Coal permit — now!
Ambre Energy, one of the companies hoping to build coal ports, is demanding that Oregon issue a draft air quality permit "immediately" for its proposed export facility in Boardman, Ore., The Oregonian reports. Writer Scott Learn also reports that companies hoping for contracts with Ambre, an Australian firm, are stepping up public pressure on the state government. In addition, Ambre wants to develop a coal export facility in Longview, Wash, where a subsidiary had appeared to be making quick progress a couple years ago until it was caught misrepresenting the scope of its plans.
Chris Hansen, the investor behind a proposed SODO arena and Seattle NBA team, today posted "photos" of what the arena would like inside. In the accompanying commentary, Hansen also mentions that the group will close its "priority ticket waitlist" at 1 p.m. on Monday. That probably reflects optimism about the basketball league's upcoming Seattle-Sacramento decision. Monday also happens to be Opening Day for the Seattle Mariners, who have waged a clumsily selfish anti-arena campaign. Hansen may be sending them what baseball calls "a message pitch": one not meant to hurt, but to remind the opponent that things can get nasty if necessary.
Seattle Public Schools won't impose any discipline on Garfield High teachers who boycotted recent standardized testing, according to a Seattle Times report. In an email, Banda said, "Those teachers who publically said they refused to administer the test either did not teach a tested subject, or they were not a test administrator." But he expressed hope for future cooperation from teachers on school testing — even as the district reviews its testing requirements.
A former candidate for the board has filed a recall petition against the five current Everett School Board members, The Herald reports. Rodman Reynolds' complaint is that the board has failed to set up an audit committee, something required under state law. As reporter Sharon Salyer notes, recall efforts usually face high hurdles, including first passing court review for worthiness. An initial hearing is tentatively scheduled for next Friday.
Flynn to fly, fly away
The Seattle Seahawks are reportedly about to trade back-up quarterback Matt Flynn to the Oakland Raiders. If there were any doubt, The Seattle Times' Danny O'Neil includes a tweet from receiver Doug Baldwin, saying in part, "Sad to see a friend leave, but excited for his opportunity. Great QB, even better man." Classy.
Less classy was a series of Tweets from Baldwin's teammate, defensive end Chris Clemons, who criticized an NFL player's reported decision to come out of the closet in the near future. "Who on Gods earth is this person saying he's coming out of the closet in the NFL?" Clemons tweeted. CbsSports.com's account also reported that Clemons' responses to various followers' questions clarified that he had nothing against someone being gay and included this explanation — or attempt at explanation of his thinking: "I'm not against anyone but I think it's a selfish act. They just trying to make themselves bigger than the team."
Booth Gardner memorial
The memorial for former Gov. Booth Gardner will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. TVW will stream the service on its website. TVW and at least one commercial channel will broadcast it as well.
For some, it's Good Friday, a day of repentance and reflection. In 2009, a Tacoma-based Jesuit priest, the Rev. Bill Bichsel, led what was called the Journey of Repentance to Hiroshima and Nagasaki to express remorse for the atomic bombings of the two cities by the United States.
A young Northwest filmmaker, Ashley Michael Karitis, went along and produced an excellent video, "The Free World." It's a very good documentary and its bonus material includes interviews and commentary from Karitis. The video can be ordered from the film's website.
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