Friday, January 12, 2018

Energy News Digest for January 12, 2018

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

U-S Supreme Court to Hear Washington State Appeal of Salmon Habitat Order (Associated Press)

California Faces $241 Million Bill to Close Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant (Courthouse News Service)

What’s in Your Warehouse: Puerto Rico Governor Calls for DOJ Probe after Power Equipment Stockpile Found (Utility Dive)

REC Silicon Pens Letter to President Trump Over Chinese Trade Dispute (iFiber One News, Ephrata, WA)

States (including Washington) Push Back after Net Neutrality Repeal (NY Times)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • California Faces $241 Million Bill to Close Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant
  • What’s in Your Warehouse: Puerto Rico Governor Calls for DOJ Probe after Power Equipment Stockpile Found
  • Governor Inslee Wants Washington State Removed from Coastal Oil Drilling Plan
  • Senator Cantwell: Drilling Plan Carve-Out for Florida May Be Illegal
  • Grant PUD 2018 Rates to Be Unveiled at January 23 Meeting
  • NW Power& Conservation Council Taps Idaho’s Yost as New Chair, Montana’s Anders Vice-Chair
  • Mason PUD 3 Helps WSP Train K-9s
  • New Mexico Customers Could Be the First to See Rate Reductions as a Result of Lower Corporate Tax
  • Berkshire Hathaway Utility Unit Shuffles Top Executives
  • During Recent Cold Snap, the U-S Withdrew a Record Amount of Natural Gas from Storage
  • Chinese Bitcoin Miners Eye Sites in Energy-Rich Canada
  • Real Choices, Real Savings: Keeping the Lights On for Low-Income Customers
  • U-S Supreme Court to Hear Washington State Appeal of Salmon Habitat Order
  • Plaintiffs in Columbia River Spill for Fish Case File Reply Briefs in Ninth Circuit; Oral Arguments in March
  • Study: Decline of Salmon Also Impacts Salmon Genetics
  • Killing Barred Owls to See Impact on Spotted Owl Approved
  • Seventeen Former Wildlife Officials Urge Interior to Rethink Easing Rules Against Killing Birds
  • There Are Record Bald Eagle Numbers in North Idaho – Biologists Don’t Know Why
  • Op/Ed: Rural Washington Hardest Hit by Hirst Water Ruling
  • REC Silicon Pens Letter to President Trump Over Chinese Trade Dispute
  • President Trump Says He Wishes U-S Would Use Hydropower. It Already Does
  • A Smart Home Sounds Like a Great Idea. So Why Is It Still So Complicated?
  • California’s Timber Industry Was Sacrificed for the Spotted Owl. Now Pot Farms Pose a New Threat
  • It’s Time to Go Nuclear in the Fight against Climate Change
  • Cutting Carbon Emissions While Earning Cash
  • Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Survives, but G.M. & Tesla Aren’t Cheering
  • CenturyLink’s Patel: Broadband Expansion Will Focus on Higher Speeds, Dense Areas
  • Missouri: Broadband Access Helps Farmers Stay Competitive
  • Congress Prepares To Knock Down Barriers to Broadband Expansion in Rural America
  • FCC Plan to Lower Broadband Standards Is Met with “Mobile Only Challenge”
  • Facebook Is Changing. What Does That Mean for Your News Feed?
  • Facebook Shares Tumble after Changes to Its News Feed That Could Shrink Ad Revenue
  • Four Optimization Strategies to Make Your Social Media Less ‘Normal’
  • States (including Washington) Push Back after Net Neutrality Repeal
  • Is There a Washington State Soda Tax in the Works?
  • Interior Plans to Move Thousands of Workers in the Biggest Reorganization in Its History
  • Rattlesnake Ridge Slide Date Keeps Changing. Authorities Caution That It Could Come Any Time
  • Belfair’s Widened SR 3 Stretch to Get Crosswalk Flashers, Speed Sensor Signs
  • Report: Maintaining I-5 through 2040 Will Cost State Billions
  • State Farm Shuttering Two Washington State Call Centers
  • Weak to Moderate La Nina Will Likely Continue through Winter, NOAA Says
WORD OF THE DAY

