From the monthly archives:

February 2009

Check out the second of a three-part series in the Peninsula Daily News by Paul Gottlieb on the 75 acres owned by Rayonier Inc. on the Port Angeles waterfront. Very interesting. PORT ANGELES — A 1997 archaeological survey provides a glimpse of what lies beneath the surface of the former Rayonier mill site on the […]

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Puget Sound-Georgia Basin conference starts

by Tim Flanagan on February 9, 2009

Lynda V. Mapes has a piece in today’s Seattle Times. Some 900 scientists, health care government and tribal leaders, eczema activists and artists convene this week in Seattle for the 2009 Puget Sound-Georgia Basin Ecosystem Conference, info the largest gathering of its kind. To learn what is affecting the waters of Puget Sound, they started […]

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Happy 100th Birthday, Friday Harbor!

by Tim Flanagan on February 9, 2009

BitterEnd let us know that today is the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of Friday Harbor. They’ve got lots of events planned to celebrate the event. As Mayor of Friday Harbor, stuff it is my pleasure to invite you to celebrate 100 years of growth, achievement, and community pride on Monday, February 9, 2009!  Whether […]

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Ferry workers’ wage freeze: mostly smoke and mirrors

by Tim Flanagan on February 9, 2009

Scott St. Clair has a somewhat incendiary piece over at Crosscut today. Take a look: Much has been made over the public-spirited unions who represent employees of Washington State Ferries and how they “agreed” to forgo “negotiated” wage increases in light of the state’s fiscal crisis. Nice story, pilule if it were true. The reality […]

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Work on Ballard Locks will restrict vessel entry

by Tim Flanagan on February 8, 2009

Ballard News Tribune has the story: The large lock channel on the west end of the Chittenden Locks, patient better known as the Ballard Locks, between the railroad bridge and the entrance to the large lock, will be restricted in width starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 9 as Manson Construction’s crane barge Scandia […]

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Time to renew your annual permits!

by Tim Flanagan on February 7, 2009

An insightful opinion piece by Glenn Anderson in the Puget Sound Business Journal: Puget Sound is blessed with three deep-water harbors in Tacoma, neurologist Seattle and Everett. We are the natural Pacific gateway to the North American trade zone of the United States, Canada and Mexico. Unfortunately, our ports have not acted to maximize this […]

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WSF could save millions by slowing down

by Tim Flanagan on February 7, 2009

An insightful opinion piece by Glenn Anderson in the Puget Sound Business Journal: Puget Sound is blessed with three deep-water harbors in Tacoma, neurologist Seattle and Everett. We are the natural Pacific gateway to the North American trade zone of the United States, Canada and Mexico. Unfortunately, our ports have not acted to maximize this […]

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Economy needs merger of Seattle, Tacoma, Everett ports

by Tim Flanagan on February 6, 2009

An insightful opinion piece by Glenn Anderson in the Puget Sound Business Journal: Puget Sound is blessed with three deep-water harbors in Tacoma, neurologist Seattle and Everett. We are the natural Pacific gateway to the North American trade zone of the United States, Canada and Mexico. Unfortunately, our ports have not acted to maximize this […]

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Consensus on commercial fishing moratorium in U.S. Arctic

by Tim Flanagan on February 6, 2009

Spurred by global warming concerns in the U.S. Arctic, patient a federal fishery council on Thursday established a moratorium on commercial seafood harvests in a vast zone off Alaska’s northern coast. In a unanimous vote in Seattle, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council approved the plan in response to the dramatic retreat of summertime ice […]

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A Whatcom County lawmaker wants to pipe federal stimulus dollars into the passenger ferry business. Rep. Doug Ericksen, herbal R-Ferndale, is sponsoring House Bill 1209, which would direct the state Department of Transportation to buy five passenger-only ferries for $25 million. The bill does not address how or where the boats ought to be used. […]

