BPA Proposes I-5 corridor high-voltage line

Portland, Ore. –  The Bonneville Power Administration is proposing construction of a new 500-kilovolt transmission line to meet increasing demands for electricity along Washington and Oregon’s I-5 corridor. The line would meet growing local and regional energy demands and help bolster the BPA transmission system to accommodate energy deliveries, including wind power. The proposed line, known as the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project, would run between a new substation in the Castle Rock area of Washington and a new substation in Troutdale, Ore.

“BPA is committed to meeting local and regional power needs while ensuring a reliable and stable transmission system,” said Steve Wright, BPA administrator. “The region is growing and so is our need for energy, including green energy such as wind. This line would serve both of those needs.”

The transmission system in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon is heavily used and is approaching its capacity as power production and electricity consumption increase. This increased congestion combined with pending requests for firm transmission service and new patterns of electricity use make consideration of the system reinforcement necessary.

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  • Hoquiam Man Among Twenty-Nine Washington Residents to Receive Lifesaving and Humanitarian Awards

    TUMWATER — Twenty-nine people will be given lifesaving and humanitarian awards at the 58th annual Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Tacoma Oct. 7-8. Their heroic acts aided individuals involved in vehicle accidents, who suffered heart attacks, near-drownings, choking incidents and other perils.

    The conference will be at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. More than 1,500 people are expected to participate in more than 70 events, including workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations, a trade show, and special events such as a forklift rodeo and poletop-rescue competition. Registration begins onsite at 7 a.m. Oct. 7. Cost is $160. The conference is sponsored by the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the Department of Labor & Industries.

    Mike Heuer, Awards Committee chairman, will present the lifesaving awards honoring individuals who use their first-aid training and hands-on actions to save someone’s life. He will also present humanitarian awards, which are given when lifesaving efforts were made but the victim did not survive or when actions or deeds prevented the loss of life by means other than hands-on actions.

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  • Labor & Industries moving Longview office to Kelso

    Tumwater, WA – The Longview office of the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is relocating to a state-owned office building at 711 Vine St. in Kelso.

    The office will be closed Friday, Sept. 25, and will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28, in the Kelso location. The one-day closure will allow for the transfer and reconfiguration of computer and other technical equipment. Office hours and telephone numbers will remain the same.

    L&I is moving because of a state goal to use space in state-owned buildings wherever possible. With the expiration of the Longview office lease, L&I was able to move to a space in Kelso previously occupied by WorkSource.

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  • WSDOT Survey Seeks WA Volunteers to Count Non-Motorized Traffic

    OLYMPIA –Volunteers are needed in communities across the state to help count the number of people who walk or bike to their destinations. The information being gathered this fall will be used to track progress toward the state’s goal of increasing bicycling and walking in Washington and reducing the number of vehicle miles driven.
    The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Cascade Bicycle Club are enlisting volunteers and organizations like FeetFirst and the Bicycle Alliance of Washington to count the numbers of people bicycling and walking on paths, bike lanes, sidewalks, and other facilities on Sept. 29 and 30 and Oct. 1.
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  • Longview port to receive Hawaiian garbage

         LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) – The Port of Longview will process garbage from Hawaii heading to Washington landfills under an agreement recently reached with a shipping company.

    Port officials say the deal reached with Daybreak Transportation and Rail Transfer will create more hours for local longshoremen and more work for the little-used crane.

    The Longview Daily News reports the garbage, shrink-wrapped in plastic and stored in steel shipping containers, will be unloaded at the port to trucks or trains.

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  • Longview Defendant Returning to Prison, Possessed Three Firearms After Release from Prison

    LONGVIEW, Wash. – Galen Joseph Trigg, 37, of Longview, Washington, was sentenced today in U. S. District Court in Tacoma to seven years in prison and three years of supervised release for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. This is the second time in five years that TRIGG has been sentenced for being a felon in possession of a firearm. TRIGG was first arrested in August 2004, and pleaded guilty to being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm in March 2005. In early 2006, TRIGG was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison. In October 2008, just months after his release from prison, TRIGG was arrested in Woodland, Washington, with three handguns. At today’s hearing U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle ordered TRIGG back to prison saying that for reasons of community safety he was imposing 72 months in prison on the new felon in possession crime, with an additional year in prison for violating the terms of his probation on the earlier crime. Judge Settle noted that there is an increased chance that someone will get hurt or be killed when felons carry guns.

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  • WSDOT Awards One of the Largest Recovery Act Projects

    Construction employment hours and payroll doubled for Recovery Act related projects from June to July as work began or continued on more than 100 state and local highway projects. Employees collected an average of nearly $38 per hour for 144,308 hours worked in July. One of the largest state Recovery Act projects was awarded on August 20 to add an auxiliary lane to I-405 northbound in Bothell. WSDOT applied for almost $435 million in high speed passenger rail funds on August 24, the deadline for states to apply for the first portion of $8 billion in Recovery Act funds for high speed passenger rail projects.

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  • Volunteers Needed for Special-Permit Elk Hunts Near Mount St. Helens

    OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking volunteers to participate in a cooperative arrangement that has given hunters access to approximately 250,000 acres of private timberlands near Mount St. Helens in the last two years. 

    For the third year, Weyerhaeuser Company is prepared to give hunters holding special elk permits additional motorized access to miles of private logging roads on the St. Helens Tree Farm – provided that enough volunteers can be found to assure a safe and orderly hunt. 

    Key tasks for volunteers include orienting hunters, staffing access points and maintaining safety buffers between hunters and active Weyerhaeuser operations, said Sandra Jonker, regional wildlife manager for WDFW.  

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    OLYMPIA— The deadline to apply for disaster assistance and to complete the SBA loan packet is fast approaching. It is Tuesday, March 31, 2009. Washington residents affected by the January 6-16, 2009, winter storm, landslides, mudslides, and flooding are urged to register for assistance and to complete the loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), if one is sent to them.

    Officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Washington Emergency Management Division (WEMD), and the SBA stress that the SBA loan application must be completed for consideration for various other types of assistance programs.  

    To apply for disaster assistance, residents can call
    FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)         
    (TTY 1-800-462-7585) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week
    or by registering online at www.disasterassistance.gov.  

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