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2010 June

From the monthly archives:

June 2010

Protecting the environment and jobs at Cherry Point

by Tim Flanagan on June 30, 2010

DNR’s Ear to the Ground blog has this interesting story, but what really caught my eye was the photo caption: The Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve is a unique aquatic ecosystem with industrial activities located in the Strait of Georgia in northern Puget Sound—on the western shores of Whatcom County, Washington. [So the Strait of Georgia […]

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Sandi Doughton has the story in the Seattle Times: Before deciding to move its research fleet from Seattle to Newport, Ore., the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) failed to adequately consider the potentially cheaper option of existing federal facilities in Seattle, a federal auditor’s report says. The report also takes NOAA to task for […]

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Researchers Ponder Missing Water Layer in Hood Canal

by Tim Flanagan on June 30, 2010

Christopher Dunagan has the story in the Kitsap Sun: HOODSPORT — Oxygen levels in Hood Canal are dropping into the danger zone, as researchers observe a condition they have never seen before. Hood Canal never bounced back from the low-oxygen levels of last winter, and now a huge mass of oxygen-depleted water is building up […]

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Video from the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission:

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Boaters give local charity a lift

by Tim Flanagan on June 30, 2010

Tom Brown has this story at Three Sheets Northwest: [Photo by Tom Brown: Sailboats race off Des Moines as part of a fundraiser for Hospitality House, a shelter for homeless women in Burien.] Local boaters joined forces in Des Moines last weekend to give homeless and struggling women a hand up. Nine sailboat owners donated […]

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Kvichak Marine Industries in Ballard is working overtime to fill orders for shallow-water skimmer boats that are used in cleaning up the BP oil spill. Jason Bacaj has the story in the Seattle Times: [DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES] The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has created a critical need for boats […]

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Enforcement ramps up as crabbing areas open

by Tim Flanagan on June 30, 2010

This item appears at Three Sheets Northwest: With some of the most popular marine areas of Puget Sound set to open for sport crabbing this week, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officers will be stepping up resource-protection patrols. Seven marine areas in Puget Sound will open July 1 at 7 a.m., joining three […]

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DNR reaches agreement on tideland trespasses

by Tim Flanagan on June 30, 2010

This unsigned story appears in the Snohomish Times: The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced it has reached settlements with three Washington shellfish companies to resolve their unauthorized use of state-owned tidelands to grow and harvest shellfish. Under the agreements, the three companies – Taylor Shellfish, Seattle Shellfish and Arcadia Point Seafood – […]

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KIPP ROBERTSON has the story in the North Kitsap Herald: POULSBO — The Washington State Department of Ecology is investigating the clean-up practices of thePort of Poulsbo, following a small oil spill last week. Two days after a small diesel oil spill from a boat on June 22, the port reported to the Department of […]

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Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets Northwest: Seattle almost became the city without a July 4thfireworks display this year, but last-minute largesse from a collection of donors saved the day. In less than 24 hours, corporations and individuals raised $500,000 to ensure that the city’s Fourth of July celebration at Gas Works Park […]

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Port Angeles weighing options on log storage

by Tim Flanagan on June 29, 2010

KONP radio has this story: (Port Angeles) — Port of Port Angeles commissioners have decided to keep their options open for water-borne log storage for the next few years. Last July, the Port leased from the State Department of Natural Resources, an area of the harbor just east of the Nippon paper mill, for log […]

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Port of Tacoma goes back to basics

by Tim Flanagan on June 28, 2010

As container traffic withers, Tacoma’s port turns to more traditional means of raising revenue. John Gillie has the story in the Tacoma News Tribune: When the Port of Tacoma paid Weyerhaeuser Co. $28 million in 2007 for its export log yard at the end of the Hylebos Waterway, Tacoma said goodbye to a business that […]

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Cantwell vs Locke: A fight over NOAA fleet

by Tim Flanagan on June 28, 2010

Bob Simmons has this story at Crosscut: The fuss over NOAA’s move to Oregon may have quieted down, but Sen. Maria Cantwell says it isn’t over, at least as far as she’s concerned. In an uncomfortable exchange with Commerce Secretary (and fellow Washington Democrat) Gary Locke last week, Cantwell hinted that Congress might hold up […]

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Huckleberry Island transferred to Samish

by Tim Flanagan on June 28, 2010

The Skagit Valley Herald has this brief item: Skagit Publishing material is protected by copyright and may not be reproduced or used in any way, including with a link, without express permission. SAMISH INDIAN NATION — The state Parks and Recreation Commission has approved the transfer of Huckleberry Island to the Samish Indian Nation. Huckleberry […]

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Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets Northwest: [Deborah Bach | Three Sheets Northwest: Galley? Stateroom? Head? In that case, imbibe.] If you’re like many Puget Sound boaters, you might be planning a trip north to cruise the waters of British Columbia this summer. But if those plans could include having a beer while […]

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Three Sheets Northwest has this item: If you’ve been anxiously awaiting the start of crabbing season, the wait’s almost over — seven areas of Puget Sound open for Dungeness crabbing on July 1. Those include marine areas 6 (Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 8-1 (Deception Pass/Skagit Bay), 8-2 (Port Susan/Port Gardner), 9 (Admiralty Inlet), […]

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Rachel Pritchett has the story in the Kitsap Sun: Revenues at the Port of Bremerton are running at 11 percent behind projections, and the port is answering by cutting expenses and putting off projects. “We’re very much influenced by this recession,” said Chief Executive Officer Cary Bozeman. “Today the job is to manage relative to […]

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Friday an unexpected engine casualty aboard Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea, one of the service’s three polar icebreakers, will prohibit the icebreaker from getting underway for its fall 2010 Coast Guard Arctic patrol and will most likely keep the cutter from providing standby capability for Operation Deep Freeze […]

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KING5 has this story: Credit: KING SEATTLE – A woman has died after being hit on the head by a construction crane on a barge in Seattle’s Elliott Bay. The accident happened just before 11 a.m. in the 1300 block of Alaskan Way. Firefighters found the woman, in her late 30s, with head injuries. Firefighters […]

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Variety’s Boat for Hope

by Tim Flanagan on June 25, 2010

This item appears in the Pacific Yachting Blog: Over 1000 kids participated in this year’s event. We were thrilled to be a part of Variety’s Boat for Hope 2010. Every year, this wonderful event provides children who have special needs with a fun-filled day on the water. Local skippers volunteer their time and boats for […]

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