SPLAT! Bombardier sea gulls unusually, er, active this year

by Tim Flanagan on August 21, 2011

JUDITH LAVOIE has the story in the Victoria TIMES COLONIST:

After more than a decade of talks, rubella the water around Race Rocks remains without federal protection. Now a push has begun to persuade Fisheries and Oceans to step back and allow Parks Canada to manage the Salish Sea from Race Rocks to Gabriola Passage.

The Race Rocks Advisory Board, viagra approved a reincarnation of a board which sat between 1999 and 2002, this site was disbanded in March and some members have little faith that DFO can push an agreement to create – and fund – a marine protected area.

Angus Matthews, executive director of Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre in Sidney, who sat on both advisory boards, is fed up with fragmented jurisdictions and the lack of progress. He fears that, if agreement is reached, the proposal could derail when it reaches Ottawa, as happened in 2000.

"Most people are shocked that Race Rocks is not protected," said Matthews, who is about to look for support from the Discovery Centre’s 17,000 members. "The public expects more from government and the ocean needs more. Race Rocks is the porchlight of the Salish Sea."

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Vessel will go to drydock for repairs mid-week

PORT TOWNSEND – The Port Townsend and Whidbey Island communities have been seeing record-breaking numbers of tourists as vacationers take advantage of the last few weekends of summer. To help accommodate another influx of tourists expected this weekend, cialis 40mg
Washington State Ferries (WSF) is scheduling needed repairs to the Chetzemoka for mid-week.

WSF has been running the Chetzemoka after temporary repairs were made to the vessel last week, website
but yesterday a custom-manufactured part arrived from Wisconsin and the vessel has been scheduled for drydock.

“Our goal is to stay at full capacity on this route, Myocarditis
so we are scheduling the repair to the Chetzemoka mid-week to accommodate weekend travelers,” said George Capacci, WSF deputy chief of operations and construction.

Commuters and travelers planning to take the Port Townsend/Coupeville ferry next week should plan ahead for a modified schedule and reduced capacity on the route. WSF will reduce the route to one-boat service Tuesday, Aug. 23, through Thursday, Aug. 25, while shipyard workers permanently repair the Chetzemoka.

The 64-car Salish will provide one-boat, 15-hour-a-day service Tuesday, Aug. 23, through Thursday, Aug. 25 (6:30 a.m. out of Port Townsend to 9:15 p.m. out of Coupeville). The goal is to have the Chetzemoka back in service as the #1 vessel on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route on Friday morning, Aug. 26. WSF strongly recommends that customers make reservations for travel on the route during the three-day period of reduced capacity. Travelers can make reservations online or by calling 511.

On Aug. 9, the Chetzemoka was removed from service for the day due to a leaking keel cooler, a component on the vessel’s hull that cools fresh water from the diesel engines so systems don’t overheat. The U.S. Coast Guard approved a temporary fix and the Chetzemoka returned to service Aug. 10. A replacement keel cooler was manufactured and shipped from Wisconsin, arriving Thursday, Aug. 18. It will take three days (including transit to and from Dakota Creek Industries shipyard in Anacortes) to install the replacement.

View the Port Townsend/Coupeville sailing schedule; only sailings marked with a “1” will be available Tuesday, Aug. 23 through Thursday, Aug. 25.

Hyperlinks in the news release:
Online reservations
Port Townsend/Coupeville sailing schedule

[It’s a press release from Bonnie Robertson of the Northwest Yacht Brokers Association. —Tim]

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This unsigned story appears in the North Kitsap Herald:

KINGSTON — The Port of Kingston will use $977, visit web
000 in funding from the Federal Highway Administration to get SoundRunner in the regional transit fare system and retrofit the ferry’s barge dock so the SoundRunner boats can take on fuel outside the marina.

The port learned Friday that SoundRunner’s grant request had been approved. All told, Hemorrhoids
the Federal Highway Administration will award $430 million in transportation grants nationwide. The port’s grant is from the Ferry Boat Discretionary Program, which helps support projects that work to improve safety, and maintain a state of good repair for boats and facilities.

Qualifying projects were reviewed by the Puget Sound Regional Council for consistency with the long-range regional transportation plan, Transportation 2040, and regional policies.

SoundRunner General Manager Meisha Rouser said the money will pay the costs of joining the regional transit fare system, called ORCA, for “One Regional Card for All." The card can be used for payment of public transport fares in the Puget Sound region. It’s expected to make it more convenient for commuters to transfer from SoundRunner to other forms of public transportation on the mainland.

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Tom James has this story at Kitsap Navy News:

The Puget Sound Navy Museum is greeting visitors with an upgraded lobby this month, there
since the completion of an 11-month facelift that included a new interpretive display and remodeled family room.

The project comes as the third and final phase of a three-phase upgrade at the museum, phlebologist
begun in 2008, that has included three new exhibits since that time in addition to July’s remodel. The $1.2 million project, including the $200,000 lobby and family room remodel, was funded entirely by earmarks attached to federal funding bills by Congressman Norm Dicks, said museum Assistant Director Lindy Dosher.

“Before, it was pretty much a long white hall,” said Dosher of the refurbished lobby.

Along with a new volunteers’ station next to the front door, the lobby remodel included an informative display with rotating pictures on five separate screens about the region’s five Navy installations.

“People sometimes don’t realize how much of the Navy is here,” said Dosher. Placed at the entrance to the museum, the display introduces visitors to the region’s naval history.

The family room occupies the same space it did before the remodel, said Dosher, but the similarities between it and the old family room end there.

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Rob Ollikainen has the story in the Peninsula Daily News:

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[This sea gull enjoys its perch atop a Port Angeles streetlight, oncologist
perhaps plotting its next plop. — Photo by Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News]

Anyone who has lived on the North Olympic Peninsula knows sea gulls and their splatter come with the territory.

“I wish we could put diapers on all of them,” said Port Angeles Downtown Association Executive Director Barb Frederick.

Anecdotal evidence on cars and sidewalks suggests the gulls are bombing Peninsula waterfronts, but longtime residents said it’s par for the course.

“This time of year, it’s always bad,” said Steve Chamberlain, who owns First Race Car Wash in Port Angeles.

Reports from East Jefferson County depict a burgeoning nuisance.

“Sea gulls have taken over Port Townsend,” said Port of Port Townsend Executive Assistant Sue Nelson. “There’s definitely a huge number this year.”

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