Anna King http://wfae.org en Why This Year's Blueberry Bounty Has Growers Feeling Blue http://wfae.org/post/why-years-blueberry-bounty-has-growers-feeling-blue The blueberries on your morning cereal are less expensive this year. That's because farmers are harvesting a bumper crop this summer. It's good news for berry lovers, but the bounty might wreck some blueberry growers.<p>In Richland, Wash., Genoa Blankenship pops open the lid on a box of blueberries. Her three young children struggle to stop wiggling. Blankenship loves the idea of healthy snacks that are easy to take along to soccer practice.<p>"We tend to eat blueberries at least twice a day. Fri, 16 Aug 2013 06:52:00 +0000 Anna King 33434 at http://wfae.org Why This Year's Blueberry Bounty Has Growers Feeling Blue Federal Budget Cuts Hamper Waste Cleanup At Washington Nuclear Reservation http://wfae.org/post/federal-budget-cuts-hamper-waste-cleanup-washington-nuclear-reservation Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In Washington State, radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is leaking from underground containment tanks. The site contains the leftovers from plutonium production, some from World War II, most from the Cold War. And it turns out the federal budget sequester is slowing the cleanup.<p>From Richland, Washington, Anna King of the Northwest News Network has that story.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MACHINERY)<p>ANNA KING, BYLINE: Up to three gallons of radioactive waste a day seeps into the desert sand at Hanford, not far from the Columbia River. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 21:33:00 +0000 Anna King 24203 at http://wfae.org Prehistoric 'Kennewick Man' Was All Beefcake http://wfae.org/post/prehistoric-kennewick-man-was-all-beefcake For nearly a decade, scientists and Northwest tribes in Washington state <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4699997">fought bitterly</a> over whether to bury or study the 9,500-year-old bones known as Kennewick Man. Scientists won the battle, and now, after years of careful examination, they're releasing some of their findings.<p>For starters, Kennewick Man was buff. I mean, really beefcake. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 17:44:00 +0000 Anna King 13707 at http://wfae.org Prehistoric 'Kennewick Man' Was All Beefcake In Washington State, Picker Shortage Threatens Apple Boom http://wfae.org/post/washington-state-picker-shortage-threatens-apple-boom In western Michigan, there <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/09/17/161276597/shriveled-mich-apple-harvest-means-fewer-jobs-tough-year-ahead">aren't enough</a> 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.<p>This should be the happiest, busiest time of year in Washington apple orchards. Wed, 03 Oct 2012 07:25:00 +0000 Anna King 13050 at http://wfae.org In Washington State, Picker Shortage Threatens Apple Boom Chukar Cherries Offers A Year-Round Taste Of Summer http://wfae.org/post/chukar-cherries-offers-year-round-taste-summer Over the course of just a few sun-soaked weeks every summer, Chukar Cherries in central Washington state dries 250,000 pounds of fresh cherries.<p>"It's almost like going into your mom's kitchen and she's just taken a cherry pie out of the oven," says co-owner J.T. Montgomery. Sun, 12 Aug 2012 09:51:00 +0000 Anna King 2482 at http://wfae.org Chukar Cherries Offers A Year-Round Taste Of Summer