Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Energy News Digest for March 3, 2015

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS

Weather Forecast for March 3, 2015

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Ex-Puget Sound Energy Employee Charged in Theft of $32,000 in Copper Wire (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Labour Group Objects to BC Hydro’s Plan for Non-Union Peace River Dam Workforce (Globe & Mail, Canada)

What Happens When a Solar Eclipse Takes 30GW of Solar Off-Line? (The Energy Collective)

Strong Runs of Columbia River Chinook Projected (KVEW-TV, Tri-Cities, WA)

Sale of Longview Simpson Mill to Interfor Corporation Finalized (Longview Daily News, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  1. Ex-Puget Sound Energy Employee Charged in Theft of $32,000 in Copper Wire
  2. Labour Group Objects to BC Hydro’s Plan for Non-Union Peace River Dam Workforce
  3. Greens Fight Giant Pacific Northwest Oil Terminal on Columbia River
  4. Mason PUD 3 Engineer – From Shelton, CT to Shelton, WA, Mark is Saving Lives
  5. Grays Harbor Power Outages Down in 2014
  6. Past Tense Oregon: Oregon’s Post-War Economy Directly Tied to Columbia River Dams
  7. Utility Says Latest Delays to Georgia Nuclear Plant to Cost Additional $1 Billion
  8. Outage Safety – A Wilsonville Company’s Quest to Keep the (Traffic) Lights On
  9. Strong Runs of Columbia River Chinook Projected
  10. California Drought: State to Boost Water Deliveries after Feds Pull Back
  11. What Happens When a Solar Eclipse Takes 30GW of Solar Off-Line?
  12. Editorial: Wind Farm Tax System Seems to be Flawed
  13. Commentary: Ericksen’s Bill Would Gut Energy Act under the Guise of Climate Action
  14. Rollback of renewable-energy standards dies in Colorado Legislature
  15. Oregon House Republicans Float Clean Fuels Alternative that Would Gut Energy Trust Budget
  16. Day-Tripping Pot-Tour Startups See Wine-Industry Future
  17. Two Headlines Perfectly Sum Up Everything Wrong with American Drug Policy
  18. Oregon’s Legal Pot May Mean Drug Dog No Longer with the Force
  19. February Was One of the Most Bipolar Months in U-S Weather History
  20. Seeds of War – Global Warming Helped Trigger Syria’s Bloody Civil War
  21. How an Oregon Forest is Helping Chevy Meet Its Carbon Goals
  22. Seattle is Third – How Portland Compares to Detroit for Electric Vehicles
  23. Tax Breaks for Google Fiber, Comcast & Data Centers Sail through Oregon Senate
  24. After Net Neutrality Vote, Wheeler Turns to Salesmanship
  25. N Carolina: U-S Senator Moves to Overturn FCC Ruling on Local Broadband
  26. Telemedicine Making Sense for More Doctors & Patients
  27. Google, Facebook Give Updates on Contrasting Plans to Connect Rest of World
  28. Wi-Fi Everywhere May Let You Roam Free from Your Mobile Carrier
  29. ‘Puzzling’ Stickers Found at School Revealed to be Marketing Stunt
  30. Sixteen Ways to Use Social Media to Promote Your Event
  31. Washington Lt. Governor Tosses Two-Thirds Rule for ‘New’ Taxes
  32. Washington State Senate Passes $15 Billion Transportation Package, Gas Tax Hike
  33. Sale of Longview Simpson Mill to Interfor Corporation Finalized
  34. Environmental Groups Sue Port of Seattle over Shell Oil Fleet
  35. North Mason’s Faith in Action is Taking Action on New Senior Center
  36. Police: Thieves Preyed on Seahawks Fans during Playoff Game
  37. Homeless Man Caught Stealing $10,000 in Radio Broadcasting Equipment
WORD OF THE DAY

Tu Quoque • \TOO-KWOH-kwee\ • Noun - A retort charging an adversary with being or doing what he or she criticizes in others

