Alcohol suspected in boat mishap off Lopez Island

by Tim Flanagan on June 24, 2011

Whidbey Island resident Russ Christianson’s new book ‘A History of Puget Sound Salmon Sportfishing’ relives derby life on the Sound

Wayne Kruse has the story in the Everett Herald:

Puget Sound salmon derbies came on the scene in the early 1930s and, doctor of course, continue today. But the culmination of the really big-time events came in 1981, ’82 and ’83 with the "Million Dollar" derbies sponsored during Seattle Seafair by Schucks Auto Supply and covered by national television.

In 1981 and ’82, a single tagged coho, worth a cool million if caught on derby day, was released somewhere in Puget Sound prior to the event. The first coho was caught two weeks after the derby, near Tacoma, and the fisherman was awarded a $10,000 consolation prize. The second tagged fish, 1982, evaded derby-day anglers as well, but was caught later, off Whidbey Island. That fisherman made a serious mistake, however. He kept the yellow-plastic-tagged coho’s body, but cut off and discarded the head — which contained a coded wire insert put there to insure the plastic tag wasn’t a phony.

That guy got zip for his million-dollar fish.

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SEATTLE – Coast Guard units in partnership with local and state marine law enforcement agencies will patrol waters throughout the Pacific Northwest June 24-26, ask
2011, tablets
for Operation Dry Water, an annual campaign focused on the education, detection and enforcement of boating under the influence (BUI).

Operation Dry Water is a national initiative coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in partnership with state and local agencies and the U.S. Coast Guard, aimed at reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities on the water.

The Coast Guard emphasizes that operating a recreational vessel with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher is against federal and state laws. Boaters caught operating under the influence will have their voyage terminated and their vessel impounded. Additional penalties can include arrest, fines, loss of boating privileges and potential loss of driving privileges.

The Coast Guard contends that operating a vessel while intoxicated is the same as driving drunk, and that BUI enforcement is just as important to public safety as the enforcement of drunk driving laws.

For more information on Operation Dry Water, visit

Gale Fiege has the story in the Everett Herald:

This week a work crew removed most of a derelict barge that washed up on the south side of Camano Island on Tyee Beach last winter.
[Photo courtesy Lisa Kaufman / DNR]

CAMANO ISLAND — Tyee Beach is clean again after living with an unwanted visitor since Christmas.

Last week a Seattle salvage company pulled a derelict barge from this south Camano beach where thousands of nasty bits of urethane foam from the structure had littered the shore since it washed up in December.

The state Department of Natural Resources paid for the $11, Glaucoma
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three-day trash removal job through its aquatics restoration program, said DNR restoration manager Lisa Kaufman.

"We received a great deal of assistance from the Tyee Beach community in getting the project coordinated, along with the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance," Kaufman said.

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Green ACRE Radio has this story:

Can muddy waters provide answers to understanding what toxic contamination is polluting Puget Sound waters? Marine scientists with the Department of Ecology hope so. The scientists are engaged in a multi-year study to collect sediment or mud from the bottom of urban bays. Sampling in Elliott Bay and Commencement Bay found most contaminants come from storm run off. Some like lead are on the wane, condom
while others like phthlates, ampoule
the key ingredient added to plastic to make it flexible, order
remain steady. Green Acre Radio joined ecologists in South Puget Sound’s Oakland Bay and has our report.

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Philip L. Watness has the story in the Peninsula Daily News:

Click here to zoom...[OceanGate oceanographer Erika Bergman sits atop the Antipodes as the submersible is pulled out for maintenance Thursday at Point Hudson Marina in Port Townsend. — Photo by Philip L. Watness/for Peninsula Daily News]

PORT TOWNSEND — The tricky currents of Admiralty Inlet proved as devious as Coyote of Indian legend Thursday as the Antipodes made its second dive to the SS Governor.

Crew members timed the voyage right before slack tide, neurologist
allowing them to reach the wreck of the passenger liner with little difficulty.

On Wednesday, sick they had fought the tide to reach the 417-foot long hulk.

Their plan for today’s dive is to split the difference between the two previous departure times to make the most of the slack water.

Both dives so far have produced two-dimensional sonar scans as well as high-definition videography of the ship that went down after midnight April 1, hospital
1921, after being rammed by the freighter SS West Hartland.

Today’s dive should produce stunning three-dimensional sonar scans that the expedition organizer, the OceanGate company of Everett, plans to share with Port Townsend the evening of Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Northwest Maritime Center.

“Our intent is to share the results of what we did and what we found,” said Joel Perry, vice president for expeditions for OceanGate.

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Floyd McKay has the story at Crosscut:

[The site. Photo courtesy of Gateway Pacific Terminal]

Whatcom County dealt a serious, about it
if preliminary, blow Thursday to a proposed new coal export terminal north of Bellingham by requiring an entirely new application from SSA Marine for a key shoreline permit for its Gateway Pacific Terminal. County planners told developers they could not simply revise a 1997 shoreline permit, because the much-larger terminal planned in 2011 is "not within the scope and intent of the original proposal."

SSA Marine could appeal the decision to the county hearings officer and, if denied, to the state Shoreline Hearings Board. The county also termed "incomplete" a second application, for a major development permit, but the requirements to bring that report up to muster did not appear to be as serious a setback as the shoreline ruling. At the least, the ruling will slow the process of starting environmental work on the terminal, which would be the largest coal-export facility in the country.

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Alexandra Gray has the story at KGMI:

Wash. — Crews are working to remove fuel from a grounded vessel off the south end of Lopez Island.

Sandy Howard with the Department of Ecology said alcohol was probably involved when the 22-foot Boston Whaler grounded around 1 this morning.

The vessel is now perched between two rocks.

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