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If you like to watch: Dean Kahn at the Bellingham Herald reports on the fundraising strategy of Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and how "Our Promise," a four-minute video showcasing NSEA's work fits into that strategy. Nooksack salmon group goes digital in search of endowment donors
Which war are we going to fight next? The Navy wants to build a new $715 million second munitions wharf to service its missile-carrying subs at Bangor. The final EIS is due early this year. Plan for new Navy wharf at Bangor fires up nuke debate
Petition drive to put the Seattle bag ban to a vote is a dud; the American Progressive Alliance, lobbying arm for the plastics industry, will concentrate on lobbying Olympia. Few, so far, sign on to get bag-ban repeal on ballot
Northern Gateway pipeline proponent Enbridge says that the total benefit of direct and indirect jobs to build and run its pipeline will be 558,000 person-years of employment, generating $81 billion in government revenues. Spending billions on Northern Gateway pipeline will quickly pay off, experts say
But what about a spill by even one massive tanker that wreaks havoc on marine life and contaminates hundreds of kilometres of coastline? What if a supertanker tanks?
B.C.’s politicians will make the call. Brave folks. Gateway pipeline risky for western premiers, political watchers say
"This is the most sea lions I have ever seen at once in south sound," said Pete Topping, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. Big group of sea lions invade southern Puget Sound
“Mole hills are popping up in the back pasture at a rate I’ve never seen before. Mole activity picked up early this past fall and shows no sign of subsiding,” writes John Dodge at The Olympian. “I counted more than 50 mole hills Friday morning, some of which contain enough soil to fill a large pot.” Backyard garden plans under attack
Talk of the snowy owls' atypical prevalence in the United States continues to swirl among the birder community as reports come in from the Audubon Society's 112th annual Christmas Bird Count. Across the U.S., Audubon watchers find snowy owls flying south for sustenance
In northern and central Puget Sound summer anglers target hatchery chinook — which are identified with a clipped adipose fin located near the tail — while ensuring that wild salmon listed on the Endangered Species Act are released unharmed. Selective salmon fisheries have proved to be a big hit
Don Staniford is an outspoken critic of B.C.’s salmon-farming industry and is being taken to the Supreme Court of British Columbia on Jan. 16, where he must defend himself against allegations from Mainstream Canada, the province's second-largest salmon-farming company, that he defamed the organization. Fish-farm foe defiant as court date nears
And, before you go west, read Bill Yardley’s New York Times piece on what makes Neah Bay at the end of the world special. “We’re accessibly remote,” says Meredith Parker, the general manager of the Makah Indian Nation. Washington Outpost Draws Those Hungry for Slap of Sea Spray
Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 230 AM PST MON JAN 9 2012
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT
SE WIND 15 TO 25 KT BECOMING W 10 TO 20 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. W SWELL 13 FT AT 14 SECONDS. RAIN AT TIMES THIS MORNING TURNING TO SCATTERED SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON.
W SWELL 12 FT AT 14 SECONDS. NW WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
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