McMenamins in talks with Port of Kalama for new hotel
By Marissa Luck, December 23, 2015, The Daily News
McMenamins Inc. is in talks again to build a new hotel and restaurant at the Port of Kalama as early as next year.
While nothing is set in concrete, Port of Kalama has set aside $6.8 million in its 2016 budget to build a new facility for the Portland-based company famous for historic hotels, breweries and pubs throughout the region.
McClure sworn in as Port of Kingston commissioner
Peter O’Cain, December 23, 2015, Kingston Community News
Mary McClure was sworn in as Port of Kingston commissioner Dec. 23. McClure succeeds Pete DeBoer, who did not seek re-election. DeBoer was elected to the commission in 2004.
McClure was the director of the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council, which secures funding for transportation funding in Kitsap County, for 16 years. She has 40 years’ experience in consulting businesses.
Seattle Port CEO Ted Fick reflects on busy first year
By Coral Garnick, December 24, 2015, Seattle Times
Ted Fick stepped into the chief executive role at the Port of Seattle amid steep global competition for containerized cargo that led the state’s two largest ports to end a decades-long rivalry, and just before stalled contract negotiations caused slowdowns along the entire West Coast.
After 15 months on the job, Fick says he is getting his bearings and making the top spot his own.
Opinion: State leaders must act fast to prepare for more oil trains
Editorial Board, December 23, 2015, Seattle Times
Washington state should act carefully in anticipation of a dramatic increase in oil shipments through the region that will result after Congress repealed the 40-year ban on U.S. oil exports last week.
A string of major oil handling facilities was already proposed along Washington’s coast. In light of this major shift in federal policy, Washington state must have a public discussion about its appropriate role.