Tuesday, September 30, 2014
(CENTRALIA, WA) -- Centralia College and the Center for Excellence for Clean Energy, a Centralia College partnership, received word Monday they have been awarded a federal grant for nearly 10-million dollars. According to the college, the project, called Washington Integrated Sector Employment or WISE, is a statewide initiative that will reach nearly 2,000 adults including veterans. WISE brings together the clean energy, construction, and advanced manufacturing sectors to help prepare participants for employment in entry level, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship occupations. It will address the needs of unemployed, or under-employed dislocated workers, using innovative and sophisticated strategies.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Dave Siburg Will Depart From Kitsap Public Utility District After 27 Years (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA)
POULSBO — Dave Siburg, general manager of Kitsap Public Utility District for the past 27 years, will leave his post at the end of the year, according to PUD Commissioner Jim Civilla.
Civilla said the elected board did not ask Siburg to leave, but it agreed to his plan for a smooth transition. Siburg is completing work on a doctoral degree to take his career in a new direction, Civilla said, adding that the board wishes to thank him for his many years of service.
Siburg issued a written statement: "I have had a great 27 years with Kitsap PUD, helping it to grow and develop ... In an effort to make the transition as smooth as possible, the board has graciously allowed me to begin using my leave and to concentrate on my external sector engagements outside of the date-to-day operations of the PUD during this time.
"It's been an honor to serve the board for 27 years and a pleasure to work with all my gifted colleagues and friends at the PUD," he said.
Bob Hunter, the PUD's assistant manager, was placed in charge of PUD staff through the end of the year.
Friday, September 26, 2014
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Monday, September 22, 2014
Puget Sound Energy to Give Back More of Proceeds from Jefferson County Sale — But Only to Current Customers (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)
Friday, September 19, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
Fire Danger: Mason County Red Flag Warning Remains in Effect through 9:00 Tonight (National Weather Service, Seattle)
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Adult Fall Chinook Returns Shatter Single-Day Record Set Just One Year Ago (Bonneville Power Administration)
Historic fish returns predicated on a combination of work to improve fish conditions at all life stages in the Columbia River Basin and favorable ocean conditions
(PORTLAND, OR) -- Since Sunday, more than 180,354 adult fall chinook have climbed the fish ladders at Bonneville Lock and Dam on their annual migration into the Columbia River Basin.
Sunday’s count of 67,024 chinook was soon surpassed by Monday’s return of 67,521 – marking the largest, single-day return since counting began with the construction of the dam in 1938. The previous record of 63,870 had been set less than a year ago on Sept. 9, 2013. On Tuesday, the numbers held strong with 45,809 chinook swimming past the fish counting windows at the dam.
The fish are among the 359,258 fall chinook seen thus far at Bonneville Dam. These numbers are only a fraction of the predicted 1.5 million adult fall chinook returning by the end of 2014. These returns are the result of a host of federal, tribal, state and non-profit organizations in the region working together over the past decade to improve conditions in the tributaries and main stem river using an “all H” approach – harvest, habitat, hydro and hatcheries – as well as favorable ocean conditions.
“With our many partners, we work to balance the needs and interests of the region with large-scale improvements for fish,” said David Ponganis, Northwestern Division Programs Director for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “These record-breaking numbers show that the structural and operational improvements made at the dams have resulted in safer passage conditions for juvenile and adult fish.”
These efforts represent one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the nation, largely paid for by the region’s electric ratepayers along with funding from federal taxpayers.
“The results we are seeing reflect a tremendous collaborative effort within the Columbia River Basin,” said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. “We look forward to working with our existing and future partners towards a common vision of continuing to bring back more fish to the rivers.”
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Lewis County Sheriff's Office Investigating Wire Theft from Street Lights (KELA Radio, Centralia, WA)
(CENTRALIA, WA) -- The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of a large amount of copper wire from street lights along Rush Road. Stacy Brown with the Sheriff’s Office says on Wednesday deputies contacted the Lewis County Public Works Department in regards to the theft that happened in the 1600 block of Rush Road sometime between August 22 and August 25. According to Brown, county officials say up to a mile of insulated and non-insulated copper wire was taken. At this time there is no dollar estimate of the loss. The investigation is ongoing.