Ferry system: No hire at the top
Washington State Transportation Secretary Lynn Pederson has decided to relaunch the search for a new head of the Washington State Ferries, according to an Associated Press report. Interim boss George Capacci had been one of two finalists but he withdrew over the weekend. And Pederson decided against hiring former Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg, the other finalist in what seemed to be a promising search. Capacci has agreed to continue in the interim capacity while the new search is undertaken. A spokesman this afternoon told Crosscut that a new job description will likely be posted within 10 days. — J.C.
Pipeline plan approved
The Conservative government of Canada today approved the construction of a pipeline to carry tar sands oil to the British Columbia coast for shipment to Asia through the difficult waters along the northern coast of British Columbia. While widely expected, the decision amply fulfilled the fears of environmentalists and First Nations leaders. They are promising an all-out fight over the pipeline plan, one of several the government has been pushing to get its oil sold on the world market. — J.C. This item has been corrected since it first appeared.
Weekly news roundup: Back at you on KUOW
5:39 p.m. KUOW today confirmed that it is resuming its popular weekly news roundup, which was suspended when host Steve Scher departed recently. Bill Radke will take over the host position Friday program, while continuing as host of the station's weekday morning newsmagazine show. The station said Radke will use a rotating panel of news people, keeping existing panelists — among them Knute Berger of Crosscut — while adding others to the mix. — J.C.
JBLM officer takes Bergdahl role
One of Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s senior officers, Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, will lead the Army’s investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s June 2009 disappearance from a combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan. Bergdahl’s release by the Taliban in a prisoner swap last month sparked a nationwide controversy. Some veterans from Bergdahl’s unit want him to be prosecuted for desertion under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. It’s unclear why Dahl was chosen for the investigative assignment or when he will interview Bergdahl, The Olympian reports. But it’s likely that the JBLM would host a trial if Bergdahl does face a court-martial. The base is the closest major military installation to Bergdahl’s Idaho hometown. — E.W.
Paine Field: Another try
A private equity company, Propellor Investments, says it has submitted a proposal to build a small terminal for commercial flights at Paine Field in Everett, according to The Herald. The airport has only rarely been used for commercial flights because of community concerns about the noise. The plan calls for two gates at "a small, state-of-the-art terminal": Perhaps robots will carry the luggage of passengers? If Mukilteo and some neighboring communities have anything to say, a plan to resume commercial flights will be killed. — J.C.
I-5 shooting mystery
The man who blew up the evening commute by setting his car on fire along I-5 was declared dead of gunshot wounds at Harborview Medical Center, several reports said today. The man reportedly drew a knife on a Washington State Patrol trooper. When he continued to advance toward the officer, two troopers shot him, according to Seattle police, who are handling the investigation. What's known so far about the incident is bizarre: The man apparently swerved his truck, which contained an incendiary device, through traffic, before stopping in the middle of I-5 where he got out of his vehicle, walked out into traffic and painted a green circle on I-5's southbound lanes. As KIRO-TV reported midday, detectives are still trying to figure out what was behind the incident. — J.C.
Condoms, tampons draw pr campaign
You might have heard: Condoms and tampons don't belong in the toilet. But a lot of King County residents apparently missed the memo. In 2012, King County Wastewater Treatment Division spent more than $120,000 to take 3,440 tons of trash from treatment plants to a landfill — much of it involving tampons, condoms and diapers, said Annie Kolb-Nelson from King County WTD Media Relations. “It’s an expensive way to get your trash to the landfill,” Kolb-Nelson said.
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