Anna King

Northwest News Reporter

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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Alfalfa Crop
6:06 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Alfalfa Growers Hope to Harvest 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.
Credit Anna King

Many Northwest alfalfa growers had a rough year with bad weather last summer. Rain can leach nutrients out of drying hay and rot away any profits. But this year, hay markets are primed if growers can duck the storm clouds.

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Wanapum Dam
6:41 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

It’s Costly To Keep Bones, Cultural Artifacts Safe Behind Wanapum Dam

File photo. Sheriff's deputies, Grant County employees and state Fish and Wildlife officers are patrolling 80 miles of Columbia River shore.
Credit Anna King Northwest News Network

 The drawdown of water behind the cracked Wanapum Dam in central Washington is exposing dozens of human gravesites and hundreds of Native American cultural artifacts. Grant County officials are working overtime to protect these sensitive sites. Correspondent Anna King explains that work isn’t cheap.

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Wanapum Dam
5:01 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

What Cracked Wanapum Dam? Experts Won't Know Until June

A view of the lowered Columbia River at Crescent Bar near Vantage, Wash.
Credit Grant County PUD

    

Grant County officials said Wednesday they won’t nail down the cause of the crack on Wanapum Dam until June. It all means water levels on the Columbia River will stay lowered. That leaves boat launches, resort communities and popular parks high and dry. And as Correspondent Anna King reports, new details show the cause of the crack won’t be a simple fix.

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Asparagus
8:19 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Northwest Asparagus Growers Trying To Delay Harvest For Better Prices

Northwest asparagus growers are just starting to harvest spears in the warmer sites around Pasco, WA. The green points are the first crop harvested in spring.
Credit Anna King

Northwest asparagus growers are just starting to harvest spears in the warmer sites around Pasco. The green points are the first crop harvested in spring. But this year farmers say they might not get the best prices.  That’s because Mexican and Californian spears have flooded the market.

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Wanapum Dam
4:43 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Winds Hamper Forensic Drilling On Wanapum Dam

Crews are trying to figure out how bad the crack in Wanapum Dam is and how it can be repaired.
Credit Grant County PUD

High winds on the Columbia River are hampering forensic work on the damaged Wanapum Dam in southeast Washington.

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Wanapum Dam Bones
5:28 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Bones Found Near Wanapum Dam Repatriated To Northwest Tribes

File photo. Two skeletons were found several weeks ago along newly exposed Columbia River shore.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

This week two skeletons found upstream of the cracked Wanapum Dam were handed over to Northwest tribes. The remains were found near each other several weeks ago along the newly exposed Columbia River shore.

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Hanford Fumes
7:24 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Hanford Fumes Lead Some Workers To Seek Medical Attention

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 6:31 pm

Some workers from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s tank farms were transported to a Richland hospital Tuesday morning.

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Hanford
4:13 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.
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

Friday the state of Washington ordered the federal government to pump out a leaking double-shell tank of waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The state says pumping must begin by September first. Correspondent Anna King has more.

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Wanapum Dam
6:51 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Washington Fruit Farmers Scramble To Irrigate From Lowered Columbia River

Frosty Hansen, 74, of near Wenatchee, says he’s going to help his neighbors irrigate their fruit trees, since many of their pipes don’t reach the Columbia River. The Wanapum pool has been lowered about 25 feet to relieve pressure on the cracked dam.
Credit Anna King

And now an update on the cracked Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River in Eastern Washington.  Dam engineers are continuing to keep the pool behind the ailing structure drawn down to relieve pressure.  So far they don’t know how bad the crack in the dam’s spillway is, but they are still investigating.

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Wanapum Dam
4:40 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Fish Experts Plan A Salmon Water Slide On Cracked Wanapum Dam

File photo of the fish ladder at John Day Dam on the Columbia River. The fish ladders at the Wanapum and the Rock Island dams are dry.
Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

   

The ongoing issue with the cracked Wanapum Dam in central Washington is now creating problems for migrating salmon. The drawdown of water between the Wanapum and the Rock Island dams to relieve pressure on the crack is the roadblock. Correspondent Anna King explains.

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