Thursday, April 27, 2017

Energy News Digest for April 27, 2017

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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS


HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

North Mason Schools: Wednesday’s Active Shooter Report at Hawkins Middle School Was False (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Thousands of Businesses, Groups Lobby for Defense of EPA Energy Star Program (Utility Dive)

City of Shelton Defends Treatment Plant after Criticism from Shellfish Farmer (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Including Squaxin Tribe – Indian Tribes Fear Trump Will Be a Buzzkill for Their Marijuana Business (Bellingham Herald, WA – Paywall Advisory)

California’s Wildflower ‘Super Bloom’ Is So Massive You Can See It from Space (Washington Post)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Costs Go Up About $3 Million on Grant PUD’s Priest Rapids Refurbishment
  • News Release: Committee Passes Bipartisan Bill to Safeguard Electric Transmission, Enhance Grid Reliability
  • Peninsula Light Welcomes New Chief Business Officer
  • After Five Years, Illinois Smart Grid Buildout Showing Results
  • City of Shelton Defends Treatment Plant after Criticism from Shellfish Farmer
  • Includes Annas Bay, North Bay: Six Washington State Shellfish Areas Closed, Other Areas Threatened
  • New Population of Invasive Green Crabs Found in Washington
  • Tribes Sue Coast Guard over Tanker Traffic’s Risk to Orcas
  • Program That Pays Cash for Catching Fish Starts Monday
  • Stocking Lakes Keeps Naches Hatchery Busy All Spring
  • California’s Wildflower ‘Super Bloom’ Is So Massive You Can See It from Space
  • Social Media Investigation – Congressman Newhouse Disagrees with “What’s Upstream” Audit
  • Minnesota Power Plant That Burns Turkey Poop Faces Closure
  • Imperial Irrigation District Is No. 1 for Storage MW in SEPA Ranking
  • Thousands of Businesses, Groups Lobby for Defense of EPA Energy Star Program
  • Including Squaxin Tribe – Indian Tribes Fear Trump Will Be a Buzzkill for Their Marijuana Business
  • The Trump White House Is at War With Itself about Climate Change
  • F.C.C. Chairman Pushes Sweeping Changes to Net Neutrality Rules
  • ISPs Trot Out Old Lies to Defend New Attack on Net Neutrality
  • Hackers Exploited Word Flaw for Months While Microsoft Investigated
  • Digital Ad Spend Jumps 22 Percent to $72.5 Billion in 2016: Report
  • Twitter Reports First Quarterly Revenue Decline since Going Public
  • Why Instagram Is Becoming Facebook’s Next Facebook
  • ESPN Layoffs: The Struggling Industry Giant Sheds On-Air Talent
  • How to Create a Social Media Marketing Content Plan in Seven Steps
  • President Trump Blasts 9th Circuit over Immigration Rulings
  • Free Our #Hashtags: Some State Lawmakers Want to Loosen Up on Social Media – Others Fear It Could Go Too Far
  • North Mason Schools: Wednesday’s Active Shooter Report at Hawkins Middle School Was False
  • Mason County Commissioners Confront Budget Shortfall – Staff Cuts, New Fees, Vote on Levies Proposed
  • Man Charged With Leaving Scene of Fatal Centralia I-5 Crash, Setting Truck on Fire
  • Biggest Washington State Patrol Cadet Graduation in Recent Years
  • Shelton Robotics Finishes in Top 6% at World Championship
WORD OF THE DAY

Bathos • \BAY-thaws\ • Noun - 1a: the sudden appearance of the commonplace in otherwise elevated matter or style b: anticlimax 2: exceptional commonplaceness: triteness 3: insincere or overdone pathos: sentimentalism

Looking for humor
Bathos rears its ugly head
M Lisa moustache


ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Costs Go Up About $3 Million on Grant PUD’s Priest Rapids Refurbishment (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

News Release: Committee Passes Bipartisan Bill to Safeguard Electric Transmission, Enhance Grid Reliability (U-S House Committee on Natural Resources)

Peninsula Light Welcomes New Chief Business Officer (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA – Paywall Advisory)

After Five Years, Illinois Smart Grid Buildout Showing Results (Midwest Energy News)

