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Aberdeen Site Choosen as Preferred Site for Pontoon Construction, EIS Continues

ABERDEEN, Wash. - Good news spread fast yesterday as the Washington State Department of Transportation announced that Aberdeen had been selected as the preferred location for the pontoon construction site.

Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson said this morning's news is good for Grays Harbor "sure we're glad to have it, and it will be a great benefit to the city, but it will be great for [Grays] Harbor" and that selection of the the Aberdeen site would not solve immediate budget issues, it certainly lightens the load on future budgetary concerns.


Wind Power Reaches Milestone for Bonneville Power Administration

Portland, Ore. - Wind has arrived.  In early August, for the first time, the Bonneville Power Administration’s transmission grid reached a milestone, carrying more than 2,000 megawatts of wind power for more than an hour.  On Aug. 6, after flirting with the 2,000-megawatt threshold for weeks, total wind generation on BPA’s system blew right past that level at 5:15 p.m., reaching a new all-time peak of 2,089 megawatts at 6:19 p.m.  This doubles the peak of 1,000 megawatts recorded in January 2008. 

To put that in context, wind turbines in eastern Oregon and Washington produced enough electricity to light all of Seattle and Portland for that hour.

“Wind power is growing rapidly in the Northwest,” said Brian Silverstein, BPA acting senior vice president for Transmission Services.  “It’s the largest source of new power in our system.  Within just a few years, we've seen more wind projects come on line, and BPA has been working quickly to connect the new projects into the regional power grid.”

“It's great to see wind power mature, along with BPA's ability to integrate it into the system,” said Rachel Shimshak, executive director of Renewable Northwest Project.  “Renewable energy growth has resulted in thousands of new jobs, millions of dollars of investment in local communities, and provided a boost to creating a clean energy economy,” she concluded.

WSDOT Stimulus News of the Week

Four more state highway projects are now substantially complete as contractor crews continue to complete American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funded construction projects. Washington is preparing for the intense national competition for $8 billion in high speed passenger rail grants with 21 project applications under way to meet the August 24 deadline. WSDOT’s stimulus web page has received national attention for its content and has attracted more than 58,000 visitors since its launch in February.

Woman Charged with Impersonating Revenue Agent

EVERETT, Wash. - A Lynnwood woman who allegedly posed as a tax collector for the Washington State Department of Revenue has been charged with criminal impersonation in the first degree.

The Snohomish County prosecutor, in cooperation with the Edmonds and Marysville police departments and Department of Revenue, charged Karen Cunningham, 45, with impersonating a public servant in order to solicit cash payments from businesses in Edmonds and Marysville.

According to charging papers, Cunningham approached at least one Edmonds-area business and told them they owed taxes but could settle the matter if they paid her cash that day.  The business paid her $109 but was suspicious because she lacked Department of Revenue identification and didn’t provide an official receipt.  A separate attempt to solicit money from a Marysville business failed.

WSDOT Survey Seeks WA Volunteers to Count Non-Motorized Traffic

OLYMPIA –Volunteers are needed in communities across the state to help count the number of people who walk or bike to their destinations. The information being gathered this fall will be used to track progress toward the state’s goal of increasing bicycling and walking in Washington and reducing the number of vehicle miles driven.
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Cascade Bicycle Club are enlisting volunteers and organizations like FeetFirst and the Bicycle Alliance of Washington to count the numbers of people bicycling and walking on paths, bike lanes, sidewalks, and other facilities on Sept. 29 and 30 and Oct. 1.

Hoquiam Farmers Market Update

Whew!  The sky is clearing and the sunshine beginning to peak thru the clouds.  The rainy drizzly weather seemed to snap everyone back into Standard Weather mode, rummaging in the bottom of the drawer for a sweater and getting the water-proof sneakers out again.  Okay, the lawns got watered and the forest lands certainly needed the moisture, but let’s get back to Summer!
The Hoquiam Farmers Market is planning on many more weeks of carefree sunny days.  Remember the old phrase about mid-summer;
 The Dog Days of August ???  The images those words conjure!  Dusty country roads, heat waves visible in the air, the kids headed for the nearest river for a swim, and the family dog oblivious to everything as he sleeps that deep, happy slumber that only a dog can achieve.

State & U.S. Announce Hanford Cleanup Breakthrough

RICHLAND, Wash. - With the ongoing construction of the Waste Treatment Plant (WTP) in the background at the Hanford Site, Energy Secretary Steven Chu joined Washington Governor Chris Gregoire, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, acting U.S. Assistant Attorney General John Cruden and other officials today to announce a proposed legal settlement that will impose a new, enforceable and achievable schedule for tank waste cleanup at the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington State.

Coast Guard responds to fishing vessel grounding near Newport, Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. - The 50-foot fishing vessel Lori Ann (ex Little Linda) ran aground on Nye Beach near Newport, Ore., Tuesday, August 11, 2009.

The Lori Ann had a crew of two people and was carrying approximately 1,800 gallons of diesel fuel when it ran onto a soft sand beach at approximately 2:00 a.m.

A Coast Guard search and rescue team from Station Yaquina Bay, Ore., responded and ensured that the two crewmembers were brought safely to shore.  There were no reports of injury.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The 50-foot fishing vessel Lori Ann (ex Little Linda) ran aground on Nye Beach near Newport, Ore., Tuesday, August 11, 2009

 Coast Guard pollution response and vessel inspection personnel, in partnership with Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), are heading to the scene to assess vessel condition and monitor any potential pollution threat.  A clean-up contractor, arranged by the owner of the Lori Ann is currently removing the diesel fuel from the vessel and will be making plans to remove the vessel from Nye Beach.  The cause of this accident is under investigation.


Hoquiam Farmers Market Seeks Vendors

HOQUIAM, Wash. - The Hoquiam Farmers Market is bursting with business and we need more products to offer the steady stream of customers!
Specifically, we are in need of fresh local eggs, a candy maker, flowers, and locally grown produce.  Other local craft and food items are also in great demand.  If you have a home-produced specialty or hobby that you would like to market, we are interested in talking with you!
Last week I had to tell customers that we were sold out of fresh eggs- please, if you raise chickens and have extra eggs, we can sell them for you.  Contact Barbara at the market ph. 538-9747 or at home, 532-3235.