My Pacific Northwest

Seahawk’s first round pick

Via: NBC Sports


JAMES CARPENTER . C . 6’5″ . 300 . Alabama

With 27 consecutive starts and first-team All-SEC recognition from the conference’s coaches, the former JUCO transfer was Mike Lombardi of NFL
Network’s No. 2 overall offensive tackle in the draft.
Carpenter is a rock-solid with 34-inch arms.
He projects as a Week 1 starter at right tackle.
The Seahawks could’ve done much worse with this selection (Andy Dalton).
Having been a Hawk fan since ’76; there’s no question, they could’ve done MUCH WORSE!

April 29, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shipping coal to China: A big export terminal north of Bellingham?

Via: Joel Connelly – Seattle PI

BELLINGHAM — A giant proposed facility that would export coal to China, the Gateway Pacific Terminal, is either a gateway to high-wage jobs or a door open to long trains and coal dust pollution, in a debate that has divided Whatcom County.

About 350 people showed up Wednesday for a debate before Bellingham City Club. They heard eloquent, at times acrimonious, debate on an issue that could impact a local environment — but also a global climate undergoing warming from emissions of greenhouse gases.


The Gateway Terminal, a $500-700 million construction project, would generate 1,500 unionized construction jobs over a 2-year period, and employ about 280 people once the terminal is in operation, Cole argued.

But Bob Ferris, a project opponent, warned that the terminal would bring mile-and-a-half-long trains through Bellingham -“30 miles of additional trains a day” — and do local and global environmental damage.

Read more, here:


April 28, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Richland – Thumbnail History

photo: 1950 – New Theatre in Uptown Shopping Center Under Construction




Transformed by War

When World War II arrived, Richland was still a sleepy farm village with a population of only 247. Pasco and Kennewick were much larger at around 7,000 each; the concept of the Tri-Cities did not yet exist.

As 1942 progressed, the farmers and merchants of Richland had no idea that a delegation from the Manhattan Engineer District, a super-secret branch of theArmy Corps of Engineers, was flying over Richland and the tiny towns of Hanford and White Bluffs just north, and choosing it as the site of giant plutonium and uranium production site for atomic weapons. This dusty, sagebrush-covered land on the west bank of the Columbia had the requisite clean cold water, electricity, and isolation.

Richland residents had the first hint of monumental changes to come when
registered letters arrived on March 6, 1943, informing them that their homes, farms and businesses had been condemned by federal court order for undisclosed war purposes.

They would be paid for their property’s appraised value and given, in most cases, 30 days to evacuate.


The New Richland

Meanwhile the new Richland was being built at an astonishing pace. In its new capacity as a 16,000-resident bedroom community for the Hanford works, the government began building thousands of homes, duplexes, apartments, and dormitories. Construction began just weeks after condemnation and continued at a blistering pace through 1943 and 1944. The old businesses and the old high school but not the brand new grade school, went down; new ones went up to serve the huge influx of workers from all over the country.


April 27, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Man makes a rowboat his home under the 520 bridge

Via: Seattle Times

Under the concrete pillars of the Highway 520 bridge, anchored in a foot of water, William Kaphaem and his dog, Lulu, live in an aluminum 14-foot rowboat.

They seem to have found peace at the edge of the Arboretum.


“Beavers, muskrats, wood ducks, eagles ‚ÄĒ lots of eagles ‚ÄĒ blue herons, green herons, mallards, Canada geese, cormorants, kingfishers, raccoons, coyotes, now and then,” says Three Stars about what he’s seen.

Among the some 2,400 homeless counted living outside this January by the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, his is one of the more unusual living arrangements.

The way he sees it, he and Lulu didn’t have much choice: the streets or here.

Kaphaem has rigged the boat so it’s covered by a 20-by-18-foot brown plastic tarp, with a few feet of headroom. It seems to blend in with the muddy bottom by the bridge posts of the Montlake Boulevard East exit.

You wouldn’t even know there was somebody inside unless you yelled over the noise of the rumbling cars and trucks above, “Hey, Three Stars!”

Kaphaem, 51, says he has Mohawk ancestry and so he prefers to be called by that name, which reflects the outdoors.


Under the bridge, he doesn’t bother anyone; and those who know about him leave him alone.

State Department of Transportation workers working near the bridge one day recently just shrugged him off.

But John Moriarty, the 13th Coast Guard District assistant division chief for waterways management, when asked about a boat such as Three Stars’, says, “Now we’ll have to check him out.”

They have concerns. For example, what is Three Stars doing with his waste? wonders Moriarty.

Three Stars says he either bags it and puts it in the trash bins “that go to a landfill” or uses lavatories.

Moriarty says that also, “We want to make sure he’s safe.”

