Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Energy News Digest for April 16, 2014

Energy News Digest for April 16, 2014

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Energy News Digest Word Cloud for April 16, 2014

HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

EPA Scores Big Win to Limit Mercury in Power Plants (Politico)

Snohomish PUD Proposes Alternative to Dam on Skykomish River (Everett Herald, WA)

Nuclear Regulators to Discuss Columbia Generating Station in Richland (KEPR-TV, Tri-Cities, WA)

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Decline In U-S for Second Year in a Row (The Business Journals)

Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission Investigating 911 Outage (Northwest Public Radio)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • EPA Scores Big Win to Limit Mercury in Power Plants (Politico)
  • Snohomish PUD Proposes Alternative to Dam on Skykomish River (Everett Herald, WA)
  • Snohomish PUD’s Innovative Hydropower Plan (Fierce Energy)
  • Nuclear Regulators to Discuss Columbia Generating Station in Richland (KEPR-TV, Tri-Cities, WA)
  • Wanapum Dam Modified to Handle Migrating Fish (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)
  • Fitch Ratings: Grant PUD Adequately Managing Wanapum Dam Fracture (Yahoo! Finance)
  • Jefferson, Clallam PUDs Warn Customers of Phone Scams (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)
  • Environmental Protection Agency Releases Columbia Falls Aluminum Company Site Study (Flathead Beacon, Kalispell, MT)
  • Rogers Seeks Kittitas PUD Re-Election for His Fourth, Six-Year Term (Ellensburg Daily Record, WA)
  • SoCal Edison to Conduct Mass Firings “…memo was issued, incidentally, on April Fool’s Day. Surprise, you’re fired…” (Los Angeles Business Journal, CA)
  • Losing Nine of 55,000 Electrical (sub)Stations Would Black Out America for Months (Examiner.Com)
  • Do You Have What it Takes to be a Lineman? (Electric Co-op Today)
  • Lummi Tribe’s Fishing Case Faces Off in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (Courthouse News Service)
  • President Signs Bill Protecting Washington State Landmark (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)
  • Field Poll: Drought Responses Split California (Sacramento Bee, CA)
  • Run-of-River Hydropower Market Worth $1.4 Billion in 10 Years, Says Tocardo (Renewable Energy World)
  • Clean Energy Finance through the Bond Market (Brookings Institute)
  • Fraud, Failure & Frustration: This Is the Story of America’s First Energy Transition (The Atlantic Magazine)
  • Infographic: What Oregon Would Look Like with 100% Renewable Energy (Sustainable Business Oregon)
  • Struggling Oregon Window Company Saved by Washington Competitor (Portland Business Journal, OR)
  • Save Hundreds of Dollars with New Discounted Light Bulbs (KATU-TV, Portland, OR)
  • Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Invites Input on Draft 2015-2019 Business Plan (PR NewsWire)
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Decline In U-S for Second Year in a Row (The Business Journals)
  • Tiny Houses: $17,000, Two Summers & a Fancy Shower Head (Sustainable Business Oregon)
  • Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission Investigating 911 Outage (Northwest Public Radio)
  • Washington Attorney General: Dish to Refund $2 Million (Associated Press)
  • The Insanely Fast Wi-Fi Router You’ll Probably Never Need (Washington Post)
  • Verizon: Gosh, We Just Can’t Afford to Maintain Copper Networks (Broadband Reports)
  • Facebook’s News Feed: What Changed & Why (Mashable)
  • What’s Gnip? And Why Did Twitter Buy It? (Washington Post)
  • Weather Underground Springs New Outlook for Users (USA Today)
  • This Reader Mocked Heartbleed, Posted His Passwords Online. Guess What Happened Next (Washington Post)
  • Microsoft Sends E-mail to Make Sure You Don’t Want E-mail from Microsoft (Consumerist)
  • Missing Soldier Found Dead in Capitol Forest Was Nephew of Couple Killed in Oso Landslide (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)
  • Death Toll 39 in Oso Mudslide; 36 Victims Identified (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)
  • Oso Landslide: Commissioner of Public Lands Sought Out to Provide Answers (Everett Herald, WA)
  • Shelton’s Red Apple Market Closing End of Month (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)
  • Quinault Nation to Reopen Lake Quinault to Public Use (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)
  • Plea Deal Rejected in Port Angeles Bulldozer Case (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)
  • Flurry of Earthquakes in Central Idaho Spurs Installation of Seismographs (Associated Press)
  • Los Angeles Company Buys Ten Acres in Snohomish County to Grow Pot (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)

