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Ferry construction

Todd Pacific Shipyards contact info

Immigration law sources

Links for Sophie

Churches to offer illegal immigrants sanctuary (2007)

Sheriff’s association urges reform of broken immigration system


Reuniting Families Act aims to clean up legal immigration system

Fraudulent Marriages: The crime, the victims, the outcomes

Immigration & Customs Enforcement

Obama aims to curb illegal immigration

28 illegal immigrants arrested in Bellingham (Feb. 2009)

Immigration legislation criticized

Lede-in the way

V-Team, go! Ideas for ledes:

Jill: This summer, families with limited income and food stamps are finding a way to get lunches for kids without having to go all the way to the food bank or a school.

School is out for the summer, but this poses a problem for many low-income families that depend on schools for free meals for their children. That is why the Thurston County Food Bank is bringing food to them, one truckload at a time.

Christina: Arts programs in the King County have changed lives and been awarded grants from the government to keep doing so.

A King County-based photography camp recently received $25,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to continue funding ‘Kids in Focus,’ a program designed to get at-risk kids back on track.

Murray pegs Transportation Secretary: Stop ferrying around

For Christina’s ferry story. Don’t forget that even the most recent news needs to be in your stories.

Washington state gets additional ferry money

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray says she has secured $7.6 million more in federal money for Washington state’s ferry system a day after the state was snubbed in an initial announcement of stimulus grants.

By Jack Broom

Seattle Times staff reporter

Sen. Patty Murray, who describes herself as “furious” to learn Washington was virtually ignored on a list of federal stimulus grants to ferry projects this week, said Wednesday she’s been assured the state will receive an additional $7.6 million.

Murray said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told her it had been a mistake to allot Washington projects only $750,000 from a $60 million Recovery Act pool that Murray helped authorize in Congress.

When she learned of the original allocation, Murray said, “I was shocked, and I called Secretary LaHood immediately and told him I couldn’t understand this,” the Washington Democrat said. “He did not have an answer.”

Murray said LaHood called her back Wednesday, saying Washington would receive:

• $2.6 million toward the purchase of a prototype vessel for passenger-only service between Seattle and Bremerton.

• $3 million for the design of a replacement ferry terminal at Anacortes.

• $2 million toward purchase of a passenger ferry to be operated by King County between downtown and West Seattle.

The only project in this state on the original list of allocations was $750,000 for construction of a terminal for the Guemes Island ferry, operated by Skagit County.

The allocations announced Wednesday still fall far short of the $56 million Washington had sought. “We didn’t expect to get all the money we asked for, but we certainly expected to get more than we did” on the original list, said state Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says funding announced Wednesday is not stimulus money, but separate federal money. Washington state’s grants were denied because the projects were not in areas that were considered economically distressed, which was required under the stimulus formula, officials said.

A statement from LaHood’s office Wednesday stopped short of characterizing the original grant list as a mistake, but noted that ferries in Washington carry more passengers each day than all of the nation’s other ferry operations combined.

Of the 19 states and one U.S. territory that received ferry money, Washington ranked third from last, topping only Arkansas and Kentucky. With Wednesday’s announcement, Washington will receive more ferry funds than any other state.

Michigan ranks next, with $8.3 million, followed by Maine, with $6.8 million.

Gov. Chris Gregoire, angered by the earlier list of allocations, on Wednesday praised the new grant allocations and Murray’s work in securing them.

The state ferry system is receiving $8.4 million in federal stimulus money through public-transit funding. And Murray said she’d work to get even more money in an upcoming transportation bill.

Material from The Associated Press is included in this story.

Jack Broom: 206-464-2222

Aurora is no Sleeping Beauty

Some resources for Audrey’s transportation beat story.

Aurora Traffic Safety Project?

Trucks hitting things:

People getting injured: