From the monthly archives:

March 2009

So says Seattle Times environment reporter Warran Cornwall: The region’s dirtiest exhaust pipes, nurse spewing tons of toxic diesel fumes into Seattle’s air, could be forced to clean up under a new federal initiative targeting freighters, cruise ships and oil tankers. The United States and Canada together are asking an international shipping regulator to require […]

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In today’s Peninsula Daily News, ascariasis Jeff Chew has a progress report on the Northwest Maritime Center, allergy under construction along the Port Townsend waterfront. [Jeff Chew/Peninsula Daily News photo.] Contractor Primo Construction of Carlsborg is fast at work installing windows and putting up siding outside and drywall inside the $12.5 million campus’s two structures […]

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Mark Yuasa has some helpful advice for shore-based whale watching in the Seattle Times. Pacific Northwest uber-weather-geek Cliff Mass shares an idea for a museum dedicated to Storms of the Pacific over on his blog: Imagine a “Pacific Storms Museum” in Westport (or some other coastal town). A facility with exhibits on past great storms […]

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Mark Yuasa has some helpful advice for shore-based whale watching in the Seattle Times. Pacific Northwest uber-weather-geek Cliff Mass shares an idea for a museum dedicated to Storms of the Pacific over on his blog: Imagine a “Pacific Storms Museum” in Westport (or some other coastal town). A facility with exhibits on past great storms […]

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Storms of the Pacific Museum

by Tim Flanagan on March 28, 2009

Mark Yuasa has some helpful advice for shore-based whale watching in the Seattle Times. Pacific Northwest uber-weather-geek Cliff Mass shares an idea for a museum dedicated to Storms of the Pacific over on his blog: Imagine a “Pacific Storms Museum” in Westport (or some other coastal town). A facility with exhibits on past great storms […]

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How to catch a glimpse of mighty gray whales

by Tim Flanagan on March 28, 2009

[LUIS ACOSTA / AFP/GETTY IMAGES]  Mark Yuasa has some helpful advice for shore-based whale watching in the Seattle Times.

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Port of Shelton unveils new signs at marina

by Tim Flanagan on March 28, 2009

This story by By Dedrick Allan  appeared in the Mason County Journal on March 25th. The Port of Shelton unveiled interpretive signs at Oakland Bay Marina recently. The signs were developed by Skookum Rotary: one on water quality and the other on the working waterfront. The Rotary’s Daryl Cleveland first approached the Port nearly two […]

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Environmentalists to battle Navy proposal

by Tim Flanagan on March 27, 2009

Justin Burnett of the the Whidbey Examiner has the story. Here’s an excerpt: Whidbey Island environmental groups opposed to the Navy’s plan to expand its Northwest training operations say they will take their objections to the highest levels of government. Representatives from Orca Network and the Whidbey Environmental Action Network have agreed to team up […]

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Gray whales return to Whidbey waters

by Tim Flanagan on March 27, 2009

King 5 has the report, visit this and a slideshow of great photos by Veronica von Allworden of Sea and Sky Photography. WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. –  Resident gray whales have returned to Whidbey and Camano Island waters, according to the Orca Network’s Whale Sighting Network. The whales have been spotted in Saratoga Passage, Port of […]

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Port of Tacoma to take another nip, tuck

by Tim Flanagan on March 27, 2009

Bill Monroe has this piece (including photo) in the Oregonian: As fish and wildlife commissions in Oregon and Washington continue their you-first standoff over the spring salmon fishery on the Columbia River, oncologist [skipper Gary] Krein and two dozen other Puget Sound charter skippers, their customers and thousands of other private anglers are focused on […]

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Blackmouth season wide open in Puget Sound

by Tim Flanagan on March 27, 2009

Bill Monroe has this piece (including photo) in the Oregonian: As fish and wildlife commissions in Oregon and Washington continue their you-first standoff over the spring salmon fishery on the Columbia River, oncologist [skipper Gary] Krein and two dozen other Puget Sound charter skippers, their customers and thousands of other private anglers are focused on […]

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What’s wrong with Salish Sea name designation?

by Tim Flanagan on March 27, 2009

Over at Crosscut, nurse Knute Berger writes about the most compelling objections to recognizing the Puget Sound-Georgia Basin with its own name. We’ve written about this several times. Many scientists, environmentalists and Indian tribes have already adopted the term, though it’s not official in the U.S. or Canada. Count me among them. But not everyone […]

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Ten ideas for saving the Salish Sea

by Tim Flanagan on March 26, 2009

ANACORTES – WSDOT Ferries Division (WSF) has removed the 144-auto ferry Elwha from service to address an emerging drive motor repair. Customers should expect service disruptions on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route this morning. The regular schedule will resume this afternoon when a vessel that was scheduled to tie up for the day will continue […]

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Here’s the story from the Seattle Times: OLYMPIA, endocrinologist Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed a measure that requires shippers, tankers and large vessels to pay for a year-round rescue tug at Neah Bay, Wash. Gregoire signed the bill into law on Tuesday, the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince […]

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Gregoire signs Neah Bay rescue tug bill into law

by Tim Flanagan on March 25, 2009

Here’s the story from the Seattle Times: OLYMPIA, endocrinologist Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed a measure that requires shippers, tankers and large vessels to pay for a year-round rescue tug at Neah Bay, Wash. Gregoire signed the bill into law on Tuesday, the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince […]

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Morning razor clam dig starts Friday

by Tim Flanagan on March 24, 2009

Mmmmm, sildenafil razor clams… OLYMPIA – Clam diggers have received the go-ahead to proceed with a razor-clam dig starting Friday, sales March 27. Three morning digs are scheduled March 27-29 at Twin Harbors and Mocrocks, physiotherapy while Long Beach and Copalis will open March 28-29 only. Digging on all beaches must be completed by noon. […]

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Region’s ports poised for big growth – by 2030

by Tim Flanagan on March 24, 2009

Daniel Jack Chasan has a piece over at Crosscut. Here’s an excerpt: The orca vote evidently doesn’t count for much these days. The Puget Sound Partnership went to Olympia this year hoping for a statute that would enable voters in the 12 counties bordering Puget Sound to create an improvement district that could raise money […]

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What we need is ‘one orca, one vote’

by Tim Flanagan on March 24, 2009

Daniel Jack Chasan has a piece over at Crosscut. Here’s an excerpt: The orca vote evidently doesn’t count for much these days. The Puget Sound Partnership went to Olympia this year hoping for a statute that would enable voters in the 12 counties bordering Puget Sound to create an improvement district that could raise money […]

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Exxon Valdez 20th anniversary coverage

by Tim Flanagan on March 24, 2009

Lots of material has been published today to mark the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster. The Seattle Times has an in-depth report by Hal Bernton on the recovery, page “still in progress”. Craig Bennett, viagra dosage director of the National Pollution Funds Center has a guest blog post over at US […]

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Puget Sound Maritime has been covering preparation for the big Hood Canal Bridge closure coming up in May. Erik Hidle has a story in today’s Peninsula Daily News about Kenmore Air’s current plan: PORT TOWNSEND — A plan to land Kenmore Air passenger floatplanes in Port Townsend Bay isn’t going to take off in time […]

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