AUGUST 3, 2017


Runway repairs coming soon

August 2, 2017, The Star

Grant County Port District 7 is seeking bids to make improvements to its runway, taxi area and apron at Grand Coulee Dam Airport.

There was no estimate on what the project would cost and Port District President James Keene said that if the port received an affordable bid the work could be done this fall.

Airport Manager Bob Babler had told district commissioners of the widening cracks in the runway for the past couple of years and, working with the Federal Aviation Administration, it was decided to go out for bid this year.

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Port of Port Angeles seeks to locate CLT business on North Olympic Peninsula

Jesse Major, August 2, 2017, Peninsula Daily News

The Port of Port Angeles hopes to see an advanced wood products business move to Port Angeles.

Cross-laminated timber (CLT) and other advanced wood products are widely used in other nations and now the United States is just starting to catch on, said port Commissioner Connie Beauvais. Her hope is that as companies move toward producing advanced wood products, one of the companies would move somewhere in Clallam County.

“There’s still a lot of things that have to come together, but I think there’s going to be room for Port Angeles to be there,” she said.

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Marijuana’s boost in city where timber was king

Tad Sooter, July 31, 2017, Kitsap Sun

Steven Fuhr opened the gate guarding his indoor marijuana farm and shaded his eyes against a burst of sunlight.

Crossing the yard bordering his grow, Fuhr stopped to point out his two largest neighbors in the business park: A wood pellet manufacturer to the right; a recently-shuttered power pole mill to the left. In the field between the two, Fuhr could pick out a half-dozen marijuana production facilities, most hidden inside nondescript metal buildings.

Not long ago, this swath of industrial park at the Port of Shelton was buried under piles of lumber. As the timber industry declined, and forest products businesses contracted, legal marijuana producers filled the gaps.

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Lent, Wheeler moving on in Bremerton mayor’s race

Patty Lent and Greg Wheeler will face off for mayor of Bremerton in this fall’s general election.

City Councilman Wheeler had 38.1 percent of the vote Tuesday in the first count of primary election ballots, while Mayor Lent was second with about 34 percent. Bremerton Port Commissioner and former mayor Cary Bozeman, who trailed with 27.5 percent, will not advance to the Nov. 7 general election.

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Markets offer delicious tastes of summer

August 1, 2017, Chinook Observer

Every Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Columbia-Pacific Farmers Market in downtown Long Beach at Veterans Field offers music, special presentations and a wholesome variety of produce and a variety of other local products ready to tantalize taste buds.

The market is fun for all ages, and has something new every week. For more information, call 360-642-4421 or e-mail:

Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco is open every Saturday through the end of September from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shop for fresh farm produce, regionally created arts and crafts, potted plants and cut flowers or enjoy chowder, juicy hamburgers and more while you munch on hot donuts, handmade sausage and yummy baked goods.

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Manis Mastodon tusks get tank upgrade

Erin Hawkins, August 1, 2017, Sequim Gazette

Sequim Museum &Arts can now display the famous Manis Mastodon tusks in two new aquarium tanks for its visitors to see a three-dimensional display of the 13,000-year-old remains.

The two new aquarium tanks, base units and other supplies were purchased through a grant provided by the Port of Port Angeles through its Community Partnership Program and are on display at the museum’s center at 175 W. Cedar St.

The Port selects projects to fund throughout the county of nonprofits that are chosen for their ability to bring visitors to the area, support educational programs and community events that promote local resources.

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Fire damages ADS storage yard in Port of C-W Industrial Park

Dawn Feldhaus, August 1, 2017, Camas-Washougal Post-Record

The Camas-Washougal Fire Marshal said the most probable cause of the fire at Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. (ADS), in Washougal, was electrical.

“An electrical line had draped itself on top of one of the piles, where an electrical arc from the wires started the fire,” Ron Schumacher said Monday.

Emergency crews responded to a fire at ADS Friday, July 28, at about 8 p.m.

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Port of Pasco Commission president killed in crash

August 1, 2017, Spokesman Review

The president of the Port of Pasco Commission has died after a van crashed into his four-wheel farm vehicle.

Multiple news outlets reported that 74-year-old Ronald Reimann was driving east of the Pasco-Kahlotus Highway when a van rear-ended Reimann’s vehicle Sunday evening.

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Ron Reimann, Washington farmer and water rights advocate, dies in collision

Matthew Weaver, August 2, 2017, Capital Press

Eastern Washington farmer Ron Reimann believed in protecting growers’ water rights, those who knew him say.

Reimann, 74, died July 30 when his side-by-side off-road vehicle was struck by a 2001 Chrysler van on a road near Kahlotus, Wash., according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Reimann was one of 12 original board members for the Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association and a leader of the Washington State Potato Commission. He was also a commissioner for the Port of Pasco.

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