From the monthly archives:

May 2009

Les Blumenthal has this story in the Bellingham Herald: WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Obama administration has proposed a 25 percent cut in the research and development budget for one of the most promising renewable energy sources in the Northwest – wave and tidal power. At the same time the White House sought an 82 percent […]

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Ed Friedrich has the story in the Kitsap Sun: BREMERTON — Puget Sound Naval Shipyard officials believe their days of dumping too much copper into Sinclair Inlet are over. The shipyard, which exceeded its copper limit 75 times between May 2003 and July 2008, reached an agreement recently with the federal Environmental Protection Agency that […]

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This request appears in the San Juan Islander: On Saturday, May 23, 2009 a boater spotted a man floating in the water off Parker Reef located midway between Orcas Island and Sucia Island in San Juan County. The U.S Coast Guard responded and recovered the remains and took him to Friday Harbor to be turned […]

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The Port of Seattle’s 2008-2009 Report to the Community is now available online. We hope you enjoy the new interactive format and short videos. Download the PDF here.

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[A press release from the WSDOT...] Work on the SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge Project is still on track to reopen the vital transportation link to vehicle traffic during the first week of June, several days earlier than originally scheduled. The team is now focusing on important but not-so-visible tasks that must be completed before […]

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Three Sheets Northwest has a preview of the festivities. As a former tenant at the Port of Edmonds Marina, let me say that I found the festival kind of a pain in the you-know-what, but the festival attendees always seemed to enjoy themselves, and it was all I could do to drag the kids away […]

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Ballard locks will close June 1 for inspection

by Tim Flanagan on May 29, 2009

The Ballard News-Tribune has this brief item: The Army Corps of Engineers will close the Hiram M. Chittenden, or Ballard Locks, to all traffic from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 1. The closure is to allow for the inspection of the adult salmon exclusion structure, which is in place near the middle pier between […]

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Deborah Bach has another great feature at Three Sheets Northwest: The director of the National Weather Service told a community forum in Seattle today he’s committed to securing a coastal weather radar system for Washington state. “We want you to believe that we care,” Jack Hayes told the audience at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric […]

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SEATTLE – The Washington State Department of Transportation is reminding citizens traveling to Canada to ensure they have the proper documentation and to be prepared for delays at border, whether traveling by road or via the Anacortes/Sidney, B.C. ferry. As of June 1, U.S. and Canadian citizens age 16 and older who enter the United […]

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Vanessa Ho has the story in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Two longtime ferry workers have sued the state, alleging they were exposed to unsafe noise levels that led to hearing loss while working in the engine rooms of different vessels. George Greenwood, a chief engineer currently assigned to the Hyak, and Christopher Johnson, a relief chief […]

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Mark Yuasa has this item on his Seattle Times Reel Time Northwest blog: The first of June is just a few days away, and that means it is time for saltwater salmon anglers to start paying attention to the waters of Puget Sound. Two main bodies of water central [Area 10] and south-central Puget Sound […]

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A press release from the EPA: (Bremerton, Wash. – May 28, 2009) Under an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) is required to take action to reduce the amount of copper in its wastewater and comply with its federal Clean Water Act permit requirements. According to the […]

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[Jeff VanDerford / The Record photo] Caption reads “The Bush Point boat launch ramp is missing the boarding floats installed in April. They were removed late Tuesday because hinge connections had broken due to intense winds and waves as well as the wakes from passing ship traffic, such as the tanker traversing Admiralty Inlet in […]

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Meghan Erkkinen has this story in the Tacoma Weekly: The Port of Tacoma’s container cargo volume was down nearly 15 percent in the first quarter of the year, following national trends as the economy continues to slide. Breakbulk and auto volumes were down 50 percent and 40 percent respectively. “2009 is shaping up to be […]

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Port of Port Townsend considers incentives

by Tim Flanagan on May 28, 2009

Jeff Chew has this article in the Peninsula Daily News: Marine trade representatives agreed to form a committee to work with the Port of Port Townsend beginning next week to come up with port haul-out and storage discounts that, coupled with an aggressive marketing campaign, will lure new boat-work business. The port commissioners Wednesday night […]

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Marine trades concept sets sail on Whidbey Island

by Tim Flanagan on May 28, 2009

Jeff Vanderford has this article in the South Whidbey Record: College isn’t for everyone. That’s the reasoning behind a growing South Whidbey educational movement to get soon-to-be high school graduates into the workplace, not the university. Despite a shaky economy and resulting layoffs, there are jobs out there — but in areas many young people […]

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Rob Piercy has the story at King-5: OLYMPIA, Wash. – The fairy tales written by the Grimm Brothers some 200 years ago have been read by millions of people all over the world. Tales such as “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Rapunzel” and “Hansel and Gretel” have been told and retold for generations. Now there’s a […]

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Port Angeles Halibut Derby draws hundreds

by Tim Flanagan on May 27, 2009

Mark Yuasa has this report at his Seattle Times Reel Time Northwest blog: The Port Angeles Halibut Derby hosted by the Port Angeles Salmon Club was held this past weekend (May 23-24), and 690 participants turned out to try their luck at catching the winning flattie. “We had a good derby considering the Hood Canal […]

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According to Three Sheets Northwest: There’s one last chance to have a look at the 64-foot steel cutter and research vessel Ocean Watch before it departs on a 24,000-nautical mile circumnavigation of the Western Hemisphere. The ship will be open to the public between noon and 4 p.m. Saturday at Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle. […]

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This story by Kelly Kearsley appeared in the Tacoma News Tribune: In the wake of last week’s layoff notifications at the Port of Tacoma, dozens of port employees signed a petition declaring a “no confidence vote” in the port’s Executive Director Tim Farrell. The petition included at least 78 signatures – about a third of […]

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