December 11, 2017


Secretive aerospace firm to test rocket engines in Bremerton

December 3, 2017 – Tad Sooter, The Kitsap Sun

A Renton-based aerospace firm will begin testing rocket engines next year in a facility under construction at the Port of Bremerton.

Radian Aerospace is involved in research and development of “aerospace hardware to serve a variety of customers,” according to a company representative. But beyond sharing some basic details, Radian officials are keeping a tight lid on the specifics of their project.

“We’re not in a position at this time to discuss the specific nature of the work we’re doing for reasons of confidentiality,” a Radian representative said in an email Wednesday.

Radian is building the engine testing facility on a small parcel of land adjacent to an abandoned runway at the southeast corner of Bremerton National Airport. According to plans filed with the city of Bremerton, the site consists of control and instrumentation rooms, a generator, and a concrete pad with protective blast walls.

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Port of Tacoma delays are holding up efforts to improve air quality here and in Seattle

December 4, 2017, Candice Ruud, Tacoma News Tribune

The Port of Tacoma will miss a Jan. 1 deadline set a decade ago to clean up air quality at the port and in nearby neighborhoods by requiring newer engines in all trucks that serve its international container terminals.

The program is meant to ensure that only trucks with a 2007 engine or newer are allowed to enter the port’s international terminals. Trucks with engines older than that would be barred entry.

Missing the deadline has serious consequences for the environment and for the trucking industry and many companies that spent years preparing for the deadline by updating their fleets, according to environmental advocates and those in the trucking business.

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How much did the downtown protest cost Olympia? About $40,000.

December 7, 2017 – Amelia Dickson, The Olympian

Cleanup of an 11-day protest in downtown Olympia over the shipment of fracking materials cost the city about $40,000, according to City Manager Steve Hall. Port Commissioner E.J. Zita wants the Port of Olympia to foot at least part of that bill.

The city hauled away 15 tons of garbage and debris from the protest site in five 30-yard dumpsters on Nov. 29. The landfill bill alone cost about $1,800. Weapons — knives and sharpened pieces of metal — and used syringes were found in the debris, Hall said.

The city also painted over a large amount of graffiti on nearby buildings.

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Krotzer resigns from Port of Dewatto

December 4, 2017 – Arla Shephard Bull, Mason County Life

The Port of Dewatto is in search of new leadership, both to manage the port’s day-to-day duties and on the board of commissioners.

Leanna Krotzer resigned as executive director last month due to health issues, and the board is in the midst of re-evaluating whether it will retain that position.

“We are looking at different approaches to better support our campgrounds and run the business side of the port,” said Commission chairman Ray Mow, who joined the board in May. “We may potentially hire two separate entities to do the maintenance on the port and to oversee financials.”

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Westport Marina ranked 10th in the nation for commercial seafood landings

December 5th, 2017 – The Daily World

Westport Marina was 10th nationwide in seafood landings in 2016 with 108 million pounds of crab, salmon, hake and other seafood landed, according to statistics compiled by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The report shows the 2016 commercial haul bested the 2015 number of 84 million pounds.

Westport placed 14th in the nation in total value of seafood landed in 2016, with a little more than $59 million in product. That is down from $65 million in 2015, due to lower prices in 2016 for many species.

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