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2011 July

From the monthly archives:

July 2011

ASHLEY AHEARN and KATIE CAMPBELL have this story at KUOW: [The U.S. Geological Survey attached black cylindrical devices like this one under 5 canoes on this year's Journey. Each one fed data back to a little onboard computer (hidden in the yellow box).credit: Ashley Ahearn] They appear as tiny flecks way out in the gray […]

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Charlie Bermant has the story in the Peninsula Daily News: PORT TOWNSEND — The construction of a “marine highway” that would transport tractor trailers by barge from Bellingham to Port Townsend will be pursued by the Port of Port Townsend as soon as the right grant opportunities are available. Port staff had considered applying for […]

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JOHN STARK has the story in THE BELLINGHAM HERALD: BELLINGHAM – The Port of Bellingham has no promising prospects for reviving marine cargo operations at its Cornwall Avenue shipping terminal, according to a consultant’s report delivered to port commissioners. "You can never say never," said report author Paul Sorensen, principal of BST Associates of Kenmore, […]

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Pinks crashing king salmon’s party

by Tim Flanagan on July 29, 2011

Matt Schubert has this story in the Peninsula Daily News: DISASTER IS IMMINENT, my dear Peninsulites. Either we raise the Peninsula pink salmon limit right now, or we threaten the very fabric of this summer’s saltwater fishery. The state allows you a daily limit of four pinks. I suggest you take it. Oh, I know […]

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Adventuress goes aground—again

by Tim Flanagan on July 28, 2011

This unsigned, smart-aleck story appears in the Island Guardian: (The Adventuress aground in Mosquito Pass -J. Peterson photo) The schooner Adventuress may want to have second thoughts about her name, since she seems to have a proclivity to seek adventure by seeking out areas to run aground, and her latest adventure occurred Wednesday (07-27-11) when […]

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[The Chilean navy ship Esmeralda is used as a training vessel. Luis Alarcón photo] Yolande Cole has the story in the Georgia Straight: A group of Vancouver residents are hoping to prevent a Chilean navy ship from docking in the city next month. The tall ship La Esmeralda is scheduled to dock in Victoria between […]

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Two ferries replacing one on Annapolis route

by Tim Flanagan on July 27, 2011

Ed Friedrich has the story in the Kitsap Sun: BREMERTON — Kitsap Transit will shake up its foot ferry operation for a few months while the Admiral Pete gets lengthened. The ferry’s capacity will be increased from 84 to 120 people by cutting a few inches off the back, inserting a 15-foot section and gluing […]

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Christopher Dunagan has the story in the Kitsap Sun: [A beached gray whale was found at a home on Erlands Point Road in Bremerton early Wednesday. PHOTO BY MEEGAN M. REID] BREMERTON — Erlands Point resident Jim Ryan glanced out his window about 6:30 a.m. today and spotted a gray whale washed up on his […]

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A few ramblings about killer whale activities

by Tim Flanagan on July 27, 2011

Christopher Dunagan has this story in his blog at the Kitsap Sun: I have a few random observations and tidbits of news to share since I last wrote about the Southern Resident killer whales, who recently arrived in the San Juan Islands — a little behind schedule but showing off a newborn calf. See the […]

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This unsigned article appears in the Islands Sounder: The Port of Orcas board has expressed interest in creating a marina or other capital venture that could help shore up the port’s revenue if its federal funding is reduced. “Frankly, I don’t think it looks good,” said commissioner Bret Thurman. "Our country’s going broke … Where […]

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Mark Yuasa has the story in his fishing blog at the Seattle Times: Our first big king salmon of the summer comes from south central Puget Sound where Peter Tarabochia of Burien was the lucky angler. Last Friday (July 22), Tarabochia was fishing with his father Don Tarabochia of Fircrest and friend Jim Holly of […]

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Tears, raindrops bid goodbye to USS John C. Stennis

by Tim Flanagan on July 26, 2011

Amy Phan has this story in the Kitsap Sun: [Valentino Rankins kisses girlfriend Tameka Lampkin before his departure Monday aboard the USS John C. Stennis from Bremerton. MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN photo] BREMERTON — Despite an unusual summer deluge, friends and family of 2,800 Bremerton sailors on the USS John C. Stennis made the best […]

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Port opens habitat site to public viewing

by Tim Flanagan on July 26, 2011

JOHN GILLIE has the story in the Tacoma News Tribune: A 26-acre former gravel pit now reconstructed as a fisheries and wildlife habitat at the mouth of Hylebos Creek on the Tacoma Tideflats is now open for public viewing. The site, named Twulshootseed in the Puyallup Tribe’s native language, in English is called the "Place […]

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Tillicum Village reborn

by Tim Flanagan on July 26, 2011

CRAIG SAILOR has the story in The Olympian: It’s been a mainstay of Puget Sound tourist destinations as long as the Space Needle has been standing. Now, Tillicum Village has a new owner who’s remade the decades-old Indian experience on Blake Island. The four-hour tour, owned and operated by Argosy Cruises, offers a glimpse of […]

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A final toast made to Whidbey Island Race Week

by Tim Flanagan on July 26, 2011

Katie McVicker has the story in the WHIDBEY NEWS TIMES: The ramshackle tent city that popped up next to the Oak Harbor Yacht Club last weekend will soon be completely dismantled as its temporary inhabitants are forced back to reality. The 29th annual Whidbey Island Race Week came to a close yesterday, and in keeping […]

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Kings rule out on West End

by Tim Flanagan on July 22, 2011

Matt Schubert has the story in the Peninsula Daily News: ODD YEARS AREN’T for everyone on the North Olympic Peninsula. Those who fall into the “king salmon or bust” category simply can’t be bothered to waste their time targeting something as lowly as a pink salmon. Those content to bring any old salmon back to […]

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JOHN GILLIE has the story in the Tacoma News Tribune: After several months of improving results, container numbers were down again in June at the Port of Tacoma. The port’s container traffic had improved for seven months in a row beginning last October. But numbers turned slightly negative in May with a 1 percent decline. […]

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Oil pipeline to be built in Salish Sea

by Tim Flanagan on July 22, 2011

WILL GRAFF has the story at Western Front: Oil tanker traffic in the Salish Sea could dramatically increase if an oil pipeline expansion application is approved by Canada’s National Energy Board. The Salish Sea includes the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Strait of Georgia, Puget Sound and all the inlets, including Bellingham Bay. If approved, […]

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New worry for orcas in Puget Sound: inbreeding

by Tim Flanagan on July 22, 2011

Craig Welch has the story in the Seattle Times: [Above, K-44, right, a newborn male orca whale, is shown swimming with his mother, K-27, near Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands. ASTRID VAN GINNEKEN / AP photo] The killer whales that summer in Puget Sound have been breeding within their own family groups, raising […]

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Underwater warfare ranges expanding

by Tim Flanagan on July 22, 2011

Greg Skinner has this item at Kitsap Navy News: Following eight years of public process, the U.S. Navy made final their plans to expand the Keyport Range Complex serving Naval Underwater Warfare Division needs locally and along the Pacific Coast. Acting on behalf of the Secretary of the Navy, Roger Natsuhara, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary […]

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