January 23, 2012

DAY 5: PUGET SOUND ENERGY’S UPDATE – 4 PM

PSE Real-time Updates
Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, 4:00 p.m.

As of 4 p.m., approximately 39,000 customers are without power, primarily in Thurston and Pierce Counties, and parts of King County. Since early Wednesday, PSE crews have restored power to more than 370,000 customers in Western Washington.

Approximately 90 percent of PSEs customers are now back on line. Since the storm began, PSE has now repaired and re-energized 53 transmission lines, 70 substations and 326 distribution circuits that lost power during the series of snow, ice and wind storms.
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January 23, 2012

DAY 5: PUGET SOUND ENERGY’S UPDATE – 11 AM

PSE Real-time Updates
Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, 11:00 a.m.

Puget Sound Energy crews expect to continue making good progress in their outage restoration efforts on Monday.

As of 11 a.m., approximately 52,000 customers are without power, primarily in Thurston and Pierce Counties, and parts of King County. Since early Wednesday, PSE crews have restored power to more than 363,000 customers in Western Washington.
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January 23, 2012

DAY 5: PUGET SOUND ENERGY’S UPDATE – 6 AM

PSE Real-time Updates
Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, 6:00 a.m.

“As of 6 a.m., approximately 53,000 customers are without power, primarily in Thurston, Pierce and King counties. Since early Wednesday, PSE crews have restored power to more than 360,000 customers in Western Washington.”

“Now our work is more time-consuming as crews go from neighborhood to neighborhood where electric service will get restored in much smaller numbers, such as to five, 10 or 20 customers at a time.

Since the storm began, PSE has now repaired and re-energized 53 transmission lines, 70 substations and 326 distribution circuits that lost power during the series of snow, ice and wind storms.”
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Lisa Pemberton in The Olympian reports:
“However, Puget Sound Energy said about 30,000 Thurston County homes and businesses remained without power late Sunday. Many of those outages were in rural areas including Rochester, Yelm and Tenino.”

SHELTERS

“The following shelter programs are still available:

Rainier High School, 308 Second St. W., will open as a warming shelter with shower facilities from 5 a.m.-9 p.m.”


January 23, 2012

KUDOS GO TO PUGET SOUND ENERGY (PSE)

From Puget Sound Energy (PSE):
“Crews have been and will continue to work around the clock until every customer is restored. More than 250 power line crews are in the region to repair damages to the electric system and bring power back on. Counting the crews, crew coordinators, damage assessors and support staff, nearly 2,000 people are assisting the restoration effort.”

“We know this has been very difficult for everyone who lost power during this storm. We very much appreciate your patience and the support and kindness that have been shown to the hundreds of PSE people in the field as well as the hundreds of men and women who have come from other utilities and other states to help us repair the damage.”

Ed. Note:
Puget Sound Energy deserves our praise and acknowledgement!
Their personnel have been stellar during these challenging outages.
The online updates have been frequent, informative and reassuring.

THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG THANKS PSE FOR ALL OF THEIR EFFORTS!


January 23, 2012

JOE PATERNO – A PERSPECTIVE

UM Football Playbook Cover vs. Penn State, Nov. 1976
Courtesy: Roger Wachnicki

OP-ED

I happen to find callous Tyler Huey’s story last Friday in the Nisqually Valley News titled:
“Joe Paterno got what he deserved”

Huey’s timing was perfect though, with the newspaper on the street two days before Paterno’s death.

While Huey’s points were consistent with what has been voiced in the sports media nationwide, I can’t help but think about the Joe Paterno with whom I became familiar in the early 70’s.

I was the Football Manager of the University of Miami (FL) Hurricanes as an undergraduate during the 1972-1975 seasons, Graduate Manager in the 1976-1977 seasons and Team Logistics Specialist during the 1978 season, in conjunction with my tenure at Eastern Airlines, the official charter airline of UM Football. I traveled twice on UM Football teams to “Happy Valley” for games during my 7 seasons. The amazing vision of an Autumn day in the Pennsylvania mountains with so many fans descending on this little town will always be fondly remembered. One of my best college friends was Mike Archer, who hailed from State College, PA. Archer is a former LSU Head Football Coach and currently NC State Defensive Coordinator. Former WSU Head Football Coach Jim Walden was a UM Assistant Coach and coordinator during the 1973-1976 seasons and was my mentor and very close friend to this day.

Huey’s acrimony was evident when he said “Joe Paterno got what he deserved” and that’s his opinion, yet his attitude might have been tempered if he were on a college football team or covered Penn State.

Michael Ventre of NBC Sports called it absolutely correct:
“Men who have achieved greatness and Paterno certainly is one of them are often remembered fondly, even if they left a stench. Thats just the way success usually goes in America the achievements stand out, the warts vanish.

With Paterno, it wont be that way. There will be images of him on the sidelines, with white shirt and black tie, barking orders. There will be clips of him accepting hugs from his players after his two national titles. There will be memories of a raucous rally the night he was fired, with irate students pledging undying support.”

