Friday, April 17, 2015

Energy News Digest for April 17, 2015

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS

Weather Forecast for April 17, 2015

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

British Columbia Exploring Use of Green Bonds to Build Dam (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Judges Skeptical of Challenge to Proposed EPA Rule on Climate Change (NY Times)

No Chinook Salmon Season in Central Puget Sound this Year (Associated Press)

Oregon Governor Signs ‘Gigabit’ Tax Bill for Google Fiber (Oregonian, Portland)

Washington State Auditor Pleads Innocent after Federal Indictment (Associated Press)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • British Columbia Exploring Use of Green Bonds to Build Dam
  • British Columbia: Former Dam Workers Say $9-Billion Peace River Project Should Be Union-Built 
  • Customer Service: This Technology from the 1800s Is Still One of the Fastest Ways to Move Money
  • No Chinook Salmon Season in Central Puget Sound this Year
  • Let’s Hear It for Chum: The Underdog Salmon Has a Serious Drive to Thrive
  • McNary Dam Evolves to Boost Fish Passage
  • Research Suggests Toxic Contamination Could Contribute to Lamprey Decline
  • Proposal to Resurrect Columbia River’s Celilo Falls Draws Flak
  • Willamette River Tops List of Toxic Waterways
  • Nippon Biomass Power Plant Exceeds One-Hour Carbon Monoxide Limits Three Times
  • Colorado Wind-Industry Jobs Rise on Turbine Orders
  • Will Big Corporations Snatch the Wind Opportunity Away from Utilities?
  • Washington’s Law Ending ‘Wild West’ of Medical Marijuana May Boost Black Market
  • Judges Skeptical of Challenge to Proposed EPA Rule on Climate Change
  • Warning over Aerosol Climate Fix
  • Myths & Facts about Capping Climate Change Pollution
  • Demand for Rubber ‘Threatens Forests’
  • Why Ecomodernists Should Embrace Wind Power
  • Oregon Governor Signs ‘Gigabit’ Tax Bill for Google Fiber
  • Oregon Towns Bypass Google Fiber, Plan Own Gigabit Networks
  • Verizon Slices Up the Bundle, Lets Customers Choose
  • Yahoo Renews, Updates Search Agreement with Microsoft
  • Fourteen Ways to Dramatically Improve Your Facebook Ad Campaign
  • The New Star Wars Teaser Is Incredible
  • Twitter Unveils Star Wars Emojis & All Is Right with the Galaxy
  • Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds
  • Washington State Auditor Pleads Innocent after Federal Indictment
  • Hell Week for Flacks – Washington Auditor Proclaims Innocence, Won’t Resign after Federal Indictment
  • State Rep. Drew MacEwen Joins In Call for Washington State Auditor to Resign
  • Editorial: Kelley Must Resign to Restore Trust in Washington State Auditor’s Office
  • Having Fun Yet? The Washington State Legislature’s Endgame Is Just Beginning
  • State Fish & Wildlife official, Mason County Resident, Accused of Burglary, Rape
  • Big Oil Drilling Rig Arrives in Port Angeles
  • Semi Carrying Load of Honey Bees Overturns on I-5
  • More Than 200 Attend Hiring Event at Capital Mall in West Olympia
  • Gold Miner to Armed Supporters: Back Off
  • Olympic Number 6 – The 15 Most Visited U-S National Parks
WORD OF THE DAY

Rebarbative • \rih-BARR-buh-tiv\ • Adjective – Repellent, irritating

“And this’ll keep yuh warm,” muttered the grizzled prospector to Benjamin Bartholomew, the shivering refugee from the mountainous winter storm. An odiferous hair shirt sailed through the air and landed at Ben’s rough-shod feet. As he wrestled into the evil smelling garment, the course weave of the fabric immediately started its rebarbative assault on his tender skin. To be soon joined by a host of unseen vermin that seemed intent on digesting his frozen body bit, by bit.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