“Golly,” exclaimed the fresh-faced liberal arts college student, “writing these environmentalist pamphlets to educate our brethren about the dangers of wood-fired power plants almost Thoreauesque!” The subtle tu quoque of the wool-clad group was lost them as they huddled close to the crackling, open-hearth wood fire for warmth in their off-grid house.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Ex-Puget Sound Energy Employee Charged in Theft of $32,000 in Copper Wire (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Labour Group Objects to BC Hydro’s Plan for Non-Union Peace River Dam Workforce (Globe & Mail, Canada)

Greens Fight Giant Pacific Northwest Oil Terminal on Columbia River (Courthouse News Service)

From Shelton, CT to Shelton, WA, Mark is Saving Lives (BloodWorks NW – One of Mason PUD 3’s engineers gets kudos!)

Grays Harbor Power Outages Down in 2014 (KXRO Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

Past Tense Oregon: Oregon’s Post-War Economy Directly Tied to Columbia River Dams (Oregonian, Portland)

Utility Says Latest Delays to Georgia Nuclear Plant to Cost Additional $1 Billion (Charlotte Business Journal, NC)

Outage Safety – A Wilsonville Company’s Quest to Keep the (Traffic) Lights On (Portland Business Journal, OR)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Strong Runs of Columbia River Chinook Projected (KVEW-TV, Tri-Cities, WA)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

California Drought: State to Boost Water Deliveries after Feds Pull Back (SF Chronicle)

RENEWABLE ENERGY

What Happens When a Solar Eclipse Takes 30GW of Solar Off-Line? (The Energy Collective)

Editorial: Wind Farm Tax System Seems to be Flawed (Ellensburg Daily Record, WA)

Commentary: Ericksen’s Bill Would Gut Energy Act under the Guise of Climate Action (The Political Junkie)

Rollback of renewable-energy standards dies in Colorado Legislature (Denver Business Journal)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Oregon House Republicans Float Clean Fuels Alternative that Would Gut Energy Trust Budget (Portland Business Journal, OR)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Day-Tripping Pot-Tour Startups See Wine-Industry Future (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Two Headlines Perfectly Sum Up Everything Wrong with American Drug Policy (Washington Post)

Oregon’s Legal Pot May Mean Drug Dog No Longer with the Force (Associated Press)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

February Was One of the Most Bipolar Months in U-S Weather History (Mashable)

Seeds of War – Global Warming Helped Trigger Syria’s Bloody Civil War (Mashable)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

How an Oregon Forest is Helping Chevy Meet Its Carbon Goals (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Seattle is Third – How Portland Compares to Detroit for Electric Vehicles (Portland Business Journal, OR)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Tax Breaks for Google Fiber, Comcast & Data Centers Sail through Oregon Senate (Oregonian, Portland)

After Net Neutrality Vote, Wheeler Turns to Salesmanship (NY Times)

N Carolina: U-S Senator Moves to Overturn FCC Ruling on Local Broadband (Charlotte News & Observer, NC)

Telemedicine Making Sense for More Doctors & Patients (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Google, Facebook Give Updates on Contrasting Plans to Connect Rest of World (Associated Press)

Wi-Fi Everywhere May Let You Roam Free from Your Mobile Carrier (National Public Radio)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

‘Puzzling’ Stickers Found at School Revealed to be Marketing Stunt (KATU-TV, Portland, OR)

Sixteen Ways to Use Social Media to Promote Your Event (Social Media Examiner)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

Washington Lt. Governor Tosses Two-Thirds Rule for ‘New’ Taxes (Northwest Public Radio)

Washington State Senate Passes $15 Billion Transportation Package, Gas Tax Hike (Associated Press)

GENERAL NEWS

Sale of Longview Simpson Mill to Interfor Corporation Finalized (Longview Daily News, WA)

Environmental Groups Sue Port of Seattle over Shell Oil Fleet (Reuters)