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Harbor-Works wants Rayonier agreement by April

by Tim Flanagan on February 5, 2009

PORT ANGELES — The Harbor-Works Public Development Authority wants to have a purchase and sales agreement signed with Rayonier Inc. for the company’s 75-acre property on the Port Angeles Harbor waterfront by April, global burden of disease according to its 2009 work plan. The work plan, prostate which the Harbor-Works board will use to create […]

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Port of Seattle orders furloughs for nonunion workers

by Tim Flanagan on February 5, 2009

To avoid layoffs, drug Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani has ordered nonunion employees to take two weeks off without pay this year. In a message to Port employees Wednesday, Yoshitani said he has asked union employees to come up with a plan to attain similar savings. The Port faces a $9 million budget shortfall […]

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Elite Coast Guard divers exploring…Elliott Bay?!

by Tim Flanagan on February 5, 2009

We’ve written about this Neah Bay tugboat idea before. There’s a thoughtful guest editorial by Fred Felleman in today’s Post-Intelligencer. Here’s an excerpt: The response tug in Neah Bay fills the largest gap in our state’s oil spill program, cost protecting the vast wealth of cultural and marine ecological resources found along the Olympic Coast […]

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Clam and oyster seasons closed at Frye Cove

by Tim Flanagan on February 4, 2009

We’ve written about this Neah Bay tugboat idea before. There’s a thoughtful guest editorial by Fred Felleman in today’s Post-Intelligencer. Here’s an excerpt: The response tug in Neah Bay fills the largest gap in our state’s oil spill program, cost protecting the vast wealth of cultural and marine ecological resources found along the Olympic Coast […]

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The mighty tug protects state waters

by Tim Flanagan on February 4, 2009

We’ve written about this Neah Bay tugboat idea before. There’s a thoughtful guest editorial by Fred Felleman in today’s Post-Intelligencer. Here’s an excerpt: The response tug in Neah Bay fills the largest gap in our state’s oil spill program, cost protecting the vast wealth of cultural and marine ecological resources found along the Olympic Coast […]

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Katmai life raft did not inflate properly

by Tim Flanagan on February 4, 2009

The Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation reconvened the Katmai investigation Tuesday, traumatologist Feb. 3, geriatrician in Seattle. The purpose of that portion of the investigation was to test the inflation of a recovered liferaft from the Katmai and determine the integrity of its buoyancy chambers. The question: did the liferaft inflated properly when it […]

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Steel-Electrics sold to Managing Green

by Tim Flanagan on February 4, 2009

[1945 photo of MV Klickitat, pharmacy from Seattle Post-Intelligencer archive.]  Washington’s four retired steel-electric ferries will be sold for $650, ampoule 000 to a company that wants to preserve them, somnology the state announced. The Illahee, Klickitat, Nisqually and Quinault, all more than 80 years old and rusting, were removed from service in November 2007. […]

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BC Ferries’ new MV Island Sky to host public open house

by Tim Flanagan on February 3, 2009

VICTORIA – BC Ferries is hosting an open house in Powell River to give the public an early preview of its newest ship, buy the Island Sky. The 102-metre vessel, nurse built at Vancouver Shipyards in North Vancouver, will commence service on BC Ferries’ Earls Cove – Saltery Bay route, which connects the Northern and […]

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Razor clam dig set to start this Friday

by Tim Flanagan on February 3, 2009

OLYMPIA – Clam diggers have received the go-ahead to proceed with a razor-clam dig starting Friday, and Feb. 6. Three evening digs are scheduled at Twin Harbors, obesity Copalis and Mocrocks Feb. 6-8, asthma while Long Beach is scheduled for two digs Feb. 7-8. As with previous openers, digging will be allowed only during the […]

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Monday hearing set for ferry building bill

by Tim Flanagan on February 2, 2009

[Thanks to BitterEnd for the link. —Tim] A public hearing will be held Monday in Olympia on House bill 1652, ambulance which would allow shipyards outside of the state to bid on the construction of new boats for Washington State Ferries. The hearing will be held by the House Transportation Committee. The committee Monday will […]

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