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Public meeting on salmon forecast kicks off WDFW season-setting process

WDFW Fishing

OLYMPIA – Anglers, commercial fishers and others interested in Washington state salmon fisheries can get a preview of this year’s salmon returns and potential fishing seasons during a public meeting here March 3. Kicking off the annual salmon season-setting process, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will present initial forecasts – compiled by…

Petit Oil closes, two months after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Pettit Oil Company

Pettit Oil has closed it’s doors, the Tacoma-based petroleum distributor serves more than 10,000 customers throughout Western Washington. They filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in November, a call to their main office today gets this message “We regret to inform you that after many years of service, Petit Oil has closed it’s doors and is…

Health of marine life at bottom of Bellingham Bay declines

BELLINGHAM – The tiny critters living in the mud at the bottom of Bellingham Bay are showing signs of stress, according to a recently released report by the Washington Department of Ecology (https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/SummaryPages/1303034.html.) A bay-wide survey found that the abundance and diversity of sediment-dwelling (benthic) invertebrates like clams, snails, sea stars, crabs and shrimp are…

WSDOT: Drivers should check conditions and slow down

WSDOT crews are working to keep traffic moving across Washington. Forecasts call for a blast of moisture into Western Washington mixing with the temperatures hovering near freezing overnight and into Tuesday. Drivers need to be prepared for ice across the state, especially those travelling on shaded roadways, bridges and overpasses. See more on the WSDOT blog.

 

Protect yourself and your passengers. Allow extra time to reach your destination during inclement weather.

 

  • Drive for conditions – slower speeds, slower acceleration.
  • Use your headlights.
  • Four-wheel and all-wheel vehicles do not stop or steer better on ice.
  • Leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Remember, the larger the vehicle, the longer the stopping distance.
  • Slow down when approaching intersections, offramps, bridges, or shady spots.
  • If you find yourself behind a WSDOT truck, stay behind it until it is safe to pass. Remember that truck provides the driver  a limited field of vision.

 

Winter high ‘king’ tides on Washington shores

OLYMPIA – Washington’s naturally occurring king tides start this week, and the state Department of Ecology (Ecology) is inviting the public to share their photos of these higher-than-usual winter tides.

These tidal events are often referred to as king tides. They offer a glimpse of how rising sea levels from global climate change could affect Washington’s marine shorelines by:

  • Intensifying coastal flooding, especially during high tides and major storm surges.
  • Shifting marine beaches inland. Increasing coastal bluff erosion.
  • Endangering houses and other structures built near the shore such as roads, sea walls and utilities.

Recent scientific studies project that global sea level will rise 4-56 inches by 2100 with significant local variation. By soliciting and posting king tide photos on its Web page, Ecology is working to educate people about the impacts of sea-level rise with the goal of better informed public policy decisions about shoreline  planning and management.            

In Washington’s coastal regions – Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca and the outer coast – this season’s king tides will happen from early December 2013 through the end of January 2014.

Western Washington braces for winter driving conditions

OLYMPIA – Whether it’s heading home from work or heading to watch the Seahawks attempt to keep their home game winning streak intact, Puget Sound area drivers are urged prepare for possible snow and ice to during the Monday afternoon drive.

The current lowland forecast calls for freezing temperatures and possible snow between Everett and Canada by early Monday morning, and arriving in the Seattle area by Monday afternoon.

“WSDOT maintenance crews will be out in force as this storm system moves in,” said Dave McCormick, WSDOT assistant regional administrator for maintenance and operations. “We will have 40 trucks in the Greater Puget Sound area working to keep the roads clear. But we need drivers to prepare themselves and their cars for winter driving conditions.”

WSDOT, WSP and transit agencies are working together to keep traffic moving as more than 65,000 fans are expected for a nationally televised game at CenturyLink field in Seattle. - Dave McCormick, WSDOT assistant regional administrator

New scholarship from Grays Harbor Community Foundation is biggest ever

Dr. Scott A. Weatherwax Memorial University of Puget Sound Scholarship Established to aid Harbor Students in attending the University of Puget Sound

ABERDEEN, Wash - In the memory of Dr. Scott A. Weatherwax, the Grays Harbor Community Foundation in partnership with the University of Puget Sound has established the Dr. Scott A. Weatherwax Memorial University of Puget Sound Scholarship. This fund has the intent to award an annual $20,000 scholarship, renewable for up to four years, for a Grays Harbor student attending University of Puget Sound, starting in 2014.  A preference will be given to students that wish to study science.


“We are pleased to be able to honor Scott’s memory in such a meaningful way.” Said Jim Daly, Executive Director. “In supporting his alma mater, the University of Puget Sound, and providing significant support to a deserving student we believe he would be proud of these efforts.”

Grays Harbor Community Foundation

60,000 large rainbow trout stocked on westside, part of WDFW’s “Fall into Fishing”

OLYMPIA – With tens of thousands of large rainbow trout recently stocked and more on the way, Puget Sound and Southwest Washington anglers can cross an early item off holiday wish lists.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has now stocked most of 33 Western Washington lakes scheduled to receive a total of 75,000 large rainbow trout by Thanksgiving.

Chris Donley, WDFW’s inland fish program manager, said he expects angling to be very good throughout the winter months at all of these lakes.

“Most of the trout stretch 12 to 17 inches, but some tip the scales at 5 or 6 pounds,” said Donley. “These are very nice trout, and they’re ready to be caught now.”

A list of these lakes – as well as the department’s recently updated stocking plan for Fall into Fishing and Black Friday – is available for viewing at http://1.usa.gov/1gusSdq. For up-to-date stocking information, see the department’s weekly catchable trout stocking report athttp://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/.

Washington grocers reach tentative agreement in 70th hour

SEATTLE (AP) — Spokesmen for both sides in contract negotiations that brought 21,000 Puget Sound-area grocery workers to the brink of a strike say a tentative agreement has been reached, that prevents a threatened walkout at four major grocery chains.

Union spokesman Tom Geiger and Allied Employers spokesman Scott Powers announced the agreement by email shortly before 5:30 p.m. Monday. Union workers had been set to walk out at 7 p.m. Monday if no agreement was reached.

Union leaders for about 21,000 Puget Sound-area grocery workers have announced that at 5 this evening, the member bargaining team from UFCW 21 & 367 and Teamsters 38 reached a tentative agreement with the national grocery chains in contract negotiations. This tentative agreement has been unanimously recommended by the union member bargaining team.

The ufcw 367 facebook page said full details will not to be released until after union members themselves have had the opportunity to review the tentative agreement and vote on it. The times and locations of those vote meetings will be announced in the coming days.

The stores include all Safeway, Fred Meyer, Albertson’s and QFC stores in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Mason, Thurston and Kitsap counties. Grays Harbor county stores are on a different contract that is not nearing expiration. 

The last area grocery strike was in 1989 and lasted nearly three months.

WDFW Commission to consider amending state wildlife interaction rules

OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider amending state wildlife interaction rules during a public meeting Oct. 4 in Olympia.

Those rules include conditions that allow ranchers and farmers to take lethal action to protect livestock from predators, as well as for compensation for the loss of livestock killed by predators.

The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will convene in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.

An agenda for the meeting is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/.

Prior to their regular meeting in Olympia, the fish and wildlife commissioners and WDFW staff will meet in Marysville with tribal representatives from Puget Sound and the Washington coast to discuss a variety of resource management issues. The discussions will take place at the Tulalip Casino on Oct. 2 at 5:30 p.m. and continue the following day at the same location beginning at 8:30 a.m.