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Category: Environment
August 19, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Bainbridge protester comes down from tree after sit-in

UPDATE, 7:45 p.m. | Chiara D’Angelo is coming down from the tree and will not be arrested, according to the city of Bainbridge Island. ORIGINAL POST | The Bainbridge Island teen who has staged a sit-in at the top of a tree since Monday morning to protest the construction of a planned retail…


Comments | More in Environment, The Blotter | Topics: Bainbridge Island, Bainbridge Island Police Department

August 18, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Bainbridge teen staging tree sit-in to protest planned development

A Bainbridge Island teen is staging a sit-in on a platform 70 feet up in a tree to protest the planned development of a commercial complex on the island. Chiara D’Angelo, 19, climbed the tree Monday morning at the future construction site of the 62,000 square foot mixed-use development. Opponents say the tree is one…


Comments | More in Environment, General news | Topics: Bainbridge Island, Bainbridge Island Police Department, Visconsi Companies

August 18, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Oregon says no to coal terminal on Columbia River

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon state regulators have rejected a proposal for a coal terminal on the Columbia River that would be a conduit for exporting millions of tons of American coal a year to Asia. The decision is a victory for tribal groups that said the terminal threatened their fishing. An Australian company, Ambre Energy, proposed to…


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August 15, 2014 at 6:23 AM

Judge orders release of Oregon coal terminal documents

The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal judge has ordered the Corps of Engineers to release documents about a planned coal terminal on the Columbia River at Boardman. Columbia Riverkeeper wanted to know why the corps agreed to an easier environmental review for Ambre Energy’s terminal than two others in Washington state. The Oregonian reports the corps…


Comments | More in Environment, General news | Topics: coal terminal, Columbia River, Portland

August 10, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Sewage spill closes Bainbridge Island beaches

Officials have closed the beaches at Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island to swimming and shellfish harvesting after a sewage spill. KIRO-TV reports that the spill began about 10:30 a.m. Sunday when there was a break in a sewer main on the Eagle Harbor shoreline near the state ferry terminal. The spill was stopped by 1:30 p.m. The…


Comments | More in Environment, General news, Health | Topics: Bainbridge Island, sewage, spill

August 1, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Seattle Times ‘Sea Change’ series wins SEJ award

Sea Change, the Pacific’s Perilous Turn,” the Seattle Times’ 2013 series on ocean acidification and its dramatic effects on everything from remote islands to the local fish market, has won the 2013-2014 Society of Environmental Journalists’ Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding In-depth Reporting, Large Market. The series was the work of Times reporter Craig…


Comments | More in Environment, General news | Topics: Craig Welch, sea change, Steve Ringman

July 14, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Lottery winner fined for clearing brush, trees on San Juan Island

The Associated Press Washington state regulators have fined a property owner $79,000 for illegal clearing sensitive shoreline on San Juan Island. The Department of Ecology last week issued two penalties to Orca Dreams LLC for illegally cutting down at least 80 trees and allowing polluting material to enter False Bay. KUOW-reports that Orca Dreams was…


Comments | More in Environment, General news, Government | Topics: fine, illegal clearing, lottery

May 29, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Washington brush fire burns 1,300 acres

MALAGA — Fire officials in Chelan County say a brush fire that burned 2 square miles east of Wenatchee, and damaged power poles and transmission lines is 90 percent contained. Chelan County Fire District 1 spokeswoman Cindy Blaufuss said several dozen firefighters were mopping up hot spots Thursday but that the threat to about 40 nearby homes…


Comments | More in Environment | Topics: Chelan County, Wenatchee

May 25, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Plan to save Enchanted Valley Chalet seeks comment

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK (AP) — A plan to temporarily relocate the Enchanted Valley Chalet in Olympic National Park is open for public comment. KXRO Radio reports the historic building is being undercut by the East Fork of the Quinault River. The National Park Service wants to protect the river from environmental harm, while providing more time…


Comments | More in Environment, General news | Topics: Enchanted Valley Chalet, Olympic National Park, plan to save comment

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