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2010 January

From the monthly archives:

January 2010

This story appears over at the West Seattle Blog: That’s Neal Chism, whose story we told here last October — the self-described “semi-retired engineer” who is working to help local wildlife by intercepting trash and debris on a stretch of the Duwamish around the West Seattle Bridge. He sent an update this week on how […]

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Seattle Boat Show: Highlights for the kids

by Tim Flanagan on January 31, 2010

[Reposted from Navagear.com —Tim] Besides climbing around making the Hinckley Picnic Boat people nervous, there are lots of other, more appropriate activities for children at the 2010 Seattle Boat Show. In particular, kids of all ages will enjoy a tour of the Worlds Largest Toy Boat Collection. In fact, this is only about 20% of […]

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Classic beauty spruced up in Port Townsend

by Tim Flanagan on January 31, 2010

David G. Sellars has the story in the Peninsula Daily News: THE ORION, A 64-foot Sparkman and Stephens yawl, is on the hard at the Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-Op, reports Brooks Townes of Port Townsend (who get a big tip of the bosun’s cap for his heads-up). It is there that Pete Rust and Chris […]

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A primer for winter fishing – TheNewsTribune.com

by Tim Flanagan on January 31, 2010


TheNewsTribune.com
A primer for winter fishing
TheNewsTribune.com
For South Sound residents looking for salmon, this is the closest action. Marine Area 11, from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to the northern tip of Vashon

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A primer for winter fishing – The Olympian

by Tim Flanagan on January 31, 2010

A primer for winter fishing
The Olympian
For South Sound residents looking for salmon, this is the closest action. Marine Area 11, from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to the northern tip of Vashon

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NOAA announcement raises Bellingham’s chances

by Tim Flanagan on January 30, 2010

Bob Simmons has the story at Crosscut: Port of Bellingham officials might be justified in feeling slightly smug, following an announcement Friday from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, DC. NOAA says in effect that since the Government Accountability Office says it has to, it’ll play by the rules. It might even “conduct […]

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Mayor's office to hold a 'Seawall Open House'
Westseattleherald.com
The seawall also protects Seattle's downtown waterfront from wind driven storm waves and the erosive tidal forces of Puget Sound and Elliott Bay.

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Newport NOAA ships decision put on hold by feds
The Daily Astorian
Two months after Newport leaders were celebrating the proposed move of the NOAA research ships from Puget Sound, the decision is now up in the air.

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Navy names new Northwest regional commander

by Tim Flanagan on January 29, 2010

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead announced yesterday that Rear Adm. (lower half) Douglass T. Biesel will be assigned as commander, Navy Region Northwest, which is headquartered in Silverdale, Wash.  Biesel is currently serving as commander, Navy Region Marianas/U.S. Pacific Command representative Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic […]

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Lawsuit threat pushes boatyards to brink

by Deborah Bach on January 29, 2010

With many boatyards struggling to stay in business and facing costly new requirements for stormwater treatment systems, the last thing they wanted was the threat of a lawsuit from an environmental watchdog group.
The Puget Soundkeeper Alliance (PSA) is targeting five Seattle area boatyards for alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act, demanding settlement fees [...]

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Port Townsend boat builder lays off half its staff

by Marty McOmber on January 28, 2010

As the Seattle Boat Show gets underway, news from Port Townsend’s marine industry is a reminder of just how much a toll the economy continues to take on the region’s once thriving maritime companies.
A story in today’s Peninsula Daily News says Townsend Bay Marine has laid off 40 workers, leaving a staff of just 30 [...]

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New underwater instrument near Mukilteo monitors Puget Sound's health
Mukilteo Beacon
as they happen,” said Ardi Kveven, executive director of ORCA. “Partnerships like this one are crucial to our efforts to restore Puget Sound by 2020.

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UW oceanographer studies Quartermaster Harbor's paralytic shellfish poisoning
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Research five years ago showed that Quartermaster Harbor hosts the highest concentration in all of Puget Sound of an alga that causes paralytic shellfish

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MV Coho annual lay up at Ancortes

by Captain Richard Rodriguez on January 28, 2010

The 50 year old Black Ball Ferry “Coho” is currently in Anaortes for her annual two week maintenance  routine.
Her web page says she’d carried 21m passengers and 6m cars.  I’ve been aboard her a number of times.
She is the largest private ferry to ply the Salish Sea.
More at here site, here.

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Warrant issued in zebra mussel case

by Deborah Bach on January 27, 2010

An arrest warrant has been issued for a commercial trucker from Michigan charged with transporting invasive zebra mussels into Washington state aboard a 50-foot cabin cruiser.
David Derderian, 44, of Fraser, Michigan, was charged in Kittitas County Lower District Court last November with unlawful transportation of a deleterious exotic species and making false statements to law [...]

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Renewed optimism as boat show opening approaches

by Deborah Bach on January 27, 2010

As final preparations are carried out for Friday’s opening of the Seattle Boat Show, organizers are cautiously optimistic that this year’s event may finally herald a turnaround for the region’s beleaguered marine industry.
George Harris, president of the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA), said there’s been strong interest from consumers leading up to the show, which [...]

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The Port of Everett has closed the state’s largest boat ramp–the 10th Street Boat Launch–until mid-February to dredge about 30,000 cubic yards of sediment from the facility.
Last summer, the sedimentation affected operations at the boat launch. At last three lanes of the launch were closed for 22 days last year due to low tides. [...]

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In Migael’s Wake | Andrews Bay

by Migael Scherer on January 27, 2010

Nearby destinations that might be overlooked for summer cruising can make for terrific quick winter getaways. Andrews Bay on Lake Washington, flanked by the old-growth forest and hiking trails of Seward Park, is a good spot to spend a cozy weekend aboard.

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DNR nixes idea of sinking Kalakala for dive park

by Tim Flanagan on January 27, 2010

Paul Gottlieb has the story in the Peninsula Daily News: PORT ANGELES — The state Department of Natural Resources has sunk the idea of sinking the former ferry Kalakala to create a recreational reef as part of an Ediz Hook dive park — and has suggested the dive park itself may never get off the […]

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Port shuts down Everett launch for maintenance

by Tim Flanagan on January 27, 2010

This brief item appears in the Everett Herald: The Port of Everett’s 10th Street boat launch, the largest in the state, was shut down on Tuesday for maintenance dredging. The facility will remain closed until mid-February as workers remove sediment deposited in the area from the Snohomish River. KC Equipment will remove about 30,000 cubic […]

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