Photo by Emily Sturdivant
Peggy with her sister, Gretchen Rehak, and parents, Herb and Dorothy Wass.

Peggy Sturdivant recognized for excellence in journalism

The Western Washington Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has awarded Ballard writer, Peggy Sturdivant, the second place honor for excellence in journalism for a column in a weekly paper.

For over 20 years the SPJ has awarded writers of the region for great work in journalism. The annual gala was held last Saturday, June 13, at the Seattle Renaissance Hotel.

“It’s great and an honor, and with a various number of my students getting awards and prizes, I will finally have something to share with them,” said Sturdivant.

Unfortunately, Peggy was visiting family on the East Coast the night of the gala and could not attend.

“I wish I could be there because it’s a lonely business. … It would have been really nice to be in a room with fellow journalists for a night.”

Peggy has been writing for the Ballard News-Tribune for almost seven years, but started publishing work online for a blog associated with the Seattle PI back in 2007. Soon she thought that writing about her community in a Ballard newspaper would be more fulfilling. Today Peggy’s column appears every week in the Ballard News-Tribune.

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EPA to toast new clean water regulation at Fremont Brewery today

On the heels of the Obama administration’s newly announced rule to protect streams and wetlands across the nation, top officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environment Washington, WashPIRG, and others will gather to celebrate the recently-announced Clean Water Rule and talk about how clean water is crucial to Seattle’s health, economy and civic vitality.

The Region’s top EPA official, Dennis McLerran, will be joined by Sara Nelson of Fremont Brewery and WashPIRG leadership and staff to talk about how the Obama administration’s Clean Water Rule will protect wetlands and the fragile upland sources of Seattle’s rivers and streams.

The toast will happen today Thursday, June 11, at 11:30 a.m. at Fremont Brewing Company, 3409 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103.

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Image courtesy of Team Pure and Wild.
Team Pure and Wild raced a 24-foot Paul Bieker design proa built specifically for the race.

Ballard racer raises money for fishing non-profits in R2AK

Team Elsie Piddock took first place in the first ever Race to Alaska last Friday afternoon (June12) and won the $10,000 prize by sweeping the race.

The team, made up of Al Hughes, Graeme Esarey and Matt Steverson, finished the race from Victoria to Ketchikan in five days and 55 minutes. The crew sailed a F-25c Trimaran – a 25-foot multihull sailboat.

The Race to Alaska is a 750-mile motorless boat race from Port Townsend, Wash. to Ketchikan, Alaska. It has very few rules except that racers cannot use an engine. That leaves human powered propulsion systems and wind to get them to Alaska.

One Ballard racers says that although there is a winner to the race, all the racers and the Northwest Maritime Center — producers of the race — came in first.

“The Northwest Maritime Center did a first class job and kept a great perspective on the race and introduced their version of sailboat racing to the world,” said Joe Bersch, co-captain of Team Pure and Wild.

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