AUGUST 29, 2016


Port wants new airport contract

Marissa Luck, August 24, 2016, The Daily News

The port isn’t out the picture for the Kelso airport yet, but commissioners don’t want to keep the status quo either.

Port of Longview commissioners this week confirmed their commitment to participating in the Southwest Washington Regional Airport; however, they want to set new limits on how the airport is funded and managed.

The airport is funded through an interlocal agreement with City of Kelso, Longview, Cowlitz County and Port of Longview.

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Contract awarded to clean contaminated port building

Tad Sooter, August 24, 2016, Kitsap Sun

Port of Bremerton commissioners awarded a contract Tuesday night to continue cleanup of an industrial building contaminated by metal-plating businesses.

Rivers Edge Environmental Services Inc. entered the lowest of three bids for the project at $74,460 (the port will pay about $81,000 after taxes). The work will take a month. Port Facilities and Planning Director Steven Sparks said there were few firms qualified to handle the complex removal of trace chemicals.

“It’s a very specialized industry,” he said.

The port already spent about $35,000 for testing and cleanup at the Olympic View Industrial Park building, which had housed metal-plating businesses for nearly 20 years. Chemicals used in the plating process had soaked into the concrete floor, the soil underneath the structure and drywall. Additional tests found trace chemicals coating horizontal surfaces in the upper reaches of the shop. Toxins identified in the building included arsenic, cadmium, cyanide and lead.

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Port of Sunnyside has sold Property to Darigold

The Port of Sunnyside has sold 23 acres of land to Darigold, Inc.  An agreement has been signed by both parties for the land just east of their current location at 400 Alexander Road in Sunnyside.  The Port Commissioner are excited to have one of Sunnyside’s largest industrial businesses take this opportunity to develop this land.  We believe this will continue to benefit the community of Sunnyside as it will shift the property’s purpose from agricultural use to the potential development of additional job creation opportunities.


New Sunnyside brewery to open in former liquor store space

Mai Hoang, August 25, 2016, Yakima Herald

Former brewers at Snipes Mountain Brewery will open a brewery of their own sometime next year.

Partners Chris Baum, John Cope and Chad Roberts are in the process of getting licenses for Varietal Beer Co., which will be located in the former Sunnyside Liquor Store space at 416 E. Edison Ave.

The Port of Sunnyside purchased the property for $185,000 in April from former liquor store owner Theresa Hancock, a Sunnyside City Councilwoman. The port has agreed to lease the building to the brewery for a reduced rate as part of an effort to attract and retain local businesses, Baum said in a phone interview Thursday.

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Broadband law could force rural residents off information superhighway

Cecilia Kang, August 28, 2016 The New York Times

On the first day of the harvest last week, a line of trucks brimming with sweet potatoes rolled into Vick Family Farms, headed for a new packing plant that runs on ultrafast internet.

The potatoes were tagged with online bar codes to detail the plots where they grew, their types of seed, and dates and times picked. On a conveyor belt, 50 flashing cameras captured and sent images of the spuds to an online program that sorted the Carolina Golds by size and quality and kicked them into boxes.

The Vick family built the plant only after the nearby city of Wilson agreed early last year to bring its municipal broadband service to the 7,000-acre farm. Since the plant opened in October, the farm’s production and sales to Europe have jumped.

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Extend contract for longshore union

Seattle Times Editorial Board, August 2016, The Seattle Times

A DECISION by the West Coast longshore union to consider extending its current contract is encouraging for the trade-dependent Northwest.

Discussions are tentative and just beginning. But the welcome signal from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) could mean more stability for a regional economy that was battered by port slowdowns that ended last year.

Similar discussions began last year on the East Coast, where the longshore union agreed to discuss extending its contract up to seven years, to 2025.

Stability from a longer contract would benefit workers, public ports, terminal operators, shippers and exporters.

It would help the Northwest Seaport Alliance and the 48,000 jobs supported by its marine-cargo operations in Seattle and Tacoma. A longer-term contact could also help the alliance secure an operator to run Seattle’s Terminal 5, which is being upgraded for larger ships.

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