Monday, June 2, 2014

6/2 CO2 cuts, tanker explosion, Vic sewer, Mar Vista, Mukilteo terminal, Home, green Millennials

J40 Suttles and J45 Se-Yi-Chn (Monika Wieland)
Last Day Of May: J-Pod!!
Orca Watcher Monika Wieland writes: "The surprise yesterday morning (Saturday)... was that J-Pod was suddenly on the west side of San Juan Island!

Big power-plant pollution cuts are ordered
In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third by 2030. But it delays the deadline for some states to begin complying until long after President Barack Obama leaves office. Dina Cappiello and Josh Lederman report. (Associated Press) See also: Federal Rules On CO2 Emissions To Bolster Action In The Northwest  Ashley Ahearn reports. (EarthFix)

1 missing after explosion sparks fire on oil tanker off Japanese coast
An explosion on an oil tanker off the Japanese coast set off a huge fire Thursday and left the vessel's captain missing. Ships and aircraft battled the blaze on the Shoko Maru, a 998-ton tanker anchored about 5 kilometers (3 miles) off the port of Himeji in western Japan, the coast guard said. Rescuers have recovered seven members of the eight-person crew, the coast guard said, but the ship's 64-year-old captain is still missing. Yoko Wakatsuki and Jethro Mullen report. (CNN)

Victoria’s Plan B — going alone on sewage
Given the apparent collapse of the Capital Regional District’s sewage treatment plan, Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin and Coun. Marianne Alto say it’s time for the city to look at doing it alone. The two — both CRD directors — will seek city council support next week for a resolution calling on city staff to “on a priority basis” provide council with information on the implications, including both risks and opportunities, on the city building its own sewage treatment plant. Bill Cleverley reports. (Times Colonist)

Plans for 'community' dock surface at former Mar Vista Resort
Although the dust has yet to settle over the now-infamous waterfront clearcut at the former Mar Vista Resort, the property's new owners are in pursuit of a dock. Not just any dock, but a 271-footer (10 yards shy of the length of football field) that can accommodate up to six boats, 20-30 feet in length, and a stone's throw from San Juan Island's False Bay. The owners, David and Nancy Honeywell, intend to develop a "family compound" with six homes on the 30-acre parcel by building a new residence and rehabilitating and remodeling some of the former resort cabins and caretaker house, according to Francine Shaw of the Friday Harbor-based Law Office of Stephanie O'Day. Scott Rasmussen reports. (San Juan Journal)

$4.7 million federal grant aids Mukilteo ferry terminal move
The long-awaited project to move the Mukilteo ferry terminal has received a boost from a $4.7 million federal grant. The money, from the federal Department of Transportation, is part of a $129 million project to move the terminal to part of a 22-acre parcel that was the former site of the U.S. Air Force fuel tank farm. Sharon Salyer reports. (Everett Herald)

Writer explores the life and death of Key Peninsula’s ‘anarchist utopia’
Home is a small bucolic community on the shores of Key Peninsula. One hundred years ago, it also was an anarchists’ enclave and a hotbed of controversy. Formed with the best intentions of its founders, Home — the experiment — eventually failed. But from 1896 to 1921 it was a thriving community of, at first, like-minded families that rolled with the punches of an outside world that often held them in contempt. The town’s story is the subject of a new book, “Trying Home — The Rise and Fall of an Anarchist Utopia on Puget Sound” by University of Washington Tacoma librarian Justin Wadland. He will discuss Home on Thursday in a talk on campus. Craig Sailor reports. (Tacoma News Tribune)

Millennials: The Greenest Generation Or More Of The Same?
When she was much younger, Tacoma high school senior Lauren Budd had no trouble convincing her parents to start recycling. But more recently, swaying them to eco-friendly light bulbs was another story. "No, it costs too much," Budd, 17, remembered her parents saying. "And I'm like, 'It won't, in the end for, like, our power bill.'" Budd doesn't always win with her parents, who still throw away a soft drink can on occasion, but it's clear she's not the only teen to grasp the importance of these small, cross-generational battles. Kyle Stokes reports. (KPLU)

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 854 AM PDT MON JUN 2 2014
TODAY
LIGHT WIND...BECOMING W 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 6 FT AT 9 SECONDS. PATCHY MORNING DRIZZLE.
TONIGHT
W WIND 10 TO 20 KT...BECOMING LIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT...SUBSIDING. W SWELL 5 TO 7 FT AT 9 SECONDS.
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