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Agate Passage Net Pens Full of Salmon Again
Kitsap Sun
SUQUAMISH — Fish were flying in Agate Passage on Monday, as employees of the Suquamish Tribe began placing 265,000 coho salmon into a net pen in Agate Passage.

The fish will be kept and fed there until summer, when they will be released. In two years, when they return as adults, the coho will provide increased fishing for Suquamish commercial fishers as well as non-tribal sport fishers.

“They will home in on the net pen site,” said Mike Huff, the tribe’s salmon enhancement biologist. “They will stay in the area a month or so, just swimming around. The sport fishermen should do well in catching them, and the tribal guys will get them as well.”

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Determination Brings Down Dams, Sets Example
Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, Being Frank
I am excited that those two Elwha River dams will begin to come down next year, and you should be excited too. It’s been a long time coming. After more than a century, the Elwha River will run free again and provide a good home for salmon.
 
Built without fish ladders about a century ago, the two dams cut salmon off from nearly 100 miles of excellent habitat. Today a lot of that habitat is protected in Olympic National Park, and that’s a good thing for the future of the river, the salmon and all of us.
 
To continue reading: http://www.nwifc.org/2010/03/determination-brings-down-dams-sets-example/

Coming Soon: Electric-Car Chargers at South Kitsap Park-and-Ride
Kitsap Sun
SOUTHWORTH — Commuters soon will be able to recharge their cars at Kitsap Transit’s Southworth park-and-ride lot while they’re away at work.

The transit agency’s board of directors last month gave staff the OK to install four electric-vehicle charging units at the newly expanded Harper Evangelical Free Church lot, at Sedgwick and Wilson Creek roads. The cost is estimated at $70,000 to $150,000.

Money from the federal Surface Transportation Program for rural projects had to be spent quickly or the county would forfeit it. It was pegged for a trail along Miller Bay Road, but the project fell throu

To continue reading: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2010/mar/01/coming-soon-electric-car-chargers-south-kitsap-par/

House Dems don't go for increase in sales tax
Seattle Times
OLYMPIA — House Democrats on Monday proposed raising $758 million by ending certain exemptions and boosting taxes on items such as cigarettes, water, candy, gum and elective cosmetic surgery.

Noticeably absent — an increase in the state sales tax. House Democrats debated among themselves for weeks whether to include a temporary increase as part of their proposal to help close a multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall.

It's out. For now. But that doesn't mean the idea is dead.

To continue reading: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2011228093_housebudget02m.html
Also: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2010/mar/01/house-democrats-target-tax-exemptions-budget-plan/
Also: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20100302/NEWS01/703029900/-1/NEWS#House.Democrats.seek.targeted.tax.increase.over.sales.tax.boost

Harbor-Works voices anger on mill cleanup timeline in Port Angeles
Peninsula Daily News
PORT ANGELES -- The Port Angeles Harbor-Works Development Authority board has formally voiced its disapproval of a three-year timeline by the Department of Ecology for the Rayonier mill site cleanup.

The four Harbor-Works board members present at the Monday meeting passed the resolution. Board member Howie Ruddell was absent.

"One thing I think the Department of Ecology was a little surprised about was the universal disappointment to the Rayonier situation," the public development authority's executive director, Jeff Lincoln, said.

Ecology's timeline of three additional years, struck in agreement with Rayonier Inc., owner of the site of its former pulp mill, would extend the cleanup effort well into its second decade.

To continue reading: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20100302/news/303029988

Whaling 'worsens carbon release'
BBC News   
A century of whaling may have released more than 100 million tonnes - or a large forest's worth - of carbon into the atmosphere, scientists say.

Whales store carbon within their huge bodies and when they are killed, much of this carbon can be released.       

US scientists revealed their estimate of carbon released by whaling at a major ocean sciences meeting in the US.       

Dr Andrew Pershing from the University of Maine described whales as the "forests of the ocean".       

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