Xanadu • \ZAN-uh-doo\ • noun – An idyllic, exotic, or luxurious place

“Ahh. Whenever I hear the word Xanadu I think of the former glory of the Mongol Empire,” sighed Bataar.
“I think of Charles Foster Kane!” shouted Jim Gettys,
“I imagine Olivia Newton John, resplendent in spandex,” said Sonny Malone in a dreamy, far away voice.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

California Faces $241 Million Bill to Close Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant (Courthouse News Service)

What’s in Your Warehouse: Puerto Rico Governor Calls for DOJ Probe after Power Equipment Stockpile Found (Utility Dive)

Governor Inslee Wants Washington State Removed from Coastal Oil Drilling Plan (Associated Press)

Senator Cantwell: Drilling Plan Carve-Out for Florida May Be Illegal (Associated Press)

Grant PUD 2018 Rates to Be Unveiled at January 23 Meeting (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

NW Power& Conservation Council Taps Idaho’s Yost as New Chair, Montana’s Anders Vice-Chair (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

Mason PUD 3 Helps WSP Train K-9s (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

New Mexico Customers Could Be the First to See Rate Reductions as a Result of Lower Corporate Tax (Utility Dive)

Berkshire Hathaway Utility Unit Shuffles Top Executives (Associated Press)

During Recent Cold Snap, the U-S Withdrew a Record Amount of Natural Gas from Storage (U-S Energy Information Administration)

Chinese Bitcoin Miners Eye Sites in Energy-Rich Canada (Reuters)

Real Choices, Real Savings: Keeping the Lights On for Low-Income Customers (American Public Power Association)

FISH & WILDLIFE

U-S Supreme Court to Hear Washington State Appeal of Salmon Habitat Order (Associated Press)

Plaintiffs in Columbia River Spill for Fish Case File Reply Briefs in Ninth Circuit; Oral Arguments in March (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

Study: Decline of Salmon Also Impacts Salmon Genetics (Yakima Herald Republic, WA)

Killing Barred Owls to See Impact on Spotted Owl Approved (KXRO Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

Seventeen Former Wildlife Officials Urge Interior to Rethink Easing Rules Against Killing Birds (Washington Post)

There Are Record Bald Eagle Numbers in North Idaho – Biologists Don’t Know Why (Northwest Public Radio)

WATER, THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE

Op/Ed: Rural Washington Hardest Hit by Hirst Water Ruling (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

REC Silicon Pens Letter to President Trump Over Chinese Trade Dispute (Ifiber One News, Ephrata, WA)

President Trump Says He Wishes U-S Would Use Hydropower. It Already Does (CNBC)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

A Smart Home Sounds Like a Great Idea. So Why Is It Still So Complicated? (USA Today)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

California’s Timber Industry Was Sacrificed for the Spotted Owl. Now Pot Farms Pose a New Threat (Sacramento Bee, CA)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

It’s Time to Go Nuclear in the Fight against Climate Change (Grist Online)

Cutting Carbon Emissions While Earning Cash (NY Times)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI – SEETHING STEW OF SCIENCE

Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Survives, but G.M. & Tesla Aren’t Cheering (NY Times)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

CenturyLink’s Patel: Broadband Expansion Will Focus on Higher Speeds, Dense Areas (Fierce Telecom – For Rural $500 Million for 10 Mbps. Meh)

Missouri: Broadband Access Helps Farmers Stay Competitive (Associated Press)

Congress Prepares To Knock Down Barriers to Broadband Expansion in Rural America (USA Today)

FCC Plan to Lower Broadband Standards Is Met with “Mobile Only Challenge” (Ars Technica)

PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING & MEDIA

Facebook Is Changing. What Does That Mean for Your News Feed? (NY Times)

Facebook Shares Tumble after Changes to Its News Feed That Could Shrink Ad Revenue (Los Angeles Times, CA)

Four Optimization Strategies to Make Your Social Media Less ‘Normal’ (AdWeek)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

States (including Washington) Push Back after Net Neutrality Repeal (NY Times)

Is There a Washington State Soda Tax in the Works? (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Interior Plans to Move Thousands of Workers in the Biggest Reorganization in Its History (Washington Post)

GENERAL NEWS

Rattlesnake Ridge Slide Date Keeps Changing. Authorities Caution That It Could Come Any Time (Yakima Herald Republic, WA)

