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The most obvious result of Spokane’s fall overhaul is the gleaming new job and signage. Less noticeable but perhaps more important are the eight life… Continue reading
From now and through 2018, Washington State Ferries will be conjuring its Long-Range Plan for our boats, service, fares and terminals. This month, we’ll look… Continue reading
“Nap Tyme” was aptly named as she cruised through Dalco Passage (Tacoma Narrows) on auto pilot with her skipper down below. Like the “Little Engine… Continue reading
So long, old timer | FerryFare
Do the Port of Kingston’s Christmas lights have you thinking, “That must have been a really big trip to Costco”? It’s actually volunteers who turn… Continue reading
Let’s go over the pros and cons. Pros: cost and convenience, downtown vitality, and bringing new families to Kingston. Cons: downtown will change, reliability is… Continue reading
Kick off your holiday season with cookies and enlightening conversation at Kingston’s public ferry meeting Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Kingston Community Center.
Kingston’s public ferry meeting has been pushed back to June 10, 6:30 p.m. in the Kingston Community Center; same great cookies and conversation.
For me, a Kingston foot ferry would be like winning the lottery after buying tickets for a decade and half.
Last month, Edmonds updated the progress of its Waterfront Access Study. This is about finding a solution to the five-way cluster of cars, trains and pedestrians at the ferry landing.
Boaters must be dead slow when within 500 yards of a ferry and get no closer than 100 yards. If you find yourself inside 100 yards, like if the outboard fell off, call the ferry or the Coast Guard on channel 13 of 16 for instructions.
This winter, the Legislature added $6 million for general ferry maintenance and $3 million for emergency repairs. This is an appreciated, albeit overdue, step on the comeback trail for a healthy fleet.
They should be in a PEMCO Northwest profile ad ... Those determined riders who and burn off stress and calories by walking laps while riding the ferry. One lap on the Spokane measures 663 feet. Ten laps per trip, and adding the walk up and down the ramps figures out at 1.6 to 1.7 miles. With over three miles per roundtrip, Kingston’s ferrywalkers leave Green Lake’s “Powerwalkers” eating their dust.
Asphalt in the ferry holding lot has been replaced with pervious concrete, which is like regular concrete without the sand. Now rain water, reindeer discharge, and vehicle drippings will go straight through the pavement into the 10 feet of beach sand below, where it will be a meal for bacteria that just love petroleum products. Currently, this stuff washes directly into the cove.
Washington Sate Ferries has a 5 percent biodiesel target, but only if it’s not too pricey.
Exhibiting a passion for getting useful information out, Washington State Ferries’ Director Lynne Griffiths revamped WSF’s alert system to give us information that can actually help in planning our travel. Here are those new alert categories and the information being included.
Kingston routinely had an extra boat for summer and holiday overloads. The boat not only reduced the wait, but also made a profit as it ran mostly full. For example, at 30-40 percent full, the 90-car Sealth covers its operating costs.
Our ferries are the best boats to fall off of. They stop quickly and once stopped, the rescue boat can have you back aboard in under ten minutes.
The Kingston Community News cartoon for February 2015 is by Walt Elliott.