From the monthly archives:

August 2009

Protecting Puget Sound with cleanups, testing, redeveloping
Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal
It is presently used to monitor water quality parameters in South Puget Sound — a largely undeveloped area subject to extensive future urbanization. ORCA

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New group aims to create a Sailing Renaissance

by Puget Sound Maritime News Service on August 31, 2009

To the uninitiated, sailing can seem complicated, difficult to learn and prohibitively expensive, but a new group in Seattle hopes to change that perception.
Puget Sound Sailing Renaissance formed in the spring to get more people involved in sailing and in the process, help boost the struggling boating industry.
“It’s a venue where people involved in the sailing [...]

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Seattle discovers fun of stand-up paddleboarding

by Tim Flanagan on August 31, 2009

Kristi Heim has the story in the Seattle Times. The photo is by Ellen M. Banner. On sunny weekends, growing numbers of people can be seen out in Shilshole Bay, seeming to walk on water. Call it surfing, Ballard style. They balance on long surf boards, propelling themselves around the Sound with oversized paddles. Stand-up [...]

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Scientists fear mussel invasion in Pacific Northwest

by Tim Flanagan on August 31, 2009

Les Blumenthal has the story in the Bellingham Herald: Highly invasive mussels are lurking on the Northwest’s doorstep, threatening to gum up the dams that produce the region’s cheap electricity, clog drinking water and irrigation systems, jeopardize aquatic ecosystems and upset efforts to revive such endangered species as salmon. Despite efforts to stop them, the [...]

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Celebrating the working waterfront in Tacoma

by Tim Flanagan on August 31, 2009

BRIAN EVERSTINE has the story in THE NEWS TRIBUNE: Dan and Wendy Herforth came to the Commencement Bay Maritime Fest to take a tour, and to get an up-close look at Tacoma’s working waterfront. What followed was just extra. The two brought their daughter down to the last day of the weekend’s festival, and after [...]

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Port, Lummis consider real estate partnership

by Tim Flanagan on August 31, 2009

JOHN STARK has the story in THE BELLINGHAM HERALD: During months of negotiations that led up to their Aug. 4 agreement on waterfront redevelopment projects, the Port of Bellingham and Lummi Nation discussed forming a partnership to acquire and develop as much as 100 acres of property along Slater Road, just west of Interstate 5. [...]

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Peninsula Daily News has this story: PORT ANGELES — Two bidders hoping to house the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Fleet filed protests by Friday’s deadline against the decision to relocate the ships to Oregon, in actions that — should they result in reopening the bidding process — could benefit Port Angeles. The protests [...]

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Group sues port over discharge into bay

by Tim Flanagan on August 31, 2009

Marta Murvosh has the story in the Skagit Valley Herald: ANACORTES — A Bellingham-based environmental group and the Port of Anacortes are working to settle a lawsuit the nonprofit filed last month over alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act by the port. RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, which filed the lawsuit, said that [...]

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Rob Ollikainen has the story in the Peninsula Daily News: PORT ANGELES — In a special meeting on Monday that could jump-start the cleanup of the 75-acre former mill site on Port Angeles Harbor, the Port Angeles Harbor-Works Development Authority will consider a “due diligence” agreement with Rayonier Inc. Details of the agreement with Rayonier [...]

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Cliff Mass on San Juan Islands weather

by Tim Flanagan on August 31, 2009

Be sure to check out this entry of at Cliff Mass’s Weather Blog: I just got back from giving some lectures in the San Juans and if any place has localized weather features…it is there. The complex combination of terrain and water caused large weather variations, as does the proximity to the Olympic and Vancouver [...]

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Big Zim Ship Makes First Call at Seattle

by Tim Flanagan on August 31, 2009

The Journal of Commerce has this item: Largest vessel to call at port signals improved volume for next year Zim Integrated Shipping Service’s 10,000-TEU Zim Djibouti was at the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 18 on Thursday, Aug. 27. The vessel is the largest to call at the port. It is deployed in the Grand Alliance’s [...]

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DNR marks areas for commercial geoduck harvesting

by Tim Flanagan on August 31, 2009

This brief item appears over at Ear To The Ground: This new video (part 3 of 4) from DNR describes how the department marks areas for commercial geoduck harvesting in Puget Sound. DNR manages the lands under Puget Sound where many wildstock geoduck grow. And if you’d like to know how to prepare a delicious [...]

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Event | Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival

by Marty McOmber on August 31, 2009

Who: Wooden Boat Foundation
What: The premiere wooden boat gathering in North America. Port Townsend’s Wooden Boat Festival features 200 wooden vessels, a who’s who of wooden boat experts and thousands of wooden boat enthusiasts.
When: Sept. 11-13, 2009
Where: Port Townsend, Wa
More info: http://woodenboat.org/festival/

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Naturalist – Blogger, Chimes in on Whale Regs

by Puget Sound Maritime News Service on August 31, 2009

Monika Wieland of Friday Harbor has a great blog “Orca Watcher ,” and chimed in on the proposed Whale Watching Regulations.Here’s and excerpt:After being designated as a distinct population segment (DSP) of the worldwide orca population,…

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Seattle discovers fun of stand-up paddleboarding
Seattle Times
Paul Langer, left, and Cindy Hales power their stand-up paddleboards in Puget Sound with gear from the Cheka-Looka Surf Shop near the Shilshole Marina.
Former SW Cover Girl Cindy Hales Extends Her Athletic Dominance to Seattle Weekly



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SEATTLE – The Seattle/Bremerton ferry route has been reduced to one-boat service due to a hard landing of the 202-car Wenatchee at Colman Dock Sunday morning, Aug. 30. The Seattle/Bainbridge Island route was on one-boat service from late Sunday morning until Sunday afternoon. For the remainder of Sunday, Aug. 30, WSDOT Ferries Division (WSF) has [...]

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SLIDESHOW: Foggy day at the beach
Westseattleherald.com
hung over Puget Sound. Point Williams (where Colman Pool is located) saw fishers of all sizes and types show up to catch their limit of salmon, too.

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Ferry Wenatchee allides with Coleman Dock

by Tim Flanagan on August 30, 2009

Navagear.com publisher Aaron Tinling brings us this story: In soupy fog this morning, on the 10:25am Bainbridge Island/Seattle run, WSF Wenatche allided with Coleman dock. I was sitting on my motorcycle near the front of the vessel, when the horn signalled five blasts and the terminal loomed out of the fog, showing that we were [...]

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USS John C. Stennis gets new commander

by Tim Flanagan on August 30, 2009

This brief item comes from the ASSOCIATED PRESS: BREMERTON, Wash. — Rear Adm. Joseph Aucoin will be the new commander of the Bremerton-based USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group. The Kitsap Sun reports that Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead announced the appointment Friday. Aucoin is deputy director of the Air Warfare Division [...]

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BitterEnd pictures related to loss of Anna J

by Tim Flanagan on August 30, 2009

Check out the ongoing coverage from Captain Richard Rodriguez over at BitterEnd: Mayday at Salmon Bank CG hielo on scene over South Beach Anna J debris field Anna J – What’s Left Life Ring of Anna J

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