Larsen: $2 million grant for Eastsound airport
August 14, 2016, San Juan Islander
The Port of Orcas will receive a $2,004,466 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to help improve the safety and operations at Orcas Island Airport.
“Orcas Island Airport is an economic engine for both the Island and the region, and these resources will help the airport thrive,” said Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), Ranking Member on the House Subcommittee on Aviation. “In Washington state, transportation means jobs and investing in airports like Orcas helps support good jobs and keeps our economy moving.”
Ridgefield governments meet to talk future
Rick Bannan, August 15, 2016, The Reflector
Ridgefield City Council, Port of Ridgefield and Ridgefield School District officials came together Aug. 9 to talk developments for each of the entities for the first in what are hoped to be regular joint meetings to keep each other abreast of happenings that impact the entities.
Port of Ridgefield Vice President of Innovation Nelson Holmberg explained at the meeting that he drew upon his experience previously at the Port of Woodland and similar joint meetings he had there when putting Ridgefield’s version together.
“The value to it for all of us was we weren’t surprising one another,” Holmberg said, explaining the meetings helped to synchronize the entities to what was going on with each other. He gave an example of its benefits, explaining that having each group on the same page when headed to Olympia for specific legislative days helped coordinate their message which translated into millions in funding for projects there.
Wineries show interest in Kennewick’s unbuilt urban wine center
Wendy Culverwell, August 14, 2016, Tri-City Herald
Wine lovers will have an extra reason to anticipate the 2017 fall crush: Kennewick should have two new tasting rooms by then.
The Port of Kennewick’s Columbia Gardens Urban Wine Village project is little more than excavators, dirt and pipe at the moment, but come spring, the site between East Columbia Drive and Duffy’s Pond will sport two new tasting rooms and support facilities.
Washington’s wine industry is showing interest in the project at 421 E. Columbia Drive, west of the cable bridge.
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Port of Port Angeles closes loophole to allow police to issue traffic citations on its streets
August 16, 2016, The Peninsula Daily News
If you thought you could speed on Port of Port Angeles roads and thumb your nose at police, forget it.
You’ve lost your chance as of today.
The Port of Port Angeles is indeed a publicly funded tax district, but until today, its property has not been treated as public in a manner allowing law enforcement officers to issue traffic-citations. Under state law, ports cannot enact police regulations.
Port commissioners agreed Monday to close the loophole. They voted to allow law enforcement agencies throughout Clallam County to issue speeding and other traffic citations when they occur on 730 acres of port property from Sequim to Sekiu.