Vision for world-class tunnel training developing at Satsop

SATSOP, Wash. – If someone told Mike Warren that he has tunnel vision it wouldn’t offend him a bit.


But it would be more accurate to say that it’s a vision for tunnels or rather building a world-class tunnel training program that Warren, the training director of the Northwest Laborers-Employers Training Trust, is realizing at Satsop Development Park.


“The Puget Sound area is beginning to get the nickname in the tunnel industry as the Silicon Valley of tunnels because of all the work that is coming up here. Also, three of the world’s biggest tunnel manufacturing companies are right here,” said Warren.


The first tunnel class this fall to be taught at Satsop – SHAFT (Safety & Hazard Awareness for Tunnels) – will begin Oct. 4. It’s a one-week, 40-hour course. Students do not have to be part of the Laborers Union to attend, but they do need to be in the Laborers Union to do tunnel work, Warren explained.

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  • Chinook salmon are king in coming weeks

    Summer fishing seasons are now in full swing, requiring anglers to make some tough decisions about how to spend their time on the water in the days ahead. Salmon, steelhead, trout, crab, sturgeon, bass and walleye – all are now available for harvest.

    But for thousands of anglers, nothing beats the thrill of reeling in a big chinook salmon. Many are doing just that as waves of chinook move south toward the Washington coast, then east into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, coastal streams and the Columbia River.

    “This season is off to a good start, and it should only get better,” said John Long, statewide salmon manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “Right now, anglers are catching chinook salmon from the Washington coast and Puget Sound to the upper Columbia River, with additional fisheries opening in the next few weeks.”


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  • Opening day of lake-fishing season expected to draw 300,000 anglers

    The state’s most popular fishing season opens April 24, when hundreds of thousands of anglers will head to lakes and ponds stocked with millions of trout by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

    Although many lakes are open year round, the last Saturday in April marks the traditional start of the lowland-lakes fishing season, which extends through October.

    "This is our biggest fishing season opener and it traditionally draws more than 300,000 anglers of all ages," said WDFW Director Phil Anderson. "It’s a good time to gather family and friends at local waterways to cast off winter and celebrate spring."

    With lakes in every county of the state well stocked, anglers can keep travel costs down by enjoying good fishing close to home, said WDFW Inland Fish Program Manager Jim Uehara. He reports that more than 20.5 million trout will be stocked in lakes and streams for this year’s fishery, including those planted in waters that opened earlier this spring or are open year-round.


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  • WSDOT Runs Down Stimulus News

    Seven additional WSDOT projects will receive federal stimulus funds due to lower than expected bids and materials costs. The third tier of Recovery Act projects will include $12.3 million for additional preservation improvements. Local governments continue to complete highway projects, with six more projects reported complete this week. In national news, five Washington tribes received over $1.2 million in Recovery Act funds for transit improvements.

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  • Brave fall weather to hunt elk, catch salmon or dig razor clams

    Big-game hunters are shifting their sights from deer to elk, while bird hunters look forward to new flights of ducks and geese.  Anglers, meanwhile, are reeling in an assortment of coho, chinook and chum salmon from waters around the state, and crab fishing is reopening in Nov. 1 in two areas of Puget Sound.

    Temperatures are dropping and more rain is in the forecast, but that is welcome news for many hunters around the state, said Don Don Kraege, waterfowl manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

    "Hunters did well during the first couple weeks of the season because the weather distributed the birds throughout the area," Kraege said. "There’s more blustery weather in the forecast, and that should continue to improve hunting prospects on both sides of the Cascades."

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  • Contribute to wild-salmon recovery by taking home six hatchery coho

    VANCOUVER, Wash. – Anglers planning to fish for salmon on any of the eight tributaries that flow into the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam can expect good fishing for hatchery coho.

    Starting Aug. 1, when fall salmon fishing opens in the Columbia River Basin, anglers fishing those rivers will be allowed to catch and keep up to six adult salmon per day, provided that at least four of them are hatchery-reared coho. No wild coho may be retained.

    The six-fish daily limit – up from two salmon in recent years – may also include up to two chinook salmon, subject to rules in effect on each river.

