AUGUST 30, 2016


AOPA Fly-in at Bremerton ‘awesome’

David Tulis, August 21, 2016, AOPA

A record number of aviation enthusiasts turned out for AOPA’s second fly-in of 2016, filling Bremerton National Airport’s ramps, runways, and parking lots with airplanes and automobiles for two days of sun-filled seminars, exhibits, and special events. The airport, its staff, and volunteers showcased the warm local hospitality and stellar Pacific Northwest beauty of Bremerton, Washington, across Puget Sound from Seattle.

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Bremerton bids farewell to record-breaking AOPA Fly-in

Mark Bryant, August 26, 2016, Bremerton Patriot

Under towering blue skies and calm, clear weather, the Aviation Owners and Pilots Association on Saturday wrapped up the most successful Fly-In that the AOPA has ever organized.

Even AOPA staff, which have organized and promoted the Fly-Ins for three years now, were duly impressed at the turnout for the event, held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19 and 20, at Bremerton National Airport.

For the record, 694 aircraft paid a visit — well over pre-event estimates. They were greeted by a crowd of just over 4,000 people. Both of those numbers are AOPA all-time records.

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At Ports, a sign of altered supply chains

Erica E. Phillips and Robbie Whelan, August 29, 2016, The Wall Street Journal

This summer, dockworkers, truckers and railroads geared up for a surge of retail goods passing through U.S. ports that hasn’t occurred.

Imports are flat at major seaports on both coasts heading into peak shipping season, the stretch in late summer and early fall when retailers usually load up on imported toys, clothing and other merchandise to sell to holiday shoppers. If the trend holds, it will be the second year in a row without a traditional peak.

Economists say subdued activity on the docks is a sign of how retailers are slimming down their supply chains as more of their customers shop online. Companies such as Target Corp., Lowe’s Cos. and J.C. Penney Inc. are pivoting away from maintaining stores brimming with merchandise. Instead, they are housing more goods in warehouses where they can quickly ship to stores or fulfill online orders.

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Top winemakers want to make Sunnyside a Yakima Valley destination

Mai Hoang, August 28, 2016, Yakima Herald

In 1982, Hugh and Kathy Shiels prevented the demolition of a Grandview train station when they purchased the building and moved it to Sunnyside.

There, Hugh Shiels ran his orthopedic practice out of the building for more than three decades.

Now the train station, built in 1911, is being used for yet another new role: It’s the tasting room for Côte Bonneville, the winery the Shiels family opened in 2001.

The tasting room first opened in 2015, but reopened earlier this month after being remodeled for several months.

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Port of Longview’s 2020 Plan

Friday Free Form / Opinion, August 25, 2016, Longview Daily News

The Port of Longview unveiled an updated strategic plan. In a story by TDN’s Marissa Luck, we learned the Port wants to start developing Barlow Point in about four years. As part of developing Barlow Point the Port hopes to be in position to reduce, or even eliminate, their portion of the property tax. Right now residents pay .43 cents per $1,000 of home value to the Port each year as part of property tax payments. For the Port, this will generate about $3.2 million dollars in 2016, to be used towards project and equipment capital purchases.

In the story Commissioner Bob Bagaason said, “We hadn’t had any new lines of business for three and a half years when we started this process and that was a very important part that we needed to work on.” We agree wholeheartedly with Bagaason, growing new lines of business is critical and are optimistic the Port of Longview will get do so.



Recycler wins Navy contract to scrap USS Independence

Steve Clark, August 29, 2016, Brownsville Herald

The decommissioned USS Independence, the last of the Forrestal-class of aircraft carriers that plied the seas from the 1950s to the 1990s, will begin its final voyage to Brownsville later this year.

International Shipbreaking Ltd., part of the EMR Group, won a U.S. Navy bid to tow the mothballed 61,000-ton “supercarrier” from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., to the Port of Brownsville for dismantling.

Robert Berry, the company’s vice president, said the vessel will require two months of preparation for the 4 1/2-month tow from Bremerton around the tip of South America to Brownsville.

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Bremerton Marina now 85 percent full

Tad Sooter, August 30, 2016, Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal

Boats filled 187 of 221 permanent moorage slips in the downtown marina in July, up from 164 in July of 2015, and 88 back in 2012. July and August are peak months for the facility.  Marina marketing consultant Bob Wise told Port of Bremerton commissioners Tuesday that the port’s “two-for-one” moorage discount continues to reel in boaters.

The deal allows tenants to pay moorage every other month, if they agree to a two-year contract.

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Port of Poulsbo fuel dock closing for maintenance

Editor, August 26, 2016, Three Sheets Northwest

If your late summer/early fall cruising plans include a stop at the friendly Port of Poulsbo, you’ll want to purchase fuel before you arrive. The Port’s popular fuel dock is set to undergo scheduled maintenance that will begin the week of September 12 and have it out of commission for at least a month.

“It’s been fifteen years since the fuel float was last hauled out for maintenance, so know one knows exactly what will be found.” said Port of Poulsbo Guest Services Coordinator Jannese Petersen in a statement about the closing. “If all goes well, the float should only be out of service for about a month.”

Foss Shipyard will be conducting the work, which will include bottom paint, ultrasonic testing of the steel hull and welding on new studs for securing the zinc anodes.

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Wanna tour the Port of Olympia marine terminal?  Here’s your chance

Rolf Boone, August 25, 2016, The Olympian

Port of Olympia staff will be giving tours of the marine terminal during Labor Day weekend.

The tours are set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 3. Those who would like to go on a tour should look for the Port of Olympia booth at the northwest corner of the Port Plaza, which is north of Percival Landing on Budd Inlet, downtown Olympia.

The tours are free and begin every hour, on the hour.

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Public-records requests a costly cornerstone of democracy:  $60M over 12 months

Joseph O’Sullivan, August 30, 2016, The Seattle Times

State and local governments in Washington spent more than $60 million in a recent 12-month period complying with public-records requests, according to a new report.

That cost, along with an increase in requests and the explosion of digital data, is making it more difficult for state and local governments to provide records, according to the report by the Washington state Auditor’s Office.

Typical requests include government records like emails, police reports, meeting minutes and contracts. When Washington’s Public Records Act was enacted in 1972, such technologies as email, cellphones, police dashboard cameras and computer databases didn’t exist.

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