AUGUST 21, 2017


Port imposing $150 bad boater fee

Megan Hansen, August 18, 2017, Whidbey News-Times

Commissioners for the Port of Coupeville passed a resolution adopting a $150 fee for people who cause problems at the Coupeville Wharf.

Executive Director Chris Michalopoulos said July was a banner year at the wharf, but with that came “belligerent” boaters.

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Chamber tours Sunnyside as part of effort to start port in Kittitas County

Emily Goodell, August 18, 2017, Daily Record

Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce board members toured the Port of Sunnyside this week as part of their continuing efforts to create a port district in Kittitas County.

Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce chairman Jim Armstrong said board members wanted to visit the Port of Sunnyside because of the port’s recent successes in job creation and to gain insight into how other ports in Washington state work.

Port of Sunnyside Executive Director Jay Hester led the tour, beginning with a discussion at the port offices. Board members toured some of the port’s successful businesses in downtown Sunnyside, including Co Dinn Cellars.

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Biotech company courted by Port of Chehalis won’t be moving operations

Justyna Tomtas, August 18, 2017, The Chronicle

Two years of courting a biotech company in hopes it would move to the Port of Chehalis didn’t end with the desired outcome as the Phoenix-based business decided it would not relocate its operations.

The Lewis Economic Development Council and the Port of Chehalis worked together to bring the company to the area. Dubbed as “project desert,” the relocation of the company would have brought an estimated 234 jobs to the area as well as an investment of $30 million as a result of the project.

Matt Matayoshi, executive director of the EDC, said the business decided to remain situated because there were “too many moving parts” right now. The company, whose name has not been disclosed, is working to expand its operations by acquiring another company within the same industry.

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report Cowlitz River is less likely to flood

Jackson Hogan, August 19, 2017, The Daily News

Communities along the lower Cowlitz River are far less likely to flood today than they were just eight years ago.

According to Karim Delgado, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Portland District, the chances of flooding have decreased in Castle Rock, Lexington and Kelso since 2009.

Castle Rock’s annual chances of a flooding have improved from about 1 in 100 in 2009 to about 1 in 235 last year, while Lexington’s odds improved to about 1 in 250 last year. Kelso and Longview’s annual odds are about 1 in 500.

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Port on track to break last year’s record for cargo

Marissa Luck, August 19, 2017, The Daily News

Port of Longview is on track for another record-breaking year of cargo activity, thanks to shipments of grain that are beating last year’s record-setting levels, the port announced Friday.

Total tonnage at the port hit 5.2 million in the first six months of 2017, up from 3.4 million in the same period last year, the port announced Friday. For all of 2016, total cargo activity reached 8.33 million tons, the highest in at least 30 years.

Port revenue figures for the first half of the year were not available Friday.

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