WORD OF THE DAY

Peccadillo • \peck-uh-DILL-low\ • Noun - A small mistake or fault that is not regarded as very bad or serious: a slight offense.

Our state capitol
Or is it spelled capital
Small peccadillo


SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS


ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

EPA Scores Big Win to Limit Mercury in Power Plants (Politico)

Snohomish PUD Proposes Alternative to Dam on Skykomish River (Everett Herald, WA)

Snohomish PUD’s Innovative Hydropower Plan (Fierce Energy)

Nuclear Regulators to Discuss Columbia Generating Station in Richland (KEPR-TV, Tri-Cities, WA)

Wanapum Dam Modified to Handle Migrating Fish (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

Fitch Ratings: Grant PUD Adequately Managing Wanapum Dam Fracture (Yahoo! Finance)

Jefferson, Clallam PUDs Warn Customers of Phone Scams (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

Environmental Protection Agency Releases Columbia Falls Aluminum Company Site Study (Flathead Beacon, Kalispell, MT)

Rogers Seeks Kittitas PUD Re-Election for His Fourth, Six-Year Term (Ellensburg Daily Record, WA)

SoCal Edison to Conduct Mass Firings “…memo was issued, incidentally, on April Fool’s Day. Surprise, you’re fired…” (Los Angeles Business Journal, CA)

Losing Nine of 55,000 Electrical (sub)Stations Would Black Out America for Months (Examiner.Com)

Do You Have What it Takes to be a Lineman? (Electric Co-op Today)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Lummi Tribe’s Fishing Case Faces Off in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (Courthouse News Service)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

President Signs Bill Protecting Washington State Landmark (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

Field Poll: Drought Responses Split California (Sacramento Bee, CA)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Run-of-River Hydropower Market Worth $1.4 Billion in 10 Years, Says Tocardo (Renewable Energy World)

Clean Energy Finance through the Bond Market (Brookings Institute)

Fraud, Failure & Frustration: This Is the Story of America’s First Energy Transition (The Atlantic Magazine)

Infographic: What Oregon Would Look Like with 100% Renewable Energy (Sustainable Business Oregon)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Struggling Oregon Window Company Saved by Washington Competitor (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Save Hundreds of Dollars with New Discounted Light Bulbs (KATU-TV, Portland, OR)

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Invites Input on Draft 2015-2019 Business Plan (PR NewsWire)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Decline In U-S for Second Year in a Row (The Business Journals)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Tiny Houses: $17,000, Two Summers & a Fancy Shower Head (Sustainable Business Oregon)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission Investigating 911 Outage (Northwest Public Radio)

Washington Attorney General: Dish to Refund $2 Million (Associated Press)

The Insanely Fast Wi-Fi Router You’ll Probably Never Need (Washington Post)

Verizon: Gosh, We Just Can’t Afford to Maintain Copper Networks (Broadband Reports)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook’s News Feed: What Changed & Why (Mashable)

What’s Gnip? And Why Did Twitter Buy It? (Washington Post)

Weather Underground Springs New Outlook for Users (USA Today)

This Reader Mocked Heartbleed, Posted His Passwords Online. Guess What Happened Next (Washington Post)

Microsoft Sends E-mail to Make Sure You Don’t Want E-mail from Microsoft (Consumerist)

