Longview port tilts toward windmill handling trend
Joseph Bonney, April 18, 2017, JOC.com
The Port of Longview, Washington, this week handled a shipment of 177-foot windmill blades that were the longest the port has handled and that represent an industry-wide trend toward larger energy-producing windmills.
The 90 blades were manufactured in China by Vestas and transferred directly to railcars from the ship Kai Xuan for delivery to an energy-producing wind farm in Illinois.
The port’s two mobile cranes were used for the transfer to railcars at the port’s on-dock rail siding, which port officials say is the only one on the West Coast that handles ship-to-rail transfer of windmill blades. Longshoremen secured the blades to swiveling bases that allow the blades to rotate with each turn the railcars make.
Maritime remains crucial to Washington’s economy
Jon Talton, April 19, 2017, The Seattle Times
This is technopolis, with self-absorbed overpaid coders wandering the sidewalks, pushing aside mere mortals. But wait. One of the region’s oldest industries remains vital and growing. That would be Washington’s cluster of maritime sectors, according to a new report from the consultants Community Attributes.
As of 2015, the latest year for which deep-dive data are available, maritime directly employed 69,500 people, many in high-paid jobs. That was 2.2 percent of all jobs in the state. Another 191,100 jobs were indirectly supported by maritime. By comparison, 55,900 worked in the information-software publishing sector in 2015, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“The Maritime Sector has impacts that spread throughout Washington’s economy. Maritime businesses make purchases from other industries, driving indirect impacts,” the report says. “The industry’s labor income impacts were also significant: for every dollar in direct labor income paid to workers in Washington’s Maritime Sector, an additional $1.06 in labor income was supported elsewhere in the state economy.”
Bill would expand short-line access in Washington state
April 19, 2017, Progressive Railroading
The Washington State Senate passed a bill last week that would help businesses access land served by short lines.
The bill, authored by State Rep. Liz Pike (R-Camas), would change the state’s Growth Management Act (GMA) to allow new businesses that need large parcels to locate along the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad in Clark County and other short lines in eastern Washington.
The legislation is necessary because rail-served land is scarce throughout the state, Pike said in a press release. Under the existing GMA, the Columbia River Economic Development Council in her district has had to turn away four new companies that wanted to locate in her district, she said.
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Port may condemn property
Dawn Feldhaus, April 20, 2017, Camas-Washougal Post-Record
The Port of Camas-Washougal is pursuing legal means to acquire a 12,000-square foot, vacant parcel south of Route 14 at Seventh Street.
Port commissioners voted 3-0 during a regular meeting Tuesday, to authorize Executive Director David Ripp and legal counsel to “exhaust reasonable efforts through direct negotiations to acquire the property fee interest.”
If the negotiations are not successful, the commission could move to “condemn, take, damage and appropriate the real property fee interest necessary to carry out the provisions of the resolution.”
Behavioral health organization looking to future with more, smaller facilities
Brandon Stone, April 20, 2017, GoSkagit.com/Skagit Valley Herald
With a little more than a year to find a new home, staff with the North Sound Behavioral Health Organization are taking a look at how to better treat drug addiction.
Joe Valentine, the organization’s executive director, said much of the focus has been on replacing the 141-bed long-term inpatient facility on the grounds of the former Northern State Hospital with several smaller facilities.
He said treatment is moving away from large, institutional buildings to smaller, friendlier facilities that are more integrated into the community and have proven to be more therapeutic.
Port proposes incentive to boost marine trades
Chris Tucker, April 18, 2017, PTLeader.com
Boat storage rates at the Port of Port Townsend could go up, and also down at the same time.
The storage rates for the port’s boatyard are currently 63 cents per linear foot, and the port is proposing to increase it to 75 cents. But the rate would drop to 60 cents – a 20 percent decrease from the 75 cent rate – for customers who use the marine trades at the port.
“It’s 3 cents below what you’re currently paying, and if you look at the market, we are by far the least expensive, according to the quoted rates,” said Greg Englin, director of operations and business development for the port.
Quincy Hospital sees hope in Port deal
Charles H. Featherstone, April 20, 2017, Columbia Basin Herald
The possible deal between the Quincy Hospital and the Port of Quincy is a “unique opportunity” that will help keep the hospital in the small but growing community, according to Glenda Bishop, director of the Quincy Medical Center.
“Not having local health care is just not an option,” Bishop told members of the Quincy Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
The Quincy Valley Medical Center has been regularly and consistently losing money, due in large part to the number of concert goers at The Gorge it has historically treated and the inability to collect information from them and bill their insurance.