Kurt Cobain: Aberdeen and Legacy – Author to launch new Kurt Cobain book at Aberdeen library

Bestselling author Charles R. Cross of Seattle will launch his new book, “Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain” with a reading, conversation and book signing at the Aberdeen Timberland Library on Thursday, March 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.


Charles R. CrossThe author of nine books, Cross has previously published two books on Nirvana’s front man, “Heavier than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain,” just out in a new edition, and “Cobain Unseen,” both national bestsellers. Copies of the latest book and the updated “Heavier than Heaven” will be available for purchase, and Cross will sign any of his previous books as well.


As the title of his talk, “Kurt Cobain: Aberdeen and Legacy: How he Changed Aberdeen and How it Shaped Him,” indicates, Cross will discuss Cobain’s relationship with his hometown. He will also answer questions from the audience.


The library is Cross’s first stop on the national book tour for his new book. Cross returns to Aberdeen to launch each Cobain book in Kurt’s hometown, reflecting Cross’s passion to show how the musician’s life can be an inspiration to young people, and how important the city was in shaping him.


Cross’s new book takes on the question of why Cobain matters so much 20 years after his death, exploring the legacy of a man whose life continues to influence pop culture and music as well as addiction and recovery models and communities.


Cross graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in creative writing. From 1986 to 2000, he served as editor of the Northwest music and entertainment magazine, The Rocket, the first publication ever to run a story on Nirvana. Cross’s writing has appeared in hundreds of magazines and newspapers. He has lectured and read at universities and colleges around the world, and has frequently been interviewed for film, radio, and television documentaries.

Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain

The Aberdeen Timberland Library is located at 121 E Market Street. For more information, contact the library at (360) 533-2360 or visit www.TRL.org.

Winter high ‘king’ tides on Washington shores

Dates vary slightly depending on location:

  • Along Washington’s outer coast, king tides will occur Dec. 2-5 and Dec. 30-31, 2013; Jan. 1-2, Jan. 5-8, and Jan. 29-30, 2014.
  • In the Strait of Juan de Fuca, they occur Dec. 2-4, Dec. 30-31, 2013; Jan. 1-2, Jan. 30-31, 2014.  
  • The Puget Sound dates for king tides are Dec. 6-10, Dec. 30-31, 2013; Jan. 4-8, 2014.

Follow these steps to participate:

  • Use Ecology’s king tide map and schedule to find when and where the highest tides will occur.
  • Locate a public beach by checking out Ecology’s Coastal Atlas.
  • Take photos during a king tide, preferably where the high water levels can be gauged against familiar landmarks such as sea walls, jetties, bridge supports or buildings.
  • Note the date, time and location of your photo, then upload your images on the Washington King Tide Photo Initiative Flickr Group.
  • Please tag your photos on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #KingTides.
  • Play it safe! While the winter king tides occur during daylight hours, don’t venture out during severe weather and keep a close eye on rising water levels.

Since 2010, Ecology has collected nearly 700 king tide photos from the public.  

In addition to Ecology’s collection of photos, Witness King Tides (WKT) collects images of important places threatened by sea level rise. WKT is a project of Washington Sea Grant, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-funded marine research and education organization based at the University of Washington. Go to:  http://washington.kingtides.net/

Ecology Workshops on Possible Changes to Fish Consumption Rates

The workshops – part of a continuing public dialogue – will focus on fish consumption rates and how they connect with sediment cleanup decisions under the state’s Sediment Management Standards. Here’s the workshop schedule:

* May 7 in Ellensburg – 8:30 a.m. to noon, Central Washington University, Student Union Ballroom. Directions: http://www.cwu.edu/~schedule/cms/index.php?page=contact-us

* May 8 in Tacoma- 8:30 a.m. to noon, University of Washington’s Tacoma Campus, Keystone Building (Carwein Auditorium). Directions: http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/campus-map

* May 15 in Spokane Valley – 1 to 4:30 p.m., CenterPlace Regional Event Center. Directions: http://www.centerplacespokanevalley.com/contact.html

Washington has made significant progress to reduce toxic chemicals. It has dramatically reduced mercury pollution, and is phasing out persistent chemicals that build up in the food chain, such as flame retardants. Washington has taken steps to reduce and phase out the use of copper brake pads, lead wheel weights, copper boat paints and chemicals in children’s products. 

Since toxic chemicals are also found in fish and shellfish, Ecology is continuing to work on this problem by developing a more accurate view of how much fish and shellfish Washington residents eat.

Washington currently uses two rates: 6.5 grams per day incorporated into water quality standards, and 54 grams per day, which is the Model Toxics Control Act default value used in setting sediment and water cleanup standards. The current rates were developed in the 1980s and 1990s. 

The best current science now indicates that the present fish consumption rates do not accurately reflect how much of the state’s fish and shellfish Washingtonians actually eat. Some people consume a lot more fish and shellfish than the state’s current rates reflect. 