North Mason’s Faith in Action is Taking Action on New Senior Center (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Police: Thieves Preyed on Seahawks Fans during Playoff Game (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

Homeless Man Caught Stealing $10,000 in Radio Broadcasting Equipment (KHQ-TV, Spokane, WA)

DIVERSIONS

Here’s a Photo of a Weasel Riding a Woodpecker

Canadians Paying Tribute to Leonard Nimoy by “Spocking” Their Currency

DEA Agent Says Legalizing Medical Marijuana in Utah Will Lead to Stoned Rabbits

Sequim Radio Station’s “Classy” Bob Massey – Possibly Oldest Active Announcer – To Have 90th Birthday Celebrated Monday

SONG OF THE DAY

Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Energy News Digest for March 2, 2015

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS

Weather Forecast for March 2, 2015

A Small Craft Advisory for Puget Sound & Hood Canal is in effect through midnight.

The advisory is for wind & waves...north wind 15 to 30 MPH. Wind waves 2 to 4 feet.

A small craft advisory means that wind speeds of 25 to 40 MPH are expected to produce hazardous wave conditions to small craft.

Lions, Lambs & March Weather (Cliff Mass Weather Blog)

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Updated Water Supply Forecast: 87 Percent of Normal at Dalles Dam, 84 Percent at Lower Granite (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

Oregon’s Signature Solar Energy Project Built on Foundation of False Hopes & Falsehoods (Oregonian, Portland)

New FCC Rules Could Spur City of Seattle to Finally Make Use of That Dark Fiber (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)

Notice of Power Shutoffs No Longer a Job for Utility Staff in Idaho (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Marine Mammals Are Threat to Chinook Salmon on Lower Columbia River (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  1. Notice of Power Shutoffs No Longer a Job for Utility Staff in Idaho
  2. Can Oregon Go Coal Free By 2025?
  3. Northwest Power Pool Ends Market Operator Search
  4. Avista Chairman Earned Nearly $5.5 Million Last Year
  5. Skeptics Pan Haven Energy’s Claim of Ecologically Friendly Gas Project
  6. Grays Harbor PUD Warns: Scammers Are Posing as the PUD in Emails
  7. Washington State Utilities & Transportation Commissioner Philip Jones Pays Off Super Bowl Debt to FERC Commissioner LaFleur
  8. FERC Taken to Task on Potential Nuclear Plant Closings
  9. Pacific Gas & Electric Can’t Duck Pollution Lawsuit
  10. Can Public Power Get the G(irls) into EngGineering?
  11. Marine Mammals Are Threat to Chinook Salmon on Lower Columbia River
  12. Scientists Suspect Unusually Warm Water along California Coast Cause of Sea Lion Pup Stranding
  13. Updated Water Supply Forecast: 87 Percent of Normal at Dalles Dam, 84 Percent at Lower Granite
  14. British Columbia: Low Snowpack No Reason to Worry about Water This Summer
  15. Washington State Congressman, Olympic Peninsula Tribe Upset about Delayed Dredging at La Push
  16. Corps Dredging of Federal Navigation Channel Completed for Snake, Clearwater Rivers, Two Ports
  17. California: Feds Say Many Central Valley Farmers Will Get No Water Deliveries
  18. Oregon’s Signature Solar Energy Project Built on Foundation of False Hopes & Falsehoods
  19. United Kingdom: Plans Unveiled for World’s First Tidal-Power Lagoons in the UK
  20. Portland Group Leads $18.3M Natural Gas Savings Effort
  21. King County Copies Microsoft in Bid to Cut Energy Consumption
  22. Geothermal Homes Come to Richland
  23. Light Bulb Recycling Program Aims to Protect Environment
  24. 2008 Flashback: PUD 3 to Provide for Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Recycling
  25. Beyond The Substation: How Five Proactive States Are Transforming the Grid Edge
  26. Marijuana Bill Advancing through Legislature Would Clamp Down on Medical Side
  27. Washington State Senator: Share Marijuana Money to Fight Crime
  28. Washington State Medical Marijuana Trial Pits State vs. Federal Laws
  29. Tribes Discuss Legal Marijuana – Representatives Attend Washington State Forum on Regulatory, Social Issues
  30. A Harbinger for Oregon? ‘Green Rush’ Hits Washington, DC as Pot Entrepreneurs Flood Marijuana Business Expo
  31. Clean Fuels Bill Heads to Oregon House Vote despite Kitzhaber Questions
  32. New FCC Rules Could Spur City of Seattle to Finally Make Use of That Dark Fiber
  33. Google to Offer Own Cellular Network Plan
  34. Wi-Fi in the Sky – Google Will Soon Send Solar-Powered Drones into the Sky
  35. Midco Critical Of FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules
  36. How Superfish’s Security-Compromising Adware Came to Inhabit Lenovo’s PCs
  37. At Home with the Internet of Annoying Things
  38. When a Bad Facebook Comment is a Good Thing
  39. So long, Google+. Hello, Streams, Photos & Hangouts
  40. On the Eve of Turning 30, AOL Dials Up Mobile & Video
  41. Islamic State Threatens ‘War’ on Twitter Co-Founder
  42. Digital Life: What Happened to Voice Mail?
  43. No Clark County GOP Censure of Herrera Beutler
  44. Lawmakers Seek Support for Letter Backing Municipal Bond Tax Exemption
  45. Flu Taking Bigger Toll this Season
  46. Seattle Sets Twin Records for Warmest February, Winter on Record
  47. Seattle Real Estate Developer Ted Schroth Charged in Poisoning of 123 Lake Chelan Poplar Trees
  48. Girls’ Basketball: Mary M Knight Draws Neah Bay at State Tournament
  49. Shelton Girls’ Wrestling Academic State Champions
WORD OF THE DAY

