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Cool - one of my favorite pieces

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Bach's Triple Concerto is being played on period instruments in a local venue a couple weeks from now.
From the Stanwood-Camano News:

Salish Sea Early Music Festival: Baroque instruments are featured through June 21 in concerts performed in the Fir-Conway Lutheran Church, 18101 Fir Island Road, Conway.

    • Bach’s Triple Concerto: Wednesday, May 22, Carrie Krause (baroque violin), Courtney Kuroda (baroque violin), Steven Crewell (baroque viola), Caroline Nicolas (baroque cello) and Jonathan Oddie (harpsichord) perform one of the greatest orchestral works of the 18th century in this program of concerti.

Acoustics are a wee bit muddy but the playing is spot on - simply gorgeous:

And it is open - Highway 20

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Great suite of photos from the WA State DOT - the highway closes every winter due to snowfall. Here is one with Mazama the mascot keeping watch at the pass:

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More here: SR 20 - North Cascades Highway A gorgeous drive and part of the 400 mile North Cascades Loop

Close to home - American Legion

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I go to the local American Legion Post every month for their roast beef dinners and I knew that this branch was old but I did not realize that it was one of the originals. From the Stanwood-Camano News:

American Legion Post turns 100
A group of American World War I Doughboys gathered in Paris the weekend of March 15-17, 1919, to discuss ways to serve their country on the home front. At those meetings, the American Legion was born, and it is celebrating its 100th anniversary this month, as is American Legion Post 92 in Stanwood.

About 1,000 officers and enlisted men of the American Expeditionary Force attended that first meeting in 1919, according to John Buckley, historian for Post 92.

“It is considered to be the first American Legion caucus,” he wrote in an article for the post.

Post 92 was named in memory of a local man who was killed Sept. 26, 1918, in France. Frank Hancock was the first war casualty of World War I from Stanwood.

Hancock was held in high esteem in the Stanwood area, and his death cast a pall over the entire community. His mother became the first Gold Star mother in the community.

Quite the history in this place. Love it!

Something up?

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I live about 20 miles from the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. Last couple of days it has been nothing but jets flying overhead. Wonder if this is a training excercise or is something developing...

No better road

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Like it says, there is a GOOD RD and a BEST RD - no BETTER RD (and I checked Google Maps).

Utsalady is on the North end of Camano Island - the word is Native for "place for berries"

Crap - a third one

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There was another fatality on I-5. From The Bellingham Herald:

Pedestrian on I-5 struck and killed by semi driven by Deming man in Skagit County
A pedestrian on Interstate 5 was struck and killed by a semitruck driven by a 42-year-old Deming man in Skagit County north of Burlington Tuesday night.

According to the Washington State Patrol release on the incident, which occurred at approximately 7:16 p.m., the pedestrian was in the left lane of southbound I-5, just north of milepost 229.

There was one accident that I had to drive through on December 30th and another one about five days prior to that. I do hope that this was not suicide by truck - what a horrible thing for the driver to have to deal with for the rest of his life.

An interesting book - Toxic Pearl

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Saw this on Cliff Mass' website:

An Important New Book Describes How the WA Shellfish Industry is Poisoning our Shoreline Environment
In 1962, Rachel Carson wrote a book, Silent Spring, that documented the profound harm of the pesticide DDT on the natural world. This book led to the of banning of DDT and energized the U.S. environment movement.

During the past week, an important new book has been published, one that may well join the ranks of Silent Spring. The book, Toxic Pearl, describes the poisoning of Washington State's shorelines by a politically connected and highly irresponsible shellfish industry. Toxic Pearl documents the spraying of herbicides and pesticides over State shorelines from Puget Sound to Willapa Bay, the careless spread of plastic pollution, and the physical destruction of shorelines areas by a shellfish industry more concerned with profit than the environment.

A lot more at the site - this will be big.

Seattle of course

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From Todd Herman (station KTTH) writing at My Northwest:

Q13 FOX editor fired over doctored Trump address video
A Q13 editor was fired Thursday, after it was revealed that they had doctored a clip of President Trump’s Tuesday Oval Office address.