Media Contacts: Seth Preston, Ecology communications manager, 360-407-6848; 360-584-5744 cell; seth.preston@ecy.wa.gov
Sandy Howard, Ecology communications manager, 360-407-6408; sandy.howard@ecy.wa.gov

Ecology’s fish consumption rates webpage: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/toxics/fish.html

Ecology’s website: http://www.ecy.wa.gov 

Ecology’s social media: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/about/newmedia.html

Commissioner Goldmark appoints two deputy supervisors

The appointments make permanent their previous role as “acting” deputy supervisors through this transitional period in the new Goldmark administration. Sprague and Turley each have experience working in multiple program areas and parts of the state for DNR. Sprague, a 29-year veteran of DNR, will have management responsibility for the Asset Management & Recreation, Engineering & General Services, Land Management, and Product Sales & Leasing divisions. He will also oversee the Department’s Chief Appraiser and Law Enforcement offices. “I’m pleased to be part of Commissioner Goldmark’s leadership team and am excited to help bring the management of this state’s trust lands into the 21st century, including expanding opportunities in renewable energy and ecosystem services,” said Sprague. “I believe my long history and experience with the DNR positions me well to help the commissioner achieve his goals and best serve the people of the state.” Sprague completed his Bachelor of Science degree in forest management with an emphasis in Wildlife Habitat from Washington State University and holds a Master of Forest Resources degree in regional planning and resource policy from the University of Washington. Having served as an assistant region manager for land management and assistant division manager in land transactions, Sprague has a diversity of experience at the management level. He has also been charged with implementing a habitat conservation plan for 1.8 million acres of state trust lands and led the project team charged with developing sustainable forest policies for the Board of Natural Resources. Before his temporary appointment, Sprague served as a senior policy advisor. Turley, a 17-year veteran of DNR, will become the new deputy supervisor of regulatory programs and have his acting assignment as State Forester become permanent. His management responsibilities will include the Forest Practices, Resource Protection, and Geology & Earth Resources divisions. He will also oversee the Department’s Environmental Review & Analysis office.  “I am very excited to be part of the leadership of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and look forward to helping it realize its mission of sustainable management of our natural resources,” said Turley. “I am ready for the challenge of managing through these tough budgetary times.” Turley holds a Bachelor of Science in wildlife management and conservation and a secondary teaching certification from Southwest Missouri State University and attended a graduate program in raptor biology at Boise State University.  Among other duties at DNR, Turley has led survey efforts for spotted owls, served as a member of the Forest Practices Board’s Scientific Advisory Group for marbled murrelet rule-making and before his temporary assignment, he most recently held the position of assistant division manager for policy and services in the Forest Practices Division. Turley has been an active participant in with DNR’s wildfire program for eight years, most recently serving as a public information officer on one of Washington’s Interagency Incident Management Teams. Each new deputy supervisor will earn $103,000 per year. When Commissioner Goldmark took office, he restructured Executive Management by replacing four supervisors with one department supervisor and three deputy supervisors, and eliminating 11 funded exempt positions. The restructuring, coupled with reduced salaries for DNR’s leadership team, will save the Department over $600,000 in the next biennium. DNR: Managing your public resourcesDNR manages more than 5.6 million acres of state land: §  2.9 million acres of trust lands, including forest, range, agricultural land, and commercial properties that earn revenue to build public schools, universities, prisons, and other state institutions, and help fund Westside county services.§  2.6 million acres of ‘aquatic’ lands: the bedlands under Puget Sound and the coast, many beaches, and navigable natural lakes and rivers.§  130,000 acres of natural areas that protect rare and threatened species, as well as high-quality examples of the native ecosystems and landscapes of Washington.

Ecology Department Seeking Public Input for Geoduck Aquaculture Guidelines

The 2007 Legislature created the shellfish committee to help balance environmental and residential land-use concerns about intertidal beaches in Puget Sound being used for geoduck aquaculture.

The broad-based committee met for 18 months and included representatives from local government, shellfish industry, environmental community, shoreline property owners, state agencies and tribal governments.

Ecology’s report on the committee’s results was sent to the Washington Legislature last week: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/biblio/0806024.html.

The committee’s recommendations were sent to lawmakers in December 2008: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/biblio/0906001.html.

“We worked and listened to a wide array of interests,” said Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program Manager Gordon White. “The committee’s recommendations mark a good starting point to ultimately help our cities and counties determine how they want to regulate geoduck operations within their jurisdictions.”

White said aquaculture is one type of preferred use allowed in shoreline areas under the Shoreline Management Act, passed by voters in 1972. The Act has three broad goals:

* Protect shoreline natural resources.

* Promote public access.

* Encourage water dependent uses, such as aquaculture, ports and recreation.

Counties and cities with marine waters and large lakes and river systems adopt specific rules that apply to shoreline development called Shoreline Master Programs. Many jurisdictions, he said, are in the process of changing their programs to reflect state guidelines updated in 2003.

On Feb. 24, 2009, Ecology approved most of Pierce County’s interim aquaculture regulations as part of the county’s shoreline management rule. Based on previous decisions by the state Shorelines Hearings Board, Ecology rejected limiting the hours a shellfish farm could operate.

Since Pierce County wasn’t able to provide Ecology an inventory of shoreline areas that could be used by aquaculture, the department also declined the county’s plan to prohibit the use of nets and tubes in urban and residential shoreline areas.

The regulations amend the county’s existing shoreline use regulations and will sunset once the county completes a comprehensive update of its 35 year old Shoreline Master Program.

White said the state shellfish committee will continue to provide Ecology advice for the department’s aquaculture guidelines for local governments.

The committee also will provide oversight on research being done by the University of Washington Sea Grant Program designed to answer questions about possible environmental effects of geoduck aquaculture on Puget Sound. The research program will be completed by 2012 if adequate funding is obtained.