Friday, October 10, 2014

10/10 Navy jets, Vic CRD, BC fish farm, Governors Pt., Grace Islet

Sun dog (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Navy raises number of jets proposed at Whidbey Island base, raising more East Jefferson noise issues
The controversy over the noisy jets at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island likely will soon grow in volume. U.S. Fleet Forces Command spokesman Ted Brown said this week that the Navy is looking at “the potential addition of up to 36 EA-18G Growler aircraft” at the station. An earlier proposal called for an additional 14 jets.  Mark St.J. Couhig reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

Capital Regional District to consider First Nations representation
The Capital Regional District will consider giving First Nations a voice in CRD decision-making, despite concerns raised by Metchosin Mayor John Ranns that it could amount to “representation without taxation.” Directors agreed to a motion recommending the incoming board consider establishing a committee with First Nations representation. They also directed staff to report on options for more First Nations involvement. Bill Cleverley reports. (Times Colonist)

Federal report on B.C. salmon farming delights industry
The B.C. aquaculture industry says new federal figures on the health of B.C.’s farmed salmon sends a positive signal about the industry’s performance. The information comes two years after Justice Bruce Cohen, in a $37-million report on the state of the Fraser River sockeye fishery, called on Ottawa to be more open with its scientific data. While one critic called the latest disclosure inadequate and misleading, the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association said it provides evidence that contradicts criticism from environmentalists about fish farming. Peter O'Neil reports. (Vancouver Sun)

125 acres of 'hallowed ground' on Puget Sound for sale, could fetch $19M
For the first time in more than half a century, a large Whatcom County property that juts out into Puget Sound is on the market. Brokers in the Seattle office of real estate company Cushman & Wakefield Commerce said they've been hired by the Sahlin family to find a buyer for the timbered Governors Island, which is actually a peninsula. Twenty-five houses could be built on the 125-acre property just south of Bellingham. Based on a price of $2,000 per lineal foot of shoreline, Governors Island could fetch $19 million, said Cushman broker Gary Danklefsen. Marc Stiles reports. (Puget Sound Business Journal)

Owner of controversial Grace Islet in Ganges harbour drops trespassing lawsuit
The owner of a controversial island in Ganges harbour, where a luxury home is being built over a First Nations burial site, has dropped a trespassing lawsuit against protesters. Barry Slawsky, an Edmonton-based businessman, said in a statement through his Victoria lawyer that he was dropping his request for a no-trespassing injunction on Grace Islet, off Saltspring Island, because it no longer appears necessary. Sarah Petrescu reports. (Times Colonist)

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT FRI OCT 10 2014
TODAY
S WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 3 FT AT 17 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF RAIN.
TONIGHT
SW WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 3 FT AT 19 SECONDS. RAIN LIKELY.
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