Esoteric • \ess-uh-TARE-ick\ • Adjective - 1a: designed for or understood by the specially initiated alone b: requiring or exhibiting knowledge that is restricted to a small group; broadly: difficult to understand 2a: limited to a small circle b: private, confidential 3: of special, rare, or unusual interest

Although not entirely unusual, the sopranino ukulele is among the esoteric members of the uke family. A smaller ukulele than normal; who would want one of those? (ME!)

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Notice of Power Shutoffs No Longer a Job for Utility Staff in Idaho (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Can Oregon Go Coal Free By 2025? (The Energy Collective)

Northwest Power Pool Ends Market Operator Search (Argus Media)

Avista Chairman Earned Nearly $5.5 Million Last Year (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Skeptics Pan Haven Energy’s Claim of Ecologically Friendly Gas Project (Longview Daily News, WA)

Grays Harbor PUD Warns: Scammers Are Posing as the PUD in Emails (KBKW Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

Washington State Utilities & Transportation Commissioner Philip Jones Pays Off Super Bowl Debt to FERC Commissioner LaFleur (Politico)

FERC Taken to Task on Potential Nuclear Plant Closings (Fierce Energy)

Pacific Gas & Electric Can’t Duck Pollution Lawsuit (Courthouse News Service)

Can Public Power Get the G(irls) into EngGineering? (American Public Power Association)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Marine Mammals Are Threat to Chinook Salmon on Lower Columbia River (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Scientists Suspect Unusually Warm Water along California Coast Cause of Sea Lion Pup Stranding (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Updated Water Supply Forecast: 87 Percent of Normal at Dalles Dam, 84 Percent at Lower Granite (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

British Columbia: Low Snowpack No Reason to Worry about Water This Summer (Victoria Times Colonist, BC)

Washington State Congressman, Olympic Peninsula Tribe Upset about Delayed Dredging at La Push (Associated Press)

Corps Dredging of Federal Navigation Channel Completed for Snake, Clearwater Rivers, Two Ports (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