GENERAL NEWS

Missing Soldier Found Dead in Capitol Forest Was Nephew of Couple Killed in Oso Landslide (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Death Toll 39 in Oso Mudslide; 36 Victims Identified (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Oso Landslide: Commissioner of Public Lands Sought Out to Provide Answers (Everett Herald, WA)

Shelton’s Red Apple Market Closing End of Month (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Quinault Nation to Reopen Lake Quinault to Public Use (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

Plea Deal Rejected in Port Angeles Bulldozer Case (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

Flurry of Earthquakes in Central Idaho Spurs Installation of Seismographs (Associated Press)

Los Angeles Company Buys Ten Acres in Snohomish County to Grow Pot (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)

DIVERSIONS

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Longhaired Woman Sues Walmart for $10,000, Claiming Shampoo Tangled Locks, Forced Her to Cut It

When You’ve Gotta Go, Don’t Do It on the Alamo - Unless You Like Jail (He’s lucky that’s all the punishment he received)

Mushrooms Can Mine the Gold from Your Old Cellphones

Missing Nebraska Boy, 3, Found in Toy Claw Machine

SONG OF THE DAY

Cowsills – Hair

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Energy News Digest for April 15, 2014

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Energy News Digest Word Cloud for April 15, 2014

HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Portland General Electric to Take Bigger Stake in Boardman Coal Plant; Strikes Deal to Keep Buying Hydropower from Tribes (Oregonian, Portland)

Washington State Preparing to Truck Salmon around Wanapum Dam (KEPR-TV, Tri-Cities, WA)

Drawdown of Columbia River Reservoir Creates Problems, Opportunities (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Pot Fields in Columbia Basin, Yakima Valley Might Lack Irrigation Water (Tri-City Herald, WA)

Heartbleed Bug Fixes Threaten to Cause Major Internet Disruptions in Coming Weeks (Washington Post)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Portland General Electric to Take Bigger Stake in Boardman Coal Plant; Strikes Deal to Keep Buying Hydropower from Tribes (Oregonian, Portland)
  • Drawdown of Columbia River Reservoir Creates Problems, Opportunities (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)
  • 2014 Northwest Public Power Association Safety Award Winners Announced (Northwest Public Power Association)
  • Mason PUD 3 Awarded First Place in Regional Safety Contest (Mason County PUD 3, Shelton, WA)
  • U-S Senate Turns Spotlight on Power Grid Security (Electric Co-op Today)
  • North American Electric Reliability Corporation Posts Proposed Physical Security Standard for Comment (American Public Power Association)
  • Colorado: Boulder City Council to Vote on Creating a Municipal Electric Utility (American Public Power Association)
  • Utilities Face Massive Brain Drain (Transmission & Distribution World)
  • Washington State Preparing to Truck Salmon around Wanapum Dam (KEPR-TV, Tri-Cities, WA)
  • Pacific Northwest: The Demise of Fish-Eating Birds (Electric Co-op Today)
  • Drakes Bay Oyster Company Takes Its Case to U-S Supreme Court (KQED Broadcasting, San Francisco, CA)
  • Pot Fields in Columbia Basin, Yakima Valley Might Lack Irrigation Water (Tri-City Herald, WA)
  • Longview Septic Tank Pumper Gets 27-Month Sentence for Illegal Dumping (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)
  • Can Nuclear Power & Renewable Energy Learn to Get Along? (The Energy Collective)
  • Energy Storage Project Deemed Success, Could Pave Way for More Batteries on Texas Grid (Dallas Business Journal, TX)
  • ‘Internet of Things’ Turns Up the Heat On Utilities (Midwest Energy News)
  • Is This the Nest of Air Conditioners? (Mashable)
  • Climate Control: University of Oregon Looks at Ups & Downs of Teaching Global Change (Eugene Register-Guard, OR)
  • Heartbleed Bug Fixes Threaten to Cause Major Internet Disruptions in Coming Weeks (Washington Post)
  • Akamai Admits Its Heartbleed Patch Was Faulty, Has to Reissue All SSL Certs & Keys (Crooks & Liars Blog)
  • State Lands Chief Breaks Vow, Takes Timber-Industry Money (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)
  • Washington State Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom Ends Re-Election Campaign (Everett Herald, WA)
  • Montana Democratic Primary: Education, Broadband Priorities for U-S House Candidate Lewis (Missoulian, MT)
  • CenturyLink: 4,500 Washington State Calls Failed During 911 Outage - Caused By Technical Error in Third-Party Vendor’s Call Router (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)
  • It’s Tax Day! Don’t Panic, Go Get Free Curly Fries (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)
  • Fire Razes a Washington State Fairground Building in Puyallup, One Animal Dies (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)
  • Full Lunar Eclipse Delights Americas, First of the Year (Associated Press)
  • Scientists Say a Deep Canyon Feeds Puget Sound (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

