Friday, January 20, 2017

Energy News Digest for January 20, 2017

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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS


HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Grand Coulee Dam’s Operators Settle Over Allegations of Oil Releases into the Columbia River (Associated Press)

Benton PUD Says Cold Weather Drives Up Energy Bills (KEPR-TV, Tri-City, WA)

Fisheries Disaster Declared for Local Waters & Pacific Northwest (KXRO Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

Feds Reject Idaho Utility's Bid to Negate Oregon Fish Law (Associated Press)

Trump Takes Charge: Sworn in as Nation’s 45th President (Associated Press)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Grand Coulee Dam’s Operators Settle Over Allegations of Oil Releases into the Columbia River
  • Benton PUD Says Cold Weather Drives Up Energy Bills
  • How to Handle the Power Bill Hikes This Winter Season
  • States Press President Trump to Open Yucca Mountain for Nuclear Waste
  • Fisheries Disaster Declared for Local Waters & Pacific Northwest
  • Feds Reject Idaho Utility's Bid to Negate Oregon Fish Law
  • Northwest Power/Conservation Council Seeks Comments on Draft Research Plan to Guide Fish & Wildlife Program
  • When the National Bird Is a Burden
  • Water Supply Forecast for Dalles Dam Now 101 Percent of Normal, All Columbia Sub-Basins Above Normal
  • Missouri Electric Co-Op Group Pens Bill Challenging Net Metering Policy
  • Marijuana Group Passes Out Free Joints for Trump’s Inauguration
  • Amazon Web Services Passes Google on Most Popular List
  • Boulder Could Ask Voters to OK Tax for Citywide Broadband
  • Netflix Powers Past Growth Expectations. What’s Next for the Streaming Service & TV?
  • Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds
  • Trump Takes Charge: Sworn in as Nation’s 45th President
  • Unemployment Hits New Low in December
  • Woman Arrested for Threat to Washington State Governor
  • Day of Giving to Help Shelton Students
  • Flood Warning for Skokomish Extended
WORD OF THE DAY

Genius Loci • \JEEN-yus – LOW-sigh\ • Noun – 1: the pervading spirit of a place 2: a tutelary deity of a place

Ambrose lazily swirled his plastic spoon in his nightly serving of “Pork and Beans”. Dreamily he reached out and touched the base of his chipped, plastic Porky Pig statue that had represented the Genius Loci of his family for over forty years. “Oh Porky,” he intoned. “Please don’t think any less of me when I say that I LOVE eating this little square of pork fat swimming at the top of my daily dose of high fiber beans.” Porky remained stoic, just as he had for many other house guests over the years.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Grand Coulee Dam’s Operators Settle Over Allegations of Oil Releases into the Columbia River (Associated Press)

Benton PUD Says Cold Weather Drives Up Energy Bills (KEPR-TV, Tri-City, WA)

How to Handle the Power Bill Hikes This Winter Season (KNDO/KNDU, TV, Tri-Cities, WA)

States Press President Trump to Open Yucca Mountain for Nuclear Waste (Washington Examiner)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Fisheries Disaster Declared for Local Waters & Pacific Northwest (KXRO Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

Feds Reject Idaho Utility's Bid to Negate Oregon Fish Law (Associated Press)

Northwest Power/Conservation Council Seeks Comments on Draft Research Plan to Guide Fish & Wildlife Program (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

When the National Bird Is a Burden (NY Times)

WATER, THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE

Water Supply Forecast for Dalles Dam Now 101 Percent of Normal, All Columbia Sub-Basins Above Normal (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Missouri Electric Co-Op Group Pens Bill Challenging Net Metering Policy (Utility Dive)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Marijuana Group Passes Out Free Joints for Trump’s Inauguration (NY Times)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Amazon Web Services Passes Google on Most Popular List (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Boulder Could Ask Voters to OK Tax for Citywide Broadband (Boulder Daily Camera, CO)

Netflix Powers Past Growth Expectations. What’s Next for the Streaming Service & TV? (Christian Science Monitor)

MARKETING & MEDIA

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds (Consumerist)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

Trump Takes Charge: Sworn in as Nation’s 45th President (Associated Press)

