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2009 April

From the monthly archives:

April 2009

Competitiveness, jobs top agenda at Joint Port Meeting

by Tim Flanagan on April 30, 2009

Port commissioners from Seattle and Tacoma met today to discuss the economic and competitive challenges facing the Pacific Northwest.  The joint meeting highlighted strategies to position the region for continued success as a gateway for global trade.  The two ports are responsible for more than 300,000 jobs in Washington and generate more than $1 billion […]

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Justin Burnett has the story (and photo) in the Whidbey Examiner: Port of Coupeville Executive Director Jim Patton points to a deteriorating piling supporting the Coupeville Wharf causeway. The piling is an example of the growing maintenance challenges at the port’s two-century-old assets, the Wharf and Greenbank Farm. First it was a floating dock damaged […]

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In today’s Seattle Times, Brian Cantwell has a piece about a genuine “dream boat”, built on Lake Union in 1928: [Greg Gilbert/Seattle Times photo] Here’s a story suited to this era of foreclosures and hard times. But while it has that grim side, it still involves messing about in boats (and nothing is half so […]

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Dead whale update for Thursday

by Tim Flanagan on April 30, 2009

Here’s a photo of Captain Brett Ginther’s Island Whaler…whaling, sort of. Photo by Veronica von Allworden, Sky and Sea Photo. They’ve got a great slideshow over at the Whidbey News-Times, along with an accompanying story by Jessie Stensland: A lost-and-found carcass of a gray whale will slowly dissolve into a restricted shoreline that’s part of […]

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[A press release from the EPA —Tim] (Seattle, Wash. – April 29, 2009) Today 19 Tribes will receive grants totaling nearly $2 million for on-the-ground projects to protect and preserve water quality and salmon habitat in the Puget Sound region. The grants support the Puget Sound Partnership’s 2020 Action Agenda. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency […]

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Lingcod and shrimp openers set for this weekend

by Tim Flanagan on April 29, 2009

Mark Yuasa has the story in the Seattle Times: Dragging bottom in the briny waters of Puget Sound will be the top choice this week for halibut, lingcod or spot shrimp. “Right now everybody is gearing up for the lingcod opener [Friday] and the shrimp opener on Saturday,” said Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center […]

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Wash. legislature asks fed to help pay for ferries

by Tim Flanagan on April 29, 2009

BitterEnd pointed us to this story by Aubrey Cohen in the Seattle P-I: [Joshua Trujillo / seattlepi.com] Washington would get tens of millions more dollars a year for its ferry system, under a new congressional proposal. “It’s not always easy convincing some of our colleagues here in Washington, D.C., of the importance of a robust […]

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Cary Bozeman had a thoughtful opinion piece in yesterday’s Seattle Times: RECENTLY, I was both criticized and congratulated for making some blunt comments about Seattle’s failure to improve its downtown waterfront during the past 50 years. Before a gathering of 25 mayors from around Washington state, I stated this great opportunity had gone unfulfilled because […]

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Foss Waterway Seaport receives $750k in state budget

by Tim Flanagan on April 29, 2009

TACOMA – Tacoma’s historic Balfour Dock Building on the Foss Waterway will get much needed public safety and seismic bracing now that the Governor’s request for $750,000 for the work was included in the 2009-2011 budget the legislature approved yesterday. Built in 1900, the Balfour Building is located at the birthplace of the Port of […]

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Navy to conduct oil-spill exercise near Bremerton

by Tim Flanagan on April 29, 2009

The Kitsap Sun brings us the story: The Navy will be conducting a major oil spill response exercise at the Bremerton waterfront on Wednesday, including the deployment of boats and equipment throughout Sinclair Inlet. The Navy is required by federal and state law to periodically conduct large-scale oil spill scenarios to test the ability of […]

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If sturgeon could talk

by Tim Flanagan on April 29, 2009

[I can't find an original source for this photo of stranded sturgeon in Port Susan. If it's your photo, let me know! —Tim] I learned a lot about sturgeon from today’s Crosscut.com feature by Daniel Jack Chasan: The recent news that some 1500 sturgeon had grounded themselves at low tide in Port Susan made me […]

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Today’s dead gray whale news update

by Tim Flanagan on April 29, 2009

Seattle Times has 2 dead gray whales in Puget Sound. Everett Herald has Boat can’t budge 30-ton gray whale near Camano Island. KIRO-TV has Necropsy Planned On First Dead Gray Whale. This article notes that after the first boat wasn’t able to move the whale, “Deception Pass Tours donated their boat, crew and fuel to […]

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Port Townsend braces for Hood Canal bridge closure

by Tim Flanagan on April 29, 2009

The story by Nancy Bartley appears in today’s Seattle Times: PORT TOWNSEND — A giant clock at the east entrance to the Hood Canal Bridge counts down the hours until the bridge closes Friday for six weeks for repairs. On the Olympic Peninsula, residents are counting the number of miles and hours they’ll need for […]

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Massive cruise ship rescue exercise underway

by Tim Flanagan on April 28, 2009

I made my way into downtown Seattle this afternoon to see how things were going over at Holland America Line. You know, what with the big mass rescue operation underway in southeast Alaska for the 2,500 passengers and crew aboard MS Alaska Cruiser. Oh, you didn’t hear about this incident? That’s probably because it hasn’t […]

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Additional dead gray whale coverage

by Tim Flanagan on April 28, 2009

Isabelle Dills has an article in the Bellingham Herald: The whale has been towed to a beach near Gulf Road south of Birch Bay for a necropsy Tuesday afternoon to determine the cause of death, said Mariann Carrasco, principle investigator from the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network. The whale, estimated to be less than 2 […]

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Three Sheets Northwest pointed us to the Seattle Yacht Club’s official schedule of Opening Day events. If you’re going to be out (I am!), you’ll have to figure out where you want to be, when, since the Montlake Cut will be closed for several hours, if I understand correctly. Saturday – May 2, 2009 8:00 […]

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Second dead gray whale found in Puget Sound

by Tim Flanagan on April 28, 2009

The Seattle P-I has the story from the AP: SEATTLE — A second gray whale has been found dead in Puget Sound. KIRO-TV reports the carcass washed up Monday on a beach near Blaine. Members of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network plan a necropsy Tuesday to determine the cause of death. Another dead whale was […]

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Cascade Pole cleanup is money well spent

by Tim Flanagan on April 27, 2009

The story appears in the Olympian: A small clutch of South Sound residents walked along a new shoreline trail on the northernmost point of the Port of Olympia peninsula one recent day. It isn’t the walk or the 640-foot trail that’s so noteworthy. It’s what they represent – the successful cleanup of the Cascade Pole […]

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Sounds of silence at Port of Seattle

by Tim Flanagan on April 27, 2009

A radio feature by Chana Joffe-Walt of NPR’s All Things Considered: Listen Now [1 min 49 sec] All Things Considered, April 24, 2009 · A drop in economic activity can literally be heard at the Port of Seattle. The silence is deafening. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103469784top

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Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma…together? Hey, good idea! The Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma Commissioners will convene a Special Joint Study Session from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2009 in the International Conference Center at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Mezzanine Level. The primary focus of the meeting is to […]

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