Archive for April 2011

Biomass Plane Fuel Bill Signed

Others commenting on the bill’s passage and signature into law:

“We’ve crafted this legislation to emphasize important new policy both for the environment and for the aerospace industry,” said State Rep. Derek Stanford, D-Bothell, the prime sponsor of HB 1422. “The biomass-to-fuel will spur investment in new technology for renewable energy, which is exactly what we need to generate new green jobs and to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. This work is critical for our energy security and for the environment. What we’re talking about here is a win-win for Washington people – and with no cost to the state budget.”

“This bill represents a tremendous opportunity to develop clean energy solutions that will benefit Washington state and its residents,” said Bill Glover, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Vice-President of Environment and Aviation Policy. “Having a sustainable transportation system is vital to our state’s economy, and our leaders should be commended for their leadership in addressing the challenge in creative ways.”

“This legislation is in alignment with WSU’s growing research into the sustainable use of woody biomass as a feedstock for tomorrow’s aviation biofuel,” commented John Gardner, Vice President, Advancement and External Affairs, Washington State University. “The public’s investment in research pays off for everyone when WSU’s expertise is combined with the private sector to produce tomorrow’s innovations.”

 

DNR Forest Biomass Initiative

As part of DNR’s Forest Biomass Initiative, aviation biofuel would be the highest and best use for residual forest biomass, as well as a unique opportunity to help new, efficient technologies get to the marketplace. Forest biomass is envisioned as a sustainable energy source that can play a meaningful role in Washington’s renewable energy sector. Using forest biomass, such as logging slash or forest health treatment thinnings, can also help maintain the working forestlands that provide habitat, clean water and other benefits to the public.

 

Forest Biomass Initiative Timeline

  • February 2009 – Goldmark launches Forest Biomass Initiative
  • April 2009 – Legislature passes and Governor Gregoire signs bill
  • January 2010 – Goldmark selects four pilot projects across the state
  • January 2010 – Goldmark requests forest biomass long-term supply agreements bill, requiring a supply study to ensure sustainable development of the industry
  • March 2010 – Forest Biomass Supply Agreements bill becomes law
  • July 2010 – U.S. Forest Service grants DNR $1 million to conduct forest health treatments and all-lands forest biomass supply study
  • December 2010 – DNR selects the University of Washington and TSS Consultants to conduct supply study expected to be completed in the fall of 2011
  • December 2010 – DNR delivers report to the legislature on status of pilot projects – press release & report
  • January 2011 – Goldmark launches Phase 2 of the Forest Biomass Initiative focusing on aviation biofuels
  • April 2011 – Washington State Legislature passes HB-1422; Governor Gregoire signs bill

 

For more information on forest biomass and the Forest Biomass Initiative, visit DNR’s website.

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Razor Clam Dig Approved

Under state rules, harvesters may take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 taken, regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s limit must be kept in a separate container.

 

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish coordinator, said clam diggers have taken most of the razor clams available for harvest this season on Washington’s ocean beaches.

 

“The April opener was very successful, both in terms of weather conditions and the number of clams dug,” Ayres said. “After this next dig, we’ll have to see if any more clams can be harvested under the state’s share of the annual quota.”

 

Two beaches – Copalis and Kalaloch – are closed for the season, said Ayres, noting that the April dig brought Copalis Beach up to 98.8 percent of the state’s harvest quota. “What remains isn’t enough for even one more day of digging,” he said.

 

Copalis Beach, now closed until fall, lies south of the Copalis River and includes Ocean Shores, Oyhut and Ocean City. Ayres cautions diggers to observe the boundary between that area and Mocrocks Beach, which will open May 7-8 north of the Copalis River. The area opening to digging at Mocrocks includes Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Pacific Beach and Moclips.

 

“The boundary isn’t really an issue when both beaches are open for digging, but it will be for the upcoming opening,” he said.

 

Ayres also reminds diggers to avoid signed upland beach areas at Long Beach and Twin Harbors, which are closed to protect nesting western snowy plovers. At Long Beach, the closed areas are located north of the Oysterville Road from the state park boundary north to Leadbetter Point. At Twin Harbors, the closed areas are located from just south of Midway Beach Road to the first beach-access trail at Grayland Beach State Park.