GENERAL NEWS

Unemployment Hits New Low in December (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Woman Arrested for Threat to Washington State Governor (Associated Press)

Day of Giving to Help Shelton Students (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

Flood Warning for Skokomish Extended (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

'The Hobbit' Book Returned After 38-Year Unexpected Journey

Alexander Hamilton Documents Fetch $2.6 Million at Auction

How Some Frolicking Fish Got Stuck in a Moment

A Quick Animated History of Why We Use the Numbers We Use

SONG OF THE DAY

Three Dog Night – One

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Energy News Digest for January 19, 2017

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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS



HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

National Power Sector Carbon Dioxide Emissions Fall Below Transportation Sector Emissions (U-S Energy Information Administration)

Spring Chinook Shortfall Threatens North Lewis River Restoration (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Mason/Kitsap Leaders Seek to Connect Bremerton Industrial Area to Belfair Sewer (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA – Paywall Advisory)

A Matter of Records: Governments Look to Change Ways Public Gets Information (Yakima Herald Republic, WA)

New York: With Indian Point Closing, Quebec Sees an Opportunity for Hydropower (Politico)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • New York: With Indian Point Closing, Quebec Sees an Opportunity for Hydropower
  • A Monster Solar Storm Could Cost the U-S $40 Billion Daily
  • Jefferson County PUD Works on Low-Income Rates Program
  • ‘Terminator’ Responsible for Monday Power Outage in Seattle
  • Alaska Joins 12 Other States Suing to Block Obama Coal Mining Rule
  • Op/Ed: The Way Forward on Nuclear Waste
  • Florida: One by One, Three Utility Workers Descended into a Manhole – One by One, They Died
  • FERC Proposes Major Changes to Interconnection Rules
  • Spring Chinook Shortfall Threatens North Lewis River Restoration
  • Smelt Run in Columbia, Cowlitz Rivers Not Expected to Be Large in 2017
  • Endangered Species Act: get ready for big changes, says GOP
  • DOE Unlikely to Meet Idaho Nuclear Waste Cleanup Deadline
  • ‘Blockades, Mazes & Rabbit Holes’ for Public Records at Oregon Environmental Agency
  • No Indication Crumb-Rubber Playfields Cause Cancer, Review Finds
  • Mason/Kitsap Leaders Seek to Connect Bremerton Industrial Area to Belfair Sewer
  • Washington State Plan Would Punish Cities with Unofficial Pot Bans by Taking Their Liquor Money
  • National Power Sector Carbon Dioxide Emissions Fall Below Transportation Sector Emissions
  • What Click’s Expansion to ‘All-In’ Municipal Broadband Will Cost Tacoma Power Customers
  • Governments Suck at Social Media, But You Deserve Some Blame
  • Utilities Missing Out on Personalized Marketing Opportunities?
  • New York Lawsuits Blame Social Media in Terror Attacks
  • Study Illustrates Facebook’s Growth as Campaign News Source
  • A Matter of Records: Governments Look to Change Ways Public Gets Information
  • Rick Perry Expresses ‘Regret’ for Pledging to Abolish Energy Department
  • Sources Say President-Elect Trump Picks Former Georgia Governor Perdue to Lead USDA
  • Flooding Closes Skokomish Valley Road
  • Robert Dunlap: Longtime City of Shelton Employee Dies
  • Fill The Truck 2 Saturday
  • Big Dairy Pays Out Big Bucks to Milk Lovers Over Alleged Conspiracy to Kill 500,000 Cows
  • Earthquake in Italy Triggers Avalanche, Buries Hotel
WORD OF THE DAY

Mettle • \MET-tull\ • Noun - 1a: vigor and strength of spirit or temperament b: staying quality: stamina 2: quality of temperament or disposition

“I have only one question for you Simpson,” growled the grizzled, cigar chewing CEO of the materials testing firm. “Do you have the mettle to test this metal?” (Haw Haw)

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

New York: With Indian Point Closing, Quebec Sees an Opportunity for Hydropower (Politico)

A Monster Solar Storm Could Cost the U-S $40 Billion Daily (Gizmodo)

Jefferson County PUD Works on Low-Income Rates Program (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

