BC launches new movie on dive spots – CBC

Looking to get out and into nature this weekend? BC’s diving community released a video and this link also shows some of the favorite dive spots north of the border.

British Columbia’s diving community has just released a slick new video showcasing the province’s beautiful waters in the hopes of attracting local residents and tourists to the sport.- CBC

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-scuba-video-highlights-province-s-best-diving-locations-1.3046511

Connie Gallant on Olympic Peninsula War Games – Daily KOS

Our own Connie Gallant has an article in the Daily KOS, a blog for the Democratic Party.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/21/1379272/-Navy-War-Games-over-Olympic-National-Park-and-Forest#

Working to save the North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center Natural Resources Program

Ed Chadd has sent this out and I thought I would share it with our readers. Please help save this great program that is educating kids in our natural resources.

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Dear supporters of the NOPSC Natural Resources program,

It appears that there will be one final and very reasonable chance to save the Skills Center Natural Resources program at the upcoming NOPSC Administrative Council meeting:

Tuesday, April 28 at 9 am at the Skills Center (905 W. 9th St., Port Angeles)

You can do any or all of the following:

1. Attend the meeting and invite as many other people as you can.

  1. Be prepared to speak if the opportunity presents itself.
    3. Write statements in support of the NR Program and email them to Tara Morrow (tmorrow1008@gmail.com– cc’d here). Please include your name and physical address.
    4. Send those same statements directly to the NOPSC Administrative Council and PASD School Board (email addresses below).

    If you have any questions or time to contribute in ways beyond the items listed above, please respond.

Some interesting recent developments include these:

* The State AG’s office has informed PASD and NOSPC that the Administrative Council meetings should but have not been following the Open Public Meetings Act. One penalty is that all actions taken at out-of-compliance meetings are null and void.
* This upcoming week, PASD’s Business and Finance Director plans to produce the official Natural Resources program financial report and have it available at the 4/23 PASD School Board meeting in case any School Board members ask to see it (she has never been asked to create a financial report for the NR program).
* A very reasonable solution that could be pursued, if decision makers are willing, is to run the NR program as “CTE Instructional Worksite Learning” instead of “Alternative Learning Experience (ALE).” The current program structure fits both of these sets of state rules, but in 2010, NOPSC decided to run the NR Options and NR 2 classes through the ALE rules.  Changing to CTE would address a concern about ALE, namely that CTE is funded at a higher rate than ALE, and it would allow all parties to compromise while still offering this valuable program.

Thanks, Ed Chadd

Seattle ‘Kayaktivists’ Building Ranks For Direct Action Against Shell’s Arctic Drilling Fleet – KPLU

With the gigantic well sitting in our local port of Port Angeles, this story is front and center, though the real action will happen later in Alaska. It’s astonishing that on the anniversary of the BP Gulf Spill (which happened not long after the Obama administration talked about opening up the east coast to drilling due it being ‘safe”) that we find the Obama administration opening up oil and gas drilling on the extremely sensitive North Slope waters.

On the shore of Seaview Park in West Seattle, a group of young activists stand behind a row of bright yellow kayaks.  Most of them are new to boating. An instructor from Alki Kayak Tours gives a safety briefing before they head out for a sunset paddle.  While the excursion has the trappings of a simple evening kayak instructional class, it is anything but. This class is a training session for “Kayaktavists.” And they are putting in practice time before Big Oil arrives in the Puget Sound. Bellamy Pailthorp reports. (KPLU)

http://kplu.org/post/seattle-kayaktivists-building-ranks-direct-action-against-shell-s-arctic-drilling-fleet

Agency proposes lifting most humpback whales’ protections – Bellingham Herald

Hmmm. I’m waiting to hear more from the whale protection groups before calling this a good story. One person interviewed stated that it might be premature to do this. The fact that Alaska is pushing to get it done worries me. Their politics up there are distinctly anti-environmental in nature.

The federal government on Monday proposed removing most of the world’s humpback whale population from the endangered species list, saying they have rebounded after 45 years of protections. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries wants to reclassify humpbacks into 14 distinct populations, and remove 10 of those from the list…. Humpbacks were listed as endangered in 1970, four years after the International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling. Caleb Jones reports. (Associated Press)

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/04/20/4250936_noaa-proposes-take-most-humpbacks.html

Severely polluted hawk found near Vancouver BC

We have battled with the legislature for years to ban flame retardants in the environment. Representative Van De Wege has been a leader in this battle, thankfully. Here’s why we need to keep the pressure up. If it’s in hawks, it’s in us.

Hawk found near Langley transfer station among world’s most polluted

A male Cooper’s hawk found near Metro Vancouver’s Langley waste transfer station is polluted with more flame retardant than any other bird tested, globally. A study of the hawk’s liver fat showed 197,000 parts per billion of polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, chemicals that persist in the environment and have been used in a wide array of polymer resins and plastics including in furniture, TVs, stereos, computers, carpets, and curtains. Larry Pynn reports. (Vancouver Sun)

http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Hawk+found+near+Langley+transfer+station+among+world+most/10989319/story.html

Dick Goin Passes Away – A giant of citizen science on the Peninsula

This is incredibly sad news. I first met and interviewed Dick and his wife Marie for “Voices of the Strait.” Dick started fishing on the Elwha in the 30s, when his family moved there to farm from the midwest. For the next 80 years, he documented the salmon, worked in the mills, noticed how the mill pollution was causing them to die in huge numbers, and became what then was called a ‘conservationist”. In his own low key way, was one of the people who helped form the backbone to the battle to remove the Elwha Dam, which luckily he got to see happen before he died. I was extremely impressed by the humble nature of Dick and Marie, and understood when they did not choose to accept the “Eleanor Stopps Award” which was given to them a few years ago by the Port Townsend Marine Science Center. To them, it was just who they were, and didn’t require special attention.

Dick published a piece of personal research called, “Roll Call of the Lost” about what he experienced on each of the rivers he fished on the Peninsula. I’ve published it here for anyone to use in their personal journey to help restore the salmon. I think it is a fitting tribute to his life, and I cannot find it published anywhere else. He told me when he gave it to me that he was alright with me sharing it with others.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ug-DZzsb1Dd2tuYlVWeUFlR1k/view?usp=sharing

Our hearts go out to Marie and Dicks’ extended family. We all will miss him in our own ways.

You can listen to Dick describe his life at my video, “Voices of the Strait.”  He was so influential that I started the film with  a short clip of him, and he tells his full story later in the film.

The Peninsula Daily News has a good obituary.

Dick Goin, defender of Elwha River salmon, dies at age of 83

http://peninsuladailynews.com/article/20150415/NEWS/304159982/dick-goin-defender-of-elwha-river-salmon-dies-at-age-of-83
Dick Goin, who gave voice to the Elwha River’s salmon, has died. Services are pending for Goin (pronounced GOH-in), 83, who died of natural causes Sunday night at his Port Angeles home surrounded by family members, said Marie, his wife of 64 years, on Tuesday. The Goins received the Clallam County Community Service Award in 2007 and the Eleanor Stopps Environmental Leadership Award from the Port Townsend Marine Science Center in September 2011. Paul Gottlieb reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

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