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2010 August

From the monthly archives:

August 2010

Fishing The Lummi Way

by Tim Flanagan on August 31, 2010

John Ryan has this story at KUOW radio: Just west of Bellingham, a small fleet of reef–netters continues to make a living the way the Lummi tribe invented centuries ago. But these reef–netters aren’t Lummis. On small barges anchored near a shallow reef, spotters in rubber boots and raingear cling to metal towers. They’re on […]

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Point Robinson included on Whale Trail

by Tim Flanagan on August 31, 2010

Natalie Johnson has this story in the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber: Most Islanders know that when the South Sound’s resident orca pods cavort near Vashon, Point Robinson is the place to be. Now, the easternmost tip of Maury Island is receiving regional recognition as a spot for whale and wildlife viewing. The Whale Trail, a network […]

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KBKW radio’s David Haviland has this story: SEATTLE – Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) crews have started preliminary fieldwork to determine whether the Port of Tacoma would be a feasible site to build pontoons and anchors for a new, safer State Route 520 floating bridge that will open to drivers in 2014. WSDOT needs […]

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Gray Whale In Vancouver Might Be Good For Ducks

by Tim Flanagan on August 31, 2010

Rob Butler has the story in the Vancouver Sun: Last spring and again just a few days ago, a gray whale entered Vancouver Harbour. On both occasions, the whale created quite a stir among us landlubbers. We flocked to bridges and beaches, took to the water, and grabbed our kids and cameras to witness a […]

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OLYMPIA – The Puget Sound Partnership has identified the key measures of success, or indicators, that our region will be using to determine how well we are performing in our efforts to restore, protect and prevent pollution in Puget Sound. The 20 dashboard indicators that have been chosen include 12 natural science measures, six social […]

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Nate Hulings has the story in the Olympian: [Steve Bloom  / The Olympian photo: Jim Amador, Port of Olympia marine terminal director, points out a peregrine falcon nest nestled high atop one of the facility’s cranes during a morning public tour Sunday. The tours were part of Olympia’s annual Sand in the City celebration.] Olympia […]

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State Ferry ridership decline to level off

by Tim Flanagan on August 29, 2010

Fare increases and a sour economy have reduced the number of passengers, but the state expects that to rebound. Bill Sheets has this story in the Everett Herald: A decade-long downward trend in ferry ridership in Western Washington is showing signs of leveling off. In the future, officials expect numbers to grow again. The number […]

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Fire hits historic Argosy Cruises tour boat

by Tim Flanagan on August 29, 2010

This story appears in the Seattle Times: [Photo courtesy KirklandViews.com: Firefighters were called around 6:40 a.m. Saturday to the Argosy ship M.V. Kirkland. The blaze appears to have been confined to the area around the engine room.] A historic 110-foot tour boat belonging to Argosy Cruises caught fire early Saturday morning while it was docked […]

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Some time this year up to 20 marine mammals will make their debut in Puget Sound, patrolling the waters of Hood Canal, on the lookout for agents of al-Qaida or any other enemy who might try infiltrating the Trident Submarine Base at Bangor. Craig Welch has the story in the Seattle Times: [Sgt. Andrew Garrett […]

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[KATIE GREENE | THE BELLINGHAM HERALD: Shane Potter masks off sections of the interior of a C-Dory 25-foot Cruiser so he can paint it Thursday, Aug. 26, at Triton Marine.] Thanks to Three Sheets Northwest for the tip. Dave Gallagher has the story in the Bellingham Herald: This recession has been a fight for survival […]

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Seattle Sketcher covers carrier USS Abraham Lincoln

by Tim Flanagan on August 28, 2010

Seattle Times sketch artist Gabriel Campanario has been sketching, and writing about, Everett-based aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln this week. His work is well worth checking out: An aircraft carrier in my backyard USS Abraham Lincoln sails through the web on Facebook Farewell ahead for Everett-based Lincoln

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Poachers paying the price

by Tim Flanagan on August 28, 2010

Recent fishing violations suggest that officials are cracking down on illegal taking of resources. Mark Yuasa has the story in the Seattle Times: Fish and game violations are being taken more seriously, with some poachers getting their due in court after making bad decisions. In the early morning hours of Feb. 27, three poachers were […]

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Coast Guard monitors sunken vessel near Clallum Bay

by Tim Flanagan on August 28, 2010

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard is monitoring the salvage of the sunken fishing vessel North Pass near Clallum Bay, Wash., Friday. The Coast Guard responded to the vessel taking when it was taking on water, Wednesday, at Slip Point near Clallum Bay with two people onboard.  Both people were recovered and safely transported to nearby […]

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Derek Sheppard has this story in the Kitsap Sun: LITTLE BOSTON — The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe is calling into question the legality of a proposal that would redevelop the historic mill town of Port Gamble and set aside thousands of acres of North Kitsap timberland. The tribe argues that the proposed North Kitsap Legacy […]

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The biggest sockeye run in nearly a century — 25 million fish — is headed back to British Columbia’s Fraser River and its tributaries. It’s a bonanza for American and Canadian fishermen, who are more used to squabbling over how to divide up a declining resource. Hal Bernton has the story in the Seattle Times: […]

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Sport crabbing to close in most of Puget Sound

by Tim Flanagan on August 27, 2010

Deborah Bach has this story at Three Sheets Northwest: Recreational crabbers have just over a week left to drop their pots before crab fishing closes in most areas of the region. Seven areas of Puget Sound will close to crab fishing at sunset on Labor Day, Sept. 6, including marine areas 6 (eastern Strait of […]

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Video: Camera paints colorful orca portrait

by Tim Flanagan on August 27, 2010

Gary Chittim has the story with video KING-5 News: SEATTLE – When researchers at the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Lab first released infrared footage they captured of Southern Resident Orcas in the San Juan Islands, it took off like wildfire on the web. Now we’re learning more about why they set up a camera […]

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Rosemary Ponnekanti has the story in the Tacoma News Tribune: Hydroplanes, remote-control boats and two tall ships are just part of the upcoming Maritime Fest this weekend along the Foss Waterway. For the 17th incarnation of this annual boat celebration focuses on hands-on experiences of a huge variety of boats, plus the usual entertainment, roving […]

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New ferry Chetzemoka has a list

by Tim Flanagan on August 27, 2010

Thanks to BitterEnd for pointing us to this story at KAPS radio: (SEATTLE)— Washington State Ferries officials have confirmed that their newest ferry, the Chetzemoka, has a list. Capt. George Capacci, the deputy chief of operations and construction, says it is not a design flaw nor will it further delay the vessel’s arrival on the […]

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Marty McOmber has this story at Three Sheets Northwest: Looks like the Canadian government is finally ready to pull the trigger on the long-awaited sewage treatment plant for Victoria. For years, this lovely city has pumped about 30 million gallons of raw sewage a day into the Salish Sea. The near final go-ahead for the […]

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