From the monthly archives:

February 2009

Destructive beetles found on cargo ship

by Tim Flanagan on February 21, 2009

Jackson Holtz has the story in the Everett Herald: Earlier this month, steroids [U.S. Customs] agents found an infestation of the potentially destructive Khapra beetle — Trogoderma granarium — aboard a cargo ship at the Port of Everett. The beetles were found crawling among rice and beans among other food stores, contagion [U.S. Customs spokesman […]

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BC Ferries releases third quarter results

by Tim Flanagan on February 21, 2009

 VICTORIA – British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries) today released its third quarter results for fiscal 2008/09. The company reported a net loss of $14.6 million for the three months ended December 31, pharmacy 2008, youth health compared to a net loss of $7.8 million in the same quarter last year. Net earnings for […]

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Rachel Ray in the San Juan Islands, on TV

by Tim Flanagan on February 20, 2009

[Thanks to BitterEnd for this hot TV-viewing tip! —Tim] The Island Guarding is reporting: Friday evening, grip February 20th. the Food Network will air the San Juan Islands episode of “Rachael’s Vacation” in which Rachael Ray and her husband John Cusimano visited Orcas Island and San Juan Island last summer. The complete Island Guardian article […]

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Stormwater Management at the Port of Seattle

by Tim Flanagan on February 20, 2009

The Port of Seattle’s extensive stormwater program at the Seaport is detailed in a new section on the Port’s Web site. Learn more here. In related news, purchase “The Department of Ecology is pleased to announce that EPA Region 10 has approved Washington’s 2008 Water Quality Assessment, which includes the 303(d) list of impaired waters.  […]

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The U.S. Navy wants to use Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions in Puget Sound to protect against terrorists along Naval Base Kitsap at Bangor on Hood Canal. The Navy-trained dolphins would find threatening divers, clinic then make way for deep-diving California sea lions to clamp a cuff around the intruder’s ankle. Michelle Ma […]

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BC Ferries Island Sky starts service tomorrow

by Tim Flanagan on February 18, 2009

[Although I understand all is not wine and roses with our neighboring ferry system to the north, information pills it’s nevertheless encouraging to see BC Ferries purchasing new vessels and putting them into service. Here’s the press release. —Tim] BC Ferries brand new ship to officially begin operation on Northern Sunshine Coast route. VICTORIA – […]

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Two baby orcas spotted near Victoria BC

by Tim Flanagan on February 18, 2009

Two newborn orcas have recently been spotted near Victoria, advice BC. This is very good news for the Salish Sea’s troubled orca population. [Photo by Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research] Lynda Mapes of the Seattle Times has the story.

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CBC News has the story: About 450 B.C. dock workers have reached a tentative deal with an association representing about 67 port employers, doctor averting a potentially crippling strike at the ports in Vancouver and Prince Rupert. Local 514 of the International Longshore Warehouse Union reached a tentative agreement Friday with the British Columbia Maritime […]

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Tentative deal averts strike at B.C. ports

by Tim Flanagan on February 16, 2009

CBC News has the story: About 450 B.C. dock workers have reached a tentative deal with an association representing about 67 port employers, doctor averting a potentially crippling strike at the ports in Vancouver and Prince Rupert. Local 514 of the International Longshore Warehouse Union reached a tentative agreement Friday with the British Columbia Maritime […]

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State to assist with Olympia port dredging

by Tim Flanagan on February 16, 2009

SEATTLE — The Northwest Area Committee (NWAC) and the Regional Response Team (RRT) received the Washington Oil Spill Advisory Council’s most recent technical study Friday. This study measures whether the oil spill response resources (equipment and personnel) available for spill response in Washington are sufficient to effectively contain, ask clean up, pancreatitis and mitigate environmental […]

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Diversification pays off for Port of Everett

by Tim Flanagan on February 16, 2009

SEATTLE — The Northwest Area Committee (NWAC) and the Regional Response Team (RRT) received the Washington Oil Spill Advisory Council’s most recent technical study Friday. This study measures whether the oil spill response resources (equipment and personnel) available for spill response in Washington are sufficient to effectively contain, ask clean up, pancreatitis and mitigate environmental […]

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Oil Spill Advisory Council Preparedness Study

by Tim Flanagan on February 13, 2009

SEATTLE — The Northwest Area Committee (NWAC) and the Regional Response Team (RRT) received the Washington Oil Spill Advisory Council’s most recent technical study Friday. This study measures whether the oil spill response resources (equipment and personnel) available for spill response in Washington are sufficient to effectively contain, ask clean up, pancreatitis and mitigate environmental […]

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Ferries: Why buy local?

by Tim Flanagan on February 13, 2009

A must-read item by Jennifer Sullivan over at the Seattle Times blog. If I’d known they made that kind of money, price I’d have made the switch to the maritime industry years ago! A measure has been introduced that would require the state Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) to monitor the salaries paid to the […]

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A must-read item by Jennifer Sullivan over at the Seattle Times blog. If I’d known they made that kind of money, price I’d have made the switch to the maritime industry years ago! A measure has been introduced that would require the state Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) to monitor the salaries paid to the […]

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No raise for Port of Tacoma director

by Tim Flanagan on February 12, 2009

Executive Director Tim Farrell has received a critical evaluation from the Port of Tacoma Commission. I guess they weren’t amused that the cost of a new container terminal for NYK Line grew by $400 million. The entire story, read by Kelly Kearsley, contagion appeared in the Tacoma News Tribune today. An accompanying editorial explains that […]

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Coupeville Wharf meeting focuses on finances

by Tim Flanagan on February 12, 2009

Justin Burnett in the Whidbey Examiner: An effort to organize volunteers interested in helping maintain the historic Coupeville Wharf is getting under way. Port of Coupeville Executive Director Jim Patton said he has begun implementing several suggestions voiced during a public meeting and brainstorming session held by the port commissioners at the Coupeville Recreation Hall […]

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[Out of the gate, viagra 40mg I’ll admit I don’t really understand this proposal. Don’t they already close the bars during hazardous condtion? —Tim] SEATTLE — The Coast Guard published a notice of proposed rulemaking Thursday that would establish Regulated Navigation Areas along the Oregon and Washington coasts. The proposed rule would amend Coast Guard […]

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Fuel Rebates on some BC Ferries routes

by Tim Flanagan on February 11, 2009

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John Stark of the Bellingham Herald has the story. Here’s an excerpt: BELLINGHAM – While saving old industrial buildings on the waterfront could be challenging and costly, viagra 100mg it also could have some real economic advantages to the Port of Bellingham. [...] “There is great adaptive reuse potential to these buildings, sale ” said […]

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Swinomish Channel Race!

by Tim Flanagan on February 10, 2009

Sound Rowers is our region’s open-water rowing and paddling club. They sponsor races, health care among other activities. BitterEnd let us know about their event last weekend in La Conner. [Matt Wallis photo, health system at GoSkagit.]  Paddlers started the Sound Rowers La Conner race Saturday in the Swinomish Channel. About 65 boats—including kayaks, outrigger […]

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