British Columbia Exploring Use of Green Bonds to Build Dam (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)

British Columbia: Former Dam Workers Say $9-Billion Peace River Project Should Be Union-Built (Globe & Mail, Canada)

Customer Service: This Technology from the 1800s Is Still One of the Fastest Ways to Move Money (Washington Post)

FISH & WILDLIFE

No Chinook Salmon Season in Central Puget Sound this Year (Associated Press)

Let’s Hear It for Chum: The Underdog Salmon Has a Serious Drive to Thrive (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)

McNary Dam Evolves to Boost Fish Passage (East Oregonian, Pendleton)

Research Suggests Toxic Contamination Could Contribute to Lamprey Decline (Yakima Herald-Republic, WA)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Proposal to Resurrect Columbia River’s Celilo Falls Draws Flak (Northwest Public Radio)

Willamette River Tops List of Toxic Waterways (KOIN-TV, Portland, OR)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Nippon Biomass Power Plant Exceeds One-Hour Carbon Monoxide Limits Three Times (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

Colorado Wind-Industry Jobs Rise on Turbine Orders (Denver Post, CO)

Will Big Corporations Snatch the Wind Opportunity Away from Utilities? A quarter of new wind in 2014 was bought by names like Google & Apple instead of power companies (Utility Dive)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Washington’s Law Ending ‘Wild West’ of Medical Marijuana May Boost Black Market (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Judges Skeptical of Challenge to Proposed EPA Rule on Climate Change (NY Times)

Warning over Aerosol Climate Fix (British Broadcasting Corporation)

Myths & Facts about Capping Climate Change Pollution (Sightline Daily)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Demand for Rubber ‘Threatens Forests’ (British Broadcasting Corporation)

Why Ecomodernists Should Embrace Wind Power (The Energy Collective)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Oregon Governor Signs ‘Gigabit’ Tax Bill for Google Fiber (Oregonian, Portland)

Oregon Towns Bypass Google Fiber, Plan Own Gigabit Networks (Broadband Reports)

Verizon slices up the bundle, lets customers choose (Associated Press)

Yahoo Renews, Updates Search Agreement with Microsoft (SF Chronicle)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Fourteen Ways to Dramatically Improve Your Facebook Ad Campaign (Mashable)

The New Star Wars Teaser Is Incredible (Washington Post)

Twitter Unveils Star Wars Emojis & All Is Right with the Galaxy (AdWeek)

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds (Consumerist)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE – THE TROY KELLEY EDITION

Washington State Auditor Pleads Innocent after Federal Indictment (Associated Press)

Hell Week for Flacks – Washington Auditor Proclaims Innocence, Won’t Resign after Federal Indictment (Northwest Public Radio)

State Rep. Drew MacEwen Joins In Call for Washington State Auditor to Resign (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Editorial: Kelley Must Resign to Restore Trust in Washington State Auditor’s Office (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Having Fun Yet? The Washington State Legislature’s Endgame Is Just Beginning (Crosscut Seattle)

GENERAL NEWS

State Fish & Wildlife official, Mason County Resident, Accused of Burglary, Rape (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

Big Oil Drilling Rig Arrives in Port Angeles (KONP Radio, Port Angeles, WA)

Semi Carrying Load of Honey Bees Overturns on I-5 (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

More Than 200 Attend Hiring Event at Capital Mall in West Olympia (Olympian - Paywall Advisory)

Gold Miner to Armed Supporters: Back Off – Rick Barclay Said the Mine Is Not Under Attack (KOIN-TV, Portland, OR)

Olympic Number 6 – The 15 Most Visited U-S National Parks (National Journal)

DIVERSIONS

Cat Lost for 2 Weeks in JFK Airport Found Alive

The Last Highway – The Road Connecting Forgotten Parts of America’s Southwest is About to Disappear Forever

Passenger Kicked Off Flight for Poking Snoring Seatmate with Pen

Severely Beaten ‘Miracle’ Dog to Return to Veterinary Hospital

SONG OF THE DAY

Shawn Phillips – Lost Horizon (Title Theme, 1973)

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

All the links in today’s news digest lead to current stories. Please note that some media organizations update their web sites regularly, which may result in broken links in the future.

