DECEMBER 14, 2016


Good news and bad for dredging local ports

Observer Staff Report, December 13, 2016, Chinook Observer

The Ports of Ilwaco and Chinook reported both good news and bad last week, as Congress acted to ensure permanent funding to maintain dredged access channels to small U.S. ports, and as the Port of Chinook’s dredge sank.

The dredge was being moved between the ports last week by Coastal Towing when it floundered in rough water.

“The salvage process is underway subject to weather conditions,” Guy Glenn Jr., Ilwaco port manager, said Tuesday. Glenn also oversees the Port of Chinook under a joint operating agreement.

Ballard Marine, a regional salvage contractor, has been engaged by the ports’ insurance company to deal with the situation.

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Southwest Washington seeks foothold on hard road back to economic health

Mike Richards, December 14, 2016, The Lens

In November, Jim Walsh became only the second Republican in the last 70 years to win a state legislative seat in Washington’s 19th district. Walsh sees his home turf as ripe for growth. In fact, it bears all the markings of a test bed for economic recovery where it’s most needed.

Bracing Levels Of Household Poverty

Comprised of Pacific and Wahkiakum counties and parts of Grays Harbor, Cowlitz and Lewis counties, the 19th boasts scenic Northwest splendor and strong communities. Yet it is also now a place where earning a decent living can be hard.

According to U.S. Census data, 13 percent of households in the district live at or below poverty level. That number grows to 23.4 percent for households with children under 18 only and a bracing 36.3 percent for households with children under age 5 only.

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Port Commissioner elects new officers, hears from Puget Sound Express on 2017 plans

December 14, 2016, My Edmonds News

The Port of Edmonds Commission will sail into 2017 with a new set of officers in place. At Monday night’s bi-monthly Port Commission meeting, the commissioners elected the following officers for a one-year term that begins on January 1, 2017.

  • President: Fred Gouge
  • Vice President: David Preston
  • Secretary: Steve Johnston

The meeting opened with two presentations. First, Pete Hanke presented a 2016 operations report for Puget Sound Express, the whale watching company that operates out of the Edmonds Marina. This was followed by a report by Robert Edwards, a City of Edmonds Stormwater Engineer, on a stormwater removal project designed to reduce flooding of Dayton Street at Highway 104, and of Harbor Square, when heavy rains occur at the same time as high tides.

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