AUGUST 18, 2017


‘Black Pearl’ may be developed as penthouses or office-retail space

Dawn Feldhaus, August 17, 2017, Camas-Washougal Post-Record

A 12,000-square-foot concrete, steel and glass building overlooking the Port of Camas-Washougal marina, which has been vacant since its construction six years ago, will soon be the future site of penthouses or possibly a mix of office and retail.

The two-story structure, located at 56 S. “A” St., Washougal, had previously been slated as the site for an upscale restaurant named Black Pearl on the Columbia. That restaurant, which had been expected to open in the spring of 2011, would have featured a bar, banquet and meeting rooms, patio dining and a 5,000-bottle wine cellar with rentable lockers.

Bill Sherertz, the managing member of Black Pearl on the Columbia LLC, died in January of 2011, at the age of 64. His widow, Kimberly, said later that year that it was her husband’s wish to open the restaurant, but that she was not as passionate about the restaurant business as her husband had been.

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Boat shop safety a ‘test case’ for Maritime Center

Chris Tucker, August 16, 2017,

Port of Port Townsend commissioners have asked the Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC) for possible solutions to safety issues at the Point Hudson Boat Shop as a sort of “test case” of how the center might handle problems in the future.

NWMC has proposed that the port grant it a long-term master lease of Point Hudson, essentially allowing it to take over management of the 14-acre property owned by the port.

At an Aug. 9 Port Commission meeting, commissioners voiced disappointment with NWMC’s response to concerns that Steve Chapin’s boat shop in the Armory Building was at risk of catching on fire or exploding.

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Don’t be left in the dark.  Where Tri-Citians can watch the eclipse

Cameron Probert, August 16, 2017, Tri-City Herald

Eclipse fever has gripped the Tri-Cities, and there’s nothing partial about it.

With forecasts predicting clear skies Monday, people are snatching what may be the last of the special eclipse viewing glasses to be found around town.

Kennewick’s Fred Meyer reported selling out Wednesday of the last of its 11,000 pairs shipped to the Kennewick and Richland stores.

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Parties planed for solar eclipse Monday morning

Kristi Paulus, August 17, 2017,

You don’t have to fight the crowds to get a gook look at Monday’s solar eclipse, you can stay right here in the Columbia Basin and get a great view of an *almost full eclipse.

At the Bechtel Planetarium at Columbia Basin College, they’re getting ready for 900 visitors Monday morning. “There’s gonna be a crowd, it’s gonna be fun. The oohs and aahs.. it’s gonna be a neat event to see,” says science instructor Jim Amend.

While we are not in the path of totality, Amend says we will get 96 percent coverage of the sun. CBC is inviting the public out to the Planetarium, they’ll be giving out free eclipse glasses and offering an experience you probably won’t find anywhere else.

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Washington state maritime labor headed for a retirement cliff

Scott Greenstone, August 14, 2017, The Seattle Times

When Capt. Ken Penwell’s son was looking for a job, Penwell offered to get him work as a deckhand. Penwell captains hopper dredges for Seattle’s Manson Construction, sucking up dirt and clay from river beds.

But Kyle Penwell didn’t want to go into his father’s career.

“‘Dad, I don’t want to be gone that long from friends and family like you were,’” the father recalled his son saying.

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CP’s new Detroit-Vancouver service aimed at auto parts, grain

Reynolds Hutchins, August 16, 2017,

Canadian Pacific Railway has launched a new direct rail service from Vancouver to Detroit primed to supply the Michigan manufacturing hub with auto part imports and potentially tap the regional manufacturing and agriculture base for exports out of the Canadian port.

The service, which already boasts ocean carrier Hapag Lloyd as a customer, was designed to not only give the railroad a competitive edge over archrival Canadian National Railway, but also give the Port of Vancouver, a CP “stronghold,” a competitive edge over US ports farther south, according to CP.

Leveraging CP’s transload facility in Vancouver and its live-lift operation at Portal, North Dakota to accelerate cross-border shipments, the new weekly service is roughly 48 hours quicker than CN’s routing and 200 miles shorter than the closest services from other western ports.

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