Liam Moriarty http://www.kplu.org en Navy Seeks Permission To Keep Using Sonar Training Plans, But Are Whales At Risk? http://www.kplu.org/post/navy-seeks-permission-keep-using-sonar-training-plans-are-whales-risk <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Active sonar is the Navy’s best weapon to detect the presence of hostile submarines. But that same powerful underwater pulse of sound can harm or even kill whales and other marine mammals.</span></p><p>Now, the Navy is seeking permission to continue using a huge swath of the Northwest coast, from northern California to the Canadian border, for a wide range of naval training and practice, including sonar. The Navy says it’s taking precautions to protect whales, but others say it’s not enough.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 18:26:19 +0000 Liam Moriarty 14408 at http://www.kplu.org Navy Seeks Permission To Keep Using Sonar Training Plans, But Are Whales At Risk? B.C. First Nations Dig in Heels on Northern Gateway Pipeline http://www.kplu.org/post/bc-first-nations-dig-heels-northern-gateway-pipeline <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm; line-height: 200%;">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0cm; line-height: 200%;"><font face="Arial, sans-serif"><font size="4">An alliance of aboriginal groups in British Columbia has told federal officials that if Ottawa wants to get tribal cooperation on energy development, they&#39;ll have to kill a controversial oil pipeline proposal.</font></font></p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Liam Moriarty 10141 at http://www.kplu.org B.C. First Nations Dig in Heels on Northern Gateway Pipeline Watchdog Group Appeals Shoreline Permits, Urges Better Marine Habitat Protection http://www.kplu.org/post/watchdog-group-appeals-shoreline-permits-urges-better-marine-habitat-protection <p style="font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:12.666666984558105px;margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:25.33333396911621px"><font face="Arial, sans-serif"><font size="4">A recently-formed environmental watchdog group is appealing nearly a dozen permits issued for development along the Puget Sound shoreline. <a href="http://soundaction.org/#" target="_blank">Sound Action</a> says too many permits are being issued without the restrictions the law requires to protect important fish species.</font></font></p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 00:49:37 +0000 Liam Moriarty 10140 at http://www.kplu.org Watchdog Group Appeals Shoreline Permits, Urges Better Marine Habitat Protection Coal Giant's Financials Reveal Export Weakness http://www.kplu.org/post/coal-giants-financials-reveal-export-weakness <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm; line-height: 200%;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: large; line-height: 200%;">This year, falling coal prices have raised questions about whether the controversial coal export terminals proposed in the Pacific Northwest would pencil out. Now, an analysis of one major coal company's finances shows it could be more profitable to bet against coal than to actually export it.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0cm; line-height: 200%;"> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:16:31 +0000 Liam Moriarty 10126 at http://www.kplu.org Coal Giant's Financials Reveal Export Weakness Teachers Strike at Bellingham Technical College http://www.kplu.org/post/teachers-strike-bellingham-technical-college <p style="margin-bottom:0cm;line-height:200%"><font face="Arial, sans-serif"><font size="4">A Whatcom County court has refused to order striking teachers back to the classroom at <a href="http://http://www.btc.ctc.edu/AboutBTC/HumanResources/indexHumanResources.aspx?tab=tab4">Bellingham Technical College</a> <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_367134255" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">Tuesday</span></span>. They walked off the job after failing to reach an agreement with the school's administration on wages and other issues. </font></font></p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 01:22:51 +0000 Liam Moriarty 10123 at http://www.kplu.org Teachers Strike at Bellingham Technical College Rebuilding Plan for Seattle's Aging Colman Ferry Dock http://www.kplu.org/post/rebuilding-plan-seattles-aging-colman-ferry-dock <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The makeover of Seattle's downtown waterfront is picking up steam as the seawall replacement, the viaduct removal, and other major projects gear up for action. Into this mix will come another ambitious renovation—a near-total rebuild of the Washington State Ferries' flagship terminal, the historic </span>Colman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dock.</span></p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Liam Moriarty 10099 at http://www.kplu.org Rebuilding Plan for Seattle's Aging Colman Ferry Dock Study: Seattle One of Top Cities for Energy Efficiency in U.S. http://www.kplu.org/post/study-seattle-one-top-cities-energy-efficiency-us <p></p><p>Seattle is one of the most energy-efficient cities in the U.S., according to a <a href="http://aceee.org/research-report/e13g" target="_blank">new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)</a>, a Washington, D.C.-based research group.&nbsp;</p><p>The study ranked cities based on their scores in several categories: local government operations, community-wide initiatives, building policies, utility policies and public benefits programs, and transportation policies.</p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:07:49 +0000 Martha Kang & Liam Moriarty 10044 at http://www.kplu.org Study: Seattle One of Top Cities for Energy Efficiency in U.S. Dam Dispute Surfaces in Salmon Policy http://www.kplu.org/post/dam-dispute-surfaces-salmon-policy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/protectedareas/home/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">road map for balancing environmental needs with the need to generate power</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;from the Northwest's hydroelectric dams is being revised. And the move has some people worried it could open the door to destructive dam projects on Washington rivers.