WORD OF THE DAY

Recondite • \RECK-kun-dyte\ • Adjective - 1: hidden from sight: concealed 2: difficult or impossible for one of ordinary understanding or knowledge to comprehend: deep 3: of, relating to, or dealing with something little known or obscure

Harvey Brandeis reveled in his talent of knowing things unknown to others. His skill was such that for his office mates, his presence was not unlike wearing a woolen shirt…without underwear. It irritated, but had to be endured. Every utterance from Harvey that began with “did you know that…” was met with eye rolling and sighs. The main irritant was not so much the little bits of information, but the inability to fact check the recondite factoids.

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS


ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Portland General Electric to Take Bigger Stake in Boardman Coal Plant; Strikes Deal to Keep Buying Hydropower from Tribes (Oregonian, Portland)

Drawdown of Columbia River Reservoir Creates Problems, Opportunities (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

2014 Northwest Public Power Association Safety Award Winners Announced (Northwest Public Power Association)

Mason PUD 3 Awarded First Place in Regional Safety Contest (Mason County PUD 3, Shelton, WA)

U-S Senate Turns Spotlight on Power Grid Security (Electric Co-op Today)

North American Electric Reliability Corporation Posts Proposed Physical Security Standard for Comment (American Public Power Association)

Colorado: Boulder City Council to Vote on Creating a Municipal Electric Utility (American Public Power Association)

Utilities Face Massive Brain Drain (Transmission & Distribution World)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Washington State Preparing to Truck Salmon around Wanapum Dam (KEPR-TV, Tri-Cities, WA)

Pacific Northwest: The Demise of Fish-Eating Birds (Electric Co-op Today)

Drakes Bay Oyster Company Takes Its Case to U-S Supreme Court (KQED Broadcasting, San Francisco, CA)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Pot Fields in Columbia Basin, Yakima Valley Might Lack Irrigation Water (Tri-City Herald, WA)

Longview Septic Tank Pumper Gets 27-Month Sentence for Illegal Dumping (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Can Nuclear Power & Renewable Energy Learn to Get Along? (The Energy Collective)

Energy Storage Project Deemed Success, Could Pave Way for More Batteries on Texas Grid (Dallas Business Journal, TX)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

‘Internet of Things’ Turns Up the Heat On Utilities (Midwest Energy News)

Is This the Nest of Air Conditioners? (Mashable)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Climate Control: University of Oregon Looks at Ups & Downs of Teaching Global Change (Eugene Register-Guard, OR)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Heartbleed Bug Fixes Threaten to Cause Major Internet Disruptions in Coming Weeks (Washington Post)

Akamai Admits Its Heartbleed Patch Was Faulty, Has to Reissue All SSL Certs & Keys (Crooks & Liars Blog)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

State Lands Chief Breaks Vow, Takes Timber-Industry Money (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Washington State Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom Ends Re-Election Campaign (Everett Herald, WA)

Montana Democratic Primary: Education, Broadband Priorities for U-S House Candidate Lewis (Missoulian, MT)

