|Northern kelp crab, Pugettia producta|
Called a 'spider' crab because of its slender legs and claws. Its carapace is shaped like a shield and on larger specimens can reach four inches from front to back. Northern kelp crabs are found on pilings and hidden within kelp beds, particularly bull kelp. They will sometimes attach pieces of kelp to little hooks just behind their rostrum (the top point of the badge shape), saving them to eat later. While these long-legged crabs look delicate, they are actually quite strong and a pinch from their claws can be painful. (Biodiversity of the Central Coast)
Trump showed ‘blatant disregard’ for tribal rights in pipeline reversal, senator says
Washington state Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell wants President Trump to reverse a decision allowing the controversial 1,200-mile Dakota Access oil pipeline to proceed, saying the administration failed to consult with Indian tribes before making the decision. Cantwell, the former chairwoman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, wrote a letter to Trump, saying the administration had shown a “blatant disregard for federal law and our country’s treaty and trust responsibilities to Native American tribes.” She joined eight other members of Congress in signing the letter, including independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Rob Hotakainen reports. (McClatchy)
Oil pipeline opponents call for protests in ‘last stand’
With the federal government about to green-light the final phase of the Dakota Access pipeline, opponents of the project called today for protests around the world in an action they dubbed their “last stand.” Some members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which has been at the center of the debate for nearly a year, urged “emergency actions” via social media. The Indigenous Environmental Network told people to target fuel-transportation hubs and government buildings and to expect violence and mass arrests. Protesters posted an online list of nearly 50 events in 23 states and the District of Columbia. (Associated Press)
City council set to vote on taking province to court over Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion
Vancouver city council is considering whether to take the provincial government to court over its approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project. A motion introduced by city councilor Adriane Carr asks that the city request a judicial review of the provincial government's decision to give the project its environmental approval. If it passes, the environmental permit issued by the province would be reviewed by a Supreme Court judge to ensure all conditions of approval have been met. Jon Hernandez reports. (CBC)
National Energy Board review panel comes to Vancouver
A group of experts reviewing Canada's National Energy Board are in Vancouver for a national tour gathering public feedback. The five member panel was appointed by the Liberal government in November to consult with Canadians and come up with recommendations to reform the energy regulator. Critics say members of the NEB are often too close to the energy companies they are supposed to assess. Controversy erupted over the NEB's consultations in Montreal on the proposed TransCanada Energy East pipeline. Three members of the NEB who were reviewing that pipeline had to step down after it was reported they had met with lobbyists. (CBC)
Trump job or Senate seat? He can’t have it both ways
To the victor go the spoils, and so it is with a small club of Evergreen state Republican office holders who pledged allegiance to Donald Trump months ago. State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, and former Sen. Brian Dansel, R-Republic, are collecting paychecks in the new president’s administration…. Ericksen, however, is clinging to his legislative post, as well as its $46,839 salary, while spending much of his time in Washington, D.C., as a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s transition team. He should resign his elected position, and Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler should see to it that it happens quickly. (New Tribune Editorial Board) See also: Half-Work, Half Pay Online Petition organized by 42nd District Bellingham anthropologist Michael Alvarez Shepard, Ph.D.
New ferry director young and passionate
There's a new generation leading Washington's ferries. Forty-year-old Amy Scarton became director Feb. 1, bumping interim boss Elizabeth Kosa back to her No. 2 staff chief position. Kosa, 38, didn't mind. "I was extremely excited about Amy," Kosa said of the replacement for Lynne Griffith, who retired at the end of January at age 67. "She brings new depth and knowledge to the ferry system. She's multimodal and highly capable with government." Griffith, familiar with Scarton's work atop the Department of Transportation's Community and Economic Development Office, tabbed her for the post. The selection was supported by Transportation Secretary Roger Millar and Gov. Jay Inslee. Ed Friedrich reports. (Kitsap Sun)
Olympia protest for safe waters set for Feb. 13 Salish Sea Stands lobby day. Protesters will bring life-size posters representing Southern resident killer whales and meet with legislators (San Juan Journal/Salish Sea Stands News Release) Orca Relief announces new executive director Scott West is the new executive director of Orca Relief Citizen Alliance. Past Executive Director Bruce Stedman has stepped down after 20 years of service and a relocation to the East Coast. (San Juan Journal/Orca Relief News Release)
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 248 AM PST THU FEB 9 2017
GALE WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM PST EARLY THIS MORNING
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON
TODAY SE WIND 25 TO 35 KT EARLY...EASING TO 15 TO 25 KT...THEN BECOMING SW IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 4 TO 6 FT SUBSIDING TO 2 TO 4 FT. SW SWELL 6 FT AT 9 SECONDS. RAIN.
TONIGHT SE WIND 15 TO 25 KT RISING TO 20 TO 30 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 3 TO 5 FT. SW SWELL 7 FT AT 11 SECONDS BUILDING TO 10 FT AT 11 SECONDS AFTER MIDNIGHT. SHOWERS.
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