Note that as some newspapers migrate to a “paywall” system of access, some articles may not be available without forking over some cold hard credit card cash. However, some sites will allow a certain number of story accesses per month before holding out their hand. Sorry if this is an inconvenience.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Energy News Digest for April 16, 2015

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS

Weather Forecast for April 16, 2015

Northwest Snow Gods Are Kind & Cruel (Cliff Mass Weather Blog)

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Snow Pack Six Percent of Normal in Olympic Mountains (KONP Radio, Port Angeles, WA)

Bellevue Neighbors Vow to Fight New Puget Sound Energy Power Line (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

City Of Ellensburg May Offer Ratepayers Solar Energy Option through Community Project (Ellensburg Daily Record, WA)

Idaho: Building a Better Steelhead on the South Fork of the Clearwater (Idaho Statesman)

How to Offer Great Customer Service with Social Media (Social Media Examiner)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  1. Bellevue Neighbors Vow to Fight New Puget Sound Energy Power Line
  2. Grant PUD Commissioners Approve Crescent Bar Memorandum
  3. Mason PUD 3 Commission Report – April 14, 2015 Business Meeting
  4. Hey Look! There’s Elliot Mainzer: Electric Power Research Institute Names New Board Members
  5. U-S Senator: Regulators’ ‘Heads Should Roll’ over Diablo Nuclear Plant
  6. Energy Adviser: Idea Fair to Focus on Storm Safety
  7. Tennessee Valley Authority Sued over Tennessee Coal Ash Ponds
  8. Virginia Town Should Not Sell Municipal Utility, Advisory Group Says
  9. Wisconsin: Lawmakers Vote to End Funding for Citizens’ Utility Board
  10. Mekong River Dams: Harnessing the Mekong or Killing It?
  11. Idaho: Building a Better Steelhead on the South Fork of the Clearwater
  12. Orcas Frolic, Hunt for Seals Off the Oregon Coast
  13. Gray Whale Travels 13,987 Miles, Breaking World Record
  14. Plight of Glacier National Park Stonefly Imperiled by Climate Change Draws Lawsuit
  15. Snow Pack Six Percent of Normal in Olympic Mountains
  16. Multnomah County Has Fourth Highest Diesel Pollution in U-S
  17. Video: Hood Canal Kelp Studied for Future of Ocean Life
  18. City Of Ellensburg May Offer Ratepayers Solar Energy Option through Community Project
  19. How The Public Views America’s Energy Revolution
  20. California: Desert Hot Springs – Wind Turbine Spinning Out of Control, Roads Closed
  21. Indiana: Groups Sue House GOP over Solar Bill Secrecy
  22. Can Other Cities Match Georgetown’s Low-Cost Switch to 100 Percent Wind & Sun?
  23. Governor Inslee Praises Washington State’s Medical Marijuana Regulation Measure
  24. Ruling by Federal Judge in California on Pot Classification Disappoints Legalization Advocates
  25. Rapid Warming Period May Be Underway as Earth Sets another Record
  26. Obama Administration’s Climate Change Plan Faces High-Profile Legal Test at Appeals Court
  27. Three Things to Know about CarbonWA’s Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax
  28. Infographics: Green Habits of Pacific Northwest Homeowners, How We Stack up to Neighbors & Generational Differences
  29. Portland Airport Hires 40 Goats & One Llama To Do Some Landscaping Work
  30. Apple Expands Environmental Projects to Include Solar Power in China, Sustainable Timber in U-S
  31. Chevrolet Discounts Spark EV: ‘Cheaper Than Phone Bill’
  32. Phone Company Refuses to Stop Denouncing ALEC’s Telecom Policy
  33. Panasonic Eyes Doubling of Airline Wi-Fi Installation to Meet Demand
  34. How to Offer Great Customer Service with Social Media
  35. Carlsberg Makes Londoners Happy With a Billboard That Gives Out Free Beer
  36. A Hidden Treasure Trove of Dead .Gov Websites
  37. Why States Are Getting Worse at Predicting Tax Revenue
  38. Here’s Which States Are Most Innovative in America
  39. Possibility for Keeping Shelton High School Pool
  40. Washington Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.9 Percent
  41. New Washington Ferry System Fails on First Day of High-Volume Summer Reservations
  42. U-S Homebuilder Confidence, Outlook Surge in April on Expectations of Robust Sales This Spring
  43. City of Lacey Annual STEM Fair & Electric Car Rally May 2
  44. Seattle CEO Sets $70,000 Minimum Wage as U-S ‘Pay Gap’ Widens
  45. Anti-Vax Mom Changes Her Tune as All Seven of Her Children Come Down with Whooping Cough 
  46. Oregon Couple Awarded More Than $200,000 in Dog-Barking Case
WORD OF THE DAY