California: Feds Say Many Central Valley Farmers Will Get No Water Deliveries (Sacramento Bee, CA)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Oregon’s Signature Solar Energy Project Built on Foundation of False Hopes & Falsehoods (Oregonian, Portland)

United Kingdom: Plans Unveiled for World’s First Tidal-Power Lagoons in the UK (The Week, UK)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Portland Group Leads $18.3M Natural Gas Savings Effort (Portland Business Journal, OR)

King County Copies Microsoft in Bid to Cut Energy Consumption (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)

Geothermal Homes Come to Richland (KNDO/KNDU-TV, Tri Cities, WA)

Light Bulb Recycling Program Aims to Protect Environment (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

2008 Flashback: PUD 3 to Provide for Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Recycling (Mason PUD 3, Shelton, WA)

Beyond The Substation: How Five Proactive States Are Transforming the Grid Edge (Utility Dive)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Marijuana Bill Advancing through Legislature Would Clamp Down on Medical Side (Longview Daily News, WA)

Washington State Senator: Share Marijuana Money to Fight Crime (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Washington State Medical Marijuana Trial Pits State vs. Federal Laws (USA Today)

Tribes Discuss Legal Marijuana – Representatives Attend Washington State Forum on Regulatory, Social Issues (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

A Harbinger for Oregon? ‘Green Rush’ Hits Washington, DC as Pot Entrepreneurs Flood Marijuana Business Expo (Portland Business Journal, OR)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Clean Fuels Bill Heads to Oregon House Vote despite Kitzhaber Questions (Portland Business Journal, OR)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

New FCC Rules Could Spur City of Seattle to Finally Make Use of That Dark Fiber (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)

Google to Offer Own Cellular Network Plan (Associated Press)

Wi-Fi in the Sky – Google Will Soon Send Solar-Powered Drones into the Sky (Mashable)

Midco Critical Of FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules (KELO-TV, Sioux Falls SD)

How Superfish’s Security-Compromising Adware Came to Inhabit Lenovo’s PCs (NY Times)

At Home with the Internet of Annoying Things (Home Energy)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

When a Bad Facebook Comment is a Good Thing (Electric Co-op Today)

So long, Google+. Hello, Streams, Photos & Hangouts (GigaOM)

On the Eve of Turning 30, AOL Dials Up Mobile & Video (AdWeek)

Islamic State Threatens ‘War’ on Twitter Co-Founder (USA Today)

Digital Life: What Happened to Voice Mail? (USA Today)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

No Clark County GOP Censure of Herrera Beutler (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Lawmakers Seek Support for Letter Backing Municipal Bond Tax Exemption (American Public Power Association)

GENERAL NEWS

Flu Taking Bigger Toll this Season (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Seattle Sets Twin Records for Warmest February, Winter on Record (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

Seattle Real Estate Developer Ted Schroth Charged in Poisoning of 123 Lake Chelan Poplar Trees (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)

Girls’ Basketball: Mary M Knight Draws Neah Bay at State Tournament (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Shelton Girls’ Wrestling Academic State Champions (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

DIVERSIONS

The Truth about the Sound of Music Family

Recreational Excavating? Man Abandoned Backhoe in Big Hole He Dug in Rural Road

Nebraska Police Find Marijuana inside Container Labeled ‘Not Weed’

Toronto Police: Two Men Built Mystery Tunnel Just for Fun

SONG OF THE DAY

James Taylor - Country Road

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Energy News Digest for February 27, 2015 – The Leonard Nimoy Memorial Edition

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS

Weather Forecast for February 27, 2015

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Leonard Nimoy, Spock in ‘Star Trek’ Series, Dies at 83 (Bloomberg News)

‘Net Neutrality Essential’ – Washington State, City Officials Cheer FCC’s New Rules (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

Claim: Oregon State Data Center Managers ‘In Trouble’ for Talking to Kitzhaber-Hayes Investigators (Oregonian, Portland)