</span></p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 00:05:34 +0000 Liam Moriarty 10026 at http://www.kplu.org Dam Dispute Surfaces in Salmon Policy Less than Four Months after Collapse, Skagit Bridge Replaced http://www.kplu.org/post/less-four-months-after-collapse-skagit-bridge-replaced <p>Less than four months after I-5 was severed when a bridge over the Skagit River collapsed, traffic is flowing over a permanent replacement for the failed span.</p><p>The temporary bridge that was quickly put into place over the Skagit River near Burlington after the accident last May was closed at about 7&nbsp;on Saturday&nbsp;night, and all vehicles on this major highway linking Seattle with Vancouver, B.C. were detoured onto local streets.</p><p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 07:35:10 +0000 Liam Moriarty 10018 at http://www.kplu.org WSDOT: Traffic on state roadways at 10-year low http://www.kplu.org/post/wsdot-traffic-state-roadways-10-year-low <p>It may not feel like it when you’re in your car, but figures from the state Department of Transportation show there is less traffic on Washington’s roads than at any time in the last 10 years.</p><p>Between 1980 and 2002, the miles driven on the state’s roads more than doubled, from 15 billion per year to about 32 billion. Then suddenly, it leveled off and stayed that way for the past decade.</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Liam Moriarty 8914 at http://www.kplu.org WSDOT: Traffic on state roadways at 10-year low Eagles return, drive entire colony of herons out of Kiwanis Ravine http://www.kplu.org/post/eagles-return-drive-entire-colony-herons-out-kiwanis-ravine <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The great blue heron is one of Washington’s most iconic birds, as is the bald eagle. Now, it seems eagle attacks on heron nests are driving herons to abandon the largest colony in Seattle. And volunteers are asking local residents to help them figure out where the herons have gone.</span></p><p>For more than a decade, Pam Cahn has monitored the dozens of heron nests at Kiwanis Ravine near Discovery Park in northwest Seattle. The volunteer citizen-scientist has kept track of eggs laid, chicks hatched and fledglings flown, then sent the data to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife for record-keeping.</p><p>But Cahn says&nbsp;this&nbsp;season, eagles have wreaked havoc on the approximately 90 heron nests in Kiwanis Ravine.</p><p> Mon, 13 May 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Martha Kang & Liam Moriarty 8749 at http://www.kplu.org Eagles return, drive entire colony of herons out of Kiwanis Ravine Complete with hearse, march planned to bury pot prohibition http://www.kplu.org/post/complete-hearse-march-planned-bury-pot-prohibition <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An annual march to support legalization of marijuana will take to Seattle streets&nbsp;Saturday. The Cannabis Freedom March will feature a mock funeral procession for cannabis prohibition, complete with a hearse. Organizers say the time has come to lay anti-marijuana laws to rest.</span></p><p>“2013 is the year to really push,” said organizer Sharon Whitson with Hempfest. “We have legalized cannabis in Colorado, and here in Washington state. We have a number of other states seriously looking at it. And a few states, over the course of this year, have legalized medicinal cannabis, as well.”</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 22:16:04 +0000 Liam Moriarty 8741 at http://www.kplu.org Complete with hearse, march planned to bury pot prohibition Seattle considering public-funded campaign financing plan http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-considering-public-funded-campaign-financing-plan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The cost of running for public office keeps rising, and Seattle City Council members worry the need to fund expensive campaigns gives people with deep pockets a louder voice.</span></p><p>While money doesn’t seem to play the outsized role in Seattle elections that it does in national or even state campaigns, longtime council member Nick Licata is concerned.</p><p>A typical city council campaign costs about a quarter of a million dollars. In the past decade, Licata notes, the average size of donations has nearly doubled.</p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:07:11 +0000 Liam Moriarty 8493 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle considering public-funded campaign financing plan Inslee proposes cutting oil industry tax break http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-proposes-cutting-oil-industry-tax-break <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The search for ways to reduce Washington’s more than $1 billion budget shortfall has led </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jay </span>Inslee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to suggest eliminating some little-known tax breaks long enjoyed by various industries.</span></p><p>One of these loopholes saves millions each year for an industry that didn’t even exist in the state when the tax break was created.</p><p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 20:30:37 +0000 Liam Moriarty 8484 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee proposes cutting oil industry tax break Group to decide what's best for Woodland Park Zoo's elephants http://www.kplu.org/post/group-decide-whats-best-woodland-park-zoos-elephants <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After years of controversy over the welfare of the elephants at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, a task force of community leaders will meet for the first time Thursday.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Their goal is to figure out what’s best for the zoo’s three elephants.</span></p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 18:11:04 +0000 Liam Moriarty 8449 at http://www.kplu.org Group to decide what's best for Woodland Park Zoo's elephants