From the monthly archives:

November 2009

Shoreline preservation workshop at fire hall

by Tim Flanagan on November 30, 2009

This notice appears in the Olympian: A free workshop to teach how to preserve and replant shorelines to stabilize slopes, protect Puget Sound and improve wildlife habitat is set for 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the Griffin Fire Hall, 3707 Steamboat Loop Road N.W., Olympia. The workshop is sponsored by WSU Mason County Extension, the Native […]

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Parks officials recommend against Kiket purchase

by Tim Flanagan on November 30, 2009

Marta Murvosh has the story in the Skagit Valley Herald: SWINOMISH RESERVATION — State officials are recommending that the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission not acquire Kiket and Flagstaff islands — one of Puget Sound’s last undeveloped shorelines. The two islands offer a total of 96 acres of salmon habitat and old growth forest that […]

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Examiner.com
Nisqually: journey of an estuary restored by man, reclaimed by nature
Examiner.com
The Pacific Northwest and Puget Sound is one of the most vital regions for migrating and wintering birds and water fowl. It is home to endangered orca

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Boat parade to light up Bellingham Bay

by Tim Flanagan on November 30, 2009

Hannah Bostwick has the story in The Bellingham Herald: BELLINGHAM – The Bellingham Yacht Club’s annual Lighted Boat Parade will grace Bellingham Bay on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5. The 2009 parade route will sail past Boulevard Park and the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, through the east entrance of Squalicum Harbor and past all […]

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BC Ferries crew rescues jumper

by Tim Flanagan on November 30, 2009

CBC News has this story: Quick action by a BC Ferries crew saved a 63-year-old man who jumped overboard from a ferry Tuesday. The Queen of Burnaby was sailing from Powell River on the mainland to Comox on Vancouver Island when the man jumped, according to RCMP. Police said the crew quickly launched two rescue […]

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Bowen Island ferry crew helps rescue injured sailor

by Tim Flanagan on November 30, 2009

CBC News has the story: A BC Ferries vessel came to the aid of an injured sailor early Friday morning off Bowen Island, just north of Vancouver, after high winds caused his boat to start dragging its anchor toward shore. The Queen of Capilano ferry was in its berth on Bowen Island when the Canadian […]

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For trop rock artist, soggy Northwest is always sunny

by Deborah Bach on November 30, 2009

The rain is sheeting down on a chilly fall night in land-locked Kent, and Dave Calhoun is about as far as he could be from a tropical paradise.
Dressed in shorts, flip flops and a Hawaiian shirt, guitar in hand, Calhoun is belting out music more befitting of Margaritaville than a suburban coffee shop in the [...]

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Seattle port attracts cargo from Tacoma, Los Angeles

by Tim Flanagan on November 29, 2009

Steve Wilhelm has the story in the Puget Sound Business Journal: Cargo handled by the Port of Seattle has increased in the past four months, a sharp reversal of the trend earlier in the year, while cargo at the Port of Tacoma is continuing to decline with the weak economy. What’s the difference? A key […]

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Prospects looking dim again for Lake Washington sockeye fishery
Seattle Times
State Fish and Wildlife has extended the public-comment period on a new draft conservation plan for rockfish in Puget Sound through Jan.

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Pacific Northwest Salmon Center finds a home

by Tim Flanagan on November 27, 2009

Christopher Dunagan has the story at his Kitsap Sun blog: I recall a day in February of 2003 when Al Adams, Neil Werner and several others involved in the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group called me to Belfair to unveil their vision for a Pacific Northwest Salmon Center. They had been thinking about it for […]

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Dan Richman reports on his Barkley Sound trip

by Tim Flanagan on November 27, 2009

Three Sheets Northwest correspondent Dan Richman has this story: How could I resist? Waggoner, the self-appointed cruising bible of the Pacific Northwest, called the trip’s jumping-off point—Port Alberni, on Vancouver Island—”the single best saltwater trailer boat destination in the Northwest.” In April I began seeking a really special cruise for myself and Sam, my 20-year-old […]

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Ballard locks update: whale sighting, large lock refilled

by Tim Flanagan on November 26, 2009

Two quick items over at the MyBallard blog: Whale spotted near the Locks? My Ballard reader Dan said he spotted what appears to be a small gray whale just west of the Ballard Locks around noon on Wednesday, and he sent us this photo. He said it was there for about 20 minutes and then […]

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MadMariner feature: Navagear holiday gift guide

by Tim Flanagan on November 26, 2009

[When I first launched PugetSoundMaritime.com, less than a year ago, I already had lots of regular readers at my other blog, Navagear.com. I think I may be at the point where there are at least some PugetSoundMaritime readers who know nothing about Navagear. This post might be a good introduction. Enjoy! —Tim] Time for another […]

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Anglers irked at lingcod plan

by Tim Flanagan on November 26, 2009

Wayne Kruse has the story in the Everett Herald: A draft Puget Sound rockfish conservation plan put together by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has attracted enough attention from sport fishermen and other user groups that the agency has extended the public comment period and added public meetings to promote dialogue on the […]

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According to Bainbridge Island Harbor Commissioner (and Puget Sound Maritime hot tipper!) Bob Selzler, a Canadian naval ship has been running around in Puget Sound the past few days. He provided the photo above, as well as the vessel track covering the past day or so, both from MarineTraffic.com. The vessel is an Orca-class PCT […]

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Body found on shore near Mutiny Bay

by Tim Flanagan on November 25, 2009

BRIAN KELLY has the story in the South Whidbey Record: A body discovered on the shore of Mutiny Bay Road near Old Beach Road has been identified as a 97-year-old Everett man. Police said the body is the one that was sighted last Thursday in the water near the ferry terminal in Mukilteo and led […]

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JOHN STARK has the story in the Bellingham Herald: BELLINGHAM – Lummi Nation has resolved its dispute with Fairhaven Shipyard, clearing the way for the granting of a federal permit allowing the company to operate its new drydock legally. Neil Turney, president of shipyard parent company Puglia Engineering, said the tribe sent a letter to […]

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Brouhaha develops over climate change; so what’s new?

by Christopher Dunagan on November 24, 2009

UPDATE, DEC. 3
Sir Muir Russell, principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Glasgow from 2003 to 2009, was appointed by the University of East Anglia to head up a review of allegations against the Climate Research Unit.
The review will look at the stolen e-mails for evidence of data manipulation or suppression, review CRU’s overall [...]

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Fly Like an Eagle

by Tim Flanagan on November 24, 2009

Up close and personal prior to the release.

One of the side benefits of teaching is the great folks who participate in our classes.  The current Zenith Maritime 100 ton Master’s Course is taking place at the Tulalip Tribes Reservation (Marysville WA.) is no exception.  Lots of serious learning in great atmosphere.
Today I had the rare privilege to witness the release of [...]

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Jefferson halts new moorage permits in Mystery Bay

by Tim Flanagan on November 24, 2009

Jeff Chew has the story in the Peninsula Daily News: PORT TOWNSEND — In an effort to keep Mystery Bay open to commercial shellfish harvests, Jefferson County commissioners approved a moratorium on new boat moorage permits in the Marrowstone Island waterway. The move allows the county Department of Community Development to work with the state […]

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