 

Dates and morning low tides for the upcoming dig are:

 

  • Tuesday, May 3 – 7:29 a.m., -0.6 ft; Long Beach, Twin Harbors. 
  • Wednesday, May 4 – 8:04 a.m., -0.8 ft; Long Beach, Twin Harbors. 
  • Thursday, May 5 – 8:40 a.m., -0.8 ft; Long Beach, Twin Harbors. 
  • Friday, May 6 – 9:18 a.m., -0.8 ft; Long Beach, Twin Harbors. 
  • Saturday, May 7 – 10:00 a.m., -0.6 ft; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks. 
  • Sunday, May 8 – 10:46 a.m., -0.4 ft; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks. 

 

To participate in the upcoming dig, everyone age 15 or older must carry a valid 2011-12 license, since all 2010-11 state fishing licenses expired March 31. Various licenses – ranging from a three-day razor-clam license to a multi-species combination license – are avaiIable online (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/), by phone (1-866-246-9453) and from sporting goods stores and other retail license dealers around the state.

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Pontoon Construction Site Excavation Stalled

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The delay of a bulkhead wall has stalled the largest excavation work at the State Route 520 pontoon construction site in Aberdeen – as a result, Kiewett General said excavation of the casting basin was scheduled to start next week. Contractors should begin removing over 260 thousand cubic yards of material on Monday. The Washington State Department of Transportation said %60 of the material removed will be shipped to an off-site location in Grays Harbor, %40 will stay on site. Irwin said pile driving, dewatering and a number of other activities continue.

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Fishing Opportunities in May

Licenses and permits are avaiIable online, by phone (1-866-246-9453) and from sporting goods stores and other retail license dealers around the state. A list of license vendors is available online and from local WDFW offices.

 

Key dates for fisheries opening in May include:

 

  • May 1 – Halibut fishing opens in Marine Area 2 off the south coast (Westport and Ocean Shores) and Puget Sound opens for lingcod.
  • May 5 – Halibut fishing opens in Marine Areas 6-10 in Puget Sound, and in Marine Area 1 off the south coast (Ilwaco).
  • May 7 – Shrimp fishing opens in areas of Puget Sound.
  • May 12 – Halibut fishing opens in marine areas 3 and 4 off the north coast (La Push/Neah Bay).
  • May 16 – Fishing opens for hatchery steelhead, sockeye salmon and shad on a section of the lower Columbia River.

 

Fishing regulations and other information about fisheries scheduled or under way around the state are available in Weekender Regional Reports and in the 2011-12 Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet posted on WDFW’s website.

 

Meanwhile, anglers should be aware that Catch Record Cards for last year’s fishery are due to WDFW by April 30. Card holders are required to report their catch of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and halibut, whether they caught fish or not. The completed cards should be mailed to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Fish Program, Catch Record Cards, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia WA 98501-1091.

 

Hunters are advised that May 18 is the last day to apply for special hunting permits for fall deer, elk, mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep, and turkey seasons in Washington state. WDFW will select permit winners by random drawing in late June. The special permits qualify hunters to hunt at times and places beyond those authorized by a general hunting license. Applications may be purchased from license vendors statewide or on WDFW’s website.

 

Weekender Reports are updated throughout the month.  Go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/weekender/  to view the latest edition.

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Hoquiam Farmer’s Market News – Produce Edition

This mornings produce delivery brought;
Fuji Apples                .89 per lb.
Pink Lady Apples     .89 per lb.
Beets                       1. 69 per lb.
Garlic                      1.50 each ( they’re really big)
Sweet Yams            1.59 per lb.
Carrots, clip top      1.49 per lb.
Yellow Crookneck Squash   1.69 per lb. ( so cute- they’re tiny, tender little guys)
We also have; 
yellow Potatoes, Russet Potatoes, yellow Onions, red Onions, Cucumbers, Bosc Pears
Ruths’ hothouse lettuce and greens, $3.00 per bag

Anthony also brought in a fresh batch of his Cranberry Sausage, my most very favorite.  The flavor combination of the sweet-tart cranberry juxtaposed with the meat is awesome!  Anthony should really form an official fan club for his Razor Clam Sausage- he ships orders for it all over the country.  I’ve heard the word ‘addiction’ used more than once :) He also has three flavors of Pepperoni and Keilbasa waiting in the cooler.