GENERAL NEWS

CenturyLink: 4,500 Washington State Calls Failed During 911 Outage - Caused By Technical Error in Third-Party Vendor’s Call Router (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

It’s Tax Day! Don’t Panic, Go Get Free Curly Fries (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Fire Razes a Washington State Fairground Building in Puyallup, One Animal Dies (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Full Lunar Eclipse Delights Americas, First of the Year (Associated Press)

Scientists Say a Deep Canyon Feeds Puget Sound (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

DIVERSIONS

Hungry Spouse, Angry Spouse? Study With Voodoo Dolls Ties Marital Discord to Low Blood Sugar

Ohio Man Sentenced to Wear ‘BULLY’ Sign Is Jeered, Taunted

This Pot Vending Machine Is Just As Awesome As It Sounds

Couple Steals a Car So They Can Make Court Date in Timely Fashion

SONG OF THE DAY

Santana - Black Magic 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.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Energy News Digest for April 14, 2014

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Energy News Digest Word Cloud for April 14, 2014

HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Oregon: Apple Acquires Hydroelectric Project near Its Prineville Data Center (Oregonian, Portland)

Shooting May Be Cause of Mason PUD 3’s March 28th Outage (Mason Web-TV, Shelton, WA)

High River Flows Pose Challenges to Western Montana Dams, Bonneville Power Administration Says (Montana Standard, Butte)

Moving Spring Chinook past Columbia River Dam Drawdowns to Cost $7 Million (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Battle On to Bring Broadband Internet to Seattle’s Beacon Hill (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Shooting May Be Cause of Mason PUD 3’s March 28th Outage (Mason Web-TV, Shelton, WA)
  • High River Flows Pose Challenges to Western Montana Dams, Bonneville Power Administration Says (Montana Standard, Butte)
  • Construction of Central Ferry-Lower Monumental Transmission Line begins in May - New line will bring more renewable wind energy west (Bonneville Power Administration)
  • Oregon: Millersburg Council Reviews Electric-System Study (Albany De,mocrat-Herald, OR)
  • Credit Rating Agencies Affirm Bonneville Power Administration is Stable (Bonneville Power Administration)
  • American Public Power Association Mourns Passing of Former CEO Alex Radin (American Public Power Association)
  • Arkansas Co-Op CEO: Grid More Than Ready to Handle 21st Century Energy Challenges of a 21st Century Energy Challenges (Insurance News Net)
  • Court Says Massachusetts Utilities Can Be Charged for Storm Fund (Associated Press)
  • Babcock & Wilcox Slashing Investment in Small Reactor Venture (Charlotte Business Journal, NC)
  • Moving Spring Chinook past Columbia River Dam Drawdowns to Cost $7 Million (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)
  • Northwest Power & Conservation Council’s Economic Advisers Urge ‘Economic Considerations’ in Making Fish Programs More Cost Effective (Columbia Basin Bulletin)
  • Scientists Tell Northwest Power & Conservation Council Proposed Spring Spill Experiment Not Complete Enough for Implementation (Columbia Basin Bulletin)
  • Southeast Alaska Guides Prep for Strong King Salmon Season (Alaska Journal of Commerce)
  • Fish Biologists to Reassess Proposed Timberline Mountain Biking (Northwest Public Radio)
  • Soundings: Capital Grad Finds Passion in Speaking for Steelhead (Olympian - Paywall Advisory)
  • New Beaches Forming at Elwha River Mouth (KONP Radio, Port Angeles, WA)
  • Yakima Wants to Bank Naches River Water in Aquifer (Yakima Herald-Republic, WA)
  • California Looking at Recycled Water to Ease Drought Concerns (Sacramento Bee,
  • Oregon: Apple Acquires Hydroelectric Project near Its Prineville Data Center (Oregonian, Portland)
  • North Dakota: When Wind Turbines Stop Turning - Regulators Mull ‘Financial Assurance’ to Cover Costs of Decommissioning (Jamestown Sun, ND)
  • Ikea Just Bought a Wind Farm Big Enough to Power All Its U-S Stores (Gizmodo)
  • United Kingdom: Tidal Array to be Built Off Alderney ‘By 2020’ (British Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Los Angeles Ranks Number One in Total Installed Solar, Report Says (Los Angeles Times, CA)
  • Virginia: New Street Lights for Historic Downtown (Culpeper Star-Exponent, VA)
  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Energy Conservation Standards for General Service Fluorescent Lamps & Incandescent Reflector Lamps (U-S Department of Energy)
  • Cost of Fighting Warming ‘Modest,’ Says United Nations Panel (Associated Press)
  • Solar-Powered Plane Aims for Round-the-World Flight (Discover)
  • Southern California Municipal Utilities Innovate with Decoupling (Switchboard, Natural Resources Defense Council)
  • Battle On to Bring Broadband Internet to Seattle’s Beacon Hill (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)
  • Seattle’s Shiny Economic Future Depends on City-Owned Broadband (Crosscut Seattle)
  • Can’t Ask That? Some Job Interviewers Go to Social Media Instead (National Public Radio)
  • Facebook Cracks Down on ‘Link-Baiting’ (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
  • Facing Electoral Challenge, Washington State Senator Chase Touts Sponsorship of Utility Bill (Everett Herald, WA)
  • Editorial: Six Californias Measure Would Create the Nation’s Richest & Poorest States (Sacramento Bee, CA)
  • Blood Moon Eclipse on Monday Is a Special Event (Northwest Cable News Network)
  • El Niño Could Raise Meteorological Hell This Year (Grist Online)
  • Oregon Weather Watch: Climate is What You Expect, Weather is What You Get (Oregonian, Portland)
  • Deadline to File Tax Returns Has Many Scrambling (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)
  • Eastern Washington Business Gives Tour of First Farm Licensed for Marijuana Production (KEPR-TV, Tri-Cities, WA)
  • Top 14 Small Cities in Washington State (Cities Journal)