‘Terminator’ Responsible for Monday Power Outage in Seattle (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Alaska Joins 12 Other States Suing to Block Obama Coal Mining Rule (Juneau Empire, AK)

Op/Ed: The Way Forward on Nuclear Waste (Bloomberg News)

Florida: One by One, Three Utility Workers Descended into a Manhole – One by One, They Died (Washington Post)

FERC Proposes Major Changes to Interconnection Rules (CH& Energy Blog)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Spring Chinook Shortfall Threatens North Lewis River Restoration (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Smelt Run in Columbia, Cowlitz Rivers Not Expected to Be Large in 2017 (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Endangered Species Act: get ready for big changes, says GOP (Christian Science Monitor)

ENVIRONMENTAL FOOT LOCKER

DOE Unlikely to Meet Idaho Nuclear Waste Cleanup Deadline (Associated Press)

‘Blockades, Mazes & Rabbit Holes’ for Public Records at Oregon Environmental Agency (Oregonian, Portland)

No Indication Crumb-Rubber Playfields Cause Cancer, Review Finds (Associated Press)

WATER, THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE

Mason/Kitsap Leaders Seek to Connect Bremerton Industrial Area to Belfair Sewer (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA – Paywall Advisory)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Washington State Plan Would Punish Cities with Unofficial Pot Bans by Taking Their Liquor Money (Olympian, WA – Paywall Advisory)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

National Power Sector Carbon Dioxide Emissions Fall Below Transportation Sector Emissions (U-S Energy Information Administration)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

What Click’s Expansion to ‘All-In’ Municipal Broadband Will Cost Tacoma Power Customers (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA – Paywall Advisory)

MARKETING & MEDIA

Governments Suck at Social Media, But You Deserve Some Blame (C/Net News)

Utilities Missing Out on Personalized Marketing Opportunities? (American Public Power Association)

New York Lawsuits Blame Social Media in Terror Attacks (Associated Press)

Study Illustrates Facebook’s Growth as Campaign News Source (Associated Press)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

A Matter of Records: Governments Look to Change Ways Public Gets Information (Yakima Herald Republic, WA)

Rick Perry Expresses ‘Regret’ for Pledging to Abolish Energy Department (Washington Post)

Sources Say President-Elect Trump Picks Former Georgia Governor Perdue to Lead USDA (Associated Press)

GENERAL NEWS

Flooding Closes Skokomish Valley Road (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Robert Dunlap: Longtime City of Shelton Employee Dies (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Fill The Truck 2 Saturday (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Big Dairy Pays Out Big Bucks to Milk Lovers Over Alleged Conspiracy to Kill 500,000 Cows (Gizmodo)

Earthquake in Italy Triggers Avalanche, Buries Hotel (Christian Science Monitor)

RED ON THE HIGHWAY – DIVERSIONS

River of Red Skittles Coats Wisconsin Highway

Tiny Moth Named for President-Elect Donald Trump

Foreclosed Mall Once Valued at $190M Is Auctioned for $100

Disabled Pups Get Ruff for TV’s Annual Puppy Bowl

SONG OF THE DAY

Chicago - Brand New Love Affair

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Energy News Digest for January 18, 2016

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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS




HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Puget Sound Energy Says Colstrip Closure Could Come Before 2022 (Associated Press)

Removing Dams Could Affect Cowlitz Industry, Electric Rates (Longview Daily News, WA)

EPA Denies Petitions Asking It to Reconsider Clean Power Plan (American Public Power Association)

Earth Sets a Temperature Record for the Third Straight Year (NY Times)

