AUGUST 8, 2016


Peninsula pot:  First recreational marijuana stores setting up shop in Seaview and Ilwaco

Luke Whittaker, August 5, 2016, Coast River Business Journal

On July 8, 2014 Washington’s first recreational marijuana retailers opened their doors for business. A little more than two years later, recreational pot is a budding business on the Peninsula with two dispensaries set to open in August and September.

Two retailers
Mr. Doobees, a Raymond-based retail marijuana dispensary has branched out to a lot at 1410 40th Street in Seaview with an August opening anticipated. Meanwhile, Longview-based Freedom Market looks to open shop on Howerton Avenue in the Port of Ilwaco in September. The businesses will provide an option for Peninsula residents looking to purchase medical and recreational marijuana. The alternative had previously been a drive to Astoria or Raymond, the nearest recreational locations. Mr. Doobees is aiming for an August opening and Freedom Market is anticipating a September start. The exact opening dates for both businesses hinge on final approvals.

“We did all the applications with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board,” Jay Berneberg, co-owner of Freedom Market, said, “We’re now seeking approval from local authority.” The Port of Ilwaco approved the business in a 2-1 vote. The date largely hinges on final approval by the planning commission.

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98-year-old boat steals owner’s heart – and life savings

Erik Lacitis, August 1, 2016, The Seattle Times

Century-old Seattle Harbor Patrol No. 1 has a storied past and uncertain future after its owners have poured more than $300,000 and dozens of years into restoring it.

There is something about old, historic wooden boats that, for some, turns them almost into living beings.

Says Mike Luis, former executive director at the Center for Wooden Boats, “They stir your soul. Boats are inherently emotional. They are beautiful things. They have interesting stories, they did interesting things. They’re not a neutral object.”

This is the story of Patrol No. 1, a little-known but significant Seattle tugboat that a century ago guarded and watched our waters for more than four decades.

It’s not an overstatement to say Patrol No. 1 ended up taking over the life of its last owner.

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Wave of good results buoys new port alliance

Jon Talton, August 6, 2016, The Seattle Times

First things first. The seaport of the Port of Seattle is now called the North Harbor. At the Port of Tacoma, it’s the South Harbor.

This renaming, used by everyone from port commissioners to line employees, is more than symbolism as the Northwest Seaport Alliance marks its first year. It shows how far the two ports have come from decades of blood-sport competition to joining operations.

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