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Queen Anne residents worried of more fires after 4-alarm destroys ... - KOMO News

SEATTLE -- A 4-alarm fire gutted several warehouse buildings in North Queen Anne Saturday night. The fire was so intense, crews had their hands full battling the massive fire in a lumber yard just around the corner from Seattle Pacific University.

Flames engulfed three buildings, plus two large sheds on Ewing Street right along the ship canal.

“There were four or five fire boats down here pumping water,” said Jerry Burch, who lives on a boat in the Marina.

Anny Whybark and Angela Johns with Boat Tech rushed over to make sure their business was okay.

“This is a facility that houses boats. We do boat storage here. There is about 60 boats with gas tanks in them, so we were a little fearful of that,” said Whybark.

Fueling the flames were lots of lumber, with fire destroying two long-time businesses -- Gascoigne Lumber Company and Northwest Millwork. At one point, two of the buildings collapsed.

“The one that collapsed is right behind us here, that was our main shed,” said Weston Davis. His family owns Gas Coigne Lumber.

“Our two largest buildings are gone,” said Davis.

Jerry Burch lives on a boat in the marina. He called for help after first spotting the flames on the other side of the woodshed on the trail.

“It was tinder dry so it went up really quick,” said Burch.

Investigators are still trying to pinpoint the cause of the fire.

Burch and many others who live and work in the area are worried.

“This is the third fire in this stretch in the past two weeks,” said Burch. “The elks club down by the Fremont bridge and the 222 Building down there. Both of them have had fires in the last two weeks.”

He went on to say, “It seems like there’s a pattern in this neighborhood.”

Fire fighters are working on extra hot spots and smoldering to make sure things don’t reignite.

Some people in Queen Anne say they don’t have power. Others say their water is brown. That may be the case for a few days.

Source: komonews.com

Bar Tab: Turtles Restaurant boasts bayfront view, happy hour deals - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The restaurant and bar sits alongside Little Sarasota Bay in South Siesta Key

I’ve written before about many of my favorite Siesta Key bars, which span the main Siesta Village strip down to South Siesta Key. However, someone recently suggested I check out a restaurant and bar even further south than I’d previously ventured.

Turtles Restaurant on Little Sarasota Bay, at 8875 Midnight Pass Road, is named for the bay and Turtle Beach that it's located between. (It’s not to be confused with Turtle Beach Grill, another waterfront bar and restaurant in the same area.)

Opened in 1986, Turtles has drawn customers for decades with its seafood menu and bayfront view. I’m more intrigued by its happy hour, which includes deals on drinks and bar bites, and decide to make the trip down there.

The atmosphere

I visit early one Saturday evening, and it feels quintessentially Floridian before I even step inside, with surrounding palm trees and a looming dry boat storage structure to the side.

The interior decor has a pastel green and purple color scheme with a tropical wildlife tableau. The outside seating features an upper and lower deck with an appealing view of Little Sarasota Bay.

I find a spot inside easily, but there’s already a wait for seating outside. That’s alright with me, as I plan on stopping by the actual bar, located inside the middle of the restaurant.

The crowd when I visit skews toward families and couples, which perhaps isn’t surprising, as Turtles closes by 9 p.m. Happy hour is nearing its end when I arrive, so I go ahead and order some drinks and food.

The drinks

Off the cocktails list, I get the Siesta Sunset ($9), made with Siesta Key Spiced Rum, orange and pineapple juice and grenadine. With a tropical and fruity taste, it’s a drink ideal for sipping outside alongside a waterfront view.

Other mixed drinks include a variety of margaritas, martinis, frozen drinks and even a few concoctions made with soft-serve ice cream. You can get premium wine either by the glass ($8.50) or bottle ($22), with the house wine available either by glass ($6) or a nine-ounce carafe ($7.50).

Beers on tap feature two solid local options in an IPA from Motorworks Brewing and Tangerine Wheat from Darwin Brewing Company, both from Bradenton, as well as Bud Light, Stella Artois, Modelo Negra and Goose Island IPA. Bottled options include most of your typical domestic beers.

Draft beers cost $1 less during Turtles’ happy hour, which is 3-6 p.m. every day. Other deals include $4 wells, $4.50 margaritas on the rocks, $5.75 wine carafes and $6 well martinis.

