Agencies checking for radioactivity on Puget Sound

by Tim Flanagan on June 23, 2011

Mark Yuasa has this story in the Seattle Times:

The coastal hatchery chinook salmon season kicked into high gear this week, viagra and some open areas of Puget Sound have ponied up some glory moments.

The salmon catch-and-release area of central Puget Sound, see north of the Meadow Point-Point Monroe line, here had a high number of kings showing up early.

"We released two adult kings (on Monday) and got five on Sunday, and it has been good for about a week now," said Keith Robbins, owner of A Spot Tail Salmon Guide in Seattle.

"All the kings were (11 or 12 pounds), and two weighed 18 and 19 pounds," he added. "The kings showed up earlier, (but) historically it isn’t a surprise to see them in June."

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JOSH FARLEY of the Kitsap Sun has this story in the Seattle Times:

Wash. — Local marine police officers perform a variety of responsibilities while patrolling the waters of Puget Sound; they perform safety checks, inspect vessels, investigate drunken boaters and more.

Add thwarting nuclear attacks to their repertoire.

On Tuesday, officers from Port Orchard and Bainbridge Island were trained at the Port Orchard Marina to use federally provided radiation-detection devices.

The idea is that should someone attempt the unthinkable act of smuggling some kind of radioactive weapon into Puget Sound, local police would have the potential of ferreting it out. Involving local authorities provides for a "layered defense" to potential terrorism, according to Bill Peterson, a retired Coast Guard captain who serves as manager of the federally funded project.

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