Belfair’s Widened SR 3 Stretch to Get Crosswalk Flashers, Speed Sensor Signs (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Report: Maintaining I-5 through 2040 Will Cost State Billions (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

State Farm Shuttering Two Washington State Call Centers (Associated Press)

Weak to Moderate La Nina Will Likely Continue through Winter, NOAA Says (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

A Lofty Proposal: ‘Marry Me’ Etched In Snow, Seen from Above

Woman Returns Christmas Tree to Costco ‘Because It’s Dead’

Thick Ice Sheets Found Below the Surface of Mars Could Help Us Explore the Red Planet

Darwin Awards: Warning Issued after Teens Eat Laundry Detergent Pods for New Internet Challenge

SONG OF THE DAY

The Fifth Dimension – Wedding Bell Blues

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Energy News Digest for January 10, 2018

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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS




HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Governor Inslee’s Carbon Tax Announced, Washington State House Republicans Counter with Alternative Bill (Washington State Wire, Olympia, WA)

Oregon Lawmakers Unveil ‘Cap & Invest’ Carbon Pricing Bills (Oregonian, Portland)

Small Nukes Pass Key Step as Regulators Approve NuScale Safety System (Utility Dive)

Pacific Gas & Electric Moves Closer to Retiring Diablo Canyon Nuke With Proposed State Decision (Utility Dive)

Rainy, Windy Days Ahead, Especially Thursday; Heavy Snowfall Expected in Passes (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Small Nukes Pass Key Step as Regulators Approve NuScale Safety System
  • Pacific Gas & Electric Moves Closer to Retiring Diablo Canyon Nuke With Proposed State Decision
  • U-S Department of Energy Pivots on NOPR, Will ‘Respect’ & ‘Honor’ FERC Order
  • Coal Executive Blasts Federal Energy Regulators for ‘Bureaucratic Cop-Out’ on Trump Administration Power Plan
  • South Carolina: Santee Cooper’s Biggest Customers Want a Special Committee to Decide If It Should Be Sold
  • By the Way: New Meters Allow Smarter Energy Use
  • Alaska: A Look at the Salmon Habitat Ballot Initiative
  • Court Approves Plan to Help Salmon by Spilling More Water over Columbia River Dams
  • Smart Appliances: Whirlpool, Apple Partner on Home Appliance Front
  • How to Stay Warm during Winter for Less Money
  • Governor Inslee’s Carbon Tax Announced, Washington State House Republicans Counter with Alternative Bill
  • It’s Time to Step Up’: Washington State Gov. Inslee Revives Push for Carbon Tax in New Plan
  • Gov. Inslee’s Washington State Emissions Tax Plan Draws Raves, Jeers
  • Cowlitz PUD Outlines Desires for Potential State Carbon Policy
  • Oregon Lawmakers Unveil ‘Cap & Invest’ Carbon Pricing Bills
  • Exclusive: Trump’s EPA Aims to Replace Obama-Era Climate, Water Regulations in 2018
  • Maybe It’s Not as Hard as We Thought to Solve the Electric Charging Infrastructure Problem
  • President Trump’s Focus on Rural Broadband Should Include Community-Owned Networks
  • President Trump’s Rural Broadband Order Doesn’t Do Anything New
  • Comcast Speed Boost Goes Live — But You Have to Activate It
  • Oregon: Spirit One Customers Say It Keeps Taking Their Money Months after Service Stopped
  • Microsoft Says Security Patches Slowing Down PCs, Servers
  • Kentucky Governor Fights Release of Facebook Filter to Hide Comments
  • Facebook’s Newest Test Feature Pushes Local News & Events to Users
  • Here Are the Four Creative Agencies That Ruled YouTube in 2017
  • Bishop Bullish on Federal Energy Bill
  • Judge’s Study Calls for More Security in Washington State Courtrooms
  • Drafting Error Shorts Idaho $27.5 Million for Road Projects
  • Rainy, Windy Days Ahead, Especially Thursday; Heavy Snowfall Expected in Passes
  • Heavy Rain Thursday; Flooding Possible
  • Suspect in Fatal Shooting of Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Held without Bail
  • Contractor Charged With Felony for Death in Seattle Trench Collapse
  • Report: Seahawks Fire Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell
  • Listicles Are Us: The Ten Most Dangerous Volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest
WORD OF THE DAY – HORRIBLE HAIKU

Loo ● \loo\ ● – Noun – Bathroom.