Stentorian • \stent-TORE-ee-un\ • Adjective – Extremely loud.

Stentorian voice
Echoes from the bathroom stall
Sigh, toilet cell call

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Bellevue Neighbors Vow to Fight New Puget Sound Energy Power Line (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Grant PUD Commissioners Approve Crescent Bar Memorandum (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

Mason PUD 3 Commission Report – April 14, 2015 Business Meeting (Mason PUD 3, Shelton, WA)

Hey Look! There’s Elliot Mainzer: Electric Power Research Institute Names New Board Members (EIN News)

U-S Senator: Regulators’ ‘Heads Should Roll’ over Diablo Nuclear Plant (SF Chronicle, CA)

Energy Adviser: Idea Fair to Focus on Storm Safety (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Tennessee Valley Authority Sued over Tennessee Coal Ash Ponds (Courthouse News Service)

Virginia Town Should Not Sell Municipal Utility, Advisory Group Says (Utility Dive)

Wisconsin: Lawmakers Vote to End Funding for Citizens’ Utility Board (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, WI)

Mekong River Dams: Harnessing the Mekong or Killing It? (National Geographic Magazine)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Idaho: Building a Better Steelhead on the South Fork of the Clearwater (Idaho Statesman)

Orcas Frolic, Hunt for Seals Off the Oregon Coast (Oregonian, Portland)

Gray Whale Travels 13,987 Miles, Breaking World Record (USA Today)

Plight of Glacier National Park Stonefly Imperiled by Climate Change Draws Lawsuit (Associated Press)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Snow Pack Six Percent of Normal in Olympic Mountains (KONP Radio, Port Angeles, WA)

Multnomah County Has Fourth Highest Diesel Pollution in U-S (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

Video: Hood Canal Kelp Studied for Future of Ocean Life (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

City Of Ellensburg May Offer Ratepayers Solar Energy Option through Community Project (Ellensburg Daily Record, WA)

How The Public Views America’s Energy Revolution – Two new polls show that support for renewables is on the rise across demographic divides (Utility Dive)

California: Desert Hot Springs – Wind Turbine Spinning Out of Control, Roads Closed (Riverside Press Enterprise, Ca)

Indiana: Groups Sue House GOP over Solar Bill Secrecy (Indianapolis Star, IN)

Can Other Cities Match Georgetown’s Low-Cost Switch to 100 Percent Wind & Sun? (Renewable Energy World)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Governor Inslee Praises Washington State’s Medical Marijuana Regulation Measure (Northwest Public Radio)

Ruling by Federal Judge in California on Pot Classification Disappoints Legalization Advocates (Associated Press)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Rapid Warming Period May Be Underway as Earth Sets another Record (Mashable)