WORD OF THE DAY

Tabula rasa • \TAB-yuh-luh RAW-zuh\ • Noun - 1: the mind in its hypothetical primary blank or empty state before receiving outside impressions 2: something existing in its original pristine state.

Remember girlfriends, spouses, significant others: tabula rasa is the default state for us men who are watching TV. Sports, movies, etc. When you ask us, out of the blue, “What are you thinking?” We’ll normally kick into a stimulus response reaction and automatically say something like “nothing.” The funny thing, as comedian Larry Miller notes, is that we’re not kidding!

From Merriam- Webster - Did you know?
Philosophers have been arguing that babies are born with minds that are essentially blank slates since the days of Aristotle. (Later, some psychologists took up the case as well.) English speakers have called that initial state of mental blankness “tabula rasa” (a term taken from a Latin phrase that translates as “smooth or erased tablet”) since the 16th century, but it wasn’t until British philosopher John Locke championed the concept in his Essay Concerning Human Understanding in 1690 that the term gained widespread popularity in our language. In later years, a figurative sense of the term emerged, referring to something that exists in its original state and that has yet to be altered by outside forces.

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS


ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Shooting May Be Cause of Mason PUD 3’s March 28th Outage (Mason Web-TV, Shelton, WA)

High River Flows Pose Challenges to Western Montana Dams, Bonneville Power Administration Says (Montana Standard, Butte)

Construction of Central Ferry-Lower Monumental Transmission Line begins in May - New line will bring more renewable wind energy west (Bonneville Power Administration)

Oregon: Millersburg Council Reviews Electric-System Study (Albany De,mocrat-Herald, OR)

Credit Rating Agencies Affirm Bonneville Power Administration is Stable (Bonneville Power Administration)

American Public Power Association Mourns Passing of Former CEO Alex Radin (American Public Power Association)

