Snohomish County Public Utility District wants to put two turbines 150 feet below the waves near Whidbey Island. The pilot project would generate enough power for about 20 homes annually. The new report from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says that the project will not harm the environment.
Correction: An earlier version of the story stated that the Family and Medical Leave Act requires employers to continue paying a portion of workers' wages. The story has been corrected to say that the intent of the state law was to provide compensation for workers, however, there has not been a set plan created to pay for it.
A state Senate committee is looking to pull the plug on a state law that passed in 2007 but never took effect. Lawmakers have delayed implementing the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act because the state hasn’t found a way to pay for it. At a recent public hearing people urged lawmakers to keep the law on the books.
A local organization is trying to address the growing need for homeless facilities in Ballard. The Low-Income Housing Institute (LIHI) wants to build a hygiene facility, known as an Urban Rest Stop, on the ground floor of a senior housing facility that’s being built. The development is in the middle of a residential neighborhood next to the Ballard Library and this has some residents concerned.