Monday, June 10, 2024

6/10 Agate, Bil Anders, BC salmon farms, I-2117 fiscal impact, NW bees, sunfish, BC mushrooms, plastic culture


Agate is the banded variety of chalcedony, which comes in a wide variety of colors. Agates are primarily formed within volcanic and metamorphic rocks. Agate Pass or Agate Passage is a high-current tidal strait in Puget Sound connecting Port Madison and mainland Kitsap County. Agate is a small community located on southern Puget Sound on the north side of the entrance to Hammersley Inlet. (Wikipedia)

Today's top story in Salish Current: 25 years later, memories of pipeline disaster still haunt families / Readers remember: Whatcom Creek, June 10, 1999

Apollo 8 astronaut dead after plane crash off the San Juans
Former Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders is dead at the age of 90 after an older-model plane crashed into the water and sank near the north end of Jones Island. Anders’ son Greg confirmed that his father was the lone pilot on the plane. Anders flew the first manned space mission to orbit the moon on Christmas Eve of 1968, known as the Apollo 8 “Genesis Flight.” It was then that he took the iconic “Earthrise” photo that shows the planet as a shadowed blue marble from space. Jason Upton reports. (My Bellingham Now)

Court rejects bid to review minister's order to B.C. salmon farms
The Federal Court has rejected a bid by two First Nations and salmon farm operators to review Ottawa's decision to not renew licences for 15 open-net Atlantic salmon farms in the waters off British Columbia.(Canadian Press) See also: Are B.C.’s open-net pen salmon farms closing — or not? Shalu Mehta writes. (The Narwhal)

Judge rejects attempt to keep budget effects of November initiatives off ballots
Information about how a trio of ballot measures would affect Washington’s budget can be printed on ballots this November, a judge ruled Friday. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Allyson Zipp denied a request from Republican Party Chair Jim Walsh and Mainstream Republicans of Washington Chair Deanna Martinez to keep the “public investment impact disclosures” for the three citizen initiatives from appearing.  Laurel Demkovich reports. (Washington State Standard)

Fewer Northwest bees shipped to California’s almonds could be a buzzkill for Washington and Oregon crops
Commercial beekeepers around the United States rent more than 2 million hives to pollinate almond crops in California. Hundreds of thousands of those hives are trucked from the greater Northwest.  However, there’s a problem this year. The pandemic, international shipping problems and over-planting have led to a glut of nuts in California, and almond growers there are in bad economic shape. Many of them are reducing their top expenses – like bees. That’s an issue for the beekeepers of the Northwest who rely on the income – and for the bees themselves. Anna King reports. (NWPB)

Rare 7-foot fish washed ashore on Oregon’s coast gets worldwide attention
A massive rare fish thought to only live in temperate waters in the southern hemisphere has washed up on Oregon’s northern coast, drawing crowds of curious onlookers intrigued by the unusual sight. The 7.3-foot hoodwinker sunfish first appeared on the beach in Gearhart on Monday, the Seaside Aquarium said in a media release. It was still on the beach on Friday and may remain there for weeks, the aquarium said, as it is difficult for scavengers to puncture its tough skin. (Associated Press)

Post-wildfire mushroom picking rush in B.C. causing conflicts
B.C. says it is not ruling out regulating wild mushroom picking after an Indigenous community said a rising number of foragers are infringing on its land, with one case involving alleged threats of physical violence and intimidation. The provincial response comes after the Skwlāx te Secwepemcúl̓ecw First Nation said the areas devastated by the Lower East Adams Lake and Bush Creek wildfires last year are now sprouting large numbers of morel mushrooms, attracting many foragers who are putting new pressures on the land's fragile ecosystem. Chuck Chiang reports. (Canadian Press)

Creating a throw-away culture: How companies ingrained plastics in modern life
Plastic became ingrained in modern life in large part because the plastics industry started working in the 1950s to convince people to embrace the material as cheap, abundant and disposable. The marketing campaign worked so well that litter soon became a problem across the U.S., and there was a public backlash. The industry responded by pitching recycling. But almost from the outset, corporations knew that recycling probably wouldn’t work to rein in waste, multiple investigations have shown.Michael Copley reports. (NPR)

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Here's your tug weather—
West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  211 AM PDT Mon Jun 10 2024    
 W wind 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Wave Detail: W 5 ft  at 10 seconds.  
 NW wind 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. Wave Detail: W  4 ft at 12 seconds. Showers likely after midnight.


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