Obama Administration’s Climate Change Plan Faces High-Profile Legal Test at Appeals Court (Associated Press)

Three Things to Know about CarbonWA’s Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax (Sightline Daily)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Infographics: Green Habits of Pacific Northwest Homeowners, How We Stack up to Neighbors & Generational Differences (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

Portland Airport Hires 40 Goats & One Llama To Do Some Landscaping Work (Consumerist)

Apple Expands Environmental Projects to Include Solar Power in China, Sustainable Timber in U-S (Associated Press)

Chevrolet Discounts Spark EV: ‘Cheaper Than Phone Bill’ (USA Today – Not mine…)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Phone Company Refuses to Stop Denouncing ALEC’s Telecom Policy (National Journal)

Panasonic Eyes Doubling of Airline Wi-Fi Installation to Meet Demand (Reuters)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

How to Offer Great Customer Service with Social Media (Social Media Examiner)

Carlsberg Makes Londoners Happy With a Billboard That Gives Out Free Beer (AdWeek)

A Hidden Treasure Trove of Dead .Gov Websites (Gizmodo)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

Why States Are Getting Worse at Predicting Tax Revenue (Washington Post)

Here’s Which States Are Most Innovative in America (Washington Post)

GENERAL NEWS

Possibility for Keeping Shelton High School Pool (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Washington Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.9 Percent (Associated Press)

New Washington Ferry System Fails on First Day of High-Volume Summer Reservations (Associated Press)

U-S Homebuilder Confidence, Outlook Surge in April on Expectations of Robust Sales This Spring (Associated Press)

City of Lacey Annual STEM Fair & Electric Car Rally May 2 (Thurston Talks, Olympia, WA)

Seattle CEO Sets $70,000 Minimum Wage as U-S ‘Pay Gap’ Widens (Christian Science Monitor)

Anti-Vax Mom Changes Her Tune as All Seven of Her Children Come Down with Whooping Cough (Washington Post)

Oregon Couple Awarded More Than $200,000 in Dog-Barking Case (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

DIVERSIONS

Polish Nurse Cat May Be the Cutest Medical Practitioner in History

Cats Chat with Us through Meows, Blinks & Roving Whiskers

Giant Realistic Cat Head is the Stuff of Nightmeows

Man Ruptures Tendon after Weeks of ‘Candy Crush’

SONG OF THE DAY

Al Stewart - Year of the Cat

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Energy News Digest for April 15, 2015

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS

Weather Forecast for April 15, 2015

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Pacific Northwest Snow-Pack Gains Back 2% from Weekend Storm (KHQ-TV, Spokane, WA)

Idaho Legislature Opposes Snake Dam Removal (Idaho Mountain Express, Ketchum)

Idaho to Join Handful of States That Charge Electric Car Owners Extra (Northwest Public Radio)

Editorial: Even Kitzhaber Official Knew Carbon Tax Would Cut Emissions Little (Oregonian, Portland)