FISH & WILDLIFE

City of Shelton Defends Treatment Plant after Criticism from Shellfish Farmer (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Includes Annas Bay, North Bay: Six Washington State Shellfish Areas Closed, Other Areas Threatened (KXRO Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

New Population of Invasive Green Crabs Found in Washington (Associated Press)

Tribes Sue Coast Guard over Tanker Traffic’s Risk to Orcas (Associated Press)

Program That Pays Cash for Catching Fish Starts Monday (Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, WA)

Stocking Lakes Keeps Naches Hatchery Busy All Spring (Yakima Herald Republic, WA)

ENVIRONMENTAL FOOT LOCKER

California’s Wildflower ‘Super Bloom’ Is So Massive You Can See It from Space (Washington Post)

WATER, THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE

Social Media Investigation – Congressman Newhouse Disagrees with “What’s Upstream” Audit (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

Minnesota Power Plant That Burns Turkey Poop Faces Closure (Minnesota Public Radio)

Imperial Irrigation District Is No. 1 for Storage MW in SEPA Ranking (American Public Power Association)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Thousands of Businesses, Groups Lobby for Defense of EPA Energy Star Program (Utility Dive)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Including Squaxin Tribe – Indian Tribes Fear Trump Will Be a Buzzkill for Their Marijuana Business (Bellingham Herald, WA – Paywall Advisory)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

The Trump White House Is at War With Itself about Climate Change (Washington Post)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

F.C.C. Chairman Pushes Sweeping Changes to Net Neutrality Rules (NY Times)

ISPs Trot Out Old Lies to Defend New Attack on Net Neutrality (Broadband Reports)

Hackers Exploited Word Flaw for Months While Microsoft Investigated (Reuters)

MARKETING & MEDIA

Digital Ad Spend Jumps 22 Percent to $72.5 Billion in 2016: Report (Reuters)

Twitter Reports First Quarterly Revenue Decline since Going Public (Associated Press)

Why Instagram Is Becoming Facebook’s Next Facebook (NY Times)

ESPN Layoffs: The Struggling Industry Giant Sheds On-Air Talent (NY Times)

How to Create a Social Media Marketing Content Plan in Seven Steps (Social Media Examiner)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

President Trump Blasts 9th Circuit over Immigration Rulings (USA Today)

Free Our #Hashtags: Some State Lawmakers Want to Loosen Up on Social Media – Others Fear It Could Go Too Far (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA – Paywall Advisory)

GENERAL NEWS

North Mason Schools: Wednesday’s Active Shooter Report at Hawkins Middle School Was False (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Mason County Commissioners Confront Budget Shortfall – Staff Cuts, New Fees, Vote on Levies Proposed (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Man Charged With Leaving Scene of Fatal Centralia I-5 Crash, Setting Truck on Fire (Associated Press)

Biggest Washington State Patrol Cadet Graduation in Recent Years (KELA Radio, Centralia, WA)

Shelton Robotics Finishes in Top 6% at World Championship (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Presidential Naughty Bits – Finally, From Italy, the Full George Washington

911 Call: Man Wants Police Dog to Search for Stolen Heroin

The Sly Bird Meme Is the Latest Thing You Have to Know About

What’s In a Name? Bronx Zoo Proudly Displays ‘Snot Otters’

SONG OF THE DAY

The Grass Roots – Temptation Eyes

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Energy News Digest for April 26, 2017

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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS



Mass O’ Moisture – Darth Vapor Strikes Again, And Again (Clif Mass Weather Blog)

HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Student in Custody after Bringing Gun to Hawkins Middle School in Mason County (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Mason PUD 3 Commissioners Adopt Plan for Future Substation Funding (Mason PUD 3, Shelton, WA)

Columbia River to Hit Flood Stage Again (Longview Daily News, WA)

Protest of Portland General Electric’s Resource Plan Takes a Fracking Twist (Portland Business Journal, OR)

