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Land-based turbines are rising by the thousands across America, from the remote Texas plains to farm towns of Iowa. And the U.S. wind boom now is expanding offshore, with big corporations planning $70 billion in investment for the country’s first utility-scale offshore wind farms. But there’s an issue. And it’s a big one. President Donald Trump hates wind turbines.
AHSAHKA, Idaho – Officials in North Idaho say about 200 federally protected adult steelhead have died in the North Fork of the Clearwater River, apparently after sustaining injuries at a Dworshak Dam turbine. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a news release Thursday said the dead steelhead were found just below the dam during the past week.
Public transit officials in Washington are reaching out to state lawmakers, asking for new funding to help alleviate their troubled finances. Transit agencies in Pierce and Snohomish counties are facing cuts of service on nights, off-commute hours and weekends.
KITTITAS, Wash. – Greg and Barb Tudor left their suburban Bellevue neighborhood for solitude and open sky in eastern Kittitas County. It was the perfect antidote, they said, to years of gray drizzle and congestion. From their retirement home on a ridge, the Tudors look out over thousands of acres of sagebrush-covered landscape. The wind gusting over the nearby hills carries the aromatic tang of desert plants, and at night the sky is often dark enough to see the Milky Way.
Sandpoint-based Quest Aircraft has formed a partnership with Spokane Turbine Center, a nonprofit, church-supported training center for mission aviators. Quest will now use Spokane Turbine Center’s million-dollar flight simulator and its Quest Kodiak airplane as a training base for customers buying one of the single-engine aircraft. The training center is next to Felts Field in Spokane Valley.
When Ken Smoll talks to students about airplane safety, he’s preaching to the choir. The people in his classroom at Spokane Turbine Center are mostly veteran pilots or mechanics who work for missionary or humanitarian groups around the world. They know nearly every incident in which mission pilots and passengers have died in crashes on takeoff or in unusual storms.
The recently opened Spokane Turbine Center at Felts Field trains missionary pilots and mechanics on the ins and outs of the Quest Kodiak, a small plane built in Sandpoint and favored for its versatility in hard-to-reach locations.