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2009 December

From the monthly archives:

December 2009

Ecology wants help in photographing high tides

by Christopher Dunagan on December 31, 2009

Extreme high tides from now until Wednesday and again in February could give an indication of how this state will contend with rising sea levels over the coming years, according to Spencer Reeder of the Washington Department of Ecology.
It’s worth mentioning here because Ecology is asking average people to photograph conditions related to the high [...]

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New Years polar bear plunge at Golden Gardens

by Tim Flanagan on December 31, 2009

Thanks to the “Geeky Swedes” at My Ballard for this timely announcement: Need a little jolt to kick the year off right? How about a swim in 48 degree water? Head on down to Golden Gardens at noon on New Years Day for a polar bear plunge. There will be a bon fire, hot chocolate […]

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Water Sketches | Migael Scherer

by Tim Flanagan on December 31, 2009

The following essay is from the book ”Sailing to Simplicity: Life Lessons Learned at Sea” by Migael Scherer.
We were heading west out the Strait of Juan de Fuca when we saw Rising Glass coming our way. The bright yellow kayak strapped to her cabin trunk made it easy to spot from a distance. She seemed to [...]

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Sailboat capsizes off Golden Gardens, two swim to shore

by Deborah Bach on December 30, 2009

The Seattle Times has this story by reporter Christine Clarridge:
Rescue crews were called out to an area south of Golden Gardens after two people were reported to be in the water after a sailboat capsized, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Lt. Scott Melton said that the call for help came in at 4:21 p.m.
The full [...]

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Puget Sound Maritime is one year old!

by Tim Flanagan on December 30, 2009

Happy Birthday to my blog, Happy Birthday to my blog, Happy Birthday Puget Sound Maritime, Happy Birthday to my blog! It was just one year ago (tomorrow, actually) that I posted this at Navagear.com: Announcing A New Blog: Puget Sound Maritime If you read Navagear regularly, you already know that I don’t stick to “gear […]

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Port of Tacoma tenants may get rebate

by Tim Flanagan on December 30, 2009

Kelly Kearsley has the story in The Olympian: The Port of Tacoma wants to offer its tenants a one-time rebate for business they did in 2009 in an effort to stay competitive with other West Coast ports and to provide some financial relief to its struggling customers. “It’s about leveling the playing field,” Tong Zhu, […]

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Next month is Three Sheets Northwest’s one-year anniversary. Through the holidays, we’ll be posting a few of our favorite stories from the past year. This story was originally posted on Aug. 2.
The men and women gathered over cocktails and a potluck at a Gig Harbor marina on a recent weekend could have been part of [...]

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MV Coho: Still sleek, steady after 50 years
Port Townsend Leader
"It's the best-maintained vessel in Puget Sound," said Capt. Grasser. "We're a one-vessel operation. We don't have anybody to back us up.
MV Coho celebrates 50th anniversary Tuesday on Port Angeles-Victoria routePort Townsend Leader



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Discovery Bay Salmon Derby is canceled
Port Townsend Leader
What's been known as the "iron man" of Puget Sound salmon derbies because of coinciding inclement weather conditions

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Swimmers Will Be Taking the Plunge at Two Kitsap Locations on New Year's Day
Kitsap Sun
Rather than a rowdy leap, Kitsap Aikido and Island Aikido members will join hands and slowly march into the waters of Puget Sound. It's been a tradition for

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Tom Callis has the story in the Peninsula Daily News: NEAH BAY — A member of the state Fish and Wildlife Commission behind a controversial proposal to close a six-square-mile area off Cape Flattery to sport fishing to protect groundfish and rockfish now says he expects the issue to be tabled for about a year. […]

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Three boat shows around the region canceled for next year

by Deborah Bach on December 29, 2009

Three boat shows around the region have been canceled for next year—and that could be a boon for next month’s boat show in Seattle.
The lagging economy prompted the cancellation of the 2010 boat shows in Tacoma and Everett, while the annual boat show in Vancouver, B.C., was canceled to allow for construction of a retractable [...]

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Data buoys to provide real-time marine data

by Captain Richard Rodriguez on December 29, 2009

Images via the Mobilisa Web Site
The Peninsula Daily News is reporting:
A Navy-funded pilot project being tested in the North Olympic Peninsula’s backyard is intended to improve both national security and environmental research.

The “floating area network,” developed by the Port Townsend-based company Intellicheck Mobilisa, is designed to use buoys to keep an eye on ports [...]

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Kitsap Sun
The Next Step in Bremerton's Redevelopment?
Kitsap Sun
Furniture and light posts are similar in style to those used at the nearby Harborside Fountain Park and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Memorial Plaza.

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MV Coho celebrates 50th anniversary Tuesday on Port Angeles-Victoria route
Port Townsend Leader
The ship was designed by Seattle navel architect Philip F. Spaulding & Associates and built at the Puget Sound Bridge & Dry dock (now Todd Pacific Shipyard)

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USCG’s “Ensign Cook Reports” visits Seattle

by Tim Flanagan on December 28, 2009

What’s and Ens. Cook reports?

Ens. Cook is new to the Coast Guard and has a lot to learn. She visits units throughout the service and writes about her experiences.

Just before Christmas Ens. Cook stopped by Station Seattle to learn about their missions on Puget Sound and the Washington State Ferry System.

Check out her mission reports:

Ensign Cook Reports – Station Seattle Part I

Ensign Cook Reports – Station Seattle Part II

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Protecting orcas' feeding area in San Juans appears key to their survival
Seattle Post Global
A story out of Canada could have an important bearing on the efforts here to save Puget Sound's orcas. Scientists believe that establishing

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Jonathan Huang has this guest editorial in the Seattle Times: THIS winter, many lucky oyster-lovers across the Pacific Northwest will take advantage of the prodigious bounty of shapes, sizes and briny flavors faithfully raised right here in Western Washington. If you are someone who can’t bear to go a season without at least a dozen […]

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Ceremony planned for highest tide of ’09

by Tim Flanagan on December 28, 2009

The Olympian has this announcement: The environmental group Olympia Climate Action plans a recognition ceremony for the highest tide of the year at 8:15 a.m. Jan. 4 at the "kissing couple" statue at Fourth Avenue and Water Street in downtown Olympia. The year’s highest tide, of more than 17 feet, will occur at 8:37 a.m., […]

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Randy Boswell has the story in the Vancouver Sun: Wildlife researchers have identified the key feeding area for a critically endangered population of killer whales near Vancouver Island and proposed the creation of a unique, miniature conservation zone for the few square kilometres encompassing the animals’ favourite seafood restaurant. The international team of scientists, including […]

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