So far, Three Stars seems to be.


April 25, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The lynching of 14-year-old Louie Sam

On February 24, 1884, an American mob crosses the Canadian border and lynches 14-year-old Louie Sam, a member of the Sto:lo tribe.

 Louie Sam was a suspect in the murder of Nooksack (future Whatcom County) shopkeeper James Bell. Sto:lo leaders had turned the boy over to the police, believing he would be treated justly.

He was in the custody of a B.C. deputy when the American mob captured him and hanged him from a tree just north of the border.

A Canadian investigation at the time provides evidence that the boy was almost certainly innocent and that two of the leaders of the lynch mob were the likely murderers of James Bell.


Sto:lo people


April 24, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

WOW, is this kid good, or what?

Via: Yahoo

Rookie MICHAEL PINEDA dazzled again, throwing SIX SHUTOUT INNINGS for his THIRD STRIGHT VICTORY, and Adam Kennedy‚Äôs two-run single was enough offense in the Seattle Mariners’ 4-0 win over the Oakland Athletic on Friday night.

Pineda’s night was shortened only because of a rising pitch count. The burly right-hander gave up just THREE HITS in his first FIVE INNINGS and when Pineda (3-1) faced trouble in the sixth, got Kurt Suzuki to line out to left field and a ground ball from Mark Ellis to end the threat.

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No doubt about it, the ’21-year old’ is good, VERY GOOD!


April 23, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

America Comeback Cities for 2011

Via: Kiplinger

Seattle, Washington

Population: 3,407,848

Unemployment rate today: 9.3%

Forecast job growth for 2011: 2.1%

Clean technology,  health care, hospitality and information technology will lift employment in the  Seattle area by more than 2%, following a recession hit of nearly 8%.

Boeing is adding to its workforce each month and electric utility Seattle City  Light’s energy efficiency program, aimed at businesses and homes throughout the  city, will create about 1,000 jobs by increasing local contractors’ business.


Portland, Oregon

Population: 2,241,841

Unemployment rate today: 10.0%

Forecast job growth for 2011: 3.4%

The Portland area is¬† seeing significant growth in the software industry and in clean technology —¬† energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and batteries and wind power. Vestas, a¬† high-tech producer of wind power systems, recently moved its North American¬† headquarters to Portland. Vestas brought over 400 employees with it, but will¬† also create an additional 200 jobs. ReVolt Technology, a European firm focusing¬† on renewable battery technology, is setting up its headquarters in Portland,¬† bringing 150 jobs to the city.

Plus the Portland Development Commission  has awarded approximately $4.4 million in loans and grants to businesses, with  the aim of retaining or creating about 1,000 jobs. Portland lost more than 9% of  its jobs during the recession. Look for employment growth of about 3.4% this  year.


April 21, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Windshield pitting incidents in Washington reach fever pitch on April 15, 1954

Via: HistoryLink .org

On April 15, 1954, Bellingham, Seattle and other Washington communities are in the grip of a strange phenomenon — tiny holes, pits, and dings have seemingly appeared in the windshields of cars at an unprecedented rate. Initially thought to be the work of vandals, the pitting rate grows so quickly that panicked residents soon suspect everything from cosmic rays to sand-flea eggs to fallout from H-bomb tests.


By the next day, pleas are sent to government officials asking for help in solving what would become known as the ‘Seattle Windshield Pitting Epidemic’.

Then there were the skeptics. Dr. D. M. Ritter, University of Washington chemist, was assigned to work with authorities on the case. After inspecting windshields and residue found on some of the cars, he commented, ‚ÄúTommyrot! There isn‚Äôt anything I know of that could be causing any unusual breaks in windshields. These people must be dreaming.‚ÄĚ Dr. Ritter was closer to the truth than anyone.


vandals? cosmic rays? sand-flea eggs? President Obama? H-bomb testing? tommyrot?

find out, what caused the ‘Seattle Windshield Epidemic’, HERE:


April 20, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

When I see photos like these; can’t help feelin’ homesick

Via: Seattle Times



‘Descent into SEATAC’

April 17, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Shoot! – crackdown on ‘topless’ espresso stands

“Topless” coffee stands may soon be regulated in Kitsap County. Lary Keeton, the county’s director of community development, has started the process of drafting legislation to do so.

“I recently had an unfortunate surprise unwittingly driving through a poorly advertised topless coffee kiosk,” said Emily Selph, a mother of three young children from Bremerton. “Now when I say topless, I mean there were small stickers over the relevant square inch of this woman’s breasts.”

That, Selph argued, fits the legal definition of obscenity.

Read more:


photo: I’m thinking, possibly Mr. Keeton and Mr. Selph.


April 15, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment