• WA State Workers Say “No Thanks” to Furlough Days

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – State employees and negotiators for the state of Washington are in contract talks that, so far, don’t appear to be going smoothly. One issue that will soon be coming is unpaid furlough days. The state of Oregon is already requiring some of its workforce to take mandatory unpaid days off. Friday is "day five" of ten furlough days there.

    Ken Allen, Oregon executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 75, says so far, most workers would rather be on the job and getting paid.

    "There’s a bitterness that comes up each time the day comes around – I mean, people are mad again. That’s not a good thing. The work doesn’t go away; they just have more work when they come back from their furloughs. The clients don’t like it – it’s an inconvenience for them."

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  • UPDATE – Fuel barge aground near Hood River, Ore.

    PORTLAND, Ore. – Attempts to free the grounded barge New Dawn with an additional tugboat  near Hood River, Ore., were unsuccessful Thursday.

    Working closely with Tidewater Tug and Barge, the owners and operators of the New Dawn, the Coast Guard approved a salvage plan to free the barge from the sandbar. The plan calls for an empty fuel barge to be brought alongside in order to transfer gasoline off the grounded vessel. This process, known as lightering, will decrease the draft of the New Dawn so that it may be freed from the river bottom.

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  • Public Invited to Informational Meeting on Small-Scale Nuclear Power

    GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, Wash. – Grays Harbor PUD Board of Commissioners will hold an informational work session on small-scale, modular nuclear power plant technology and the potential development of a project using this technology in Washington State. 

    The Grays Harbor PUD is looking toward the future, planning now for the energy we will need to serve our customers tomorrow. That means looking at different types of technology for clean energy resources. Monday, August 24, 2009, during the regularly scheduled work session, the Grays Harbor PUD Board of Commissioners will learn more about a new type of nuclear power plant design, which uses small pre-fabricated modular 45 Megawatt units that allow the plant to be scaled to a size based on energy needs.

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