BAY CENTER — Sunfeather Lightdancer of Bay Center, owner of the former Antarctic research vessel Hero, was fined $1,200 in March and assessed $28,870 in state cleanup costs.

On March 4, 2017, the 49-year-old, 125-foot, wood-hulled Hero sank at its mooring at a private floating dock in the Palix River. As a result, oil spilled for nearly a month, impacting local oyster-growing operations downstream, the Washington State Department of Ecology said.

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