Easing Back: NOAA Finalizes New Columbia River Hatchery Plan (Northwest Public Radio)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Removing Dams Could Affect Cowlitz Industry, Electric Rates
  • Puget Sound Energy Says Colstrip Closure Could Come Before 2022
  • Montana: Keane Introduces Bills to Preserve Colstrip Power, Aid Workers
  • Grays Harbor PUD Dealing with Outages Impacting Over 5,000
  • Port Ludlow Outage Cause a Mystery: Jefferson PUD Substation Had Seen ‘Major Work Done’
  • Bonneville Power Administration Works on Creating a New Process for Modifying Its Open Access Transmission Tariff
  • Public Power Utilities Among Those with Top Rankings from JD Power
  • Seattle City (spot)Light: Benjamin Rushwald Volunteers for Nicaragua Projects
  • New York: Man Warns Public About Energy Supply Companies
  • Easing Back: NOAA Finalizes New Columbia River Hatchery Plan
  • GOP Targets Landmark Endangered Species Act for Big Changes
  • Trump’s Tax Reform Will Threaten Wind-Financing Deals, Spur M&A
  • What You Need to Know Before Insulating Your Attic
  • Two of Washington State’s Largest Recreational Marijuana Chains on the Selling Block
  • Washington Cannabis Sales Boom, May Dwindle Under President Elect Trump
  • EPA Denies Petitions Asking It to Reconsider Clean Power Plan
  • Earth Sets a Temperature Record for the Third Straight Year
  • Ukraine’s Power Outage Was a Cyber Attack
  • Video: How People in Rural Areas Deal with Bad or no Internet
  • The Triumphant Rise & Epic Collapse of Vine
  • What Eight Brand Storytellers Have to Say About the Content People Want to See
  • U-S Supreme Court Justices Raise Doubts Over Law Barring Offensive Trademarks
  • Central Washington State Ice Storm Impacts Widely Felt
  • Specter of Space Heaters – Warming Your House Can Present Dangers
  • Federal Grant Brings New Road Signs to Mason County
  • Who Decides Who Counts as Native American?
  • Walmart Employee Stops Elderly Couple from Losing $2,500 to “Grandparents Scam”
WORD OF THE DAY

Thesaurus ● \thi-SORE-us\ ● Noun – 1:  treasury, storehouse 2a:  a book of words or of information about a particular field or set of concepts; especially:  a book of words & their synonyms b:  a list of subject headings or descriptors usually with a cross-reference system for use in the organization of a collection of documents for reference & retrieval

Today is Thesaurus Day

It’s “Thesaurus Day”
Words morph, meanings stay the same
Roget’s pretty cool


ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Removing Dams Could Affect Cowlitz Industry, Electric Rates (Longview Daily News, WA)

Puget Sound Energy Says Colstrip Closure Could Come Before 2022 (Associated Press)

Montana: Keane Introduces Bills to Preserve Colstrip Power, Aid Workers (Montana Standard, Butte)

Grays Harbor PUD Dealing with Outages Impacting Over 5,000 (KXRO Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

Port Ludlow Outage Cause a Mystery: Jefferson PUD Substation Had Seen ‘Major Work Done’ (Port Townsend Leader, WA)

Bonneville Power Administration Works on Creating a New Process for Modifying Its Open Access Transmission Tariff (Bonneville Power Administration)

Public Power Utilities Among Those with Top Rankings from JD Power (American Public Power Association)

Seattle City (spot)Light: Benjamin Rushwald Volunteers for Nicaragua Projects (City of Seattle, WA)

New York: Man Warns Public About Energy Supply Companies (WWNY-TV, Watertown, NY)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Easing Back: NOAA Finalizes New Columbia River Hatchery Plan (Northwest Public Radio)

GOP Targets Landmark Endangered Species Act for Big Changes (Las Vegas Sun, NV)

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Trump’s Tax Reform Will Threaten Wind-Financing Deals, Spur M&A (Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

What You Need to Know Before Insulating Your Attic (Washington Post)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Two of Washington State’s Largest Recreational Marijuana Chains on the Selling Block (Marijuana Business Daily)

Washington Cannabis Sales Boom, May Dwindle Under President Elect Trump (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

EPA Denies Petitions Asking It to Reconsider Clean Power Plan (American Public Power Association)

Earth Sets a Temperature Record for the Third Straight Year (NY Times)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Ukraine’s Power Outage Was a Cyber Attack (Reuters)

Video: How People in Rural Areas Deal with Bad or no Internet (USA Today)

MARKETING & MEDIA

The Triumphant Rise & Epic Collapse of Vine (Consumerist)

What Eight Brand Storytellers Have to Say About the Content People Want to See (AdWeek)

U-S Supreme Court Justices Raise Doubts Over Law Barring Offensive Trademarks (Associated Press – Non PC Content)

