The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is commencing an evaluation of the status of the northern spotted owl, as required under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This review is the result of a petition to change the status of the owl from threatened to endangered. The review will also serve as the five-year review of […]Continue Reading ...
Some transponders have reportedly been washing up along the WA Coast. The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency reports these floating instruments are about the size of a 2-liter soda bottle and were set in the ocean from different ports off Japan in 2011-12 after the massive Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Researchers from Tattori University for Environmental […]Continue Reading ...
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."Continue Reading ...
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.Continue Reading ...
A 30 foot humpback whale washed ashore in Grayland over the weekend. Kathryn Myrsell with the Westport Aquarium tells us it appears to have been dead for at least a week, and had lacerations on it’s tail. The way is washed ashore Sunday prevents them from telling if it’s male or female. Teams from the […]Continue Reading ...
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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