A listener to my program sent me a video that appears to show a deceptively edited video of President Trump’s speech from the Oval Office. We performed a side-by-side comparison of the video from our listener, apparently taken by a smart phone recording of Q13, to the raw video of Trump’s speech from CNN.

That comparison revealed the Q13 video creating a loop of the President licking his lips — making it seem bizarre and unbalanced — it also seems that someone distorted the President’s face and may have added an orange tone to his skin.

Less than a day after placing the editor responsible on leave pending an investigation, Q13 terminated his employment.

“We’ve completed our investigation into this incident and determined that the actions were the result of an individual editor whose employment has been terminated,” said Q13’s news director in a Thursday update.

Video at the site - that is not just orange, the guy put our President firmly into oompa-loompa territory.

Yesterday's accident

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Sad story from The Bellingham Herald:

Man fatally hit by 3 vehicles as he ran across Interstate 5
STANWOOD, WASH. A 35-year-old Snohomish County man was struck by three different vehicles as he ran across the southbound lanes of Interstate 5.

The Washington State Patrol said in a press release that Brian Cooper of Stanwood was struck by several vehicles when he ran across I-5 at about 6 p.m. Sunday.

It was not immediately know why he was in the road or if alcohol and/or drugs were involved.

What a horrible thing for the three drivers - this is something that will be in the forefront of their minds for the rest of their life.

Local news

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Now this is interesting - from the local newspaper. They run articles about the history of the area:

10 YEARS AGO (2008)
More than 30 inches of snow had a near-crippling effect on Stanwood and Camano Island; the temperature dipped to 7 degrees. Businesses and schools closed.

Glad that I have a couple weeks of food and firewood laid in. This has happened before and it will happen again.

Seattle's homeless problem - some numbers

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From the always excellent City Journal:

Seattle Under Siege
Seattle is under siege. Over the past five years, the Emerald City has seen an explosion of homelessness, crime, and addiction. In its 2017 point-in-time count of the homeless, King County social-services agency All Home found 11,643 people sleeping in tents, cars, and emergency shelters. Property crime has risen to a rate two and a half times higher than Los Angeles’s and four times higher than New York City’s. Cleanup crews pick up tens of thousands of dirty needles from city streets and parks every year.

At the same time, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal, the Seattle metro area spends more than $1 billion fighting homelessness every year. That’s nearly $100,000 for every homeless man, woman, and child in King County, yet the crisis seems only to have deepened, with more addiction, more crime, and more tent encampments in residential neighborhoods. By any measure, the city’s efforts are not working.

Over the past year, I’ve spent time at city council meetings, political rallies, homeless encampments, and rehabilitation facilities, trying to understand how the government can spend so much money with so little effect. While most of the debate has focused on tactical policy questions (Build more shelters? Open supervised injection sites?), the real battle isn’t being waged in the tents, under the bridges, or in the corridors of City Hall but in the realm of ideas, where, for now, four ideological power centers frame Seattle’s homelessness debate. I’ll identify them as the socialists, the compassion brigades, the homeless-industrial complex, and the addiction evangelists. Together, they have dominated the local policy discussion, diverted hundreds of millions of dollars toward favored projects, and converted many well-intentioned voters to the politics of unlimited compassion. If we want to break through the failed status quo on homelessness in places like Seattle—and in Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, too—we must first map the ideological battlefield, identify the flaws in our current policies, and rethink our assumptions.

A long read but an excellent one. He cites the homeless-industrial complex - that is where most of your taxpayer money is going:

With more than $1 billion spent on homelessness in Seattle every year, one should keep in mind Vladimir Lenin’s famous question: Who stands to gain? In the world of Seattle homelessness, the big “winners” are social-services providers like the Seattle Housing and Resource Effort (SHARE), the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), and the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC), which constitute what I call the city’s homeless-industrial complex. For the executive leadership of these organizations, homelessness is a lucrative business. In the most recent federal filings, the executive director of LIHI, Sharon Lee, earned $187,209 in annual compensation, putting her in the top 3 percent of income earners nationwide. In my estimation, the executive director of DESC, Daniel Malone, has received at least $2 million in total compensation during his extended career in the misery business.

Like I said, an excellent read.

