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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
Hanford Nuclear Reservation
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Chemical Vapor Whiffs Reportedly Smelled by Six Hanford Workers

An onion-like smell, possibly chemical vapors, was reported by six different Hanford nuclear reservation employees Wednesday afternoon.

The workers were preparing for routine electrical maintenance outside the TX Tank Farm and were not wearing supplied air respirators at the time because they were outside of the tank farm's fence line...

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Judge to decide if City of Everett can proceed with suing make of Oxycontin (Getty Images)
Judge to decide if City of Everett can proceed with suing make of Oxycontin (Getty Images)
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City of Everett Wants to Sue Drug Company Over ‘Misuse Epidemic’

Most experts say it's something that's never been done before. A city suing a drug manufacturer because of alleged misuse and drug trafficking.

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EPA air quality Thursday morning (EPA website)
EPA air quality Thursday morning (EPA website)
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Here’s Where to Go to See How Our Air Quality is Doing

 

The EPA has an air quality website, that provides quick and easy information about how bad, or good, our air is. Give the smoke and fires, they're probably getting record numbers of hits.

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Bad air cancels Pasco activities, moves Prosser sports indoors (Townsquare media)
Bad air cancels Pasco activities, moves Prosser sports indoors (Townsquare media)
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Pasco Cancels All After-School Activities, Tuesday September 5th

Pasco Schools released a statement at 10am Tuesday:

 
Following guidelines on air quality from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Pasco School District has decided to keep all students and staff inside for recess, lunch and physical education classes today (9/5). All...

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Baid air Tuesday morning, Kennewick 5:46am (Townsquare media)
Baid air Tuesday morning, Kennewick 5:46am (Townsquare media)
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Area Schools Could Cancel After-School Activities Due to Smoke

Tuesday morning, school officials in Kennewick, Richland, Pasco, Washtucna and Christ The King Private School announced their students will be kept inside during recess, lunch, P.E. and other periods they would normally be outdoors, due to very poor air quality from our NW Fires. After being rated moderate Sunday, conditions have worsened rapidly. This image shows Kennewick prior to 6am.

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(courtesy of Brian Myrick  Ellensburg Daily Record Newspaper)
(courtesy of Brian Myrick Ellensburg Daily Record Newspaper)
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Where’s the Smoke Coming From Now?

A new fire sparked over the weekend along the Snake river corridor in the Pomeroy area which is North East of Tri-Cities

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Courtesy wenatcheewa.gov
Courtesy wenatcheewa.gov
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Forbes Magazine: Wenatchee WA in Top 25 US Cities to Retire

There's so much more to Wenatchee than just the Apple Blossom Festival.

Wenatchee is quickly gaining a national reputation as a retirement mecca, as the leading business publication in America, Forbes Magazine, with 6...

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Plutonium Finishing Plant demolition (KNDU-TV)
Plutonium Finishing Plant demolition (KNDU-TV)
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Airborne Plutonium Samples Found at Hanford Near Highway 240 in June

The Washington State Department of Health says the air samples didn't show enough radioactive levels to be harmful, but how they got there is of great interest to officials.

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Our air quality not doing so well (Washington Smoke Information website)
Our air quality not doing so well (Washington Smoke Information website)
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Eastern WA Has Worst Air in County Right Now, Say Experts

According to various sources, the air quality in Eastern Washington, North Idaho and Northeast Oregon is among the worst in the entire U.S., due to smoke from those British Columbia fires and others. On the map, yellow is moderate, orange not very good, and red is 'put on a mask and stay indoors..'

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New Safety Reforms Make Child Car Seats Compulsory
Getty Images - New Safety Reforms
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All Time High for Children Suffering Until Death in Hot Cars

This makes me sad and angry, because it is so bloody preventable, yet it keeps happening. Now, this year, an all-time high number of children have died suffering until they pass in a hot car...

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Seattle Seahawks v Arizona Cardinals
Getty Images - Luke Willson
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Washington State Parks and Seattle Seahawk TE Luke Willson Teaming Up

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has teamed up with Seattle Seahawks Tight End Luke Willson to promote the diverse landscapes and activities of Washington's beautiful state parks...

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This billboard might be changed or coming down (KNDU-TV)
This billboard might be changed or coming down (KNDU-TV)
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Controversial “We’re Cool By Default” Yakima Billboard Being ‘Re-Evaluated’

The billboard that set some tongues wagging, and fired up a lot of discussion on social media might be coming down.

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