From the monthly archives:

June 2009

Mark Yuasa has the story in his blog at the Seattle Times: Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has earmarked funds to 50 habitat restoration projects along coastal and Great Lake states, including six in Washington that will repair damaged wetlands, clean marine habitat, clear debris in Puget Sound and restore fish passages blocked by dams. The [...]

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It’s a press release from the Center for Wooden Boats: SEATTLE – The 101-foot oak-hulled sailing schooner W.N. Ragland, owned for over 35 years by rock-n-roll artist Neil Young, will make her first Northwest public appearance over the July Fourth weekend at the annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival at Seattle’s Center for Wooden Boats.  [...]

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Naval Station Everett opens to visitors on Friday

by Tim Flanagan on June 30, 2009

Gale Fiege has the story in the Everett Herald: EVERETT — For the first time in two years, Naval Station Everett plans to swing wide its gates for a public open house to celebrate Independence Day. The free open house is set for 2 to 7 p.m. Friday at the base, 2000 W. Marine Drive, [...]

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USS Abraham Lincoln to leave Everett in 2013

by Tim Flanagan on June 30, 2009

Elaine Helm and Krista J. Kapralos have the story in the Everett Herald: EVERETT — The only aircraft carrier ever to call Everett home will leave in 2013 and likely be replaced by another ship in the same class. The USS Abraham Lincoln is scheduled for mid-life refueling of its nuclear reactors. That job is [...]

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Bremerton will have two aircraft carriers

by Tim Flanagan on June 29, 2009

The story appears in the Kitsap Sun: BREMERTON — The Navy informed U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks last week that the homeport of the USS Nimitz will shift from San Diego to Bremerton in December 2010 while the carrier undergoes a 16-month maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Following the repairs on the Nimitz, Dicks, [...]

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Marty McOmber has the story at Three Sheets Northwest: The boats have gotten bigger, faster and downright futuristic, at least the ones that have a shot at taking home the big trophy. But one thing hasn’t changed in the more than 100 years since the Transpacific Race to Hawaii started—the grueling course. It’s approximately 2,225 [...]

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Diane Urbani de la Paz has the story in the Peninsula Daily News: [Dave Reid of Seattle, who with his Sail Transport Co. delivers produce without petroleum, loads strawberries and other Peninsula-grown produce onto his sailboat Friday morning. -- Photo by Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News] SEQUIM — Let us follow a strawberry, [...]

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Last week, I wrote about my “quick and painless” experience enrolling for my Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). I was somewhat astonished that it all went so smoothly. So imagine my further astonishment when, by Friday of that same week, I had completed all the paperwork and submitted my application for a Merchant Mariner Credential! [...]

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Seaspan Resolution, ready for delivery

by Tim Flanagan on June 27, 2009

[Ron Karabaich photo.] Remember back in early March, when I covered the launching of tug Seaspan Resolution over at J. M Martinac Shipbuilding in Tacoma? Then I was back in Tacoma last month, and I took some additional pictures. [Ron Karabaich photo.] Well, she’s complete now, or very nearly so, and it’s time to deliver [...]

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The Washington State Department of Natural Resources maintains a blog called Ear To The Ground. That’s the source for this unsigned story. Hint to DNR and other public agencies: articles and press releases always carry more weight (credibility-wise) when an author’s name is attached to them. Otherwise, it looks like the author is hiding. On [...]

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[Just a personal note: I'll be out on Lake Union for the 4th. Any tips? It's my first time.] Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets Northwest: Wondering where to park your boat and yourself for some Fourth of July fireworks and festivities? Ivar’s Seafood Restaurants discontinued its popular July 4th fireworks show at [...]

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Sheila Gaquin has the story at Examiner.com. The photo of 2008 Girls at the Helm participants is by Elizabeth Becker. This summer girls in grades sixth through ninth grade can sail aboard the historic schooner, The Adventuress, from July 6th through the 11th in a program called Girls at the Helm.  The ship will depart [...]

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West End saltwater salmon season coming

by Tim Flanagan on June 26, 2009

Matt Schubert has the story in the Peninsula Daily News: The saltwater salmon season will kick off in Marine Areas 3 (LaPush) and 4 (Neah Bay). The coastal fisheries are open to salmon fishing, minus wild coho retention, Tuesdays through Saturdays only beginning this Saturday, and daily starting July 18. Given the strong projections for [...]

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Linda Shaw has the story in the Seattle Times. But the reader comments are really entertaining! Seattle Public Schools refused to let the Navy hold a public meeting at the school district’s headquarters Thursday, for reasons the Navy says it doesn’t understand. A school-district spokesman said the Navy didn’t tell the district until Wednesday that [...]

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More education is a key to protecting Oakland Bay

by Tim Flanagan on June 25, 2009

The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission brings us this story: SHELTON – People living along Oakland Bay don’t think they have anything to do with a significant increase in pollution in the bay, according to a survey by the Sa-Heh-Wa-mish Stewardship Initiative and the Squaxin Island Tribe. “We have direct evidence that the human population around [...]

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Woman missing from ferry found in north King County

by Tim Flanagan on June 25, 2009

The Kitsap Sun has this item in the Bainbridge Conversation blog: The Spokane woman reported missing Tuesday after leaving her car aboard a ferry on the Bainbridge Island-Seattle route was found around 12:30 a.m. Thursday morning. An officer with the Lake Forest Park Police Department found Amy Story, 27, at Lake Forest Park Market, according [...]

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This just in… SILVERDALE, Wash. — Please share the following information on your news format on the change in location of the Navy’s Public Scoping Meeting for the second Explosive Handling Wharf at Naval Base Kitsap: “We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience but the John Stanford Center for Excellence unexpectedly cancelled our reservation for our [...]

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Erik Hidle has the story in the Peninsula Daily News: PORT LUDLOW — If you want a say in the future growth of Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, now is the time to do it. The Navy wants to install a second explosives-handling wharf next to the current one at the base just across the Hood [...]

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Thanks to my colleagues at the USCG 13th district blog for this: Enjoy the weekend but do it safely. Law Enforcement agencies across the country will be looking for boaters under the influence as part of the nation-wide Operation Dry Water. For more information check out this website or follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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Some wondering why navy needs new wharf at Bangor

by Tim Flanagan on June 24, 2009

Ed Friedrich has the story in the Kitsap Sun: POULSBO — More people seem concerned about whether Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor needs a second explosives-handling wharf than whether it would harm the environment. A steady trickle of people made the rounds of Navy experts and displays Tuesday evening at the Poulsbo fire station during an open [...]

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