What’s next?  I’m so glad that you asked. We now have Nelson Crab canned products on our shelves!  Nelsons is a family operation in Tokeland, and they put out superb quality local seafood.  We are starting with their Homestyle Albacore Tuna, Smoked Albacore Tuna, Smoked King Salmon, and Minced Razor Clams.  The tiny cold water salad shrimp will be coming in next week, as they are out fishing for them right now. 
The news has made us all aware of the high levels of mercury found in the mass produced canned tuna, which is all the more reason for you to know the facts about our local tuna.  Nelsons have their own fleet of trollers which catch the prized cold water tuna.  The mercury content of West Coast albacore is enormously less than the tuna caught by the factory longliners in warmer waters.  Our albacore also have five times more ‘good fat’ than the warm water fish.  Makes perfect sense to me- they need more fat to insulate them from the cold water.  Duh.
Once again, a Grays Harbor product comes out as providing the highest quality on the market.  We welcome Nelson Crab to our Market.  

My husband asked me if I would be staying up tonight to watch the real time broadcast of The Royal Wedding.  Devoted as I am to everything British, I value my sleep far more than that!  However, I did find a delightful quote from Emily Dickinson which seems appropriate for the occasion; 
 ‘A little madness in the Spring is wholesome, even for a King’. 
 
The weather has been anything but Spring-like, and I’m hearing grumbling from everyone now.  But the Shorebirds seem to think that the weather is just peachy, and have arrived right on schedule for the annual Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival.  Festivities and special tours begin at 7am tomorrow morning, with best viewing predicted between 9:40 and 1:40 from The Sandpiper Trail.  It amazes me that our splendid boardwalk is still unknown to many locals.  We have a treasure available without having to make a roadtrip, and the festival offers world class speakers, tours and events.  My favorite is always the presentation on Mudflat Meals.  Something to do with my love of natural and foraged foods, I guess.  

The Best of Twin Harbors publication is released on Saturday!  Here is a hint; look for many special Hoquiam businesses to win top honors.  I’m just sayin’….. !!

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Movie Audition Posters Investigated

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Police have investigated a poster that’s shown up at various businesses asking for “Hot girls” in bikinis and thongs to appear at Morrision Riverfront Park for a movie audition.

Investigators contacted the man posting the flyers, and said he has no criminal record, and they believe he has no criminal intent. The man said he is writing a movie script and needs actors and camera men.

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Comcast Employees to Help Rebuilding Together

A house for a low-income family is going to get a makeover as one of the 12 locations statewide where Comcast employees volunteer on Saturday, April 30, their 10th annual Comcast Cares Day, which grown to become one of the largest single-day corporate volunteer efforts in the country.
 
About 40 employees, family and friends from Comcast will work all day:
 
·         Painting the exterior of the home
·         Building new steps to the back door
·         Replacing and repairing steps on the front porch
·         Repairing and replacing the skirting along the side of the house
·         Cleaning the basement, and replacing and adding lighting in the basement
·         Closing off and sealing up an unused door space
·         Landscaping
·         Engaging in projects to make the home more energy efficient.

 

 “Rebuilding Together Grays Harbor is delighted to partner with Comcast on this 10th anniversary of their Comcast Cares Day. We’re very grateful for our partnership with local community-minded employers like Comcast.  We rely on our corporate sponsors to help us meet the community’s needs. When the day is over, a family is going to be very happy to live in a wonderful home that’s been made safer, cleaner and more energy efficient,” said Lee Hauser, president of Rebuilding Together Grays Harbor.
 
Comcast’s national day of service will include over 600 projects in 39 states and Washington D.C. and more than 370,000 hours of community service in one day. The 12 sites in Washington state are as diverse as the main facilities of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Spokane County and El Centro de La Raza’s community center in Seattle. For more information about Comcast Cares Day, see http://wacomcast.com/2011/04/07/were-excited-12-projects-throughout-washington-highlight-10th-annual-comcast-cares-day/
 
About Rebuilding Together:  
Rebuilding Together believes in a safe and healthy home for every person; it preserves affordable homeownership and revitalizes communities by providing free home modifications and repairs, making homes safer, more accessible, and more energy efficient.

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