Interesting conditions  - from the Stanwood Camano News:

Year's highest tides on the way
The highest tides of the year, called king tides, are forecast to hit area shorelines Monday.

King tides are extreme high tides that occur during the winter, when the moon is closest to Earth.

They present an opportunity to preview what the state’s shoreline areas may look like in the future as sea level rises, according to the King Tides Program coordinated by the state Department of Ecology and Washington Sea Grant, which is a research and education program out of the University of Washington.

And how much rise are we talking about?

Sea level is predicted to rise about 2 feet in Skagit County by 2100, according to a report released in July by the Washington Coastal Resilience Project.

NASA says that sea level is rising about 3.2 millimeters each year.
2100-2018=82
82*3.2mm=262.4mm
262.4mm = 10.33 inches  (Bull *cough* shit)

Set your calanders:

King tides are forecast for nine days: Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 25-27 and Jan. 23-25.

Each of those king tides is forecast to occur between 7 and 10 a.m.

We do live on an interesting planet...

Go Spartans!

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The high school students here are known as the Spartans. From the Stanwood Camano News:

Spartans claim state FFA tractor driving title
Three Spartans teamed up to win the state FFA tractor driving competition Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Columbia Basin Technical Skill Center in Moses Lake.

Chris Whisman, Shawn Moyer and Jordan Koster placed first out of 44 teams from around the state. Individually, Koster finished third, Whisman took sixth and Moyer took ninth. FFA Advisor Darryl Main was their coach.

Participants completed an exam that tests their knowledge of tractor safety and operation, navigated their vehicle and trailer through an obstacle course, and participated in a team activity that challenges their problem-solving skills.

Very cool. That is the one thing I will miss when I sell the farm this spring and move down here permanently. Buttercup the Tractor. It is impossible to feel down when driving a tractor. There is an old adage that you never see a Harley parked at a psychiatrist's office. You can say the same for a tractor. Puts a smile on my face...

Well crap - long range weather forecast

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Looks like another warmish winter with reduced snow. The economy in my old area is driven by camping, hiking and general tourism in the summer (our biggest season) and by skiing in the winter (our second biggest season). Looks like winter will not be as good as I was hoping. From Cliff Mass:

El Nino is Strengthening
We have known for a while that the tropical Pacific was transitioning from a neutral situation (near normal surface and subsurface temperatures in the tropical central/eastern Pacific) to an El Nino (above normal tropical ocean temperatures). But during the past month, the warming has revved up and we will be officially in an El Nino very soon.

And we care about this, because El Ninos tend to make it warmer than normal in the NW with less snow, with the effect stronger as the sea surface temperature warms.

He follows up with some current measurements and forecasts. Bummer...

And in other news - Artist Point

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Closed today due to snowfall. From the WA State Department of Transportation:

October snow closes the road to Artist Point
As the season of scarves, pumpkins and colored leaves flutters in, the sun has set on the summer adventure season at Artist Point.

Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews have closed the State Route 542/Mount Baker Highway seasonal gate to Artist Point to vehicle traffic due to snow and unsafe conditions. This year the highway was open for 130 days, the second longest season on record. In 2014 it was open for 115 days and in 2015 for 171 days. 

The good news is that this brings us that much closer to the opening of the Ski Season on Mt. Baker.

And Winter has arrived - snow

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From the National Weather Service:

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Seattle WA
215 PM PDT Fri Oct 26 2018

WAZ567-271245-
Cascades of Whatcom and Skagit Counties-
215 PM PDT Fri Oct 26 2018

...SNOW IS LIKELY FOR THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF WASHINGTON PASS IN
THE NORTH CASCADES LATE SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY MORNING...

Six to ten inches of snow are likely for elevations above 5500
feet in the Cascades of Whatcom and Skagit Counties late Saturday
night into Sunday morning. This amount of snow, if it occurs, will
result in accumulations at higher elevations of Washington Pass.

Looks like that is it for Artist Point for the 2018 season (the Fall foliage is gorgeous) - this is the last of the "tourist drivers" for this time of year until Mt. Baker Ski Area opens up for the season. Been a great year but the store is now going to be very slow for a couple of months. Nice to see a lot of familiar faces as people start moving into the area for their winter jobs.

