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Category: Tideflats


36 scrap cars removed from Commencement Bay after being dumped from listing barge in February

More than three months after a listing barge dumped 36 scrap vehicles into Commencement Bay, crews have brought the cars to the surface.

It took time to get the necessary permits to start the recovery on the state land near Browns Point, but the operation itself took only days.

The state Department of Ecology said June 4 that the company contracted to remove the cars had gotten the necessary state permits, and by Wednesday evening all the vehicles had been removed, according to Global Diving & Salvage.

Canadian-based Amix Marine Services, owner of the barge that dumped the cars Feb.

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State orders removal of sunken boat from Hylebos Waterway

Those responsible for an abandoned 167-foot boat that sank in the Hylebos Waterway in January need to remove it, state Department of Ecology officials said Monday.

The department issued an emergency enforcement order, which requires parties responsible for the Helena Star to come up with a plan within seven days for raising the steel hull vessel.

If they don’t present a plan, the state could contract out the work and charge them for it instead.

The boat was derelict when it sank Jan. 25, according to the order, which names three people connected with the boat and their businesses.

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Wanna buy a ferry? Historic Kalakala for sale for only a buck

She’s years past her prime and has been stashed in Tacoma’s Hylebos waterway since 2004, but the historic Kalakala ferry could be yours for only a dollar – and an agreement to restore her to something resembling her 1930s art deco glory.

Owner Steve Rodrigues recently reached out on the ferry’s website asking for a partnership to help in the restoration process. He told King 5 news that he lost his lease and has until Jan. 1 to move.
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Police don’t expect a problem

One major concern people in the Tideflats are expressed after the closure of the Murray Morgan Bridge was a possible hindrance of emergency vehicles.

But the closure shouldn’t affect the response of the police department, spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

Police cruisers are already on patrol throughout the Tideflats and Northeast Tacoma area and therefore wouldn’t necessarily have to cross the bridge. And if there’s something that would require extra cruisers, many would come from Sector Four, which includes most of the Eastside (and, again, wouldn’t have to cross the bridge).

If it is something that would draw

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