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  • Lady Washington 20TH Anniversary – Supporters encouraged to submit personal stories and photos

    Aberdeen – The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority is calling on everyone with stories about the tall ship Lady Washington, the Official Ship of the State of Washington, to share those stories during her 20th anniversary year. Since her launch on March 7, 1989, more than one million people have walked her decks, and every visitor has a tale to tell. The Historical Seaport is asking past volunteers, visitors, board members, suppliers, crew, supporters, and enthusiasts to email their story with photos to [email protected]. Stories and photos will be posted on the Historical Seaport Blog,

    Learn about giving options During 2009, Lady Washington is marking her 20th year of changing people’s lives with voyages on the Columbia River and Puget Sound, accompanied by the tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain. As well as soliciting stories by email, the Historical Seaport has asked a videographer to join the ship at many of her stops and record people telling their personal Lady Washington stories. Many of the anecdotes will appear in a 55-minute video now in pre-production. The video is scheduled for release in early 2010.

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  • WDFW Weekender Report – Fishing for The Fourth

    Salmon fishing in Washington state traditionally kicks into high gear around the Fourth of July, although this year’s celebration started early in waters stretching from the upper Columbia River to the Pacific Coast. In saltwater and fresh, anglers have been reeling in bright hatchery-reared chinook salmon since various dates in June.

    “The ocean fishery has been up and down from one day to the next, but anglers have definitely been taking home some nice chinook salmon,” said Doug Milward, ocean fisheries manager at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “Chinook caught off Westport have been averaging around 15 pounds, which is big for this point in the season.”


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  • WSDOT Runs Down Stimulus News

    Washington State received $65 million in the nationwide competition for $1.5 billion in TIGER grants for surface transportation projects on Wednesday, February 17. The grants will provide $30 million for Seattle’s Mercer Street project and $35 million for WSDOT’s North Spokane Corridor project.
    Washington State is closing in on the 100% obligation target. All of the WSDOT highway stimulus funds have been obligated and 99% of local stimulus funds have been obligated. States that have obligated all stimulus funds by March 2, 2010, will become eligible to receive funds from states that do not meet the deadline. WSDOT advertised the first four Tier 3 projects and is continuing to advance additional projects for construction.

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  • Historical Seaport Opens New Online Store

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – The holiday gift-giving season is just around the corner and the Historical Seaport would like to invite you to check out exciting gift ideas at the new and improved online Ship’s Store at In partnership with Yahoo! Merchant Solutions, the Historical Seaport has re-launched the Ship’s Store with popular Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain clothing, collectibles, and unique gifts. All purchases made through the Ship’s Store support educational programs aboard our ships.
    Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain Sail Together : New this year at the Ship’s Store are collectable, hand-made knives made by Billfish Art Design of Grays Harbor. These one-of-a-kind art objects feature stainless steel blades with carved handles of a variety of woods and natural materials. The knives are available in several nautical styles, including rigging knives, sailor’s knives, and survival knives. To see photos of the knives, visit More information about Billfish Art Design is at
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  • Timberland Bank Corp Reports Profit, Remains Cautiously Optimistic

    HOQUIAM, Wash. — 07/28/09 — Timberland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSBK) ("Timberland" or "the Company") today reported fiscal third quarter profits of $1.06 million. Third quarter income available to common shareholders after being adjusted for preferred stock dividends of $210,000 and preferred stock discount accretion of $79,000 was $769,000, or $0.12 per diluted common share. This compares to a net loss of $546,000, or ($0.08) per diluted common share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2008 and a net loss of $1.60 million, or ($0.24) per diluted common share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2009.

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  • Free Services Available at Upcoming Citizenship Day

    SEATTLE – Voting rights, safety and job opportunity are just a few of the benefits that citizenship brings. On April 18th, Citizenship Day will provide free services to legal permanent residents in Washington state who are seeking the American dream.

    The Washington New Americans program — administered by OneAmerica (formerly Hate Free Zone) in partnership with the Washington Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) — will present Citizenship Day in Centralia, Wenatchee, Tukwila, and Yakima. This is the second of three Citizenship Day's offered in 11 Washington cities. The first Citizenship Day on Feb. 28, 2009 served 165 people.

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