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2010 October

From the monthly archives:

October 2010

Ed Friedrich has the story in the Kitsap Sun: KINGSTON — Eric Osnes, program manager for the Port of Kingston’s two-week-old passenger-only ferry service, was fired Friday. Pete DeBoer, chairman of the Port of Kingston board of commissioners, said the SoundRunner program manager must live in North Kitsap to be responsive to circumstances that effect […]

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Four Puget Sound areas reopen for crabbing Nov. 15

by Tim Flanagan on October 29, 2010

Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets: [Crabbers, get your pots ready — four areas around Puget Sound will soon be opened seven days a week for crabbing.] At 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 15, marine areas 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 9 (Admiralty Inlet), 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) and 12 (Hood Canal) will […]

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Damage to Ballard lock worse than first thought

by Tim Flanagan on October 29, 2010

Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets: [A worker heads underground to operate the large Ballard lock. Photos courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers] The large Ballard lock is still operating on a twice-daily basis as crews work for fix damage from a lightning strike that turned out to be worse than initially […]

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Port Angeles Harbor contaminant study in new hands

by Tim Flanagan on October 29, 2010

Tom Callis has the story in the Peninsula Daily News: PORT ANGELES — The state Department of Ecology has hired a second contractor to complete a delayed environmental study of Port Angeles Harbor sediment, an element necessary for a plan to clean up Rayonier Inc.’s former mill site. The $106,000 second contract for the study, […]

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This is the place for connecting kids, nature

by Tim Flanagan on October 29, 2010

At a time when the country worries about nature-deficit disorder, we have a cure at the water’s edge. Knute Berger has the story at Crosscut: The tide is out, revealing a great seaweed-matted mud flat. Gulls are scattered on it like huge, mobile, white-feathered clamshells. They strut at the water’s edge, looking for stragglers and […]

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SUSANNAH FRAME has the story at KING 5 News: SEATTLE — The KING 5 Investigators have obtained the first images the public has seen of what divers brought up last month from the bottom of Elliott Bay near the new Smith Cove Cruise Terminal in Magnolia. A few visual examples of the load the Navy […]

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Old weapons discovery shocks environmental groups

by Tim Flanagan on October 28, 2010

GARY CHITTIM of KING 5 News has this story at Northwest Cable News: SEATTLE — The discovery of military shells and other weapons found buried in silt under Seattle’s new cruise ship terminal creates an obvious public safety risk, but environmental groups say there are ecological risks as well. "This stuff is toxic," said Kathy […]

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JOHN GILLIE has the story in the Tacoma News Tribune: [Chris Hale, left, and Joe Perrin longshoremen with ILWU Local 23, plug in the cable Wednesday from TOTE's North Star trailership to get electricity from shore. North Star is the first ship at the Port of Tacoma and the Pacific Northwest to turn off its […]

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The mystery of Canada’s huge 2010 salmon runs

by Tim Flanagan on October 28, 2010

On both sides of the border, commercial fishing has reaped a bonanza. But no one really knows why or how to respond, though there are clues about the need for restraint. Daniel Jack Chasan has the story at Crosscut: Big, neon-red sockeye salmon with green heads and hooked jaws stream north along the Canadian bank, […]

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Ferry officials have 9 options they want the public to mull Debra Smith and Oscar Halpert have the story in the Everett Herald: The Mukilteo Ferry Terminal might be relocated to one of several sites, including in Everett or Edmonds. Or it may just stay right where it is. Washington State Ferries is once again […]

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SUSANNAH FRAME of KING 5 News has ‘>this story: SEATTLE — The KING 5 Investigators have uncovered a multi-agency operation involving an unusual and potentially dangerous finding in the waters of Elliott Bay. Police and military divers have discovered World War II-era and possibly even older ammunition underneath the new high-traffic cruise ship terminal in […]

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Salmon Bay oil spill under investigation

by Tim Flanagan on October 28, 2010

Marty McOmber has the story at Three Sheets: Private clean up crews are responding to an oil spill near Fisherman’s Terminal on Seattle’s Salmon Bay that spread over much of the area today. The spill, which appears to be diesel and hydraulic fluid, was reported this morning. Winds pushed the spill across the bay and […]

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Small oil spill at Fishermen’s Terminal

by Tim Flanagan on October 27, 2010

Those Geeky Swedes at MyBallard have this developing story: The Department of Ecology is responding to a report of a small oil spill originating from Fishermen’s Terminal and extending into Salmon Bay. The department told KIRO 7 that it looks to be “tens of gallons,” and investigators have yet to determine where it’s coming from. […]

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In Migael’s Wake | John Wayne Marina

by Tim Flanagan on October 27, 2010

Migael Scherer has this item at Three Sheets: [A sailboat approaches the John Wayne Marina. The guest float is nearest the jetty breakwater. This north end of the marina can be a busy area, with both a launch ramp (foreground) and a fuel dock. Photo by Migael Scherer] This beautifully designed marina at Pitship Point […]

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First cargo ships to plug in for power in Tacoma

by Tim Flanagan on October 27, 2010

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS has this brief item at SeattlePI.com: TACOMA, Wash. — Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. is unveiling two cargo vessels that will be able to plug in and get electrical power while docked in Tacoma. Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire and other officials are celebrating at a ceremony Wednesday at the Port of Tacoma. […]

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Hard questions need to be asked, including why a two-boat ferry district needs $1.5 million for management, and whether outsourcing or a merger makes sense. Jordan Royer has the story at Crosscut: The recent incident of the King County Water Taxi hitting Seattle’s seawall provides an opportunity to reassess the county’s role in providing this […]

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Christopher Dunagan has the story in the Kitsap Sun: SILVERDALE — In recent years, people concerned about the health of Hood Canal have written plans to rebuild salmon runs, restore healthy oxygen levels and reopen polluted shellfish beds. Now, a group of residents, business owners, scientists and others have launched what could be the most […]

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Coast Guard conducts medevac near Neah Bay

by Tim Flanagan on October 26, 2010

ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 52 year-old crew member off the vessel Polar Adventure near Neah Bay, Wash., Tuesday. Sector Port Angeles received a call from the crew of the 854-foot tanker reporting that a crew member had injured himself from a fall. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station […]

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[In this public service announcement provided by U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area Public Affairs, the importance of the new paddle craft identification sticker is demonstrated Nov, 13, 2009, at Coast Guard Island. The paddle craft identification sticker allows the U.S. Coast Guard to quickly differentiate between a derelict paddle craft or an active search and […]

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Baby seals saved, returned to wild — then what?

by Tim Flanagan on October 26, 2010

Puget Sound harbor seals that have been rehabilitated are being fitted with transmitters to see how they fare. Every year hundreds of stranded harbor- seal pups are rescued and rehabilitated from beaches all over the country. But little is known about what happens to those animals once they are returned to the wild. Lynda V. […]

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