DC Circuit Upholds FERC Ruling in Portland General Electric PURPA Dispute (RTO Insider)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Mason PUD 3 Commissioners Adopt Plan for Future Substation Funding
  • Mason PUD 3 Approves Collecting Fees for Substation Construction
  • Protest of Portland General Electric’s Resource Plan Takes a Fracking Twist
  • Water, Sewer Garbage – Why Seattle’s Transportation Levy Could Lead to Higher Utility Rates
  • California Regulators Fine Pacific Gas & Electric $8.3 Million for Deadly Wildfire
  • New Study: California Drought Increased Electricity Bills & Air Pollution
  • Canada Aims for a Fleet of Small, Modular Nukes
  • U-S Lawmakers Push Yucca Nuclear Dump Facing Transport Crunch
  • Utilities Face Flat Electricity Use – Demand Not Up with Economy, Firms Look to Shift Model
  • Former FERC Chair Jon Wellinghoff No Longer at SolarCity
  • Drones-As-A-Service: These Days, Utilities Are Outsourcing Everything
  • Kenya: Phasing Out Wooden Power Poles Unwise
  • Tri-Cities – 1,300 Students Participate in Salmon Summit at Columbia Park
  • Salmon Cannon Shoots for Its Biggest Project Yet
  • Columbia River to Hit Flood Stage Again
  • King County Launches Investigation of Waste Treatment Facility
  • DC Circuit Upholds FERC Ruling in Portland General Electric PURPA Dispute
  • Taxes No Longer Certain -- And That’s Affecting Solar Deals
  • As Rooftop Solar Challenges Utilities, One Aims for a Compromise
  • Man Dies in East Bridgewater Fire – Solar Panels Hinder Firefighters
  • Six Ways to Keep Your Home Cool & Your Bills Low This Summer
  • Washington’s Marijuana Sales Bumped 79 Percent on 4/20
  • Perry Calls for U-S to Remain in Paris Accord, Deepening Climate Split in White House
  • Op/Ed: A Carbon Tax Is Right for Environment & Economy
  • With Government in Retreat, Companies Step Up on Emissions
  • Grant PUD Discusses Fiber Options
  • FCC Chief Lays Out Attack on ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules
  • AT&T Launches Fake 5G Network in Desperate Attempt to Seem Innovative
  • Checking a Website’s Security
  • Unroll.me Backlash Shows Us Exactly What’s Wrong with Privacy Policies
  • Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?
  • Instagram Now Has 700 Million Monthly Active Users
  • Reactions Mixed on New U-S Tariffs on Canadian Lumber
  • British Columbia Moves to Ban U-S Coal Transport in Retaliation for Softwood Duties
  • Inslee Names New Corrections Secretary
  • Trump Slams Federal Court Ruling on Funding for ‘Sanctuary Cities’
  • Student in Custody after Bringing Gun to Hawkins Middle School in Mason County
  • Tahuya Residents Fearful of Proposed Clear-cut along North Shore Road
  • Seattle Just Broke a 122-Year-Old Record for Rain — Because of Course It Did
  • Mason County Unemployment Drops Again
  • Seattle, Portland Lead in Rising Home Prices
WORD OF THE DAY

Enfant Terrible • \on-fahnt tuh-REEB-luh\ • Noun - 1a: a child whose inopportune remarks cause embarrassment b: a person known for shocking remarks or outrageous behavior 2: a usually young & successful person who is strikingly unorthodox, innovative, or avant-garde

At 88, Barney was the youngest member of the “Shady Lanes Retirement Home.” Even at the time of life when it becomes OK to blithely blurt out what you really feel about something, He was considered the facility’s “Enfant Terrible” for his truly outrageous, yet painfully accurate, observations of life in the elder care wing.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Mason PUD 3 Commissioners Adopt Plan for Future Substation Funding (Mason PUD 3, Shelton, WA)

Mason PUD 3 Approves Collecting Fees for Substation Construction (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Protest of Portland General Electric’s Resource Plan Takes a Fracking Twist (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Water, Sewer Garbage – Why Seattle’s Transportation Levy Could Lead to Higher Utility Rates (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

California Regulators Fine Pacific Gas & Electric $8.3 Million for Deadly Wildfire (Associated Press)

New Study: California Drought Increased Electricity Bills & Air Pollution (San Jose Mercury News, CA)

Canada Aims for a Fleet of Small, Modular Nukes (Forbes Magazine)

U-S Lawmakers Push Yucca Nuclear Dump Facing Transport Crunch (Reuters)

Utilities Face Flat Electricity Use – Demand Not Up with Economy, Firms Look to Shift Model (Bloomberg News)

Former FERC Chair Jon Wellinghoff No Longer at SolarCity (Utility Dive)