A bit of excitement in our local waters

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Yours? No. Mine. From CNN:

Authorities detonate mysterious mine floating in Puget Sound
It's a really unusual day when state authorities have to call the Navy's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.

But when there's what looks like a mine floating in a bay not far from a marina, that's what you do.

While people on land were told to stay inside, the Coast Guard on Tuesday set up a safety zone and Navy divers went into Port Orchard Bay in Puget Sound in Washington to lasso the big, round, rusted object with metal prongs bobbing in the water.

"Upon initial inspection, the unidentified moored mine was found to have decades of marine growth," the Navy said.

The mine broke loose from its anchor, spokeswoman Sheila Murray said.

The crew towed the mine away for hours while authorities tried to keep residents and news helicopters circling the area away.

They asked residents to take shelter in their homes, keep their pets inside and avoid the beaches.

Just after 8 p.m. local time, the decades-old mine was detonated, sending water rushing up into the air.

It was safer to detonate the mine far from the shore, the Navy said.

The US Coast Guard had established a 1,500-yard safety zone around the unexploded ordnance, Coast Guard spokeswoman Ali Flockerzi said.

The object was discovered by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

This is from August 29th - just found out about it now.

What with Hurrican Florence poised to wipe out significant parts of the Carolinas, it is good to remember that disasters are not a matter of IF but a matter of WHEN

Our local newspaper has a nice write-up - from the Stanwood Camano News:

Disaster resilience depends on being ready; Camano group can help
When disaster happens, communities come together. Emergency management staff, first responders and other professionals are the framework of disaster response, but the coordinated actions of trained residents can save many more lives and reduce suffering.

This is particularly true in places that face the prospect of large-scale disasters, whether earthquakes, volcano eruptions, landslides, wild fires or floods, according to Sue Ryan, Camano Preparedness Group program director. Camano Island also faces the possibility of being cut off from the mainland for weeks, she said.

“When a major earthquake strikes in our area, the need for first responders will immediately far exceed available resources. When that happens, we will be our own first responders,” Ryan said. “This is why we encourage people to get trained and be involved. It could take days to weeks before real help could arrive.”

Some good points - I have been meeting with these people and they are really clear headed and have a great grasp of what is needed.

Air quality - not good

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Back from working at the condo - starting to get one rooom pulled together - three more plus the garage to go.

The air quality is really bad today - much worse than a week ago and much worse than last year. Here is what Seattle looks like from AIRNow (great website):

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Driving into the farm I was struck by just how flammable everything looked - the grass is brown and the air is very heavy. All that happens is that someone gets distracted for a moment or does something stupid and the whole valley goes up in flames. It has happened twice before in our known (white man, not native) history.

And this just came in this afternoon:

...RED FLAG WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM PDT THIS EVENING FOR
GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 653 and
656...

* AFFECTED AREA...Fire Weather Zones 653 and 656. This is mainly
intended to cover locations near and northeast of Bellingham.

* WINDS...Northeast wind of 10 to 15 mph in exposed locations,
with gusts near 20 mph.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...20 to 30 percent, and temperatures in the
mid 80s to lower 90s.

* IMPACTS...A combination of wind, low relative humidity, and
warm temperatures can contribute to rapid rates of spread and
down-wind spotting on existing fires.

And of course, I am solidly in the middle of zone 656. Keeping fingers crossed.

National Night Out - two events

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Went to two of these - the first one was in the town of Stanwood and they had about 500 people show up to meet the Police, Fire and Aid crews and oogle the equipment.

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An overall view of the crowd but this is less than 25% of the people - the event was spread over a large area. Love the Dalmatian Bouncy Castle.

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A bomb robot

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Fun old Ford Galaxie 500 police interceptor.

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Here is the event that was held close to my house - about 30 people showed up. Among the exhibitors was our local Amateur Radio organization and the Camano Island preparedness group. I have been getting to know people in both groups so spent about an hour chatting with them. Good people.

The Ladies Aid was started in 1908 with the intent of serving the growing needs of Utsalady. The ladies’ goal was simple: they wanted to improve the quality of life for their children and the families of their community.