Gardex l’eau she cried.
“Too late” groused the soused old man.
Chamber pot emptied.

From Oxford Living Dictionary & Kottkey
When people flung their potty waste out of the window, they would shout “Gardez l’eau” [gar-day low]. That’s French for “watch out for the water”. We probably get the word “loo” from this expression. Some people think it comes from “Room 100” which is what European people used to call the bathroom. A third theory refers to the trade name ‘Waterloo’, which appeared prominently displayed on the iron cisterns in many British outhouses during the early 20th century.


ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Small Nukes Pass Key Step as Regulators Approve NuScale Safety System (Utility Dive)

Pacific Gas & Electric Moves Closer to Retiring Diablo Canyon Nuke With Proposed State Decision (Utility Dive)

U-S Department of Energy Pivots on NOPR, Will ‘Respect’ & ‘Honor’ FERC Order (Utility Dive)

Coal Executive Blasts Federal Energy Regulators for ‘Bureaucratic Cop-Out’ on Trump Administration Power Plan (Washington Post)

South Carolina: Santee Cooper’s Biggest Customers Want a Special Committee to Decide If It Should Be Sold (Post & Courier, Charleston, SC)

By the Way: New Meters Allow Smarter Energy Use (Hermiston Herald, OR)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Alaska: A Look at the Salmon Habitat Ballot Initiative (Peninsula Clarion, Kenai, AK)

Court Approves Plan to Help Salmon by Spilling More Water over Columbia River Dams (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Smart Appliances: Whirlpool, Apple Partner on Home Appliance Front (Dayton Business Journal, OH)

How to Stay Warm during Winter for Less Money (Dummies Books)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Governor Inslee’s Carbon Tax Announced, Washington State House Republicans Counter with Alternative Bill (Washington State Wire, Olympia, WA)

It’s Time to Step Up’: Washington State Gov. Inslee Revives Push for Carbon Tax in New Plan (Utility Dive)

Gov. Inslee’s Washington State Emissions Tax Plan Draws Raves, Jeers (South Sound Business Journal)

Cowlitz PUD Outlines Desires for Potential State Carbon Policy (Longview Daily News, WA)

Oregon Lawmakers Unveil ‘Cap & Invest’ Carbon Pricing Bills (Oregonian, Portland)

Exclusive: Trump’s EPA Aims to Replace Obama-Era Climate, Water Regulations in 2018 (Reuters)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI – SEETHING STEW OF SCIENCE

Maybe It’s Not as Hard as We Thought to Solve the Electric Charging Infrastructure Problem (Jalopnik)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

President Trump’s Focus on Rural Broadband Should Include Community-Owned Networks (Forbes Magazine)

President Trump’s Rural Broadband Order Doesn’t Do Anything New (Broadband Reports)

Comcast Speed Boost Goes Live — But You Have to Activate It (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Oregon: Spirit One Customers Say It Keeps Taking Their Money Months after Service Stopped (Oregonian, Portland)

Microsoft Says Security Patches Slowing Down PCs, Servers (Reuters)

PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING & MEDIA

Kentucky Governor Fights Release of Facebook Filter to Hide Comments (Courthouse News Service)

Facebook’s Newest Test Feature Pushes Local News & Events to Users (Mashable)

Here Are the Four Creative Agencies That Ruled YouTube in 2017 (AdWeek)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

Bishop Bullish on Federal Energy Bill (Politico, Morning Energy)

Judge’s Study Calls for More Security in Washington State Courtrooms (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Drafting Error Shorts Idaho $27.5 Million for Road Projects (Associated Press)

GENERAL NEWS

Rainy, Windy Days Ahead, Especially Thursday; Heavy Snowfall Expected in Passes (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

Heavy Rain Thursday; Flooding Possible (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Suspect in Fatal Shooting of Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Held without Bail (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Contractor Charged With Felony for Death in Seattle Trench Collapse (Associated Press)

Report: Seahawks Fire Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

Listicles Are Us: The Ten Most Dangerous Volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest (Oregonian, Portland)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Woman Finds Out Her $250 Painting Is Actually Worth $300,000

