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Steve Leighty with granddaughter, Ilycia Silva, in the Cruser Sport NEV.

Ballard inventor’s electric car company launching this month

A Ballard man is hoping to shape the future of electric vehicles and energy consumption in a big way and is about to launch his new electric car line.

Steve Leighty is President and founder of Ecocruise, an electric car company based out of Ballard. Leighty started a similar vehicle design company, Kasea Motorsports, in 1989. The company designed ATVs, motorcycles and scooters that were competitive in the industry for over 25 years. His office was based in Seattle.

From his experience with ATV’s, Leighty realized he wanted to make “cleaner” and more sustainable vehicles. He also saw a window emerging in the electric car industry, a new market for smaller electric vehicles.

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See how the viaduct has been reinforced in new video

From the Washington State Department of Transportation:

We have just posted a new video that describes some of the monitoring involved with the SR99 tunnel project. We hope this would be helpful for your readers/viewers. Feel free to post/link.
https://youtu.be/YewUJ7vjrrs
 
Here is what it shows:
As part of the SR 99 Tunnel Project, WSDOT required its contractor to develop a robust system to monitor the ground, buildings, the Alaskan Way Viaduct and downtown Seattle streets. International firm Soldata was hired to design the monitoring system and review the data 24 hours a day. More than 4,000 different monitoring points near the tunnel alignment take gather measurements and share them with our engineers in real time. This video shows the complexity and scope of the monitoring effort.
 
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In addition, we recently posted a video showing how the viaduct has been reinforced and strengthened over the years at the location where the tunneling machine will pass underneath. This too might be timely for your readers/viewers to see given the April 29th start of the Alaskan Way Viaduct closure.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOpreuHP1oM

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Blast area after Greenwood explosion.

SBA offers disaster assistance to Greenwood businesses effected by gas explosion

Information provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses economically impacted by the Greenwood neighborhood natural gas explosion that occurred on March 9, 2016, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following a request received on April 29, from Gov. Jay Inslee.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Chelan, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Pierce, Snohomish and Yakima counties.

“The U.S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer‑focused response possible to assist Washington’s small businesses with federal disaster loans. We will be swift in our efforts to help these small businesses recover from the financial impacts of this disaster,” said Administrator Contreras-Sweet.

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