GENERAL NEWS

Central Washington State Ice Storm Impacts Widely Felt (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)

Specter of Space Heaters – Warming Your House Can Present Dangers (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

Federal Grant Brings New Road Signs to Mason County (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Who Decides Who Counts as Native American? (NY Times)

Walmart Employee Stops Elderly Couple from Losing $2,500 to “Grandparents Scam” (Consumerist)

THE GREENBACK DOLLAR – DIVERSIONS

Check Out the Evolution of the US Dollar Bill

Royal palace haunted by friendly ghosts, Sweden’s Queen Silvia says

It’s The Year of the (Giant Inflatable Trump) Rooster at One Chinese Factory “…likeness to Trump is pure coincidence and unintended…”

Mexico’s Lower House Becomes ‘Chamber of Rats’ on Google Maps

SONG OF THE DAY – CRANK IT UP, IT’S THE LAW

Cream – Badge

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Energy News Digest for January 17, 2017

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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS




Major Transition to Warmer & Wetter (Cliff Mass Weather Blog)

HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Snake River Dams Ramp Up as Cold Weather Drives Demand for BPA Power (Bonneville Power Administration)

Carbon Footprint Shrinking in Pacific Northwest Thanks to Energy Efficiency – Oh, & Hydropower (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Why an Oregon Wave Energy Device Is Being Tested in Colorado (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Arizona Proposal Funds Rural High-Speed Internet with Phone Bill Fee (Associated Press)

It’s Finally Warmer — But Here Comes the Rain, With Potential for River Flooding, Avalanches (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Snake River Dams Ramp Up as Cold Weather Drives Demand for BPA Power
  • News Release: Dam Breaching Undermines Washington State Measures to Reduce Climate Change Impacts
  • Oregon Electric Co-Ops Feud Over Service Territory
  • Prineville Power Needs Spur Meeting with Oregon Rep. Greg Walden
  • Bainbridge Public Utility Campaign Topic of Port Townsend Lunch
  • Corvallis-Based NuScale Seeks Regulatory OK for Smaller Nuke Plants
  • Double Vision: Plans to Upgrade Bonneville Power Administration Radio Network Spark Debate Over Mary’s Peak
  • What to Do Before the Power Goes Out
  • U-S Files Trade Complaint Targeting China’s Aluminum Industry
  • Angry Protests in Gaza Over Crippling Power Shortages
  • Washington Stat Adopts Columbia Salmon Fishing Reforms
  • Gillnets on the Columbia River: The Long-Standing Debate Roars Back
  • British Columbia: Norovirus Threatens Health of Oyster Industry, Farmer Says
  • Columnist: Drought & Storms Prove Again California Needs More Storage
  • Why an Oregon Wave Energy Device Is Being Tested in Colorado
  • Wyoming Lawmakers Want to Limit Utility Usage of In-State Wind Energy
  • North Carolina Legislators Ask President Elect Trump to Squash Wind Farms
  • Carbon Footprint Shrinking in Pacific Northwest Thanks to Energy Efficiency – Oh, & Hydropower
  • Oregon Lawmakers to Debate Hard Limits On Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • On Climate Change, Even States in Forefront Are Falling Short
  • Could Treated Sewage Be a Tool Against Sea-Level Rise?
  • A Big Test for Big Batteries
  • Arizona Proposal Funds Rural High-Speed Internet with Phone Bill Fee
  • This College Just Paid a $28,000 Ransom, in Bitcoin, to Cyberattackers
  • Google Fiber in San Antonio Paused After Build Complaints
  • Cuba Sees Explosion in Internet Access as Ties with U-S Grow
  • Canada: Internal Document Raises Possibility of ‘Netflix Tax’
  • How to Use Social Media Emoji to Humanize Your Business
  • Proposal Would Repeal Death Penalty in Washington State
  • It’s Finally Warmer — But Here Comes the Rain, With Potential for River Flooding, Avalanches
  • Ice Storm Warning for Central Washington State
  • Woman Dies in Star Lake – Area Fire
  • Bent Bine to Be Mason County’s Only Brewery
  • Credit, Debit Card Payments at Chehalis Restaurant Routed to Texas Business
  • Seattle Mayor Nixes Bike-Share Program
WORD OF THE DAY

Abstemious ● \ab-STEAM-ee-us\ ●• adjective – Marked by restraint especially in the consumption of food or alcohol; also: reflecting such restraint.