Back in the mists of time I spent a number of hours flying Cessna 150's and 172's when living in New England so flying has always been an interest of mine. There is an annual air show at the Arlington airport and went for a visit today. Turns out it was the 50th anniversary of the event so a lot of people and lots of fun aircraft to look at.

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The guy in the safety vest and straw hat built this little scooter - cute idea. The Dr. Strangelove reference is to Slim Picken's wild ride in the movie.

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There were a number of old aircraft lovingly restored. This gorgeous Lockheed Model12

Some new designs as well - this is from a German company and is a combination airplane and glider. The propellor stows in the nose cone when not in use and the engine is mounted behind the cockpit. 

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A lot of walking - the runway was 5,000 feet long and there were things to see all along the length. Both sides. Proably got about four miles in today - nice weather and a fun event. Probably about 800-1,000 people attending and maybe 300 airplanes, 100 vendor booths.

Wildfire season is upon us and with all the dry weather, it is forecast to be a bad one:

Ho Li Crap

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Come on now - this is July:

Long and fun day

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Went to the local field day this morning - this was the fifth field day I have attended and it was a lot of fun. Some good people here on our little island.

I knew there was a car show later today but I did not realize just how big it was - over 500 vehicles!  Some photos:

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Chopped and lowered - gorgeous work!

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My first car ever was a Jeep CJ5 - loved it! This CJ5 has had some interesting work done on it...

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Gorgeous old Mercedes from the 1930's (forget the model and exact year). Talk about feeling lust in my heart.

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Cute little build - someone had some fun with this.

And finally - these two:

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Shot back to back - about a mile of gorgeous cars and several thousand people of all stripes admiring them.

On the island

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Our local amateur radio club is participating in the world-wide Field Day today and tomorrow. Planning to show up there tomorrow morning. It ends at 11:00AM local time so I will hang out for a while helping people to pack up. Done a bunch of these and there always seems to be a shortage of help when it shuts down...

There is also a local car show - The Twin City Idlers. Should be fun to check out. They had quite the parade this evening.

From the Washington State Department of Transportation:

Road to Artist Point: Open for the season
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 09:50

 The summer hiking season is kicking off near Mount Baker. Crews opened the gate to the seasonal section of State Route 542 at 12 p.m. on Thursday, June 21.

Three weeks of hard work plus a few days of blue skies and soft snow helped Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews clear the 2.7-mile seasonally closed section of State Route 542, known as the road to Artist Point, faster than usual.

This is a huge tourist draw. Businesses up here make the majority of their money in the summer. The ski season is nice but it is mostly daytrippers coming up in the morning and heading for home at 3:00PM cold and tired with no desire to stop for groceries or a beer. Summer, we get the people who come up for a week and hike, camp, fish, boat, etc...

From their website:

Race to Alaska Explained
The inside passage to Alaska has been paddled by native canoes since time immemorial, sailing craft for centuries, and after someone found gold in the Klondike the route was jammed with steamboats full of prospectors elbowing each other out of the way for the promise of fortune.

It’s in the spirit of tradition, exploration, and the lawless self-reliance of the gold rush that Race to Alaska was born. R2AK is the first of its kind and North America’s longest human and wind powered race, and currently the largest cash prize for a race of its kind.

This isn’t for everyone
It’s like the Iditarod, on a boat, with a chance of drowning, being run down by a freighter, or eaten by a grizzly bear. There are squalls, killer whales, tidal currents that run upwards of 20 miles an hour, and some of the most beautiful scenery on earth.

R2AK is based on the hardest kind of simplicity
You, a boat, a starting gun. $10,000 if you finish first, a set of steak knives if you’re second. Cathartic elation if you can simply complete the course. R2AK is a self-supported race with no supply drops and no safety net. Any boat without an engine can enter.

Last year 41 teams were accepted and 27 finished.

I love the prizes - $10K for the first and a set of steak knives for the second. Great incentive. This year's race started at 5:00AM today.