Public Power Council Applauds Congressional Call for Columbia River Treaty Negotiations (Public Power Council, Portland, OR)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Public Power Council Applauds Congressional Call for Columbia River Treaty Negotiations
  • PacifiCorp Explores Joining California Energy Grid Group
  • Snohomish PUD Taps Anne Spangler, General Counsel, To Be Interim Manager
  • Update: Power Restored in Spokane Valley
  • Klamath Falls Power Outage Linked to Animal Interference at Substation
  • California Judge Won’t Take San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant Case
  • Michigan Hearing Pits Utilities against Consumer Advocates in Deregulation Battle
  • That Canadian Energy - Can Imported Hydropower Be Used for Meeting EPA Greenhouse Gas Rules?
  • Idaho Legislature Opposes Snake Dam Removal
  • Pacific Northwest Snow-Pack Gains Back 2% from Weekend Storm
  • Here’s Why It Will Be a Bad Year for the Pacific Northwest – Or Maybe Not
  • Exclusive: Warm Winter Temperatures Slammed California Wind Farms
  • Solar Oregon: 10x More Energy in Ten Years
  • The Utah Solar Boomlet: PURPA Lives!
  • Texas: Senate Votes to End Renewable Energy Programs
  • Op/Ed: What’s the True Cost of Wind Power?
  • Why Thousands of Snohomish County Streetlights Are Being Switched to LED
  • Bellingham Plans to Convert Streetlights to LEDs This Year – Will Use $4 Million Low-Interest Loan
  • Energy Efficiency: The ‘First Fuel’ & a Source of Energy in its Own Right
  • Mossyrock Man Honored by Bonneville Power Administration
  • Say Goodbye to Medical Marijuana as You Know It in Washington
  • With Legalization Possible, Pot Growers Become Lobbyists
  • ‘Uber for Marijuana:’ Snoop Dogg’s Newest Business Investment
  • Editorial: Even Kitzhaber Official Knew Carbon Tax Would Cut Emissions Little
  • The Cost of Carbon: Economists Urge Salem to Make Polluters Pay
  • Meet the Portland Carbon Fund, the City’s Bold New Carbon Tax
  • Broadcast Meteorologists Increasingly Convinced Manmade Climate Change is Happening
  • Idaho to Join Handful of States That Charge Electric Car Owners Extra
  • European Union Hits Google with Antitrust Charges
  • U-S In-Flight Internet Could Be Hacked, Watchdog Warns
  • Twitter for the Masses
  • Ikea Brightens Up Little Corners of the World in These Fun Print Ads
  • Clinton Wins High Marks for Social-Media Launch
  • The Best Uses of the Hillary Clinton ‘Hillvetica’ Font
  • Semi Truck Crashes on Highway 101 near Potlatch
  • Warning of Early Fire Season in Pacific Northwest Sparks Concern
  • It’s Tax Day. You Haven’t Filed. Should You Freak Out?
  • Finish Your Taxes? Celebrate with These Freebies
  • Former NFL Star Aaron Hernandez Guilty of 1st-Degree Murder
  • Cosmopolis Man Tazed after He Chops down Neighbor’s Tree, Refuses Interview
  • University of Oregon Names New President
WORD OF THE DAY

CorvĂ©e • \KOR-vay\ • Noun – 1: unpaid labor (as toward constructing roads) due from a feudal vassal to his lord 2: labor exacted in lieu of taxes by public authorities especially for highway construction or repair.

“You may, of course, avoid any costs we may charge for digging a trench for your underground service by your corvee,” sniffed the imperious gas company executive. “What? You mean I can get service installed cheaper if I dig my own ditch,” responded the exasperated customer. “Isn’t that what I just said,” responded the executive, peering down at his new victim customer over his half-moon pince nez glasses.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Public Power Council Applauds Congressional Call for Columbia River Treaty Negotiations (Public Power Council, Portland, OR)

PacifiCorp Explores Joining California Energy Grid Group (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Snohomish PUD Taps Anne Spangler, General Counsel, To Be Interim Manager (Herald Business Journal, Everett, WA)

Update: Power Restored in Spokane Valley (KHQ-TV, Spokane, WA)

Klamath Falls Power Outage Linked to Animal Interference at Substation (Klamath Falls Herald & News, OR)

California Judge Won’t Take San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant Case (San Diego Union-Tribune, CA)

Michigan Hearing Pits Utilities against Consumer Advocates in Deregulation Battle (Utility Dive)

That Canadian Energy - Can Imported Hydropower Be Used for Meeting EPA Greenhouse Gas Rules? (Politico Morning Energy)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Idaho Legislature Opposes Snake Dam Removal (Idaho Mountain Express, Ketchum)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Pacific Northwest Snow-Pack Gains Back 2% from Weekend Storm (KHQ-TV, Spokane, WA)

