Terminus is an artistic elegy, a river you could skate away on, a love poem to a changing planet.(It's also an interactive map.)Between 1982 and 2009, the number of glaciers in the Olympic Mountains shrank from 266 to 184. We know that number will dwindle further as the climate continues to change. The goal of the Terminus project is to immortalize glaciers of the Olympic Mountains through art. Each selected artist creates an original work as a tribute to their assigned glacier. As these glaciers melt away, the works of art will live on as a reminder that they were meaningful, and are still meaningful.The art you see below will be updated regularly throughout spring of 2023, with new works of art added weekly. When all art is complete, it will become part of a live summer gallery show at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, as well as a storymap gallery in perpetuity.
By September 1st of each even-numbered year prior to a fundingperiod, each eligible county shall submit a final prospectus for each projectfor which it seeks RATA funds. Each final prospectus shall be submitted onforms provided by the county road administration board and shall include avicinity map, a typical cross-section (existing and proposed), and, if a designdeviation is required, an evaluation and determination by the county engineer.If a project is for the improvement of a road which continues into an adjacentcounty and the project terminus is within one thousand feet of the county line,the prospectus shall include a statement signed by the county engineer of theadjacent county certifying that the adjacent county will cooperate with theapplicant county to the extent necessary to achieve a mutually acceptabledesign. All final prospectuses shall indicate that the design of the projectshall begin not later than one year from the date of project approval by thecounty road administration board, and that construction of the project shallbegin not later than six years from the date of project approval by the countyroad administration board. All final prospectuses shall come from the pool ofpreliminary prospectuses submitted and field reviewed as specified in WAC136-161-030 and136-161-040.
The proposed actions of this project consist of the widening of Coal Street to five lanes between the southern terminus, the intersection of Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard and Highland Park Boulevard and the northern terminus, the intersection of North Pennsylvania Avenue and East Union Street. Shifting Coal Street to eliminate two turning movements near the northern project terminus will also provide a more efficient and uninterrupted flow of traffic into the intersection of North Pennsylvania Avenue and East Union Street. In addition, the proposed Coal Street project will improve signalization at several Coal Street intersections and will include reconstructing the existing severely deteriorated roadway.New sidewalks and crosswalks will also improve the conditions for the safety of pedestrians along Coal Street while enhancing access to Coal Street Park, as well as the surrounding residential and commercial areas in the Heights Neighborhood.
Alternatives were evaluated as required by section 2002 of The Administrative Code. The WRE Alternative has been identified as the alternative that satisfies the purpose and needs associated with this project and best balances impacts to the socio-economic, cultural and natural environment in the study area. The WRE alternative poses the least harm to the Lehigh Valley Railroad and the loss of only 0.68 acre to Coal Street Park.
The Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration has considered the environmental, economic, social and other effects of the proposed project as enumerated in section 2002 of The Administrative Code of 1929 and has concluded that there is no feasible and prudent alternative to the project as designed, and all reasonable steps have been taken to minimize such effect.
Force and motion generation by actomyosin involves the cyclic formation and transition between weakly and strongly bound complexes of these proteins. Actin's N-terminus is believed to play a greater role in the formation of the weakly bound actomyosin states than in the formation of the strongly bound actomyosin states. It has been the goal of this project to determine whether the interaction of actin's N-terminus with myosin changes upon transition between these two states. To this end, a yeast actin mutant, Cys-1, was constructed by the insertion of a cysteine residue at actin's N-terminus and replacement of the C-terminal cysteine with alanine. The N-terminal cysteine was labeled stoichiometrically with pyrene maleimide, and the properties of the modified mutant actin were examined prior to spectroscopic measurements. Among these properties, actin polymerization, strong S1 binding, and the activation of S1 ATPase by pyrenyl-Cys-1 actin were not significantly different from those of wild-type yeast actin, while small changes were observed in the weak S1 binding and the in vitro motility of actin filaments. Fluorescence changes upon binding of S1 to pyrenyl-Cys-1 actin were measured for the strongly (with or without ADP) and weakly (with ATP and ATPgammaS) bound acto-S1 states. The fluorescence increased in each case, but the increase was greater (by about 75%) in the presence of MgATP and MgATPgammaS than in the rigor state. This demonstrates a transition at the S1 contact with actin's N-terminus between the weakly and strongly bound states, and implies either a closer proximity of the pyrene probe on Cys-1 to structural elements on S1 (most likely the loop of residues 626-647) or greater S1-induced changes at the N-terminus of actin in the weakly bound acto-S1 states.
This point marks the southern terminus of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a project sponsored by electric utilities to transport fracked shale gas from the Appalachian Mountains to the east coast of the United States. The proposed pipeline route crosses through the largest indigenous population in the eastern United States. The federal government's environmental justice analysis identified 30,000 indigenous people living within one mile of the route. These people belong to the Lumbee, Coharie, Haliwa-Saponi, and Meherrin Tribes in the state of North Carolina and to other tribes in the state of Virginia. Lands to be crossed by the pipeline have been occupied by these tribes since time immemorial, and tribes continue to live in tight-knit, rural communities within these territories today. One such community is Prospect, the historic Lumbee community where a proposed industrial facility would mark the pipeline's southern terminus. Although indigenous peoples make up less than 1% of the region's population, the government's analysis shows that they make up a much larger proportion of the population living along the pipeline route (>5% overall, 13% in North Carolina).
Despite making up a disproportionate share of the affected population, the government analysis concluded there were no environmental justice concerns involving indigenous peoples or other vulnerable communities. Government officials have not consulted with any of the affected indigenous groups, and several bodies have issued resolutions opposing pipeline permitting for this specific reason. These bodies include the Lumbee Tribal Council, the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs, and the National Congress of American Indians. These bodies have all called for permitting and construction activities to cease until governments fulfill their consulting obligations under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and other federal and state policies. Instead of advocating for indigenous peoples to participate in the planning and review process, developers press government officials for permission to construct the pipeline while framing the project as socially just because it may create economic opportunities for indigenous peoples and other populations commonly excluded from environmental decision-making.
Conflicts include three general types, protests, direct action, and passive encounters between citizens and private security. Protests include gatherings along the rural pipeline route and rallies in large cities where the developing utilities are headquartered. Direct actions have included a religious service and sit-in at the North Carolina governor's office. The compound at the pipeline's southern terminus is surrounded by barbed wire and surveillance cameras. No personnel work on-site, but private security contractors are sometimes dispatched when citizens approach the compound.
Apart from these conflicts, citizens near the pipeline terminus have safety concerns with existing and new infrastructure. In November 2017, existing pipeline infrastructure in Prospect leaked 2,000,000 cubic feet of natural gas during a 90-minute incident. The local newspaper reported that the pre-dawn leak was heard more than a mile away. Affected citizens received no immediate communication, follow-up, or all-clear from the pipeline owner. Local residents report, anecdotally, similar incidents during the 40-50 years that the pipeline infrastructure has been in place.
This month is a hodgepodge of regional projects and programs, so take a look at the agenda items listed for each Council, call into those meetings that pique your interest, and ask questions. All Service Councils get a monthly roundup of regional items of interest as well. February meetings kick [continue reading]
Next Friday, February 11, is the deadline to provide input on scoping for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor project. Scoping is the first phase of the environmental study that is evaluating rail alternatives linking the San Fernando Valley and Westside providing a fast, reliable alternative to slogging through traffic. Six alternatives [continue reading] 781b155fdc