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2008-09-29 18:00:36

The boards of directors of Puget Energy (NYSE:PSD) and Puget Sound Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary, today declared quarterly dividends on the company's common and preferred stock. A quarterly dividend of 25 cents per share was declared on Puget Energy's common stock, payable Nov. 15, 2008, to shareholders of record as of the close of business Oct. 21, 2008. The dividend is the 261st consecutive quarterly dividend paid by Puget Energy and its predecessor companies. Quarterly...

2008-09-12 18:00:16

By E.B. FURGURSON III Staff Writer The South River Federation's new riverkeeper is a Selby on the Bay resident and water-quality specialist who's familiar with the threats to the bay. While she's new to the area, Diana Muller has years of environmental experience, including water-quality monitoring for the past 11 years throughout the Chesapeake region - from the upper Susquehanna to the mouth of the bay. "Diana brings a strong scientific background, as well as a long record of...

2008-09-10 21:00:13

Environmental groups are suing to block a proposed expansion of a sand and gravel mine in Washington state they say could harm whales and chinook salmon. Glacier Northwest is seeking to increase the amount of sand and gravel mining on Maury Island from 10,000 tons a year to 2 million tons, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Wednesday. The expansion plans call for construction of a pier and a conveyor, and would increase the amount of barge traffic in the Puget Sound, the newspaper...

2008-07-31 12:00:59

Today, July 31, marks the 30th anniversary of the Utilities Underground Location Center (UULC), the "Call Before You Dig" non-profit organization, which provides one-call service to more than 1,000 utilities in Washington and Montana. Established in 1978 by five Seattle-area utilities, including Puget Sound Energy (PSE) predecessor companies Washington Natural Gas and Puget Sound Power & Light, the UULC has processed more than 6 million calls from homeowners, renters and businesses...

2008-07-29 18:00:30

Two environmental groups have filed a lawsuit claiming that U.S. Navy explosives disposal is endangering marine life in Puget Sound in Washington state. The plaintiffs are Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a Washington, D.C., group, and Wild Fish Conservancy, headquartered in Duvall, Wash., the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported. In court papers, they say that the Navy conducts three to five detonations a month, combining training in handling explosives with disposal of...

2008-07-25 15:00:41

By Warren Cornwall, Seattle Times Jul. 25--How much is Puget Sound worth? At least $7 billion to $62 billion a year, according to a team of economists. Trying to put a price tag on the Sound's ecosystem, including the forests, wetlands and mountains surrounding it, might seem as fruitless as trying to sell the sun. But that's exactly what a small but growing cadre of economists and environmentalists is doing. A report issued Thursday by Earth Economics, a Seattle-based...

2008-07-23 12:00:48

By Craig Hill, The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash. Jul. 23--The North Puget Sound seems to be the place to go this week if you are looking to catch salmon, said Mike Chamberlain of Ted's Sports Center near Lynnwood. While South Sound marinas are reporting slow action, the fishing has been solid in marine areas 9 (Admiralty Inlet) and 10 (Seattle and Bremerton). "Areas 9 and 10 are the highlights right now," Chamberlain said. "But I'd say the fishing has only been fair." Chamberlain says...

2008-07-22 00:00:24

By Les Blumenthal WASHINGTON - For centuries, the cedar canoes of the Coast Salish Indians have plied the inland waters of Washington state and British Columbia, carrying trading goods, raiding parties and families headed to summer potlatch celebrations. For several weeks this summer, some of the 100 canoes headed to Vancouver Island for an annual gathering also will be trailing sophisticated water-monitoring equipment provided by the U.S. Geological Survey. Every 10 seconds, the...

2008-07-20 06:00:23

By Rob Carson, The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash. Jul. 20--or people who spend their lives studying rivers, the Nisqually is a model made in heaven. It's only 78 miles long, but it flows through such spectacular, varied terrain that it makes an ideal living laboratory for geologists, hydrologists and biologists. It begins at a glacier on an active volcano; crashes down a steep, narrow canyon, through old-growth forests and past herds of elk. Then it meanders across prairies and farmland to...

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2008-07-16 09:00:00

For centuries, the cedar canoes of the Coast Salish Indians have plied the inland waters of Washington state and British Columbia, carrying trading goods, raiding parties and families headed to summer potlatch celebrations. For several weeks this summer, some of the 100 canoes headed to Vancouver Island for an annual gathering also will be trailing sophisticated water-monitoring equipment provided by the U.S. Geological Survey. Every 10 seconds, the $20,000 probes will test the water's...