Posts Tagged ‘Environment’

How Big is the BP Oil Spill?

Looking around the Internet, I found this interesting map that brings the Gulf of Mexico oil spill into something we can grasp. The site is updated daily from a variety of sources, but will show the outline of the affected area in the Gulf. If you go this site, you can enter the place where […]

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Sailing the Salish Sea

It has been surprising to me how quickly the new term “Salish Sea” has come into usage to describe the inland waterways that comprise the areas we still call Puget Sound, the Georgia Strait, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Even the name of this blog suggests that the environment of our region of […]

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The End of the World. Not 2012.

I have been asked by more than the average number of people lately whether I believe that the world is coming to an end.  Yes, it will.  Depending upon your belief system, it will happen when the Creator says so, or when the Son of God returns to Earth, or when some catastrophic event from […]

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Death Sentence for Sea Lions

I have commented before here on the plight of the Columbia River sea lions.  Despite the fact that they are a natural part of the wildlife that appears on the Columbia River, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife has found it necessary to kill some of the sea lions around Bonneville Dam because they […]

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More Fees By the Mile

It is happening again in the Oregon Legislature. Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski wants more than anything to start a system of automobile taxation that is based upon the number of miles driven. The latest version of this idea is designed only for motorists in the Portland area, but it is a glimpse of what is […]

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Save the Sea Kittens!

You know, I couldn’t have made this up if I tried. I get a relentless amount of e-mail from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).  While I agree with a lot of the things their organization talks about, sometimes they do something that just leaves a person asking “What’s that about?” and […]

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Prepared For Everything but Snow

All over Cascadia we are now at about “ten days and counting” on our current bout of extreme Winter weather.  It has been a real inconvenience for most of us, as we are mostly not able to get out and about to do our normal routines.  We cannot shop for necessary supplies or for Christmas […]

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Snow Day

By now, most of us in Cascadia are experiencing some of the worst Winter weather since any of us can remember.  I would normally be at work right now, so the experience is something like the rare day when we didn’t go to school because of the snow.  Even though you have been at home […]

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Celilo Falls

I have always been fascinated with the history of the Pacific Northwest.  There is so much that has gone on in our region both before and after the appearance of European settlers that is truly interesting.  Over the course of time, we have exploited the resources of our area, and in some ways, we have […]

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The Salmon Vs. The Sea Lions

I am pretty sure we can come up with a better solution. In recent news, we find out that U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman has ruled that Oregon and Washington, as a last resort, can begin killing as many as 85 sea lions annually for five years.  This would remove animals that state wildlife […]

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