A small cottage in the country

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Ran into this listing - about 20 miles away: 776 H Street Rd, Lynden, WA 98264

Bachman Manor was built in 1975 by Randy Bachman of the band Bachman-Turner Overdrive as a weekend retreat. The home was used as a recording studio for Randy and guests such as Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, & members of the Beatles. The gated property has additional outbuildings equipped with an 8+ car garage, bowling alley & basketball court, along with a small lake at the front entrance of the nearly 30-acre property. Extensive renovations throughout have fully restored this historical home.

Just shy of 15,000 sq. ft. - the recording studio space is really nice but the asking price is a bit steep for my blood. Maybe in another life...

A bit of local news

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Scary - from the Tacoma, WA News Tribune:

Cougar kills man, injures another near North Bend
One man was killed and another injured in a mountain lion attack near North Bend on Saturday, the King County Sheriff's Office reported.

The injured victim, 31, was transported to Harborview Medical Center's emergency department in Seattle.

"He is currently awake and alert and in serious condition," the hospital tweeted at 2:26 p.m. The man was upgraded to satisfactory condition just before 5 p.m. Saturday.

The two men were mountain biking when they were attacked before noon, according to the Sheriff's Office.

A rural area but still a public driveable road. Fortunately, these are very rare:

According to several sources, the last fatal cougar attack in the United States occurred in 2008 in New Mexico.

South of Seattle in the State capitol of Olympia is Evergreen State College - quite the hotbed of liberal and progressive thinking. It has long been my thought that any curriculum with the word "studies" in it is worthless and should be shut down. Evergreen offers courses in Community Studies, African American Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, International Studies, Maritime (WTF?) Studies, Queer Studies, Environmental Studies, Language Studies, Sustainability Studies, Media Studies, etc. etc. etc.

Well, these chickens are coming home to roost - from The Olympian:

Evergreen looks to cut $6 million from its budget, raise fees due to enrollment drop
The Evergreen State College will look to cut more than 10 percent from its operating budget for 2018-19 and raise student fees because of declining enrollment.

In a memo to the college’s board of trustees, Evergreen President George Bridges wrote that cuts totaling $5.9 million are needed because of lower-than-expected tuition revenue. This will require “some” layoffs and eliminating “many positions that are currently vacant,” according to Bridges.

And not just budget cuts:

Officials have recommended a combined increase of $236 per year in student fees for 2018-19.

A bit more backstory on Evergreen here, here and here - fscking hippies. Spoil it for everyone. Used to be a nice small college until the social justice warriors took it over.

It will be interesting to see the repercussions of the head tax:

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The city council is pissing off a lot of Seattleites who will be hurt if Amazon or Starbucks either relocates their corporate headquarters (like Boeing) or lays off workers. It will be interesting to see the results of the next election. People are pissed.

A fun day

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Went out for coffee at my favorite haunt - The Cafe Allegro - and it turns out that it was its 43rd Birthday today:

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They claim to be the oldest espresso bar in Seattle, there was one older but they closed down when they lost their lease.

My first business was located less than one block from the Allegro. I specifically rented that office because of its proximity - I could duck out for a coffee when things were slow and my office person could call the Allegro if someone came by to look at a computer.

A night on the town

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A friend of ours is singing tonight - heading out to hear her in a few minutes.

Yikes - horrible traffic accident

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I was driving South to the island and saw that the traffic on Interstate 5 was solidly backed up for as far as I could see. The next exit was 218 - six miles North of 212 which was what I wanted. Did the smart thing and ducked off and took Old Route 99 South - was doing 50MPH and looking at the six miles of stationary vehicles on I-5.

None of the usual emergency websites have anything yet - The Seattle Times has a brief précis:

At least two dead in I-5 accident north of Stanwood
At least two are dead and all Interstate 5 northbound lanes north of Stanwood are closed this afternoon after a collision, according to the State Patrol. The accident occurred near exit 215.

The accident, which occurred around 1 p.m., has caused traffic to be diverted off of I-5 at exit 215 and routed north past the accident scene to the I-5 ramp at Starbird Road.

The State Patrol didn’t immediately say how many cars were involved in the collision, if there were other injuries or what might have caused the accident.

Keeping these poor people (and their families) in our prayers.

Working

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Ran some errands this morning and back home to work - taking down some old paneling and starting in on some popcorn ceiling. Probably asbestos so kitting up with a mask and tyvek bunny suit.

Had a late breakfast at the Farmer's Cafe - the place came highly recomended but they were in the process of moving when I first went to try them so they were closed. Today's meal was excellent and nice people working there. Lots of cars parked outside - a good sign.

The weather is nice - cool temperatures and light clouds but that is forecast to change in a few days.

Used to use their paints all the time - locally made and excellent quality. Met Walter a few times. From The Seattle Times:

Longtime Seattle paint supplier Daly’s ends in the red
Longtime local home design store Daly’s Paint and Decorating has closed its doors in Seattle and Bellevue, leaving unpaid debts and nearly $87,800 in customer deposits for orders that have gone unfilled.

An attorney for the company laid blame for the company’s demise at the feet of the usual suspects: “Digital shopping and big box stores rule,” said Tom Olson of law firm Helsell Fetterman.

A bit more:

No one answered the phone at Daly’s Seattle store on Stone Way North – where founder Walter Daly set up shop in the late 1940s. A recording directed people to the company’s website, which reads:

“Dear Customers, ​Daly’s is closed. Thank you for 80 colorful years in Seattle and 57 in Bellevue. ​It was our pleasure to work with so many of you over the years.”

Sad to see them go - a Seattle institution. Website is here: Daily's Paint

Well crap. From warrenmiller.org

October 15, 1924 - January 24, 2018
Warren A. Miller, who rose up from a Depression-era childhood to become the world’s foremost ski filmmaker and a beloved spokesperson for the sport, passed away January 24, 2018, at his home on Orcas Island, WA. He was 93 years old.

Warren earned global acclaim and a passionate, multi-generational following for his annual ski feature film, which kicked off the ski season for more than 60 years, showing in hundreds of cities in the U.S. and around the world. Packed with adventure and exotic travel, Warren’s distinct, droll narration and humorous hijinks on the slopes highlighted his films.

“Looking back on what set my films apart, it was the emphasis on entertaining people, which means making them laugh, rather than just filming people turning right or left,” Warren once said.

Warren’s talents cut a wide swath beyond ski filmmaking. He produced more than 500 films in all, primarily covering outdoor pursuits, including surfing, sailing, and other water sports. As an artist, cartoonist and author, he wrote some 1,200 columns and 11 books.

He was a World War II veteran, a ski instructor and talented ski racer, an accomplished surfer, and a champion sailor. He took up windsurfing in his 60s, and then turned to destination motor boating in his 70s and 80s, exploring the Northwest and Alaska from his home on Orcas Island.

Warren is survived by his wife of 30 years, Laurie; by his sons Scott (Melissa) and Kurt (Ali); by his daughter, Chris (David Lucero); and by his stepson, Colin Kaufmann. Plus, thousands of wonderful friends and countless loyal fans as well as his three black dogs: two Scotties, Angus Bremner and Drummond McGregor and his huge black Czech Shepherd, Bex. He was extremely grateful for his tireless caregiver, Ginger Moore.

One of a kind - 93 is a good run. He will be missed.

Warm front moving through

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Today was rainy (about 0.3" accumulation) and it got up to 58.2°F at the farm - over 60°F in Bellingham according to the thermometer on my truck. Forecast is for rain and showers through the next seven days or so.

Great news for skiers

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From the National Weather Service - Winter Storm Watch:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Seattle WA
119 PM PST Tue Jan 9 2018

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING...

* WHAT...Heavy snow--plan on difficult travel conditions. Total snow accumulation 10 to 20 inches.

* WHERE...Cascade mountains around pass level and above.

* WHEN...The heaviest snow will fall in the Cascades during the day on Thursday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Expect winter driving conditions--especially on the higher passes. The snow will likely turn to rain at times Thursday afternoon on Snoqualmie Pass.

Mt. Baker has had eight inches in the last 24 hours - Friday is looking to be excellent for powder.

On New Year's Day, Seattle implemented a tax on sugar-based drinks - here, here, here and here

Chicago tried the same thing last year - the projected revenue fell way short, the push-back was strong and so they repealed it.

I wrote about it last October: Well that turned out well - the Chicago soda pop tax

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