From the monthly archives:

December 2010

Coast Guard airlifts stranded boaters near Goat Island

by Tim Flanagan on December 31, 2010

After years of protest and negotiation, disease 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, prostate 000-ton loads of gravel from a long steel pier into waiting barges, the […]

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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, disease 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, prostate 000-ton loads of gravel from a long steel pier into waiting barges, the […]

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Boater rescued by PSNS security boat

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, implant to isolating the pollutants by capping them with rock, oncology to essentially letting nature take its course. Craig Welch […]

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North Kitsap’s passenger ferry saga continues

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, implant to isolating the pollutants by capping them with rock, oncology to essentially letting nature take its course. Craig Welch […]

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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, implant to isolating the pollutants by capping them with rock, oncology to essentially letting nature take its course. Craig Welch […]

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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, implant to isolating the pollutants by capping them with rock, oncology to essentially letting nature take its course. Craig Welch […]

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The Associated Press has this story in the Seattle Times: TACOMA, neurologist 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 […]

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Manchester Dock Hit with Double Whammy

by Tim Flanagan on December 27, 2010

The Associated Press has this story in the Seattle Times: TACOMA, neurologist 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 […]

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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, neurologist 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 […]

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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, denture he advises groups on marine science and education. But his lasting claim […]

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Winter crabbing closes Jan. 2, catch reports due

by Tim Flanagan on December 27, 2010

Richard Walker has this article in the Journal of the San Juans:

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Richard Walker has this article in the Journal of the San Juans:

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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:

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Spill risk from vessels highest during winter storms

by Tim Flanagan on December 24, 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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Petition Drive Aims at Stopping Proposed Ferry Cuts

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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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, side effects it falls sideways. Flying directly overhead, overweight three bald eagles appear stuck in place, their bodies pointing straight into the 30-mph […]

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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, website Ore. for $130 million. The 94-year-old Seattle shipyard (NYSE: TOD) operates Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp., health the largest private shipyard in the Pacific Northwest. It employs approximately 800 people. Vigor is paying […]

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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, buy more about " said Mark Ginther, more about KING’s executive news director. […]

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

by Tim Flanagan on December 23, 2010

Nothing shows how we dance round and round with Tim Eyman, online to our detriment, look like the story of the Washington State Ferries. Danny Westneat has this column in the Seattle Times: Our initiative instigator-in-chief sure is feeling his oats right now. He just scored his biggest win ever at the ballot box in […]

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