News Release: New Report Shows Status of Salmon Recovery – More salmon are returning home in some areas, although significant work remains (Washington State Governor’s Office)

Despite Increasing Sales, Legal Washington State Pot Businesses Warn of Impending Disaster if Changes Not Made (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  1. Iberdrola’s $3 Billion Deal Creates Mega Utility in U-S Northeast
  2. Senate Bill Would Look to Install Crude Oil Pipeline across Washington State
  3. Mock Scenarios Prepare Linemen for Emergencies in the Field
  4. Western Region to FERC: EPA Should Make Time to Consider Reliability in Proposed Carbon Dioxide Rule
  5. News Release: New Report Shows Status of Salmon Recovery
  6. Op/Ed: More Salmon – More Wanted
  7. Feds Spot Third Baby Orca Born Recently to Imperiled Pods
  8. Volunteers Count Fish Eggs to Evaluate Health of Marine Waters
  9. Will Low Snowpack Affect Oregon Fire Insurance?
  10. Oregon Hits Expired Wastewater Permit Nadir
  11. The EPA Just Ripped California’s Big Renewable Energy Plan
  12. Are Utilities or States the Leaders in Renewable Energy & Efficiency?
  13. Aussie Wave Energy Deployment Makes Splash – Next Project Will Be Real Test
  14. Despite Increasing Sales, Legal Washington State Pot Businesses Warn of Impending Disaster if Changes Not Made
  15. Even With Washington State Overhaul, Black Market for Pot Could Remain
  16. New Store Defies Pierce County Ban on Recreational Pot Sales
  17. Republicans Warn Washington to Think Twice about Legalizing Marijuana
  18. Farm-to-Table Marijuana Startup Launches with Posh Berkeley Party
  19. The Big Melt: Antarctica’s Retreating Ice May Re-Shape Earth
  20. Editorial: Will Oregon House Democrats Find Low-Carbon Courage?
  21. Idaho Bill Would Let Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Sell Power Back to Grid
  22. The FCC Rules against State Limits on City-Run Internet
  23. Tax Cuts for Google Fiber, Comcast & Data Centers Move Forward in Oregon Senate – Cities Object
  24. ‘Net Neutrality Essential’ – Washington State, City Officials Cheer FCC’s New Rules
  25. U-S Senator Cantwell Hails Tough Rules for Internet Providers
  26. Highlights of the Net Neutrality Rules
  27. The Winners & Losers in the FCC Ruling for Net Neutrality
  28. Sorry, But Net Neutrality is Far from Settled
  29. The Lamest Official Reactions against Net Neutrality
  30. There’s Already a Conspiracy Theory Brewing over Net Neutrality
  31. Dutch Offer Preview of Net Neutrality
  32. Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds
  33. Claim: Oregon State Data Center Managers ‘In Trouble’ for Talking to Kitzhaber-Hayes Investigators
  34. Cylvia Hayes Suing Oregonian in Email-Blocking Effort
  35. Federal Workers Caught Stealing Gas with Taxpayer Money
  36. Skookum Rotary’s OysterFest Dollars at Work in the Community
  37. Two Suspected Vandals Rescued, Arrested at California Park
  38. KXRO Names Daniel Hargrove News Director as Kyle Pauley Exits
  39. Leonard Nimoy, Spock in ‘Star Trek’ Series, Dies at 83
WORD OF THE DAY

Nadir • \NAY-deer\ • noun – 1: the point of the celestial sphere that is directly opposite the zenith and vertically downward from the observer 2: the lowest point

Dondi had to admit that after a long run as the “blue haired, big-eared darling” of the Sunday comics that having to play a bit parts in the “Nancy” and “Henry” comics represented the nadir of his pulp fiction career.

