Tuesday, October 2, 2018

10/2 Chicken of the wood, BC LNG ok'd, North Cascades, Tsleil-Waututh, humpback, Deadly Wind

Chicken of the wood [Wikipedia]
Chicken of the wood Laetiporus sulphureus
Laetiporus sulphureus is found in late summer and fall on rotting logs or stumps, occasionally from a wound in a live tree. The mycelium may live in a log for many years before fruiting bodies appear, then fruit on the same log for several seasons. When young the margin is tender and makes an excellent dish. (The New Savory Wild Mushroom)

$40B LNG project in northern B.C. gets go-ahead
The five primary investors granted their approval late Monday for the development of a proposed liquefied natural gas project in northern B.C. The $40-billion LNG Canada project calls for the construction of a pipeline to transport natural gas from Dawson Creek in northeastern B.C. to a yet-to-be-built processing terminal on the coast in Kitimat, where the gas would be liquefied for overseas export.... The B.C. ministries of Finance and Energy have estimated the project would generate $22 billion in direct government revenue over the next 40 years. The project is also expected to employ as many as 10,000 people in its construction and up to 950 in full-time jobs. (CBC)

Wild, mysterious North Cascades National Park Service Complex turns 50
Fifty years ago, Congress and President Lyndon B. Johnson created the North Cascades National Park Service Complex, setting aside about 684,000 acres of the mountainous region in Northwest Washington for conservation and recreation. The "sea of peaks," as park complex spokeswoman Denise Shultz calls it, is home to melting glaciers, elusive grizzly bears and large expanses of national park land accessible only by foot. The complex includes North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area within the most rugged mountain range in the U.S. outside of Alaska, according to the National Park Service. Kimberly Cauvel reports. (Skagit Valley Herald)


In the Trans Mountain feud, a B.C. First Nation paves its own path of resistance and prosperity
The owners of the Trans Mountain pipeline approached the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in the fall of 2011 seeking agreement on expansion plans that would increase the number of oil tankers in the waters at the foot of their reserve. Trans Mountain was approaching a business-savvy community that was acquiring real estate across Metro Vancouver, rural property holdings and logging rights. But environmentalists concerned about the effects of the project on Metro Vancouver’s waters had already won the Tsleil-Waututh over as allies. And the nation was uniquely positioned to mount a sophisticated and costly campaign against the expansion. This small Indigenous community of 500 people gained national attention because its members took on big oil, along with the federal and Alberta governments, and stalled Trans Mountain at the federal Court of Appeal. But to conclude that the Tsleil-Waututh is anti-development would be utterly wrong. Justine Hunter reports. (Globe and Mail)

Humpback whale cracks boat window with its head off Comox
Two humpback whales that circled a boat in the waters off Comox were a curious sight — until one of them got too close and cracked a window on the vessel with a bang of its head. Peter Hamilton, director of the animal-rights group Lifeforce, was on the boat last Thursday and said the experience with the bus-sized whales was a bit unsettling. He posted a video of the close encounter on YouTube, and it shows the whales near the boat before one of them leaps into the air and smacks its head on the window as it lands back in the water. Camille Bains reports. (Canadian Press)

A Deadly Wind: The 1962 Columbus Day Storm by John Dodge
A book launch party for "A Deadly Wind" is set for 7 p.m., Oct. 8 at the historic Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia. This is a free, public event, but donations at the door will benefit the Olympia Film Society, a co-sponor of the event along with Browers Bookshop of Olympia. This celebratory night will include an introduction by best-selling Olympia author Jim Lynch, a reading and power point presentation by book author John Dodge, a Q & A session and signed books for sale.




Now, your tug weather--

West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  300 AM PDT Tue Oct 2 2018   

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM PDT THIS MORNING  THROUGH THIS EVENING   

TODAY  W wind 5 to 15 kt, rising to 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2  ft or less building to 2 to 4 ft. W swell 5 ft at 11 seconds. A  chance of showers. 

TONIGHT  NW wind 15 to 25 kt, becoming E 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves  2 to 4 ft subsiding to 2 ft or less. W swell 6 ft at 9 seconds.


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