From the monthly archives:

February 2011

Sailboat fire quickly extinguished at Shilshole

by Tim Flanagan on February 28, 2011

Whuh-huh? I was at Shilshole J dock around 1 pm Sunday (I had to see a man about a boat), and saw no signs at all of any recent excitement. In any case, those Geeky Swedes at MyBallard have this story: A large response of firefighters rushed to a sailboat fire at Shilshole Marina just […]

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Mark Yuasa on 2011 fishing projections

by Tim Flanagan on February 28, 2011

The Seattle Times’ Mark Yuasa brings us a couple items of note to Puget Sound fishers: Impressive totals expected this fall for chinook return If the projected return of 760,600 fall chinook comes anywhere close, it could equate to some memorable fishing off the coast and in the Columbia River during the late summer and […]

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[SEATTLE - Rail cars lay on a beach in University Place, Wash., after a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company train derailed Feb. 26, 2011. An estimated 50 gallons of sodium hydroxide was leaked as a result of the accident. U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Mallick.] SEATTLE – The Coast […]

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Adventuress mainmast stepped

by Tim Flanagan on February 27, 2011

Zach Wellington Simonson-Bond has the story at Three Sheets: The mainmast of the historic schooner Adventuress was returned on Friday, marking a milestone in the vessel’s extensive restoration. “It was an exciting day stepping the mainmast back into the ship,” said Captain Joshua Berger. “This winter has certainly been one of the most extensive winter […]

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JOHN STARK has the story in the BELLINGHAM HERALD: BELLINGHAM – A cut in moorage rates for commercial fishermen will be back on the Port of Bellingham commission’s agenda Tuesday, March 1. At a meeting scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Harbor Center conference room, 1801 Roeder Ave., commissioners are expected to discuss a proposal […]

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Safe Boats still deciding on whether to relocate

by Tim Flanagan on February 26, 2011

Rachel Pritchett has the story in the Kitsap Sun: The Port of Bremerton has presented an offer to Safe Boats International to build much-needed additional space for the company to lease at Olympic View Industrial Park, according to port CEO Cary Bozeman. The port would sell bonds to build the space, he said. Safe Boats […]

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This unsigned story appears in the Peninsula Daily News: PORT ANGELES — Last year’s halibut season was a good one, and the 2011 fishery is shaping up to be very similar — or even a bit better, The International Pacific Halibut Commission has set the West Coast quota at 910,000 pounds — 100,000 pounds above […]

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John Stang has the story in the Kitsap Sun: OLYMPIA — Would a levy of 0.03 cents per gallon on oil transferred on Washington’s waters be a fee or tax? "The fee, we really believe it is a tax," said Greg Hanon, representing the Western States Petroleum Association. "There’s no question that this is a […]

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BC Ferries’ MV Mill Bay now for sale: CUTE!

by Tim Flanagan on February 25, 2011

[What an adorable little ferry boat. I wonder if it could be put to private commercial use? —Tim] MV Mill Bay: surplus to the fleet. VICTORIA – With the upcoming retirement of the MV Mill Bay in May 2011, BC Ferries announced today that the 55-year old ship is for sale.  The Mill Bay is […]

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Deborah Bach has this story at Three Sheets Northwest: [Tom Brown and Jeanne Walker on their Islander Freeport 36, Eagle, which they plan to sail on for about eight years.] The Northwest has long been a hotspot for sailors who dream of taking their vessels out of the relatively sheltered and safe local waters and […]

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Crews mop up oil spill in Bellingham marina

by Tim Flanagan on February 24, 2011

PETER JENSEN has the story in the BELLINGHAM HERALD: An oil spill was discovered in Squalicum Harbor Wednesday morning, Feb. 23, but was quickly contained so crews could begin mopping it up. The amount of oil spilled was unknown Thursday afternoon, but it was thick and black, leading investigators to believe it was a lubricating […]

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New director named to People for Puget Sound

by Tim Flanagan on February 24, 2011

Christopher Dunagan has this story in his (Kitsap Sun) blog: Tom Bancroft, chief scientist and vice president of National Audubon Society, has been named to replace Kathy Fletcher as the executive director of People for Puget Sound. Bill Derry, president of the board for People for Puget Sound said in a news release: “It’s great […]

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In Migael’s Wake | Turn Island State Park

by Tim Flanagan on February 24, 2011

Migael Scherer has this item at Three Sheets Northwest: [The passage south of Turn Island is constricted by reef and rocks (visible here at an extreme low tide), and should be avoided. Photo by Migael Scherer] This small state park is less than a mile southeast of Friday Harbor, at the “turn” of San Juan […]

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Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets Northwest: [Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle relaxing in Lombok, Indonesia in October 2008.] A public “celebration of life” will be held on Monday to remember the two Seattle sailors who were killed this week by pirates off the coast of Somalia. The Seattle Singles Yacht Club is […]

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Sequim angler bags $10K prize

by Tim Flanagan on February 23, 2011

JEFFREY P. MAYOR has the story in the Tacoma News Tribune: Rob Schmidt of Sequim won the $10,000 first prize at last weekend’s Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby with an 18.90-pound salmon. Overall, there were 248 fish checked in during the three-day event that ended Monday. Read more

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Victoria Boat & Fishing Show this weekend

by Tim Flanagan on February 23, 2011

This item appears in the Pacific Yachting blog: The Victoria Boat & Fishing Show is pleased to celebrate its 18th Anniversary at the Pearkes Recreation Centre, this coming weekend. Check out Victoria’s most successful boat, fishing and outdoor show with almost 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibits. Read more

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Oil spill fouls Squalicum Marina

by Tim Flanagan on February 23, 2011

Dillon Honcoop has the story at KGMI radio: BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Black oil is fouling the waters of Bellingham’s Squalicum Marina. The Washington State Department of Ecology is responding this afternoon to the oil spill and surrounding sheen, along with crews from the Port of Bellingham and U.S. Coast Guard, according to an Ecology press […]

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Small chamber at Ballard Locks closing for two weeks

by Tim Flanagan on February 23, 2011

Seattle – The small lock at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks will close its gates to marine traffic and be drained for 12 days starting at 11 a.m. March 7 through 5 p.m. March 18. The closure will allow crews to conduct annual maintenance. The large lock will continue to operate 24 hours a day/seven […]

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Off season is prime time for boat thieves

by Tim Flanagan on February 22, 2011

Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets Northwest: Seeing their stolen boat washed up on a beach in South Puget Sound, its canvas shredded and its props tangled in the rocks, Theresa and Andy Gano cried. Inside the 32-foot Bayliner was a horrific scene. The thieves had ripped cupboard doors off the hinges and […]

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Seattle couple, 2 other Americans killed by pirates

by Tim Flanagan on February 22, 2011

The Associated Press and Seattle Times staff have this story in the Seattle Times: Four Americans — including two from Seattle — taken hostage by Somali pirates off East Africa were shot and killed by their captors Monday, the U.S. military said. U.S. naval forces, who were trailing the Americans’ captured yacht with four warships, […]

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