From the monthly archives:

September 2010

This unsigned story appears in the Seattle Times: The U.S. Senate late Wednesday night unanimously approved a Coast Guard authorization bill that includes a major overhaul of federal fishing-industry safety laws, and measures to strengthen efforts to prevent Puget Sound oil spills. The bill was expected to soon be approved by the House of Representatives […]

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Brownsville’s schooner Lavengro passes tip test

by Tim Flanagan on September 30, 2010

Brynn Grimley has this story in the Kitsap Sun: [Jonathan Thomas, left, the lead captain and operations manger for the schooner Lavengro, watches close as first mate Dana Raugi measures the sheer line during a Coast Guard inspection Wednesday at the Brownsville Marina. If the Lavengro earns a certificate of inspection, it will be allowed […]

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Coho remain elusive for most salmon anglers

by Tim Flanagan on September 29, 2010

Mark Yuasa has the story in his Seattle Times-hosted Reel Time Northwest blog: Coho remain a virtual no-show in most marine areas, but the good news is that more salmon fishing options will begin in the coming months. The only consistent place for coho is the Sekiu area in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, […]

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Three ‘Deadliest Catch’ skippers quit the show

by Tim Flanagan on September 29, 2010

Thanks to BitterEnd and Three Sheets Northwest for the “heads up” on this important local maritime story! Matthew Belloni has the story in the Hollywood Reporter: Capts. Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand (right) — who were sued earlier this month by Discovery for allegedly not performing work on a planned spinoff special — as well as […]

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Tacoma, Port plan to purchase boat

by Tim Flanagan on September 29, 2010

John Larson has the story in the Tacoma Weekly: Port of Tacoma and city of Tacoma plan to purchase a boat that will perform security patrols and handle firefighting needs. Currently Tacoma Fire Department (TFD) has one fireboat, Commencement, available. The other is out of commission. On Sept. 23 Port of Tacoma Commission approved entering […]

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Marty McOmber has this excellent summary at Three Sheets Northwest: Here’s the news of note from the U.S. Coast Guard’s local Notice to Mariners: Locks and railroad bridge to close for maintenance The Hiram M. Chittenden large lock will be closed from 10 p.m., Nov. 10 until 5 p.m. Nov. 24 for annual maintenance. The […]

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Navy proposes increased training in Northwest

by Tim Flanagan on September 29, 2010

PHUONG LE of the Associated Press has this story in the Seattle Times: SEATTLE — Citizens have less than two weeks to comment on the Navy’s plan to increase military training exercises that encompasses a massive area off the coast of Washington, Oregon and northern California. After a three-year process, the Navy released a final […]

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Deer Harbor community property owners and the conservation group People For Puget Sound invite the public to free guided tours on October 16 of restoration work underway along Fish Trap Creek and Deer Harbor Slough. Tours showing how local residents Corey Cookston and Bob Conner are restoring valuable riparian habitat on their properties will begin […]

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In Migael’s Wake | Blake Island State Park

by Tim Flanagan on September 29, 2010

Migael Scherer has the story at Three Sheets Northwest. And hey, is that my boat just leaving the harbor? (Not really, but it is a C-Dory with burgundy trim, just like Two Lucky Fish.) [Carved totems overlook the marked entrance to Blake Island’s small-craft harbor. Photos by Migael Scherer] This spectacular marine park is only […]

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Oxygen levels in a troubled portion of Hood Canal have fallen so low that fish and other sea creatures are failing or dying. Scientists have been warning all month that conditions could at any moment lead to the suffocation of tens of thousands of fish. Craig Welch has the story in the Seattle Times: [JANNA […]

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Jeff Chew has the story in the Peninsula Daily News: SEQUIM — Port of Port Angeles leaders past and present celebrated the 25th anniversary of John Wayne Marina, recalling the fractious debate over locating the marina in Sequim Bay and going through the port’s first federal and state environmental impact statements. The process took eight […]

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Liam Moriarty has this story at KPLU: Most of us admire the Salish Sea from the shore. Lots of us enjoy it from boats. But only a handful of us get to experience these waters from below the surface. This week KPLU environment reporter Liam Moriarty chats with veteran scuba diver Laura James. She answers […]

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Puget Sound Dungeness Crab Catch Reports due soon

by Tim Flanagan on September 28, 2010

A $10.00 penalty will be added to the cost of your next Puget Sound crab endorsement if you fail to report by the due date printed on your catch card. To submit your June 2010 through September 6, 2010 Puget Sound crab report, you will need your 2010 summer Puget Sound Dungeness crab catch record […]

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Candace Whiting has this item at her Seattle PI-hosted blog: [The tiny Dall's porpoise is dwarfed by the orca (Photo by Jim Maya)] Even from a distance the orcas’ exuberance was unmistakable, the splashes created as they breached and cartwheeled out of the water were bright against the gray/blue backdrop of Haro Strait (off the […]

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Scientists use hovering zeppelin to film Puget Sound whales

by Tim Flanagan on September 28, 2010

[A killer whale is seen from the air aboard the Zeppelin airship "Eureka," near San Juan Island, Wash., Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)] MANUEL VALDES has this story via AP: EVERETT, Wash. — Pilot Katharine Board often sees pods of blue, gray and killer whales as she flies along the California coast. […]

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For Zodiac crew, long haul ahead to fix broken mast

by Tim Flanagan on September 27, 2010

Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets Northwest. Be sure to see PugetSoundMaritime’s original coverage here and here. [The topmast and mainmast of the schooner Zodiac broke off and crashed into the waters off Lummi Island Saturday. Photo by Dana Raugi] In the aftermath of a devastating dismasting last weekend, the crew of the […]

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NATHAN WHALEN has the story in the WHIDBEY NEWS TIMES: A crew from Snohomish County PUD will be working from a barge anchored off Admiralty Head next week to learn more about the site of an experimental tidal energy project. They will maneuver remote-operated vehicles from the barge to photograph the seabed that will be […]

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Cliff Mass on today’s “Incredible Humidity”

by Tim Flanagan on September 27, 2010

This fascinating item appears at Cliff Mass’s Weather Blog today: Today the humidity has been extraordinary around western Washington and Oregon. I mean sticky. Feels like the southeast U.S. during the summer–and for good reason: we are experiencing very, very high humidities with dew points in the mid to upper 60s in many locations. (Remember […]

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This announcement appears in the Peninsula Daily News: PORT TOWNSEND — A public meeting will be held next month by the state Department of Natural Resources on the draft Protection Island Aquatic Reserve Management Plan. The meeting will be at the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St., from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. […]

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Giant radar platform SBX coming to Everett?

by Tim Flanagan on September 27, 2010

Debra Smith has the story at HeraldNet.com: Walter Selden of Everett asked me the other day if any decision had been made about parking the SBX on Everett’s waterfront. The Sea-Based X-Band Radar, if you don’t know, is a $900 million platform designed to track incoming ballisitic missiles. Remember Ronald Reagan’s Star Wars? The Navy […]

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