Lear more about Dondi Here:

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Iberdrola’s $3 Billion Deal Creates Mega Utility in U-S Northeast (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Senate Bill Would Look to Install Crude Oil Pipeline across Washington State (Bellingham Herald, WA)

Mock Scenarios Prepare Linemen for Emergencies in the Field (Bonneville Power Administration)

Western Region to FERC: EPA Should Make Time to Consider Reliability in Proposed Carbon Dioxide Rule (American Public Power Association)

FISH & WILDLIFE

News Release: New Report Shows Status of Salmon Recovery – More salmon are returning home in some areas, although significant work remains (Washington State Governor’s Office)

Op/Ed: More Salmon – More Wanted (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Feds Spot Third Baby Orca Born Recently to Imperiled Pods (Associated Press)

Volunteers Count Fish Eggs to Evaluate Health of Marine Waters (Everett Herald, WA)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Will Low Snowpack Affect Oregon Fire Insurance? (KOIN-TV, Portland, OR)

Oregon Hits Expired Wastewater Permit Nadir (Portland Business Journal, OR)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

The EPA Just Ripped California’s Big Renewable Energy Plan (KCET-TV, Beautiful Downtown Burbank, CA)

Are Utilities or States the Leaders in Renewable Energy & Efficiency? (Renewable Energy World)

Aussie Wave Energy Deployment Makes Splash – Next Project Will Be Real Test (Breaking Energy)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Despite Increasing Sales, Legal Washington State Pot Businesses Warn of Impending Disaster if Changes Not Made (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Even With Washington State Overhaul, Black Market for Pot Could Remain (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)

New Store Defies Pierce County Ban on Recreational Pot Sales (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

Republicans Warn Washington to Think Twice about Legalizing Marijuana (NY Times)

Farm-to-Table Marijuana Startup Launches with Posh Berkeley Party (SF Chronicle)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

The Big Melt: Antarctica’s Retreating Ice May Re-Shape Earth (Associated Press)

Editorial: Will Oregon House Democrats Find Low-Carbon Courage? (Oregonian, Portland)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Idaho Bill Would Let Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Sell Power Back to Grid (Utility Dive)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

The FCC Rules against State Limits on City-Run Internet (Washington Post)

Tax Cuts for Google Fiber, Comcast & Data Centers Move Forward in Oregon Senate – Cities Object (Oregonian, Portland)

THE GREAT NET IS A NEUTRAL – MEN IN BLACK EDITION - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY8nCuwSf84

‘Net Neutrality Essential’ – Washington State, City Officials Cheer FCC’s New Rules (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

U-S Senator Cantwell Hails Tough Rules for Internet Providers (Associated Press)

Highlights of the Net Neutrality Rules (San Jose Mercury News, CA)

The Winners & Losers in the FCC Ruling for Net Neutrality – Mozilla & Netflix celebrate as Comcast & Verizon seethe (AdWeek)

Sorry, But Net Neutrality is Far from Settled (Mashable)

The Lamest Official Reactions against Net Neutrality (Gizmodo)

There’s Already a Conspiracy Theory Brewing over Net Neutrality (Washington Post)

Dutch Offer Preview of Net Neutrality (NY Times)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds (Consumerist)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

Claim: Oregon State Data Center Managers ‘In Trouble’ for Talking to Kitzhaber-Hayes Investigators (Oregonian, Portland)

Cylvia Hayes Suing Oregonian in Email-Blocking Effort (KOIN-TV, Portland, OR)

Federal Workers Caught Stealing Gas with Taxpayer Money (Washington Post)

GENERAL NEWS

Skookum Rotary’s OysterFest Dollars at Work in the Community (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Two Suspected Vandals Rescued, Arrested at California Park (Reuters)

KXRO Names Daniel Hargrove News Director as Kyle Pauley Exits (KXRO Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

DIVERSIONS

Leonard Nimoy, Spock in ‘Star Trek’ Series, Dies at 83

Labrador Retrievers Top Breed in Portland & U-S – Chihuahuas Are Also a Hit, Data Show

Five History Lessons about Products You Use Every Day

Why Everyone is Asking ‘What Colour is This Dress?’

SONG OF THE DAY

Star Trek Soundtracks

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