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
4:53 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Senators, Congressman Pile On To Call For Hanford Vapor Fix

Tobin Fricke Wikimedia

For the third time this week there are calls to protect workers from hazardous vapors at Hanford. This time from Washington’s congressional delegation.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
4:19 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Why Your Christmas Tree Might Cost More This Year

The average Christmas tree might be a bit more expensive this year.
Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association

Some of the world’s largest Christmas tree farms are right here in the Northwest. Some are harvesting about 20,000 trees a day.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
4:51 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Tips To Finding A Fresh Christmas Tree: Sniff, Lift And Snap

File photo of a Christmas tree farm near Redland, Oregon.
Tedder Wikimedia

Experts say there are at least three tests to give a Christmas tree before it gets strapped it to a car and dragged home so it doesn’t go “Charlie Brown” before Christmas Day.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
4:35 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Most Northwest Christmas Trees Take A Short Flight Before Landing In Your Living Room

Christmas tree farmers rely on helicopter to move trees from their fields.
Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association

If you buy a Christmas tree, part of its journey to your living room may involve a helicopter.

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Environment and Planning
3:04 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Hanford Watchdogs, Union Intend To Sue Feds Over Tank Vapors

Three groups say intend to sue the U.S. Department of Energy and a contractor over vapors from storage tanks at Hanford.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Thursday three groups with ties to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation announced they intend to sue the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor.

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Environment and Planning
3:25 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Washington State Steps Up To Sue Over Hanford Tank Farm Vapors

Washington state intends to sue the federal government if Hanford workers are not better protected at the tank farms on the site.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington have been complaining of vapors from radioactive sludge for decades.

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Health and Medicine
4:54 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Small Towns Across The Northwest Scramble To Get Ready For Ebola

Small towns across the Northwest are buying protective equipment and preparing their staff. From left, Donna Tuning, Trish Reinmuth and Tina Glockner of say they "are in" for caring for patients with Ebola that show up at their hospital.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Small-town hospitals and clinics across the Northwest are scrambling to prepare for Ebola.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
2:49 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Apple Farmers Scramble To Save Last Of Their Fruit

Workers at Broetje Orchards in southeast Washington pulled some midnight shifts lately to try and save the last of the apples from the recent arctic air.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

An arctic air mass has swept into the Northwest. Cold air and snow are expected from central Washington through central Oregon and even into Idaho’s central Panhandle.

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Disasters and Accidents
3:51 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Methow Valley Residents Brace For A Long, Tough Winter

Wildfires burned down 350 homes in Washington's Methow Valley this summer. Nearly half of them are uninsured.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

The fires and immediate mudslides are over in the Methow Valley in north central Washington. Now a lot of tough work begins.

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Environment and Planning
3:50 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Can A Little Grass Seed Prevent Further Mudslides In The Methow Valley?

Some bunch grass in the Methow Valley made it through the Carlton Complex fires and is coming back.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

The Carlton Complex fires burned more than 255,000 acres in Washington’s Methow Valley past summer. There are thousands of fire-scrubbed hillsides and slopes that threaten to become torrents of mud running down in nearly every direction.

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