Abstemious Ann
Does this bug you? Blah, blah, blah
I’m not touching you….

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Snake River Dams Ramp Up as Cold Weather Drives Demand for BPA Power (Bonneville Power Administration)

News Release: Dam Breaching Undermines Washington State Measures to Reduce Climate Change Impacts (PR Newswire)

Oregon Electric Co-Ops Feud Over Service Territory (East Oregonian, Pendleton, OR)

Prineville Power Needs Spur Meeting with Oregon Rep. Greg Walden – Not enough power in Crook County to lure big businesses (Bend Bulletin, OR)

Bainbridge Public Utility Campaign Topic of Port Townsend Lunch (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

Corvallis-Based NuScale Seeks Regulatory OK for Smaller Nuke Plants (Oregonian, Portland)

Double Vision: Plans to Upgrade Bonneville Power Administration Radio Network Spark Debate Over Mary’s Peak (Corvallis Gazette-Times, OR)

What to Do Before the Power Goes Out (Aberdeen Daily World, WA)

U-S Files Trade Complaint Targeting China’s Aluminum Industry (Bellingham Herald, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Angry Protests in Gaza Over Crippling Power Shortages (British Broadcasting Corporation)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Washington Stat Adopts Columbia Salmon Fishing Reforms (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Gillnets on the Columbia River: The Long-Standing Debate Roars Back (Oregonian, Portland)

British Columbia: Norovirus Threatens Health of Oyster Industry, Farmer Says (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

WATER, THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE

Columnist: Drought & Storms Prove Again California Needs More Storage (Sacramento Bee, CA)

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Why an Oregon Wave Energy Device Is Being Tested in Colorado (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Wyoming Lawmakers Want to Limit Utility Usage of In-State Wind Energy (Utility Dive)

North Carolina Legislators Ask President Elect Trump to Squash Wind Farms – Amazon Wind Farm Developer Speaks Out (Triad Business Journal, NC)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Carbon Footprint Shrinking in Pacific Northwest Thanks to Energy Efficiency – Oh, & Hydropower (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Oregon Lawmakers to Debate Hard Limits On Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Oregonian, Portland)

On Climate Change, Even States in Forefront Are Falling Short (NY Times)

Could Treated Sewage Be a Tool Against Sea-Level Rise? (Associated Press)

SCIENCE SWIMS IN A BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

A Big Test for Big Batteries (NY Times)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Arizona Proposal Funds Rural High-Speed Internet with Phone Bill Fee (Associated Press)

This College Just Paid a $28,000 Ransom, in Bitcoin, to Cyberattackers (Washington Post)

Google Fiber in San Antonio Paused After Build Complaints (Broadband Reports)

Cuba Sees Explosion in Internet Access as Ties with U-S Grow (Associated Press)

MARKETING & MEDIA

Canada: Internal Document Raises Possibility of ‘Netflix Tax’ (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

How to Use Social Media Emoji to Humanize Your Business (Social Media Examiner)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

Proposal Would Repeal Death Penalty in Washington State (Associated Press)

GENERAL NEWS

It’s Finally Warmer — But Here Comes the Rain, With Potential for River Flooding, Avalanches (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

Ice Storm Warning for Central Washington State (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)

Woman Dies in Star Lake – Area Fire (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Bent Bine to Be Mason County’s Only Brewery (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

Credit, Debit Card Payments at Chehalis Restaurant Routed to Texas Business (KELA Radio, Centralia, WA)

Seattle Mayor Nixes Bike-Share Program (Associated Press)

DESIDERATA DIVERSIONS

Humans Are Literally Made of Stardust After All

Flight 666 Lands Safely in HEL on Friday the 13th

Woman Denied Swiss Citizenship for Complaining About Cowbells

How High Is Too High for a Pile of Chicken Droppings?

SONG OF THE DAY

B.J. Thomas – Everybody Loves a Rain Song

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