Drones-As-A-Service: These Days, Utilities Are Outsourcing Everything (Utility Dive)

Kenya: Phasing Out Wooden Power Poles Unwise (All Africa)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Tri-Cities – 1,300 Students Participate in Salmon Summit at Columbia Park (Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, WA)

Salmon Cannon Shoots for Its Biggest Project Yet (Northwest Public Radio)

WATER, THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE

Columbia River to Hit Flood Stage Again (Longview Daily News, WA)

King County Launches Investigation of Waste Treatment Facility (KNKX Radio, Tacoma, WA)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

DC Circuit Upholds FERC Ruling in Portland General Electric PURPA Dispute (RTO Insider)

Taxes No Longer Certain -- And That’s Affecting Solar Deals (Bloomberg News)

As Rooftop Solar Challenges Utilities, One Aims for a Compromise (National Public Radio)

Man Dies in East Bridgewater Fire – Solar Panels Hinder Firefighters (Boston Globe, MA)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Six Ways to Keep Your Home Cool & Your Bills Low This Summer (USA Today)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Washington’s Marijuana Sales Bumped 79 Percent on 4/20 (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Perry Calls for U-S to Remain in Paris Accord, Deepening Climate Split in White House (Utility Dive)

Op/Ed: A Carbon Tax Is Right for Environment & Economy (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

With Government in Retreat, Companies Step Up on Emissions (NY Times)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Grant PUD Discusses Fiber Options (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

FCC Chief Lays Out Attack on ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules (Associated Press)

AT&T Launches Fake 5G Network in Desperate Attempt to Seem Innovative (Gizmodo – PG13 Content)

Checking a Website’s Security (NY Times)

MARKETING & MEDIA

Unroll.me Backlash Shows Us Exactly What’s Wrong with Privacy Policies (Washington Post)

Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug? (NY Times)

Instagram Now Has 700 Million Monthly Active Users (AdWeek)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

Reactions Mixed on New U-S Tariffs on Canadian Lumber (Northwest Public Radio)

British Columbia Moves to Ban U-S Coal Transport in Retaliation for Softwood Duties (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Inslee Names New Corrections Secretary (Associated Press)

Trump Slams Federal Court Ruling on Funding for ‘Sanctuary Cities’ (Reuters)


GENERAL NEWS

Student in Custody After Bringing Gun To Hawkins Middle School In Mason County (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Tahuya Residents Fearful of Proposed Clear-cut along North Shore Road (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Seattle Just Broke a 122-Year-Old Record for Rain — Because of Course It Did (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory – That is, if you believe in science & data)

Mason County Unemployment Drops Again (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Seattle, Portland Lead in Rising Home Prices (Oregonian, Portland)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Jeans with Fake Mud on Them Selling for $425 at Nordstrom

How to Watch the Spectacular Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

Worth the Watch: FlightLapse – Milky Way

Rabbit Set to be World’s Biggest Dies on United Airlines Flight in Fresh PR Disaster

SONG OF THE DAY

Some amazing stuff today, featuring Jefferson Airplane, circa 1969. The Woodstock cut is great, but the Grace Slick vocal track is just chilling. YIKES!

Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit (Woodstock, 1969)

Amazinger stuff (Thanks Randy L Roadz for the link)

Grace Slick’s “White Rabbit” Vocal Track Surfaces – It’s The Greatest Thing You’ll Hear All Day (and it’s JUST the vocal track, audio starts 31 seconds in)

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Energy News Digest for April 25, 2017 – Hot Shots Edition

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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS


HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP STORIES

Fixing Oroville Dam Will Cost Hundreds of Millions. Who Should Pay the Bill? (Sacramento Bee, CA)

Fishery Managers Close 200 Miles of West Coast to Salmon Fishing (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Federal Court of Appeals Supports Hatchery Fish in Elwha River in Decision (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

Op/Ed: What Trump’s Budget Means for the Filet-O-Fish (NY Times)

Snohomish PUD – Team Effort Helps Marysville Pilchuck High Go Solar (Everett Herald, WA)

Tesla Charging Expansion Will Bring Eight New Stations to Oregon (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Verizon Launches ‘Gigabit’ Internet Service – $70 Stand-Alone Product (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Google Tweaks Search to Root Out 'Fake News' (USA Today)