Here’s Why It Will Be a Bad Year for the Pacific Northwest – Or Maybe Not (Northwest Public Radio)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Exclusive: Warm Winter Temperatures Slammed California Wind Farms (Reuters)

Solar Oregon: 10x More Energy in Ten Years (KOIN-TV, Portland, OR)

The Utah Solar Boomlet: PURPA Lives! (Breaking Energy)

Texas: Senate Votes to End Renewable Energy Programs (Texas Tribune)

Op/Ed: What’s the True Cost of Wind Power? (Newsweek)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Why Thousands of Snohomish County Streetlights Are Being Switched to LED (Everett Herald, WA)

Bellingham Plans to Convert Streetlights to LEDs This Year – Will Use $4 Million Low-Interest Loan (Bellingham Herald, WA)

Energy Efficiency: The ‘First Fuel’ & a Source of Energy in its Own Right (The Energy Collective)

Mossyrock Man Honored by Bonneville Power Administration (The Chronicle, Centralia, WA)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Say Goodbye to Medical Marijuana as You Know It in Washington (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

With Legalization Possible, Pot Growers Become Lobbyists (Associated Press)

‘Uber for Marijuana:’ Snoop Dogg’s Newest Business Investment (Christian Science Monitor)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Editorial: Even Kitzhaber Official Knew Carbon Tax Would Cut Emissions Little (Oregonian, Portland)

The Cost of Carbon: Economists Urge Salem to Make Polluters Pay (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Meet the Portland Carbon Fund, the City’s Bold New Carbon Tax (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Broadcast Meteorologists Increasingly Convinced Manmade Climate Change is Happening (Washington Post)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Idaho to Join Handful of States That Charge Electric Car Owners Extra (Northwest Public Radio)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

European Union Hits Google with Antitrust Charges (San Jose Mercury News, CA)

U-S In-Flight Internet Could Be Hacked, Watchdog Warns (British Broadcasting Corporation)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter for the Masses - For non-tweeters, the social network can feel clubby & confusing. Can its new home page change that? (Slate Magazine)

Ikea Brightens Up Little Corners of the World in These Fun Print Ads (AdWeek)

Clinton Wins High Marks for Social-Media Launch (Reuters)

The Best Uses of the Hillary Clinton ‘Hillvetica’ Font (Washington Post)

GENERAL NEWS

Semi Truck Crashes on Highway 101 near Potlatch (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Warning of Early Fire Season in Pacific Northwest Sparks Concern (Yakima Herald-Republic, WA)

It’s Tax Day. You Haven’t Filed. Should You Freak Out? (Washington Post)

Finish Your Taxes? Celebrate with These Freebies (KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA)

Former NFL Star Aaron Hernandez Guilty of 1st-Degree Murder (KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA)

Cosmopolis Man Tazed after He Chops down Neighbor’s Tree, Refuses Interview (KBKW Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

University of Oregon Names New President – The new president will be the university’s fifth leader in six years (KOIN-TV, Portland, OR)

DIVERSIONS

The Myth & Magic of WD-40, the Cold War Lube That Changed America

The Apollo 13 Astronauts Have Been Immortalized in Lego

Maryland Detains ‘Free-Range’ Kids: How Walk to Playground Became So Fraught

Soulful Singer Percy Sledge Dies

SONGS OF THE DAY

Percy Sledge – Warm & Tender Love

Percy Sledge – A Whiter Shade of Pale

Percy Sledge – When a Man Loves a Woman

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

All the links in today’s news digest lead to current stories. Please note that some media organizations update their web sites regularly, which may result in broken links in the future.

Note that as some newspapers migrate to a “paywall” system of access, some articles may not be available without forking over some cold hard credit card cash. However, some sites will allow a certain number of story accesses per month before holding out their hand. Sorry if this is an inconvenience.