forward with concerns about Hanford's waste treatment plant project. She is one of several high-level whistleblowers to speak out about the $12 billion plant under construction in southeast Washington. By Anna King.

Originally published on Tue January 17, 2012 10:46 am

RICHLAND, Wash. – Waste in underground tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation may have much more plutonium than previously thought. That's according to a report by a Hanford contractor that's just been leaked to public radio. It's also according to the latest high profile whistleblower to raise serious concerns about a waste treatment plant being built at the Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
9:32 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Report: Hanford tanks may have more plutonium than estimated

Originally published on Mon January 16, 2012 9:18 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Hanford Nuclear Reservation's tank farms in southeast Washington may have much more plutonium than earlier estimated. That's according to a report by a Hanford contractor that's just been leaked to public radio. At least one high-level Hanford official worries the findings could mean a massive waste treatment plant's design might need to be altered.

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Environment
10:12 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Hanford whistleblower case dismissed against Bechtel

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 9:18 am

RICHLAND, Wash. – A Benton County Superior Court judge in southeast Washington has dismissed a Hanford whistleblower's case against a government contractor. That means that whistleblower, Walt Tamosaitis , will have to appeal if he wishes to keep fighting the Hanford contractor.

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Farming
3:04 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Fires destroy three major haystacks in Eastern Washington

Police in eastern Washington are trying to figure out who has been intentionally torching haystacks near the tiny town of Mattawa.

Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones says in the last two weeks two fires burned three major haystacks to the ground. Jones says he doubts local kids have been setting the fires.

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News
9:01 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Mt. Rainer National Park Community Grieve For Slain Ranger

Ranger Margaret Anderson was the mother of two small children. Courtesy National Park Service.

Originally published on Mon January 2, 2012 7:29 pm

Now that a manhunt on Mt. Rainier is over, national park staff are focusing on the grief of losing one of their rangers. The man suspected of killing Margaret Anderson is 24-year-old Benjamin Colton Barnes. He was found dead Monday on the southwest slope of the mountain after a 24-hour manhunt. Lee Snook is with Mt. Rainier National Park. She says Rainier staff are relieved that the park is now secure.

Lee Snook: "Margaret was known by most everyone here at the park, and we all feel it quite personally and deeply."

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Science
11:33 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Research into rat emotions could help develop human drugs

A Washington State University researcher says new findings about the emotions of rats could lead to treatments for mental illness in humans. Jaak Panksepp writes in the latest issue of the journal, Science.

He was reacting to a new study showing that rats demonstrate empathy and altruism toward a fellow rat who was stuck in a trap.

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Environment
9:50 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Proposed Eastern Washington biomass facility debated

A large biomass plant proposed for the Yakima area, is winning praise from supporters. But critics say this plant could pollute Eastern Washington’s air.

The 20 megawatt plant would start up in 2013 and use slash piles and other wood debris from the Yakama Indian Reservation as fuel.

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Mentally Ill Juveniles
9:27 am
Wed November 16, 2011

In rural northwest mentally ill teens struggle for services

In Adams County, Washington, and many other rural places in the Northwest, it’s difficult for mentally ill teens to get adequate services
Rajah Bose Northwest News Network

Experts say mental health services for teens are especially inadequate in rural areas. That describes huge swaths of our region.

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Radiation Exposure
10:08 am
Thu November 10, 2011

Idaho National Lab workers exposed to plutonium

Test Reactor Area west of Idaho Falls is home to the Advanced Test Reactor
Idaho National Lab

The Idaho National Lab is monitoring 16 of its workers who were exposed to Plutonium 239. That isotope is used in nuclear weapons.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
3:57 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Hanford whistleblower launches new lawsuit over safety concerns

Walt Tamosaitis alleges that the U.S. Department of Energy played a role in removing him from the Waste Treatment Plant project after he raised concerns.
Anna King Northwest News Network

KENNEWICK, Wash. – There’s a new lawsuit over safety issues at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The case announced Wednesday comes from the same whistleblower who has raised serious concerns about the waste treatment factory being built at the nuclear site in southeast Washington.

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Umatilla Chemical Depot
3:08 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

The Northwest is now chemical weapons free

Workers at the Umatilla Chemical Depot in northeast Oregon have incinerated the very last of the chemical mustard agent stored there.

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