Navy unveils plans for pier, facilities on Port Angeles’ Ediz Hook – PDN

Navy expansion throughout the North Sound now includes expansion in Port Angeles.

The U.S. Navy has disclosed formal plans for constructing a pier and support facilities for berthing seven submarine-escort vessels on Ediz Hook. An environmental assessment is underway for the three potential sites at the end of the long, narrow spit along shoreline occupied by Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles, home to more than 250 Coast Guard personnel.Paul Gottlieb reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

Navy wants to deploy more sonar-emitting buoys – Seattle Times

Readers from the Olympic Peninsula have likely already seen this. Now the Times covers it, albeit with only a couple of days left to get your letters in.

The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales and other sea creatures. Phuong Le reports. (Associated Press)

Sea Stars Make A Comeback – For Now 

Some good news to start off the week.

The worst of the sea star wasting disease epidemic that decimated sea star populations along the West Coast during the past 19 months appears to be over at Haystack Rock — at least for now. Most of what’s left are the juvenile sea stars that somehow survived the pathogenic onslaught that killed off more than 90 percent of their fellows during the 2014 beach season, according to Haystack Rock Awareness Coordinator Samantha Ferber, who recorded the death toll at three sites. Erick Bengel reports. (Daily Astorian)

Fixing the environment from Davos Switzerland…absurd

I usually try to stay locally focused on this blog. But sometimes something so absurd that is related to our environment needs to be covered. As you may have heard, our planet is heating up. 97% of the climate scientists are convinced it’s due to our actions (number from Al Gore’s Climate 101 web site  Burning fossil fuels, primarily. As one wag has put it, “if 97 out of 100 engineers told you that a bridge is so bad that you shouldn’t drive over it, would you?”

We are looking and expecting our leaders, to do something about it. Last week, in Davos Switzerland, the heads of most of the major corporations in the world, along with governmental leaders, met to discuss the global situation, both economic and political. How did they get to Davos? They flew 1700 private jets. 

If anything illustrates exactly the mess we are in, it is this. The very leaders that we expect to solve this crisis, are part of the problem.

Jon Stewart covered the issue brilliantly on Friday’s Daily Show. And Al Gore gave a great speech at Davos that clearly showed the current problem in very graphic form. He also called for action, now. (you can watch it at the link below). But if the players present, can’t even be bothered to fly first class to save on fuel, don’t expect any meaningful change soon. And this weekend were the King Tides here at home, along with the warmest winter on record. Doesn’t it seem that sometimes, nothing ever meaningful happens without a major crisis that causes change to be so obvious that change has to happen? I think of World War II as a perfect metaphor. Everyone knew it was coming, and had no will to actually do the things needed to stop it. We haven’t reached that point yet (unless you live in the Philippines, Northern New Jersey Coast, or just someplace near like the Quinault Nation on the Pacific Coast, where the tribe is moving to higher ground due to the breaching of their seawall). Hmmm. Ok, so maybe we have reached that point, and it just hasn’t affect you and I personally, except in higher prices for food from drought in California, higher insurance rates for coastal residents etc. Ok. So maybe it’s not affecting us enough. 

I don’t expect the 1% at Davos to do anything of any consequence for us with all the good intentions of Mr. Gore. As Billy Frank Jr, once so eloquently spoke, after returning from Washington D.C. and meeting with the President (Obama), the Secretary of the Interior and others, “They all say they care about the issue (salmon), but no one back there is in charge. I’ll tell you who’s in charge, we are.”  And so it is.


King Tides this weekend. – Get out and videotape and photograph them

A good opportunity for citizen science. If you have a local beach that you visit, this weekend, at high tide, is a good time to get out and videotape it. If your camera has GPS, get the exact waypoint for the spot you tape at. Your smartphone should also automatically do that with any shots you take.

We have a few projects that the Marine Resources Committee is tracking, and we’ll be out seeing how they fare.

This is global warming and climate change happening right in front of us. Take the kids out also to teach them what to look for in future decades, when they come back to the same spot.

King Tide Shows What Climate Change Has In Store
This weekend the tide will rise three feet above normal, soaking the shore, spoiling freshwater aquifers, and giving us all a glimpse of the future. Dan Person reports. (Seattle Weekly) See also: King tides expected this week on Budd Inlet Andy Hobbs reports. (Olympian)

Job opening: PT Marine Science Center seeks Marketing & Development Coordinator

Port Townsend Marine Science Center – Marketing & Development Coordinator Announcement

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC) is seeking an energetic individual to coordinate the implementation of the organization’s Marketing and Development strategies. The position reports to the Marketing & Development Director and is responsible for writing tactical marketing and development plans, tracking budgets, and coordinating events, communications, and public relations activities. The successful Marketing & Development Coordinator candidate will have the ability to initiate and coordinate projects, work independently as well as on teams and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Preferred education and experience includes Bachelor degree or equivalent experience in marketing and/or development. Minimum two years experience in the implementation of marketing and/or development tactics. We at PTMSC serve our mission to inspire conservation of the Salish Sea by focusing in three areas: lifelong education programs, citizen science research and engaging visitor experiences in our aquarium which features touch tanks and natural history exhibitions featuring an adult Orca skeleton. Operating as a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in the Fort Worden State Park, with a $600,000 operating budget, 7 full time staff, and 200 plus volunteers, PTMSC serves 20,000 people annually.

Click here for a PDF of the position description.

Please no phone inquiries.

Only applications submitted electronically will be accepted. Please email resume and cover letter to:  Deadline: February 4th.

Avian bird flu found in chickens near Port Angeles – PDN

The Peninsula Daily News is reporting that a small farm outside of PA has had it’s chickens destroyed after finding avian flu in the birds. A quarantine is being setup near PA for farm animals. If you happen to see a dead bird in your yard, use gloves to bag it and bring it into the county health department, noting where you found it. If you don’t do that, then throw it in the garbage.


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