Gardez L’eau – Giant Chunk of Ice Falls, Crushes Parked Car in New York City

Passengers Recall People Crying, Vomiting ‘All Over’ Cruise Ship That Sailed into ‘Bomb Cyclone’

Rome’s Mangy Christmas Tree to Be Carved Up into Souvenirs

SONG OF THE DAY

Maureen McGovern – The Morning After (Poseidon Adventure Soundtrack)


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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Energy News Digest for January 9, 2018

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Snow in Mountains, Wind, & Ample Precipitation: A La Nina-Like Pattern This Week (Cliff Mass Weather Blog)

HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Judge OKs Plan to Boost Spill at Columbia & Snake River Dams (Associated Press)

FERC Rejects DOE NOPR, Kicking Resilience Issue to Grid Operators (Utility Dive)

More Equipment, Crews Head to Puerto Rico for Power Boost (Associated Press)

Bill Could Allow More New Washington State Wells for Domestic Use (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Seven Takeaways from Gov. Inslee’s 2018 State Of The State Speech (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • FERC Rejects DOE NOPR, Kicking Resilience Issue to Grid Operators
  • ‘FERC Did Its Job:’ Former Regulators, Lawyers Laud DOE NOPR Rejection
  • More Equipment, Crews Head to Puerto Rico for Power Boost
  • Almost All Power Plants That Retired In the Past Decade Were Powered by Fossil Fuels
  • MIT: Cheap Gas, Not Renewables, Caused Nuclear Woes
  • South Carolina Utility Wants Lawsuit over Nuclear Plant Costs Tossed Out of Court
  • Chelan PUD has Aggressive Capital Improvement Plan
  • British Columbia: The Great Flicker of 2018 (2.5 Second Outage) Was Caused by a Car Crash, BC Hydro Says
  • Damming the Nile – Egypt, Sudan & Ethiopia Battle It Out
  • Bitcoins Should Be Called BTUcoins – That’s a Problem
  • Judge OKs Plan to Boost Spill at Columbia & Snake River Dams
  • Bill Could Allow More New Washington State Wells for Domestic Use
  • The Nation’s Rivers & Streams Are Getting Dangerously Saltier
  • Oregon: Solar Developer Disputes Blockage of 80-Acre Project on Farmland
  • Roadmap to Nowhere: The Myth of Powering the Nation 100% with Renewable Energy
  • $30K Award another Example of How Naval Station Everett Is a Top Base
  • Inslee’s Carbon Tax Would Raise Costs for Consumers, Polluters to Fund Environmental Projects
  • Oregon Business Groups Blast Cap-And-Trade Bills
  • Op/Ed: We Don’t Want California’s Cap-And-Trade Law
  • Your Bathroom Could Soon Be a ‘Smart Bathroom’ Thanks to Kohler
  • President Trump Is Pushing Rural Internet Access. Here’s What Montana Is Doing Already
  • Donald Trump’s Executive Orders on ‘Great, Great’ Rural Broadband Don’t Really Do Anything
  • Trump Rural Broadband Initiatives: Where’s the Beef?
  • Congressional Democrats Try to Force a Vote to Keep Net Neutrality
  • Pole Contact Switcheroo: Judge Backs AT&T Effort to Slow Google Fiber in Nashville
  • Comcast under Fire for Using Sneaky Fees to Jack up Rates
  • Seven Takeaways from Gov. Inslee’s 2018 State Of The State Speech
  • Washington State Legislature Opens amid Protest, Calls for Action
  • GOP Washington State Senator Staying in Olympia, Won’t Join Trump Administration
  • America’s Rural Hospitals Are Dangerously Fragile
  • Suspect Due In Court in Death of Washington State Sheriff’s Deputy
  • 35 MPH Wind Gusts Possible Around Puget Sound Thursday
  • Residents Rescued as Mud Inundates California Burn Areas
  • Washington State Senator Floats Idea of Ferry Service between Olympia & Seattle
  • New Frontier for Craft U-S Whiskey May Be Underfoot in Olympic Peninsula Bog Near Shelton
WORD OF THE DAY

Conurbation • \kah-ner-BAY-shun\ • Noun - An aggregation or continuous network of urban communities.

