AUGUST 10, 2016


Port of Kennewick adds voice to shoreline return campaign

Wendy Culverwell, August 9, 2016, Tri-City Herald

The Port of Kennewick will support efforts to return 34 miles of Columbia River shoreline to local control, more than 60 years after the federal government took ownership.

The three-member port commission voted unanimously Tuesday to support the movement to ask Congress to reconvey ownership of the Benton-Franklin shoreline to local agencies, possibly counties, cities, ports or a combination of all three.

The port stopped short of endorsing the plan. It said it agrees the issue is worth discussion and specified the conversation must include the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, which have expressed concern that transferring the shoreline out of federal ownership could affect treaty rights and tribal resources.

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Inslee appoints Roger Millar as transportation secretary

The Associated Press, August 9, 2016, The News Tribune

Gov. Jay Inslee has announced the appointment of Roger Millar as secretary of the state Department of Transportation.

Millar has been serving as acting secretary since February, when he replaced Lynn Peterson, who was ousted by the Senate when majority Republicans and a Democrat who caucuses with them took the rare move of rejecting her gubernatorial appointment. Millar’s appointment was announced Tuesday.

According to the governor’s office, prior to joining the agency, Millar served as vice president of a national organization, providing technical assistance to state transportation agencies in several states.

In a written statement, Inslee said that Millar has “proven to be a well-respected leader with an impressive ability to bring people together and find sensible solutions to difficult problems.”




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