AUGUST 19, 2016



Port district backers prepare for campaign

Mary Swift, August 18, 2016, The Daily Record

Gary Hammons, a Cle Elum businessman who is at the forefront of an effort to create a port district in Upper Kittitas County, believes the key to success is public education and outreach to help voters understand how a port district works and how it will work for them.

With a measure to create an Upper County port district now on the November ballot, Hammons and Ron Cridlebaugh, a former director of economic development for Kittitas County who serves as economic director for the Port of Douglas County, hosted a question-and-answer session at Cle Elum City Hall last Thursday.

“There were questions from the audience on successes and challenges,” Hammons said. “Douglas County is a dry land port just like we would be.” Originally, the port was intended to transport agricultural products along the Columbia River. But the dams changed that plan.

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Business leaves poisonous legacy

Tad Sooter, August 17, 2016, Kitsap Sun

When a chrome-plating business departed the Port of Bremerton last fall, it left a toxic mess behind.

Materials used in the metal-plating process, which included arsenic, lead, cyanide, cadmium and other poisonous chemicals, had leached into the concrete floor of the shop and the soil below. Ventilation fans had drawn more chemical particles up the walls, dusting exposed surfaces. Nine months after Art’s Custom Chrome gave up its shop in Olympic View Industrial Park, the port still is dealing with a painstaking and expensive cleanup.

“It’s an extremely costly business, and the disposal is costly as well,” port facilities and planning director Steven Sparks said at a commissioner meeting last week.

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Cascade CEO addresses concerns over mental health facility at Port of Centralia meeting

Justyna Tomtas, August 18, 2016, The Chronicle

A concerned resident spoke at the Port of Centralia commissioners meeting on Wednesday about the recent sale of property to Cascade Mental Health Care for a 22-bed mental health evaluation treatment center.

Laura McGowan, a resident on Eshom Road, said she was unaware of the sale of the property, and was opposed to the construction of a “mental institution” on port property.

“Have you people no regard at all for the property owners in this area?” McGowan asked, listing several other businesses she previously opposed on port property.

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