In a major victory for environmental activists on Maury Island—and State Rep. Sharon Nelson (D-34)—the final budget deal in Olympia includes $15 million for King County and the Cascade Land Conservancy to buy the controversial Glacier (now called CalPortland) Maury Island mine site.

The company had been pushing to expand its mining there and neighbors (and local Rep. Nelson) have been fighting against it for years.

"The end goal is to acquire the land for permanent recreation and conservation," Nelson says.

It's far from a done deal, but the company has been in talks to sell the land to King County, with CLC orchestrating the deal, and now, with Rep. Nelson's $15 million on the table, it's more likely that the site will be preserved for the public.