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Seattle Times: As Bering Sea ice melts, Alaskans, scientists and Seattle’s fishing fleet witness changes ‘on a massive scale’

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By Hal Bernton Seattle Times staff reporter

SAVOONGA, Alaska – Derek Akeya hopes for calm waters and a lucrative catch when fishing from a skiff in the Bering Sea that surrounds his island village.

But on this windy late summer day, waves toss about the boat as Akeya stands in the bow, straining to pull up a line of herring-baited hooks from the rocky bottom.

Instead of bringing aboard halibut – worth more than $5 a pound back on shore – this string of gear yields four large but far less valuable Pacific cod, voracious bottom feeders whose numbers in recent years have exploded in these northern reaches....

For two years, the Bering Sea has been largely without winter ice, a development scientists modeling the warming impacts of greenhouse-gas pollution from fossil fuels once forecast would not occur until 2050.  READ MORE

FYI: Cybersecurity Resources

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Cybersecurity Resources

Foreign interference in US elections is explained by the DHS Countering Foreign Interference Task Force (National Risk Management Center).  The poster above, “The War on Pineapple; understanding foreign interference in 5 easy steps,” is available for download.

Jeffco Dems FISH FEAST 2019: AUGUST 25!

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Jefferson County Democrats

“THERE'S A LOT ON THE LINE”

25th Annual Fish Feast!

Sunday, August 25, 2019
Jefferson County Fairgrounds

Erickson Building, 4907 Landes St, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Doors open for Bar & Socializing 4 pm | Dinner at 5:30 pm | Speakers 6 pm

THE FISH FEAST IS OUR MAJOR FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR!

Your ticket purchase supports the important work we do year-round to ELECT DEMOCRATS! It's also a great time to see friends - JOIN US! (more…)

Northwest Maritime Center to be featured at July 18 public meeting of Jefferson County Democrats

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You’ve likely heard about the annual Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, Race to Alaska and SEVENTY48. But other sailing, training and community programs of PT’s Northwest Maritime Center might not be so familiar to you and your family.

Jake Beattie, executive director of the maritime center, will share its story Thursday, July 18, at a public meeting of the Jefferson County Democrats in the Beach Club at Port Ludlow, 121 Marina View Drive. Beattie will discuss the mission and programs of the nonprofit NWMC – and its impact on the community – beginning at 6 p.m., followed by the JCD members meeting.

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FYI: Wild Olympics Bill Rides Wave of New Local Support through House Hearing

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Wild Olympics Bill Rides Wave of New Local Support through House Hearing

New endorsers cite economic growth, clean water, salmon recovery as Representative Kilmer & local business leader testify

QUILCENE, Wash. (July 10, 2019) The Wild Olympics Coalition today cheered a hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands of the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (H.R. 2642). The legislation was introduced by Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) in May, and would permanently protect more than 126,500 acres of Olympic National Forest as wilderness and 19 rivers and their major tributaries, a total of 464 river miles, as Wild and Scenic Rivers. Designed through extensive community input to protect ancient forests and clean water and enhance outdoor recreation, the legislation would designate the first new wilderness on Olympic National Forest in nearly three decades and the first-ever protected wild and scenic rivers on the Olympic Peninsula. Read more

Olympic Forest Coalition: Results Released of Two-year Growler Sound Study on the Olympic Peninsula

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The study was conducted by Lauren Kuehne, MSc Research Scientist at the University of Washington’s College of the Environment School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Ms. Kuehne has undertaken one of the only scientific studies of the soundscape on the Olympic Peninsula. Ms. Kuehne “sought to answer two questions: 1) What are the current noise levels and contributions of different aircraft on the Olympic Peninsula soundscape? and 2) How might these levels change with proposed increases in military training and operations?” READ MORE

WA Dept. of Ecology: Olympic Peninsula classified as being in severe drought by federal drought monitor

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Forecasts are heading in the wrong direction

There is a drought emergency declaration in the Dungeness River watershed on the Olympic Peninsula.

The current drought outlook for the Olympic Peninsula just took another step in the wrong direction. In their weekly update of drought conditions across the country, the U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) changed its classification for the Olympic Peninsula region from “moderate” to “severe” drought. According to the USDM, a severe drought classification can bring potential impacts of likely crop and pasture damage, water shortages, and water restrictions. In response to current conditions, some communities and water systems on the peninsula have already begun anticipating low water supply. Read more

FYI: NBC News: First Democratic debate set for Miami, June 26-27

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Details on the venue, moderators and timing will be announced at a later date, the debate's host said in a release.
 
March 28, 2019, 9:53 AM PDT
By Allan Smith

The first Democratic debate of the 2020 presidential primary will be held on June 26 and 27 in Miami, NBC News, the host of the debate, announced on Thursday.

MSNBC and Telemundo will also host. Details on the venue, moderators and timing will be announced at a later date, NBC News said in a release.

The debate will also stream online free on NBC News' digital platforms, including NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com, the NBC News Mobile App and OTT apps, in addition to Telemundo’s digital platforms. READ MORE