Anna King

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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NPR Story
7:00 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Mary, How Do You Grow? The Tricky Business Of Yielding The Best Pot

Growing marijuana outside is a tricky venture, as farmer Susy Wilson can attest to.

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 10:29 am

Figuring out how to maximize yields on legal marijuana in Washington state will be tricky -- and not every licensed farmer will survive the competition and the tight margins.

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NPR Story
8:32 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Dark 'n' Light: Is It Better To Grow Marijuana Indoors Or Out?

Toni Reita, of Black Dog Acres in Goldendale, Washington, waters her starts.

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 10:35 am

As legal pot growing operations spring to life from urban King County to remote corners of Washington state, an ongoing debate has developed within this new farming community.

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NPR Story
3:53 pm
Sat July 5, 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.

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 11:00 am

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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NPR Story
6:45 am
Tue June 24, 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.

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 4:21 pm

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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Bighorn sheep in the Northwest
3:21 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Pneumonia Outbreaks Hitting Northwest’s Wild Bighorn Sheep

File photo of Bighorn sheep in Glacier National Park, Montana.

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 5:54 pm

Bighorn sheep in the Northwest have their lambs in early spring. About now, those babies start playing together in the mountains – a sort of lamb daycare.

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What makes organic grow
11:01 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

New Organic Fertilizer Less Smelly, More Popular With Farm Workers

Alan Schreiber is an organic and research farmer. He’s testing a new better-smelling organic liquid fertilizer at his farm near Eltopia, Washington.

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 6:35 pm

When you think organic, you probably visualize fresh, sweet-smelling fruits and vegetables. But what makes that delicious organic produce grow?

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Northwest sweet cherry growers
3:31 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Washington's Third-Largest Cherry Crop Queued-Up This Season

File photo

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:07 pm

Northwest sweet cherry growers say this season they'll likely pick their third-largest haul ever -- 20 million boxes.

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record prices worldwide for dairy and beef
3:18 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

High Milk, Beef Prices Spur A Northwest Cattle Rush

Dean Hibbs, with All West Select Sires, could be called the date doctor for dairy and beef cows. He’s tallying their traits and seeing which bull might be the best match to produce the highest-quality dairy calf.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 10:24 am

We’ve all heard of the Western Gold Rush. But how about the Northwest cattle rush?

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Coho Cab
4:58 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Endangered Salmon Migrate Via Trucks Around Cracked Dam

At Priest Rapids Dam workers practice transporting salmon in trucks. They'll have to transport hundreds of fish a day so the salmon can get past the lowered water and several dams.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 11:22 pm

The Columbia River will remain drawn down at least until June because of the cracked Wanapum Dam in southeast Washington.

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Bumper Crop for Hay
9:39 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Alfalfa Growers Hope To Rake In More Green This Year

Drex Gauntt grows some of the earliest-harvested alfalfa in the Northwest near Burbank, Wash. Hay prices this year have him smiling.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 5:40 pm

Many Northwest alfalfa growers had a rough year with bad weather last summer.

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asparagus prices are low
4:03 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Low Prices Prompt Northwest Asparagus Growers To Try To Delay Harvest

File photo
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 5:48 pm

Northwest asparagus growers are just starting to harvest spears in the warmer sites around Pasco, Wash.

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Washington State Issues Hanford Deadline
4:52 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Washington State Orders Hanford Managers To Empty Leaking Tank

View inside the space between the two walls of Tank AY-102 at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
U.S. Department of Energy

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 8:37 am

The state of Washington has ordered the federal government to start pumping out a leaking double-shell tank of waste at Hanford by September 1.

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Kennewick Man Redux?
9:35 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Wanapum Dam River Drawdown Churns Up More Old Bones

Washington State officials are worried over the safety of newly-found human remains and artifacts on miles of newly-exposed Columbia River shoreline.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 2:04 pm

State officials are reporting the discovery of a second set of human remains near the cracked Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River in Eastern Washington state.

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Wanapum Dam’s spillway structure
3:48 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Outside Experts Weigh In On Columbia River's Damaged Wanapum Dam

File photo of Wanapum Dam
Grant County PUD

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 2:22 pm

In central Washington state, teams of engineers are scrambling to figure out what’s gone wrong with part of the Wanapum Dam’s spillway structure.

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Nuclear Waste
11:17 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Hanford Tanks: How Much Do We Know?

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:38 am

When it comes to the many underground tanks at Hanford filled with radioactive sludge, just how much do we know? U.S. Senator Ron Wyden says not enough.

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Wyden Says Key Documents Weren't Disclosed
6:08 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

Sen. Wyden: Hanford Tanks Like 'Groundhog Day,' Problems Keep Repeating

Tobin Fricke Wikimedia

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:33 am

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is saying cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is like something out of the movie "Groundhog Day."

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Chemical Weapon Storage Site Near Closing
7:09 am
Fri February 28, 2014

More Staff Reduction At Umatilla Depot As Site Nears Final Cleanup

Workers at the Umatilla Chemical Depot are focused now on environmental sampling to make sure the site of the chemical incinerator is now clean.
Hal McCune URS

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 6:45 am

The Umatilla Chemical Depot is letting go of 60 more workers. Just 100 remain, down from more than 800 a few years ago.

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NPR Story
5:11 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Northwest Wine Industry Matures With Appellation Milestones

The Walla Walla appellation will mark their 30 year anniversary in March.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 5:03 pm

Many of the distinct wine grape growing regions in the Northwest are celebrating 30 years since the federal government recognized them as appellations -- or distinct growing areas.

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the business of biofuels
3:26 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

How Drones And Satellites Can Boost The Biofuel Crop

High-tech cameras, sensors, aircraft and satellites could more accurately predict crop yields and increase the cost-effectiveness of biofuels. Dan Long holds the small aircraft equipped with cameras, while John Sulik holds the controls.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 9:47 am

Northwest farmers are trying to get into the business of biofuels.

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NPR Story
10:53 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Yakama Tribes Take Pot Stand On Traditional Lands

File photo of a of a cannabis plant.
Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 5:50 pm

Leaders of the Yakama Nation in central Washington say they see little benefit to sales or farming of legalized marijuana on their traditional lands.

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