Genaro C. Armas reported this for The Associated Press:
You can die of heartbreak. Im sure Joe had some heartbreak, too, said 82-year-old Bobby Bowden, the former Florida State [FSU] coach who retired two years ago after 34 seasons in Tallahassee.

Ed. Note: I agree with Bowden! I first encountered Bowden when Miami played at West Virginia in the mid 1970’s, where Bowden was the head football coach and I would be on fields with him in subsequent years for several games against FSU.

Yet, I will remember my experiences at Penn State on a visiting team – being on the field with JoPa 35+ years ago, the Fall leaves in their golden hues surrounding the stadium, the aromas from the grills at the tail-gate parties, exchanging team mementos with Penn State’s Managers, coming out of that tunnel to the visitor’s sideline amidst a sea of Nittany Lions and the 90 mile drive on a winding mountain road back to Harrisburg Airport to board that gleaming Boeing 727-200 team-plane back to a warm 80 degree Miami campus, all before innocence was lost.

This is not to deny what Paterno should & could have done, however to use a football metaphor, Huey’s “piling-on” in the timing and sharpness of his story as Paterno lay critically ill “was not handled well”!

Huey’s “Monday morning quarter-backing” was nothing more than just hype from the “side-lines”, from one who has not walked in those moccasins!

UPDATE:
Greg Couch wrote this excellent story for Fox Sports.
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January 22, 2012

DAY 4: PUGET SOUND ENERGY’S UPDATE – 4 PM

Most Bald Hills customers had their power restored at 2:30pm today.

PSE Real-time Updates
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, 4:00 p.m.

As of 4 p.m., approximately 79,000 customers are without power, the majority in Thurston, Pierce and King counties. Since early Wednesday, PSE crews have restored power to more than 331,000 customers in Western Washington. Approximately 80 percent of PSEs customer outages from the past week are now back on line.
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January 22, 2012

ALL YELM SCHOOLS TO REOPEN MONDAY

From Yelm Community Schools:

“Schools back in session.
As of Sunday afternoon, power has been restored to all schools.
School will operate on a normal schedule on Monday (barring any other emergencies).”


January 22, 2012

DAY 4: PUGET SOUND ENERGY’S UPDATE – 11 AM

PSE Real-time Updates
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, 11:00 a.m.

Puget Sound Energy crews continue to make significant progress in restoring power to customers across Western Washington. With repairs to PSEs damaged transmission system mostly completed, crews will concentrate todays efforts on repairing the damaged distribution systems in neighborhoods.

Crews have been and will continue to work around the clock until every customer is restored. More than 250 power line crews are in the region to repair damages to the electric system and bring power back on. Counting the crews, crew coordinators, damage assessors and support staff, nearly 2,000 people are assisting the restoration effort.

We are monitoring and ready to respond to predictions of gusty weather today, as the National Weather Service has a Wind Advisory posted for parts of Western Washington, which could result in additional power outages.
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As of 11 a.m., approximately 110,000 customers are without power, the majority in Thurston, Pierce and King counties. Since early Wednesday, PSE crews have restored power to more than 325,000 customers in Western Washington. Approximately 75 percent of PSEs customer outages from the past week are now back on line.


January 22, 2012

DAY 4: PUGET SOUND ENERGY’S UPDATE – 6 AM

PSE Real-time Updates
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, 6:00 a.m.

Overnight Saturday, Puget Sound Energy crews restored power to 18,000 customers. More than 70 percent of PSEs customer outages from the past week are now back on line.

Crews have been and will continue to work around the clock until every customer is restored. More than 250 power line crews are in the region to repair damages to the electric system and bring power back on. Counting the crews, crew coordinators and damage assessors, nearly 2,000 people are in the field assisting the restoration effort.

As of 6 a.m., approximately 119,000 customers are without power in Thurston, Pierce and King counties. Since early Wednesday, PSE crews have restored power to more than 317,000 customers in Western Washington.

With repairs to PSEs damaged transmission system mostly completed, crews now can concentrate their efforts on repairing the damaged distribution systems in neighborhoods. This work will enable PSE to provide more specific information about estimated restoration times.

Restoration Information
The vast majority of our customers will have their service restored this weekend. People living in more remote and/or forested areas will be later.
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We know this has been very difficult for everyone who lost power during this storm. We very much appreciate your patience and the support and kindness that have been shown to the hundreds of PSE people in the field as well as the hundreds of men and women who have come from other utilities and other states to help us repair the damage.
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Read more from Rolf Boone’s report in The Olympian.


January 21, 2012

DAY THREE – YELM POWER RESTORED AT 5:30 PM

The power returned to most of the customers within Yelm’s city limits by 5:30pm this evening, almost 60 hours after the power was lost Thursday morning.
Line Crews are currently in front of Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment on Hwy 510, and several locations in the Bald Hills & Lake Lawrence areas.

PSE reports:
“The restoration times … are when we think the last customers in the areas will see their lights come back on.
Most customers will be on this weekend, however some customers in Thurston and Lewis Counties may not be restored until:
Yelm’s outlying area’s by Monday evening
Bald Hills by Wednesday.”
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The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory in effect until Sunday morning.
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Sunday’s weather forecast calls for more rain and windy conditions.
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