In New Trade Front, Trump Slaps Tariff on Canadian Lumber (NY Times)

Acrimony, Gridlock as Washington Lawmakers Convene for Special Session (Northwest Public Radio)

City of Shelton Moving Ahead with Railroad Avenue Road Diet Expansion (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Driver Who Caused Complete Shutdown of I-5 Faces Hefty Bill (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Energy News Digest for April 24, 2017

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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS


Pacific Mega Moisture Plume Approaches the West Coast “…Washington is a sunless disaster area…” (Cliff Mass Weather Blog)

HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Washington State’s Special Legislative Session Starts Today (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

Snowpack Surplus Roils Pacific Northwest Power Market (The Missoulian, MT)

Apple Says New Oregon Solar & Wind Projects Will Help Power Prineville Data Centers (Oregonian, Portland)

How Google Cashes In on the Space Right Under the Search Bar (NY Times)

Mason County: Serial Intruder Suspected of Hunting Victims through Social Media (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Snowpack Surplus Roils Pacific Northwest Power Market
  • White House Advisor Promises Approval for Oregon’s Controversial Liquefied Natural Gas Project
  • Alaska: Chugach Electric Association to Halt Kenai Peninsula Dam Study after Public Outcry
  • California: BLM Paves Way for Contested Hydro Project near Joshua Tree
  • Areva to Add $12 Million Facility to Its Richland Nuclear Fuel Plant
  • Chelan PUD Predicts Challenging Financial Times Ahead
  • Should Landmark Status for Tacoma’s Cushman Substation Include Its Interior?
  • Mason PUD 3 Administrators Address Substation Fee Proposal to Customers
  • Nguyen Appointed Columbia River PUD General Manager
  • Last Lawsuit over Pacific Gas & Electric San Bruno Explosion Close to Settlement
  • Zambia Turns to Charcoal as Hydroelectricity Sources Drain
  • Squaxin Tribe Op/Ed: To Preserve Water & Fish, Ignore False Alarms
  • Apple Says New Oregon Solar & Wind Projects Will Help Power Prineville Data Centers
  • Grays Harbor Solar Power: Is It Right for Your Home or Business?
  • CAISO: California Curtailed 80 GWh of Renewables in March
  • Environmentalists Just Killed a Wind Farm near Las Vegas
  • Is Wind Power Saving Rural Iowa or Wrecking It?
  • Montana: Bonneville Power Administration Helps Job Corps Campus Achieve Dramatic Energy Savings
  • It’s Earth Day: Toss Your Old Appliances the Right Way
  • Our Favorite Smart Thermostats
  • EPA Administrator Tells Electric Co-Ops War on Coal Is Over
  • What Americans Really Think About Climate Change
  • Tesla to Double Number of Supercharger Stations in Advance of Model 3 Launch
  • Comcast Says Customer Service Overhaul Is Showing Results
  • Congress Returns, But the Real Cybersecurity Action Is Taking Place Off the Hill
  • How Google Cashes In on the Space Right Under the Search Bar
  • News Tribune Publisher to Oversee Bellingham Herald
  • Washington State’s Special Legislative Session Starts Today
  • Clarification on Rural Roads Grants Leads to Confusion
  • Will the Federal Government Be Open in a Week? Here Are the Dividing Lines
  • Softwood Lumber Decision Tuesday Is Trump’s Next Chance to Hammer Canada
  • Mason County: Serial Intruder Suspected of Hunting Victims through Social Media
  • Fire Destroys Shelton House near Callanan Park; Displaces Family of Five
  • Seattle So Chill as the Pacific Northwest Bucks National Trend of Warm Start to 2017
  • Trump Administration Declares Disaster for Benton, Franklin Counties
  • Potato Farming In Washington State Involves High-Stakes Investment Due to Competitive Market, Low Profit Margins
  • After Years of Work, Cowlitz Tribe Opens Casino This Week
WORD OF THE DAY

Bumptious • \BUMP-shus\ • adjective – Presumptuously, obtusely, and often noisily self-assertive: obtrusive.

“Will you just SHUT UP,” screamed Alice at the bumptious insect that had snuck into her studio apartment. The cricket interrupted her slumber every five minutes with its insistent song. Unknown to Alice, the insect was channeling the ghost of J.P. Morgan, sending secret investment advice. Alas, Alice, not understanding “cricket” ended the sure-fire wealth session by locating and squashing the bug before she headed for work: cleaning up offal at the Eastside Rendering Plant.

Top 30 Commonly Confused Words in English (Grammerly)

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Snowpack Surplus Roils Pacific Northwest Power Market (The Missoulian, MT)

White House Advisor Promises Approval for Oregon’s Controversial Liquefied Natural Gas Project (Northwest Public Radio)

Alaska: Chugach Electric Association to Halt Kenai Peninsula Dam Study after Public Outcry (Alaska Dispatch News, Anchorage, AK)

California: BLM Paves Way for Contested Hydro Project near Joshua Tree (Greenwire)

Areva to Add $12 Million Facility to Its Richland Nuclear Fuel Plant (Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, WA)

Chelan PUD Predicts Challenging Financial Times Ahead (Wenatchee World, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Should Landmark Status for Tacoma’s Cushman Substation Include Its Interior? (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Mason PUD 3 Administrators Address Substation Fee Proposal to Customers (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Nguyen Appointed Columbia River PUD General Manager (St Helens Chronicle, OR)

Last Lawsuit over Pacific Gas & Electric San Bruno Explosion Close to Settlement (SF Chronicle, CA)

Zambia turns to charcoal as hydroelectricity sources drain (Deutsch Welle)

WATER, THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE

Squaxin Tribe Op/Ed: To Preserve Water & Fish, Ignore False Alarms (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA – Paywall Advisory)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

Apple Says New Oregon Solar & Wind Projects Will Help Power Prineville Data Centers (Oregonian, Portland)

Grays Harbor Solar Power: Is It Right for Your Home or Business? (KXRO Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

CAISO: California Curtailed 80 GWh of Renewables in March (Utility Dive)

Environmentalists Just Killed a Wind Farm near Las Vegas (Palm Springs Desert Sun, CA)

Is Wind Power Saving Rural Iowa or Wrecking It? (The Des Moines Register, IA)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Montana: Bonneville Power Administration Helps Job Corps Campus Achieve Dramatic Energy Savings (Bonneville Power Administration)

It’s Earth Day: Toss Your Old Appliances the Right Way (USA Today)

Our Favorite Smart Thermostats (SF Chronicle, CA)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

EPA Administrator Tells Electric Co-Ops War on Coal Is Over (Salem News, MO)

What Americans Really Think About Climate Change (Atlantic Magazine)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI – DRIVING ON SUNSHINE

Tesla to Double Number of Supercharger Stations in Advance of Model 3 Launch (Consumerist)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Comcast Says Customer Service Overhaul Is Showing Results (Oregonian, Portland)

Congress Returns, But the Real Cybersecurity Action Is Taking Place Off the Hill (Washington Examiner)

MARKETING & MEDIA

How Google Cashes In on the Space Right Under the Search Bar (NY Times)

News Tribune Publisher to Oversee Bellingham Herald (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA – Paywall Advisory)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

Washington State’s Special Legislative Session Starts Today (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

Clarification on Rural Roads Grants Leads to Confusion (Olympian, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Will the Federal Government Be Open in a Week? Here Are the Dividing Lines (NY Times)

Softwood Lumber Decision Tuesday Is Trump’s Next Chance to Hammer Canada (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

GENERAL NEWS

Mason County: Serial Intruder Suspected of Hunting Victims through Social Media (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

Fire Destroys Shelton House near Callanan Park; Displaces Family of Five (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Seattle So Chill as the Pacific Northwest Bucks National Trend of Warm Start to 2017 (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

Trump Administration Declares Disaster for Benton, Franklin Counties (Tri-City Herald, WA)

Potato Farming In Washington State Involves High-Stakes Investment Due to Competitive Market, Low Profit Margins (Associated Press)

After Years of Work, Cowlitz Tribe Opens Casino This Week (Associated Press)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Boy aged 12 drives himself 1,300km across Australia

At Air Force Museum, Famed Memphis Belle Undergoes Careful Restoration

Yes, of Course Kenny G Gave an Impromptu Performance Mid-Flight

One Year Later: Kitten Gets New Lease on Life after Severe Burns

SONG OF THE DAY

Alternative Jazz Trio ‘Cool Cat’ – Cool Cat

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