Arkansas Co-Op CEO: Grid More Than Ready to Handle 21st Century Energy Challenges of a 21st Century Energy Challenges (Insurance News Net)

Court Says Massachusetts Utilities Can Be Charged for Storm Fund (Associated Press)

Babcock & Wilcox Slashing Investment in Small Reactor Venture (Charlotte Business Journal, NC)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Moving Spring Chinook past Columbia River Dam Drawdowns to Cost $7 Million (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Northwest Power & Conservation Council’s Economic Advisers Urge ‘Economic Considerations’ in Making Fish Programs More Cost Effective (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

Scientists Tell Northwest Power & Conservation Council Proposed Spring Spill Experiment Not Complete Enough for Implementation (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

Southeast Alaska Guides Prep for Strong King Salmon Season (Alaska Journal of Commerce)

Fish Biologists to Reassess Proposed Timberline Mountain Biking (Northwest Public Radio)

Soundings: Capital Grad Finds Passion in Speaking for Steelhead (Olympian - Paywall Advisory)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

New Beaches Forming at Elwha River Mouth (KONP Radio, Port Angeles, WA)

Yakima Wants to Bank Naches River Water in Aquifer (Yakima Herald-Republic, WA)

California Looking at Recycled Water to Ease Drought Concerns (Sacramento Bee,

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Oregon: Apple Acquires Hydroelectric Project near Its Prineville Data Center (Oregonian, Portland)

North Dakota: When Wind Turbines Stop Turning - Regulators Mull ‘Financial Assurance’ to Cover Costs of Decommissioning (Jamestown Sun, ND)

Ikea Just Bought a Wind Farm Big Enough to Power All Its U-S Stores (Gizmodo)

United Kingdom: Tidal Array to be Built Off Alderney ‘By 2020’ (British Broadcasting Corporation)

Los Angeles Ranks Number One in Total Installed Solar, Report Says (Los Angeles Times, CA)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Virginia: New Street Lights for Historic Downtown (Culpeper Star-Exponent, VA)

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Energy Conservation Standards for General Service Fluorescent Lamps & Incandescent Reflector Lamps (U-S Department of Energy)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Cost of Fighting Warming ‘Modest,’ Says United Nations Panel (Associated Press)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Solar-Powered Plane Aims for Round-the-World Flight (Discover)

Southern California Municipal Utilities Innovate with Decoupling (Switchboard, Natural Resources Defense Council)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Battle On to Bring Broadband Internet to Seattle’s Beacon Hill (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

Seattle’s Shiny Economic Future Depends on City-Owned Broadband (Crosscut Seattle)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Can’t Ask That? Some Job Interviewers Go to Social Media Instead (National Public Radio)

Facebook Cracks Down on ‘Link-Baiting’ (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

Facing Electoral Challenge, Washington State Senator Chase Touts Sponsorship of Utility Bill (Everett Herald, WA)

Editorial: Six Californias Measure Would Create the Nation’s Richest & Poorest States (Sacramento Bee, CA)

GENERAL NEWS

Blood Moon Eclipse on Monday Is a Special Event (Northwest Cable News Network)

El Niño Could Raise Meteorological Hell This Year (Grist Online)

Oregon Weather Watch: Climate is What You Expect, Weather is What You Get (Oregonian, Portland)

Deadline to File Tax Returns Has Many Scrambling (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Eastern Washington Business Gives Tour of First Farm Licensed for Marijuana Production (KEPR-TV, Tri-Cities, WA)

Top 14 Small Cities in Washington State (Cities Journal)

DIVERSIONS

KFC’s Drumstick Corsage a Chicken Chic Prom Fashion Accessory

Confirmed: Tweeting Al Qaeda Jokes at Airlines Will Get You Arrested

The Forgotten Man Who Almost Became President after Lincoln

Electrical Squirrel Suicide Causes $300,000 worth of Building Damage

SONG OF THE DAY

Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams

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.