From the monthly archives:

March 2010

Lake Union 4th of July fireworks canceled

by Tim Flanagan on March 31, 2010

Dear Community, Since 1988, One Reel, the Seattle not-for-profit arts organization of which I am Board President, has been proud to produce the cherished Independence Day celebration and fireworks show, the Family 4th at Lake Union. This day of free family entertainment and a dazzling fireworks display has been, for more than two decades, an [...]

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Mark Yuasa has this story in his Reel Time Fishing Northwest blog at the Seattle Times: [Photo by Tony Floor.] The Anacortes Salmon Derby was held this past weekend, and the high note was all the big chinook caught in this event that lured 1,100 anglers. The top nine chinook caught all weighed 20-plus pounds, [...]

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Deborah Bach has this story at Three Sheets Northwest: [Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget. Oracle Corporation CEO Larry Ellison, second from left, hoists the America's Cup trophy with members of the BMW Oracle Racing team in Valencia, Spain.] Anacortes is a world away from the glitz and glamor of Valencia, Spain, where two of the world’s [...]

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Des Moines Marina remodel could be finished early

by Tim Flanagan on March 30, 2010

Keith Daigle has this story in the Highline Times. Thanks to Three Sheets Northwest for the link. Construction on the Des Moines Marina, which began last fall, could be finished a couple of months ahead of schedule, according to Harbormaster Joe Dusenbury said. The original schedule was for the work on the marina to be [...]

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No-interest loan for derelict vessel program

by Tim Flanagan on March 30, 2010

This editorial appears in the San Juan Journal: San Juan County has the worst derelict vessel problem in the state. Loaded with fuel, oil and other toxins, derelict vessels pose a tremendous environmental threat. The state Department of Natural Resources’ Derelict Vessel Removal Program should provide a no-interest loan to fund a local Derelict Vessel [...]

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Deborah Bach has this story at Three Sheets Northwest: Choosing the right environmentally friendly bottom paint depends on the type of boat, the environment it’s in and how much maintenance the owner is willing to do. Copper has been used for centuries to keep boat bottoms free from marine growth. But in the Northwest and [...]

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Whales spotted near the Ballard Locks

by Tim Flanagan on March 30, 2010

Those Geeky Swedes at MyBallard have this quick item and video: After a weekend sailing trip, Diana Lind grabbed her video camera when she saw two grey whales near the Ballard Locks Sunday afternoon. On Saturday DDF wrote in the forum, “Was just at the beach, and a whale swam by very close to the [...]

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Revealing a bit of Washington State Ferry history

by Tim Flanagan on March 30, 2010

[BitterEnd brings us this blast from the past. Thanks, Richard! —Tim] Correction: Make that at least 59 years serving Sidney BC click to enlarge Leave it to ever vigilant BE reader, Lee on Orcas to note the following from yesterday’s post: WSF or Islands Journal aren’t very accurate at their history. This run has been [...]

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TAD SOOTER has the article in the Kingston Community News: KINGSTON — A bottle of champagne was broken over the prow of the Spirit of Kingston March 28, beginning a new era for Kingston commuters. The Port of Kingston plans to put the 149-passenger ferry to work running four daily trips to Seattle as early [...]

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Ed Friedrich has the story in the Kitsap Sun. Meegan M. Reid took the photos: KEYPORT — Less than an hour after a ceremony marked the Navy’s agreement to harbor a Kitsap County Sheriff’s patrol boat at Naval Undersea Warfare Center-Keyport, the call came in. A 14-foot red kayak was adrift off Suquamish. People might [...]

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Boater’s tragedy prompts outpouring of support

by Tim Flanagan on March 29, 2010

Deborah Bach has this story at Three Sheets Northwest: [Photo courtesy of Charles Bollinger: Brad Peterson, center, with fellow Seattle Sail and Power Squadron members at a rendezvous in Port Orchard.] Boaters are known as a loosely knit geographic group—and a tight community always willing to help one of their own. So when Seattle Sail [...]

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This unsigned article appears at My Edmonds News: [Ferry crew members bring rescued divers to Brackett's Landing Saturday. Photo by Chad Emerson.] Crew members from the Washington State Ferry Spokane came to the rescue of two divers in distress at the Edmonds Underwater Park off Brackett’s Landing Saturday morning. According to Leslie Hynes, spokesperson for [...]

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West Seattle Blog has a couple of videos of gray whales in Elliott Bay Saturday night: Grey whale on Alki in West Seattle from Cliff DesPeaux on Vimeo. Two more video views of the gray whale that amazed West Seattle whale-watchers on Saturday (no sightings today, although grays were spotted in other areas of central [...]

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Marta Murvosh has this story in the Skagit Valley Herald: ANACORTES — The owners of the city’s largest undeveloped stretch of shoreline plan to install a private commercial boat launch and a floating pier on Fidalgo Bay, potentially providing crucial access to the water in the southern part of the city. MJB Properties LLC has [...]

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In Kingston, they’re getting into the ferry spirit

by Tim Flanagan on March 28, 2010

Ed Friedrich has the story in the Kitsap Sun: If there’ll be as many people riding the Spirit of Kingston as there were in attendance at its Sunday christening, the passenger-only ferry will be a huge success. Hundreds of potential Seattle commuters, shoppers and eventgoers hiked to the end of the Port of Kingston’s guest [...]

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Kingston welcomes passenger ferry

by Tim Flanagan on March 28, 2010

Tad Sooter has this article, with photo slideshow, in the Kingston Community News: KINGSTON — The passenger ferry Spirit of Kingston was welcomed to its new home port in a ceremony conducted between rain squalls Sunday morning. "This is very exciting for the community," Port of Kingston Commissioner Pete DeBoer said to a crowd assembled [...]

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Gray whale spotted at mouth of Duwamish River

by Tim Flanagan on March 28, 2010

The Seattle PI blog has this item by Joshua Trujillo: A gray whale rests near the surface at the mouth of the Duwamish River. (Joshua Trujillo/Seattlepi.com) A gray whale was spotted off Alki Beach Saturday, hugging the shoreline and causing people to erupt in cheers when the large animal surfaced close to the shore. The [...]

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Gray whale spotted close to West Seattle shore

by Tim Flanagan on March 28, 2010

West Seattle Blog has an excellent series of photos and video: The photo above is from Rick Rasmussen, who glimpsed it south of Brace Point earlier this morning: At 730 this morning, I saw what looked like an unusual disturbance in the water, just south of Brace Point, very close to shore. It was in [...]

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This unsigned item appears in the Peninsula Daily News: PORT ANGELES — Kenmore Air […] now has a frequent-flier and ticketing partnership with Alaska Airlines. The long-sought ticketing partnership — which had been worked on by the two airlines for more than a year — allows customers nationwide to book flights to and from Port [...]

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50th anniversary of the Sidney ferry run

by Tim Flanagan on March 28, 2010

This unsigned story appears in the San Juans Journal: Islanders and mainlanders will crowd the ferry to Sidney, B.C., on Sunday for the kick-off to the Washington State Ferries spring schedule and the annual Sidney run. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Sidney run. The ferry — the 124-car Chelan — will leave [...]

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