From the monthly archives:

December 2010

Coast Guard airlifts stranded boaters near Goat Island

by Tim Flanagan on December 31, 2010

The Coast Guard airlifted two people after their skiff ran aground in Skagit Bay just southeast of La Conner, Wash., Thursday. At approximately 6:00 p.m., Skagit County, Wash. Sheriff’s Dept. received a call stating a 20-ft inflatable skiff had run aground in shallow water just south of Goat Island. A Skagit County Sheriff’s Dept. vessel […]

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How Maury Island’s mining opponents finally prevailed

by Tim Flanagan on December 31, 2010

After years of protest and negotiation, it’s final: A county park will replace the former gravel mine on the shore of Maury Island. [Joshua Putnam/Flicker photo] Daniel Jack Chasan has the story at Crosscut: It’s official: Instead of spewing 10,000-ton loads of gravel from a long steel pier into waiting barges, the gravel mine site […]

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Boater rescued by PSNS security boat

by Tim Flanagan on December 30, 2010

This unsigned story appears in the Kitsap Sun: BREMERTON — Ken Mednick of Bremerton was taking advantage of the sunny weather Thursday, riding in his 12-foot skiff toward Port Orchard. Mednick was in the middle of the channel on Sinclair Inlet, when suddenly waves slopped over the side of the boat, half filling it with […]

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North Kitsap’s passenger ferry saga continues

by Tim Flanagan on December 30, 2010

Dorian Woodson has this letter in the North Kitsap Herald: Being a former commuter from Kingston to Seattle (I quit riding ferries in order to find employment near home), this little project of a foot ferry from Kingston to Coleman Dock has been on my mind for quite some time. Washington State Ferries lost the […]

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New data will update navigational charts in Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Long Island, Chesapeake Bay, other areas. This unsigned announcement appears at the NOAA news site: [The Strait of Georgia, Wash., is one of the areas that will be surveyed by NOAA Ship Rainier during the 2011 survey season. Puget Sound Pilots have reported concerns about […]

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EPA unveils options for Duwamish cleanup

by Tim Flanagan on December 30, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled a draft plan outlining 11 options to clean up the toxic waste contaminating the lower Duwamish River. They range from dredging and removing nearly 300 acres of toxic sediments, to isolating the pollutants by capping them with rock, to essentially letting nature take its course. Craig Welch has the […]

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Rachel Pritchett has the story in the Kitsap Sun: BREMERTON — Talks between Safe Boats International and the Port of Bremerton could lead to the port building a new or bigger facility for its tenant, and Safe Boats staying in Kitsap County. Leaders on both sides and all the way up to U.S. Rep. Norm […]

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Manchester Dock Hit with Double Whammy

by Tim Flanagan on December 27, 2010

Chris Henry has the story in the Kitsap Sun: MANCHESTER — Whacky weather dealt two serious blows to the Port of Manchester’s marina dock this year. Port commissioners on Monday discussed plans for repairs, which will likely cost more than $10,000 but are covered by insurance. On Oct. 25, a 100-ton fishing boat “nudged” the […]

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Ocean power projects raise concern about salmon

by Tim Flanagan on December 27, 2010

The Associated Press has this story in the Seattle Times: TACOMA, Wash. — The quest for green energy is increasingly focused on ocean power such as tidal and wave generators. But some scientists are raising concerns about whether those projects could interfere with salmon and other species with sensitive internal compasses. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory […]

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Bellingham scientist wins the day for ‘Salish Sea’

by Tim Flanagan on December 27, 2010

Dean Kahn has the story in the Bellingham Herald: Bert Webber of Bellingham taught marine science at Huxley College of the Environment and used to provide marine science lessons for local students aboard the research vessel Snow Goose. Now 69 and retired, he advises groups on marine science and education. But his lasting claim to […]

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Winter crabbing closes Jan. 2, catch reports due

by Tim Flanagan on December 27, 2010

Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets: Areas around Puget Sound open for winter crabbing will close at sunset Jan. 2, and crabbers have until Feb. 1 to report their winter catch reports. State rules require all sport crabbers to submit catch reports for the winter season to the Washington Department of Fish and […]

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Richard Walker has this article in the Journal of the San Juans: [Top photo: T99A, a transient orca, 35 days after tagging with a dart. Middle photo: A close-up view of T99A's exit wounds at the barn site. Bottom photo: A dart tag proposed for use on the Southern Resident orcas. Top and middle photos: […]

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Todd Shipyards agrees to be acquired by Portland firm

by Tim Flanagan on December 24, 2010

Eric Pryne  has the story in the Seattle Times: [Todd Shipyards has long been a landmark on Seattle's Harbor Island and at its peak employed 57,000 people in the region. ALAN BERNER / SEATTLE TIMES photo] Todd Shipyards, a fixture on the Seattle waterfront for nearly a century, probably will have a new owner in […]

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Spill risk from vessels highest during winter storms

by Tim Flanagan on December 24, 2010

Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets: [A 2004 study estimated that a major spill in Washington waters could cause nearly $11 billion in economic losses and impact more than 165,000 jobs across the state.] On Monday, Dec. 20, a 62-foot wooden boat with about 600 gallons of diesel onboard began sinking in heavy […]

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Petition Drive Aims at Stopping Proposed Ferry Cuts

by Tim Flanagan on December 23, 2010

Ed Friedrich has the story in the Kitsap Sun: Activists in Puget Sound communities are collecting signatures to help sway lawmakers from cutting ferry service. It worked two years ago, when the Legislature was persuaded to retain Washington State Ferries’ existing level of service. An alternate plan would have killed the WSF run to Sidney, […]

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New opinion lets ferries increase fares

by Tim Flanagan on December 23, 2010

Susan Gilmore has the story in the Seattle Times: Fares can increase on Washington State Ferries on Jan. 1 after all. An initiative that would have put the increase on hold until the state Legislature could have at it didn’t take effect until after the state Transportation Commission adopted the proposed fare hike. The state […]

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Mike McQuaide offers a milepost guide to the winter charms of South Whidbey Island in the Seattle Times: SOUTH WHIDBEY ISLAND — The rain has begun to fall and when it does, it falls sideways. Flying directly overhead, three bald eagles appear stuck in place, their bodies pointing straight into the 30-mph winds but going […]

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Vigor Industrial buying Todd Shipyards for $130M

by Tim Flanagan on December 23, 2010

This announcement appears in the Puget Sound Business Journal: Todd Shipyards Corp. said it’s being purchased by Vigor Industrial LLC of Portland, Ore. for $130 million. The 94-year-old Seattle shipyard (NYSE: TOD) operates Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp., the largest private shipyard in the Pacific Northwest. It employs approximately 800 people. Vigor is paying $22.27 per […]

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Jack Broom has the story in the Seattle Times: KING TV has won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award — the broadcast equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize — for investigative reports highlighting millions of dollars wasted by Washington State Ferries. "We’re thrilled," said Mark Ginther, KING’s executive news director. He said the award acknowledges broadcast […]

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As industry struggles to recover, a new boat brand is born

by Tim Flanagan on December 23, 2010

Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets: [The Cutwater 28, above, and the Cutwater 26 will debut at the Seattle Boat Show next month.] Launching a new line of boats at a time when the maritime industry is still struggling to rebound from the recession might seem a risky venture, to put it mildly. […]

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