Anna King

Richland Correspondent

Anna King calls Richland, Washington home and loves unearthing great stories about people in the Northwest. She reports for the Northwest News Network from a studio at Washington State University, Tri–Cities. She covers the Mid–Columbia region, from nuclear reactors to Mexican rodeos.

The South Sound was her girlhood backyard and she knows its rocky beaches, mountain trails and cities well. She left the west side to attend Washington State University and spent an additional two years studying language and culture in Italy.

While not on the job, Anna enjoys snowboarding, clam digging, hiking and wine tasting with friends. She lives in Richland with her husband Andy Plymale.

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Environment and Planning
8:16 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.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

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.

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Environment and Planning
7:46 am
Thu July 10, 2014

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

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.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

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

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Government and Politics
2:58 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

'Altitude' Legal Pot Store Opens In Eastern Washington Farming Town

Jacob Nichols, of Pasco, says he's excited to buy legal weed for the first time at the Altitude store in Prosser, Washington.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Legal marijuana stores opened Tuesday morning in Washington state. One of the earliest locations to open was in the rural Eastern Washington farming community of Prosser.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
8:20 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Legal Washington Pot Stores Opening Soon, But Production Lags

Eric and Katey Cooper stand amid their flowering marijuana. Their business, named Monkey Grass, in Wenatchee, Washington, is one of the largest marijuana grows licensed by Washington state so far.
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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.

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Disasters and Accidents
8:53 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Letting Go Of The Oso Landslide On The Back Of A Fast Horse

Alexis Blakey, 20, of Oso, Washington, says running barrels with her horse Tax helps her hit the pause button on memories of the landslide for a few brief moments.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

The Timberbowl Rodeo, in the town of Darrington, Washington, saw some of its largest crowds ever this past weekend. Neighbors gathered at the event to hug, shake hands and heal up a bit from this year's nearby terrible Oso landslide.

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Environment and Planning
6:42 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Washington State, Energy Department Continue Talks Over Hanford Tank Cleanup

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  Washington state and the U.S. Department of Energy just gave themselves a 40-day deadline. They need a clear cleanup plan for leaking tanks of radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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Energy
8:06 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Japan Looks To Richland-Made Filters To Treat Radioactive Water

John Raymont, founder and president of Kurion, stands inside one of his company’s containerized mobile strontium filter units. These shipping-container-like machines will be shipped from the build site in Richland to Japan’s crippled nuclear plant in July
Anna King Northwest News Network

Japan’s crippled nuclear plant is bleeding hazardous radioactive water at a mind-staggering rate. Officials at Fukushima Daiichi are filling 37-foot-tall tanks nearly every other day. Now, in southeast Washington, a company called Kurion is developing and building a mobile filter system to help deal with that troublesome radioactive wastewater.

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Health and Medicine
7:38 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Wenatchee Latino Population Encouraged To Hike Outdoors For Health

Hikers Kimberly Carrillo and her friend Lily Esuivel near Wenatchee. Agencies in the area are trying to get more people hiking on nearby trails.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Doctors in Wenatchee have been passing out some unusual prescriptions lately – not pills, but mountain hikes. It’s called the Foothills Hiking Challenge.

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Environment and Planning
6:17 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Court-Ordered Negotiations Between Feds, Washington State Are Up

File photo of a nuclear waste storage tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

This week is the deadline for the State of Washington and the U.S. Department of Energy to reach an agreement on how to clean up radioactive tank waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The two sides can’t agree on a timeline.

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Weather and Climate
3:05 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Northwest Fire Season Ramps Up East Of The Cascades

File photo of a 2013 wildfire near Goldendale, Washington.
Credit Washington Incident Management Team #2/ InciWeb. A column of smoke rises from the Mile Marker 28 Fire near Goldendale, Wash.

Workers in the Tri-Cities, Washington, area got notice Wednesday of tinder-dry conditions at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and were advised to practice fire safety at work and at home.

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