The food

Turtles’ happy hour deals also include a menu of appetizers offered at the bar area at the hard-to-beat price of $2.99. I order the guacamole and chips and veggie pizza.

It’s not quite your typical pizza — it actually sort of resembles nachos, with orange-white cheese and a thin, almost chip-like crust — but it’s suitable bar grub nonetheless. Other happy hour appetizers include actual nachos with ground beef or crab, fried calamari or fish bites and bang bang shrimp or chicken.

Like many waterfront restaurants, Turtles' full menu has an emphasis on seafood, including its entrees, sandwiches and fried food platters. It also offers a $9.99 Sunday brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with a complimentary Bloody Mary or mimosa, and 3-6 p.m. early dinner specials.

With its 9 p.m. closing time, Turtles isn’t the place for a late-night drink like some of the bars in Siesta Village. But if you’re looking for somewhere relaxing where you can sip a Siesta Sunset while watching an actual Siesta Key sunset over the bay, this is your spot.

Turtles Restaurant on Little Sarasota Bay: 8875 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota; 941-346-2207; turtlesrestaurant.com

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Source: www.heraldtribune.com

Low and dry - The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

The water level at Blue Mesa Reservoir is at just 30 percent of capacity. It's at 81 feet below full pool elevation. Nicki Gibney, an aquatic biologist with the National Park Service, said that's the second-lowest ever since the reservoir first filled. She's been dealing with one outcome of the low water levels — an outbreak of unsafe levels of cyanotoxins created by algae in the Iola Basin section of the reservoir. While it can harm humans, it's a particular threat to dogs because of their propensity to drink water from lakes.

And never mind dogs. Try being an endangered fish this year on the 15-mile stretch between the irrigation diversion points in the Palisade area and the confluence of the Gunnison River downstream. Flows dipped below 200 cubic feet per second over almost a two-week period starting in late September, dropping as low as 150 cfs or so at times. Those are the kinds of flows more typically found on tributaries of tributaries of the Colorado River, rather than on the river itself. Water so low can kill off some of the aquatic insects on which fish rely, warms up to temperatures that stress the fish, and runs clearer than when the river is at higher levels, making the fish easier pickings for predators such as great blue herons.

Storage in the Colorado River system, as calculated by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation based on 10 reservoirs it operates, fell to 47 percent of capacity as of Oct. 1, from 55 percent last year. Oct. 1 is the annual start of another water year for the Colorado River system, as another snowpack season gets underway. In percentage terms, that's the lowest storage level at the start of a water year since that system was fully built out and filled.

The Bureau of Reclamation says unregulated inflows to Lake Powell for the 2018 water year totaled 4.76 million acre-feet, or 44 percent of the 30-year average, making it the third-driest year on record. Unregulated inflows are calculated amounts designed to indicate what flows would be if not influenced by operations at upstream reservoirs.

The Bureau of Reclamation says unregulated inflows into Powell were above average just four out of the past 19 years. The reservoir's storage is currently at 45 percent of capacity, and water officials in the Upper Colorado River Basin are hard at work pursuing drought contingency measures, potentially including measures to reduce demand, to keep Powell from falling too low. Should it empty too much further, that would threaten its ability to produce, and generate revenues from, hydropower, and to deliver water to downstream states to comply with a 1922 interstate compact.

Alan Martellaro, division engineer for District 5, the Colorado River Basin district of the state Division of Water Resources, said if it wasn't for upstream reservoir storage, things would have been "extremely bad" for water users on the mainstem of the river this year. But he said some water users on side tributaries where there wasn't water storage experienced some pretty dire conditions.

Warren Roberts, a sheep rancher north of Silt, said his operation benefits from storage from Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap reservoirs, but overall his irrigation supplies were probably still only about half of what they are in a good year. But he said some irrigators south of the Colorado River had little water all summer because they rely only on runoff and have no reservoir storage.

Roberts had to haul water to his animals on federal grazing permits on the nearby Flat Tops mountains because the springs and stock ponds had run dry up there. He said that's something his operation never has had to previously do since first buying sheep in 1962. Roberts said he hauled at least 284,000 gallons over the summer, adding three to six hours to his workday.

After a winter with lower-than-average snow, the typical summer rains failed to come, and hot, blistering winds dried everything out, he said. The...

Source: www.gjsentinel.com









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