Sally Jewell reaction
President Obama's pick of REI's CEO Sally Jewell for U.S. Interior Secretary drew sharply varied reactions. Environmental groups were mostly happy, but a few took the opporunity to throw elbows. Joel Connelly of seattlepi.com quotes the league of Conservation Voters demanding that more national monuments be designated, including one in the San Juan Islands. The New York Times predicts "sharp questioning" during Jewell's confirmation hearings, particularly from Republicans eager to see more exploitation of public lands for energy. Call us homies, but we think Jewell can handle it.
Herald sold to Sound Publishing
Sound Publishing today gobbled up a big Northwest paper, The Herald of Everett. The Herald's website posted a terse statement from its current owner, The Washington Post Co., at noon. The purchase is a significant move for Sound, which mainly publishes weeklies — including the just-acquired Seattle Weekly. As of 2:15 p.m, The Herald site still wasn't elaborating. The paper did send out a business-as-usual Tweet, however. Bigger picture: Let the questions about a new Northwest media empire begin.
The Boy Scouts are in delay mode on acknowledging gay membership. Is it really that confusing? A USA Today column by radio host and occasional Crosscut contributor John Carlson downplays concerns, arguing that protections against abuse — of all sorts — are much more sophisticated today, including in scouting. In case you missed it elsewhere on Crosscut: A Bellevue business leader (with connections to the Mariners) plays a key role in the Scouts' decision-making.
The public sent in more than 124,000 comments about a proposed coal port near Bellingham, officials said today. Many were form letters or the like, but a whopping 16,000 were original comments on how wide an environmental study should be conducted on coal exports to China through the Northwest. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the state Department of Ecology and Whatcom County are jointly reviewing the issue. In a press release, they noted that comments also occurred at a series of public meetings, adding, “The agencies consider all comments on an equal basis, regardless of how people submitted them.” OK. Turn out the light when you’re done reading. (For full coverage of the issue, check out Crosscut's Coal ports pages.)
Bad news in Seattle sports
Seattle Storm superstart Lauren Jackson is hurt. Again. And this time, she's out for the season, according to SportsPressNW.com. And if that isn't bad enough, one of the Seattle Mariners' hot young players, Jesus Montero, turns up on a list of names connected to a Miami "anti-aging" clinic that's suspected of providing performance enhancing drugs to baseball players. Alex Rodriguez has also been linked to the clinic. M's fans have been enjoying the Rodriguez Schadenfreude. Not so much with Montero. We finally get a budding star and he may be emulating a major jerk from franchise history?
Sally Jewell in full
As head of REI, Jewell promoted some very good ideas about businesses serving their communities. One of the writers who helped drive Crosscut's development, the late Seattle neighborhood activist Kent Kammerer, wrote insightfully, "Jewell quietly nourished a corporate culture that changed how business can influence the larger society." If you have some time later, here's a talk she delivered at UC Berkeley a few years ago on the subject of business and conservation. She begins talking at the 7:55 mark.
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