NAS Whidbey SAR conducted two rescues near Glacier Peak

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island rescued a male hiker with an injured ankle near Glacier Peak the evening of Thursday, August 1, and a female hiker with a head injury on Sunday, August 4. On Thursday, the SAR crew arrived at the patient's location near Glacier Peak at an elevation of about 5,400 feet by 7:45 p.m. Two crewmembers rappelled from the helicopter to prep the patient. Once the patient was ready for transport the SAR crew hoisted the injured hiker and the two crewmembers aboard the helicopter. On Sunday, the     (read more)

Outstanding performance awards go to 110 wastewater treatment plants

(OLYMPIA)– Wastewater treatment plant operators play a critical role in keeping Washington’s waters clean. Treatment plants deal with everything we dump down the drain or flush down the toilet. Despite all of the potential hurdles these facilities and their operators face, 110 wastewater treatment plants in Washington garnered top-performing status this year. “Wastewater treatment plant operators are local heroes. They are protecting water quality every day.” said Polly Zehm, the Department of Ecology’s Deputy Director. “They deal with everything that you flush or put down the drain. That includes some things you probably shouldn’t be putting down the     (read more)

Westbound US 2 paving project finishes weekend closures ahead of schedule

(EVERETT)– Done; four letters, one word. Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews are done, ahead of schedule, with major weekend closures for the westbound portion of the US 2 paving project in Snohomish County. The fifth, and final weekend directional closure for this critical rehabilitation effort wrapped up just after midnight Aug. 5. The pavement preservation and structure repairs crews made will keep commuters and commerce moving on westbound US 2 for years to come. Crews repaved three miles of westbound US 2 – including the Hewitt Avenue trestle – with more than 1,000 tons of asphalt. They also installed enough waterproof matting to cover more     (read more)

Washington begins work to slash HFCs – climate change “super pollutants”

Washington begins work to slash HFCs – climate change “super pollutants”

(LACEY)– Hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, are potent greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change at rates thousands of times that of carbon dioxide. In May, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill cutting the use of HFCs in refrigeration, heating and cooling, foams, and aerosol products. This week, the Washington Department of Ecology adopted reporting rules to begin that process, and also began a rulemaking process to guide the rest of the transition away from HFCs through 2024. When the HFC law is fully implemented, it aims to cut Washington’s greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of 1 million metric tons of carbon     (read more)

Field Carrier Landing Practice Operations are scheduled for next week at NAS Whidbey Isand

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- There are carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at the Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., the week of Aug. 5-11, 2019. People living in local communities should remain aware that the aforementioned operations are not the only operations out of NAS Whidbey Island, particularly at Ault Field, which is a 24-hour-a-day operational facility. There are many other training evolutions that people may hear. However, the aircraft carrier flight training operations are types of operations that involve lower altitude flight training in close vicinity to the airfield. Both runways at Ault Field are now open.     (read more)