APRIL 18, 2017



American Price arrives at Port of Clarkston boosting the local economy

Shannon Moudy, April 14, 2017, KLEW TV.com

It’s smooth sailing for the start of a busy tourist season at the Port of Clarkston, as around 200 tourists landed Thursday afternoon.

American Price, the first cruise boat of the 2017 season, arrived at the Port of Clarkston around 12:30. This is the last stop on the American Pride’s journey from Portland, Oregon, though some passengers continued up the Hells Canyon by jet boat.

Officials say they’re excited to welcome in a busy cruise season, especially after locks along the route were closed for four months.

Read more here:  http://klewtv.com/news/local/american-pride-arrives-at-port-of-clarkston-boosting-the-local-economy



Port of Edmonds awarded tourism promotion grant

April 15, 2017, Edmonds Beacon.com

The Port of Edmonds has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the Port of Seattle to promote Edmonds as a tourist destination.

The Port of Edmonds already has an established brand recognition in boating and tourism: “Your Homeport Advantage and Choice Destination: Quality, Service, Value, Convenience.”

Meanwhile, the Port is working on a marketing plan emphasizing tourism that strengthens Edmonds’ economy. For example, the Port was successful in partnering with Puget Sound Express (PSE) to operate whale-watching excursions out of the Port’s marina starting in 2015.

Read more here:  http://edmondsbeacon.villagesoup.com/p/port-of-edmonds-awarded-tourism-promotion-grant/1643544




Port of Olympia recognized as green business

Amelia Dickson, April 14, 2017, The Olympian

The Thurston Chamber of Commerce awarded the Port of Olympia the 2017 Green Business of the Year Award on Wednesday.

The agency’s recent environmental initiatives include installing low-flow toilets at Swantown Marina, implementing recycling in all offices.

Rachel Jamison, the port’s director of environmental programs, said her goal is to make the Port of Olympia one of the nation’s most sustainable mid-sized ports within the next two to five years.

Read more here:  http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article144621864.html




San Juan Aviation Museum honors Bob Jamieson

April 14, 2017, San Juan Journal

A reception will be held at the Roy Franklin Terminal at Friday Harbor Airport at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 23rd at to honor the featured pilot for 2017, Bob Jamieson. Islanders are invited to celebrate the occasion of this annual addition to the San Juan Aviation Museum. This project, started in 2008, is jointly sponsored by the San Juan Pilots Association and the Port of Friday Harbor.

The museum records the history of aviation in the San Juan Islands since the early years after World War II when Roy Franklin first established scheduled air service linking San Juan Island with our neighboring islands and the mainland. As a living museum, displays are added each year to honor featured pilots who have made major contributions to this community and to aviation.

On this occasion, we will recognize and pay tribute to Bob Jamieson.

Read more here:  http://www.sanjuanjournal.com/life/san-juan-aviation-museum-honors-bob-jamieson/



Port unloads longest wind blades to date in Longview

Marissa Luck, April 17, 2017, The Daily News

Wind cargo is continuing to pick up at Port of Longview, and longshoremen last week handled the longest wind blades ever to pass through the port’s docks. Each 177-foot blade is half the length of a football field, including end zones.

A total of 25 longshoremen worked over three and half days to unload the Illinois-bound blades for Vestas Wind Systems, according to the port and Jones Stevedoring, which coordinated the effort.

Vestas Wind was attracted to the port’s direct-to-rail system which allows the blades to be unloaded from the vessel and placed directly onto a rail car. The shipping method, which the port debuted last summer, removes several steps in the unloading process, including moving the blades from the vessel to the truck, storing the blades at the laydown yard and then loading them onto rail cars.

Read more here:  http://tdn.com/news/local/port-unloads-longest-wind-blades-to-date-in-longview/article_bce3d21a-b5cb-5b80-8412-43f78ba041dd.html



Looking back: Before Edmonds, there was the Ten-Mile Beach Settlement

April 17, 2017, My Edmonds News

The 1880 federal census for the area we know today as Edmonds presents us with a look-back at an early and interesting part of the city’s history. Before George Brackett chose the name Edmonds for his town in 1884, the United States Census Bureau in June of 1880 conducted the 10th U.S. Census. The Census Bureau identified the settlement along the shores of Puget Sound and ten miles south of Mukilteo as the Ten-Mile Beach Settlement. As shown in the census record, there were several families living at the waterfront settlement during that time.

First in the listing was George Brackett (age 38), his wife Etta (age 21), son George S. (age 2), daughter Fannie (born in August of 1879), and adopted daughter Mary E. (11 years old).

The fourth family listed was that of James C. Purcell, a white man born in Indiana (age 70), a fisherman. With him was his wife Jennie (age 45). Jennie Purcell was identified as an Indian.

Read more here:  http://myedmondsnews.com/2017/04/looking-back-edmonds-ten-mile-beach-settlement/




Port of Everett beings rail siding construction project

Construction began earlier this month on a new 3,300-foot double rail siding near the Port of Everett‘s South Terminal, port officials announced last week.

The new rail siding will help support international cargo movement at the port, which is located 25 miles north of Seattle. In February, the Port Commission awarded a $3.4 million contract to Granite Construction to build the siding, port officials said in a press release.

Funded in part by a federal grant from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, the project will complete the second phase of terminal rail enhancements that were designed to improve regional freight-rail mobility and capacity, they said.

Read more here:  http://www.progressiverailroading.com/intermodal/news/Port-of-Everett-begins-rail-siding-construction-project–51359?email=cherman@washingtonports.org&utm_medium=email&utm_source=prdailynews&utm_campaign=prdailynews4/17/2017


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