Welcome to “EverSeaTacoOly,” blared the tour guide. His grating mashing of the conurbation along the central Puget Sound I-5 parking lot of a freeway was only slightly tinged with irony.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

FERC Rejects DOE NOPR, Kicking Resilience Issue to Grid Operators (Utility Dive)

‘FERC Did Its Job:’ Former Regulators, Lawyers Laud DOE NOPR Rejection (Utility Dive)

More Equipment, Crews Head to Puerto Rico for Power Boost (Associated Press)

Almost All Power Plants That Retired In the Past Decade Were Powered by Fossil Fuels (U-S Energy Information Administration)

MIT: Cheap Gas, Not Renewables, Caused Nuclear Woes (Utility Dive)

South Carolina Utility Wants Lawsuit over Nuclear Plant Costs Tossed Out of Court (Associated Press)

Chelan PUD has Aggressive Capital Improvement Plan (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)

British Columbia: The Great Flicker of 2018 (2.5 Second Outage) Was Caused by a Car Crash, BC Hydro Says (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Damming the Nile – Egypt, Sudan & Ethiopia Battle It Out (Jerusalem Post)

Bitcoins Should Be Called BTUcoins – That’s a Problem (The Energy Collective)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Judge OKs Plan to Boost Spill at Columbia & Snake River Dams (Associated Press)

WATER, THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE

Bill Could Allow More New Washington State Wells for Domestic Use (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

The Nation’s Rivers & Streams Are Getting Dangerously Saltier (Washington Post)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

Oregon: Solar Developer Disputes Blockage of 80-Acre Project on Farmland (Capital Press)

Roadmap to Nowhere: The Myth of Powering the Nation 100% with Renewable Energy (The Energy Collective)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

$30K Award another Example of How Naval Station Everett Is a Top Base (My Everett News, WA)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Inslee’s Carbon Tax Would Raise Costs for Consumers, Polluters to Fund Environmental Projects (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Oregon Business Groups Blast Cap-And-Trade Bills (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Op/Ed: We Don’t Want California’s Cap-And-Trade Law (Eugene Register-Guard, OR)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI – SEETHING STEW OF SCIENCE

Your Bathroom Could Soon Be a ‘Smart Bathroom’ Thanks to Kohler (Mashable)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

President Trump Is Pushing Rural Internet Access. Here’s What Montana Is Doing Already (KTVQ-TV, Billings, MT)

Donald Trump’s Executive Orders on ‘Great, Great’ Rural Broadband Don’t Really Do Anything (Gizmodo – PG-13 for Language)

Trump Rural Broadband Initiatives: Where’s the Beef? (Telecompetitor)

Congressional Democrats Try to Force a Vote to Keep Net Neutrality (Courthouse News Service)

Pole Contact Switcheroo: Judge Backs AT&T Effort to Slow Google Fiber in Nashville (Broadband Reports)

Comcast under Fire for Using Sneaky Fees to Jack up Rates (Broadband Reports)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

Seven Takeaways from Gov. Inslee’s 2018 State Of The State Speech (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Washington State Legislature Opens amid Protest, Calls for Action (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

GOP Washington State Senator Staying in Olympia, Won’t Join Trump Administration (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA – Paywall Advisory)

America’s Rural Hospitals Are Dangerously Fragile (Atlantic Magazine)

GENERAL NEWS

Suspect Due In Court in Death of Washington State Sheriff’s Deputy (Associated Press)

35 MPH Wind Gusts Possible Around Puget Sound Thursday (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

Residents Rescued as Mud Inundates California Burn Areas (Associated Press)

Washington State Senator Floats Idea of Ferry Service between Olympia & Seattle (Olympian, WA – Paywall Advisory)

New Frontier for Craft U-S Whiskey May Be Underfoot in Olympic Peninsula Bog Near Shelton (Associated Press)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Some People Curse & Say Nasty Things in Their Sleep. There’s a Good Reason.

Buzzkill: Starbucks Wins Dismissal in U-S of Under Filled Latte Lawsuit

Man Trying to Kill Spider Sets Apartment on Fire, Tenants Forced to Move Out

Here Are 50 Pictures of Mount Hood Looking Beautiful Over the Last 70 Years

SONG OF THE DAY

The K Sisters – Java Jive

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