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Daily News - McClatchy Headlines for Thursday June 2, 2011

  • Posted on: 2 June 2011
  • By: Roxy

Daily News - McClatchy Headlines for Thursday May 19, 2011

  • Posted on: 19 May 2011
  • By: Roxy

Daily News - McClatchy Headlines for Thursday May 12, 2011

  • Posted on: 12 May 2011
  • By: Roxy

Here are headlines from McClatchy's Washington Bureau and McClatchy Newspapers for Thursday, May 12, 2011:








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Headlines from McClatchy: Wednesday, April 11, 2011

  • Posted on: 11 May 2011
  • By: Roxy

From the Road ...

  • Posted on: 8 May 2011
  • By: Roxy

Portland Oregon

This photo was taken from the 9th floor balcony of the Mark O Hatfield Federal Courthouse in downtown Portland, Oregon. My camera should have been confiscated when I went thru security, but the first time I entered the building they missed it in the scan.  (oops).  It was an unusally sunny day in Portland and the start of an interesting few  days.  

From the Mailbag: Tips on Pumping Gas

  • Posted on: 9 April 2011
  • By: Roxy

Old gas pumpI don't know what you guys are paying for gasoline.... but here in Hawaii we are paying well over $4.00 per gallon.

This information was received via email and was written by a person in the pertroleum industry.


My line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are some tricks to get more of your money's worth for every gallon:

Here at the Kinder Morgan Pipeline where I work in San Jose, CA we deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period thru the pipeline. One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and gasoline, regular and premium grades. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons.

Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening....your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role.

A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps. When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. You should be pumping on low mode, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.

One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.

Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up ; most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom. To have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of gas buyers. It's really simple to do. Share, share, share this information.



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Et Tu, Hawaii: Hawaii's Striking Utility Workers

  • Posted on: 5 March 2011
  • By: Roxy

Here in Hawaii, we are having our own little microcosm of WI with the HECO strike that started at 3:30 yesterday.  It was bad timing, with the storm that hit and has thousands of residents still without power. But the crux of the matter is quite simple ... HECO (with the director taking home 2.9 million in salary and bonuses in 2009) is trying to negotiate reduced benefits for the workers, with new workers getting an even worse deal.

HECO workers said the two sides disagreed on a management proposal to raise the age of retirement with full benefits to 62 from 60; a proposed reduction in sick leave benefits; and a plan to create a two-tier contract with new hires receiving lower wages and benefits. There also was a dispute over whether negotiated wage increases should begin with ratification of a new contract or expiration of the previous contract last October. Neither company nor union officials would confirm the sticking points in the contract talks.


Governor Abercrombie (Dem) ordered the workers back on the job ...

I have spoken with leaders of Hawaiian Electric Company and the union. My thought is that they can set aside their respective positions during this emergency situation until the public’s safety is taken care of," Gov. Neil Abercrombie said. "The most important thing right now is restoring electric services for residents and ensuring their health and security then resume negotiations.


Its not fair that all those people are living without power, but it also isn't fair to assume the union planned the walkout to coincide with the power outage. These negotiations have been ongoing, and Friday was drop-dead day for HECO to come back to the table with a better offer.