This week I am starting a project that I have wanted to do for a while.  There are lots of stories out there that I would like to comment on, but don’t quite seem to measure up to needing a whole blog entry at the time.  Besides, I wanted a way to make sure I hit all the high points, and some of the low points, of day-to-day life in Cascadia.  So here is the first installment of something I hope to make a regular weekly feature:

  • People in low-lying areas around Cascadia are cleaning up after last week’s major flooding episode.  Sadly, I haven’t included a link to a report on this, because articles on this are few and far between.  People evacuating in front of flood waters makes for a spectacular news story.  The story of the cleanup, even though it drastically affects the lives of many people, is simply not worth more than a short mention in much of today’s media.  Sad.
  • Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski is again promoting his plan to do away with the gas tax and replace it with a mileage tax. This is really problematic at a lot of levels. It is trying to fix something that isn’t broken, other than it is probably appropriate to raise the tax itself so we the public can benefit from the higher price of gas. The plan includes putting a GPS transponder in all of our cars to track us. The plan includes calculating the mileage tax and paying it when you fill up with gas, making collecting the tax a burden on gas station operators. I’m hoping this one dies a slow death.
  • A Seattle-bound US Airways Airbus A320 with 155 people on board crash landed in the Hudson River in Manhattan on Thursday.  The survival of all aboard was credited to the skillful work of the pilot and flight crew.  Being a fan of ferries and boats in general, the thing that struck me immediately in the article was the number of ferries, water taxis, and tour boats that were on the scene immediately offering aid.  Nothing like everyone on the scene being totally prepared for an emergency, and that fact being instrumental in saving everyone.
  • Finally, fans of the whodunnit might want to try to figure out where a 45-year-old Bellevue woman disappeared to.  The Bellevue Community College instructor and author of ten books disappeared Tuesday after she (or someone) drove her minivan onto the ferry Puyallup heading from Seattle to Bainbridge island.  When the ferry got to the other end, she did not show up to drive her car off the boat.  Her keys and purse were found on the upper passenger deck.  You can read more about the story here. Stay tuned, we are all wondering about this one.

OK, that was my first try at the Weekly News Roundup. More here every week, as I get it all down.