Burt Clothier – Judge

Burt Clothier - judgeHas anyone ever said to you “You be the judge?”¬† Well, Robinson Noble’s Burt Clothier once again took up that challenge. For the second year in a row, Burt was a judge for the AWWA South Sound Subsections annual water taste contest. This is the 7th year the South Sound Subsection has hosted the competition. The competition, held last month, was open to all South Sound water utilities with no state or federal regulatory violations within the past year. This year, 13 utilities took up the challenge. Judging was based on three categories: scent, flavor, and aftertaste.

After Burt’s sensitive palate was treated to more water than anyone should drink in one sitting, he and the other two judges picked the top three winners: 3rd place – City of Tumwater; 2nd place – Mason PUD; and with the best tasting (and smelling) water, in 1st place – Valley Water District. With its win in the Sound Sound, Valley Water will be taking their good tasting elixir to the AWWA “Best of the Northwest” competition to be held next week at the 2015 AWWA PNWS conference in Bellevue.

Robinson Noble wishes Valley Water the best of luck in the upcoming contest.

Photo kindly provided by the South Sound Subsection of AWWA.

And the Nets come down for Duke

net coming down by Eric Wong from Flicr with CC licenceAnother round of madness is over and Duke reigns as champion. And in our tournament? The champion, the master prognosticator, and all around good guy is Brian K! You can download the complete results here: 2015 Master Results Final Results

Brian K hung on to first place even though he did not have a team in the final game. The only one of all our participants to pick Duke as their champion, Howard Stansbury, shot all the way from 28th place to take 2nd! That old Howard has quite the jump shot, doesn’t he! Greg Guillen holds on to 3rd, Larry Byrd takes 4th by tiebreaker, and KathyK loses the tiebreaker to land 5th.

In the Robinson Noble bracket, Mike Krautkramer lands 1st (3rd overall, nice job Mike), Mr3 was 2nd, and John H holds on to 3rd.

A big THANK YOU to all who participated! See you again next year!

Photo by Eric Wong, provided by Creative Commons license.

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She Picked Wisconsin!

girl by Susana Fernandex from Flicker with CC licenseSee that¬† smile, she picked Wisconsin! Here’s the latest results following the weekend: 2015 Master Results April 4 10pm

And with that win by Wisconsin, Brian K vaults to 1st place in the standings, and the former leader Greg Guillen drops to 3rd. But out of nowhere (well, actually 25th place), Mike Krautkram finds himself in 2nd! Larry Byrd dropped from 3rd to 4th.

Mike K is also in the lead for the Robinson Noble contest. In fact, he cannot lose, having predicted Wisconsin and Duke in the finals!. Mr 3 is in 2nd (tied for 6th overall) and John H falls to 3rd (11th overall).

Photo by Susana Fernandez, provided under Creative Commons license.

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