Region receives trails grant
Michele Smith, December 8, 2016, The Times
The “Blue Mountain Region Trails – Ridges, Towns, and Rivers” plan has just been given a boost through an award made by the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program, for technical expertise and support.
Inspired by the Community Council of Walla Walla’s 2015 study on enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities, and by citizen input, local planners met in April and May to determine interest by key stakeholders and partners, and to identify a regional planning project, according to Mary Campbell, Director of the Community Council.
Over the ensuing months, the cities of College Place, Dayton, Milton-Freewater, Waitsburg, and Walla Walla joined forces with Columbia, Umatilla, and Walla Walla counties, the county health departments, the Ports of Walla Walla and Columbia, the Walla Walla Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Community Council of Walla Walla to kick off the development of a “Ridges, Towns and Rivers” trails plan, that will span all local jurisdictions, Campbell said.
Port of Port Angeles set to consider renewing pact with CRTC
Jesse Major, December 6, 2016, Peninsula Daily News
The Port of Port Angeles is poised to renew its agreement with the Composite Recycling Technology Center and fulfill its financial commitment to the nonprofit for 2017.
Port commissioners discussed the agreement during a work session Monday and will consider approving the agreement during its Jan. 9 meeting.
If approved, the port will pay the Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) $732,911, fulfilling the $1.35 million the port committed to the nonprofit in 2015.
Edmonds officials try to sway state decision on marsh protection
Evan Smith, December 6, 2016, HeraldNet
Edmonds officials are waiting for a decision from the state Department of Ecology about expanding the protected distance around the Edmonds marsh, but they’re not waiting quietly.
After the city council voted 4-3 in October to recommend one size setback and Council President Kristiana Johnson sent a letter to the department of ecology explaining the city’s position, Mayor Dave Earling sent a letter noting his support for a smaller setback and the three minority council members sent another letter supporting Earling’s position. Then in early November, three members of the majority sent their own letter with their point of view.
So, Johnson has called council members to a presentation on ethics and parliamentary procedure at a special meeting Jan. 3 at the council chambers, 250 5th Ave. N.
Port battles state over derelict boat
Charlie Bermant, December 7, 2016, PTLeader.com
A derelict vessel is the subject of a dispute between the Port of Port Townsend and Washington State as to its disposition and the responsibility for its repair.
The port claims that the John N. Cobb, now tucked away in the corner of the Boat Haven’s linear dock, was illegally conveyed by the Seattle Maritime Academy to a boat owner who could not afford its upkeep, leading to its dereliction. The school, through its lawyer, maintains that it is exempt from these regulations.
Currently, the dispute is between the port and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, which acts as counsel for the public university. The matter could end up in court.
Port sells lot by Bremerton Marina for $4.5M
Tad Sooter, December 7, 2016, Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal
The Port of Bremerton has agreed to sell property overlooking Bremerton Marina to a development group for $4.5 million.
Port commissioners signed a purchase and sale agreement with Sound West Holdings LLC this week, after conditionally approving the sale of the Washington Avenue property at a Nov. 22 meeting. Sound West will conduct feasibility studies for development of the 2-acre site and obtain permits from the city before the sale becomes official.
Sound West partner Mike Brown said the Bremerton-based firm is interested in creating a mixed-use, residential and retail complex, served by a parking garage but stressed plans are very preliminary.
Northwest Seaport Alliance wants guarantee from Hanjin terminal operator
Bill Mongelluzzo, December 7, 2016, JOC.com
The fallout from the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy continues, with the Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma requesting that Total Terminals International, the container line’s terminal operating company, guarantee continued payment of its monthly rent by posting an $11.25 million security bond. TTI refused to do so, according to a port spokesperson.
TTI, a joint venture owned 54 percent by Hanjin Shipping and 46 percent by Terminal Investment Ltd., the terminal affiliate of Mediterranean Shipping Co., operates Terminal 46 near downtown Seattle. In a letter to TTI on Oct. 4, the seaport alliance, which since last year has acted as the agent for the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, asked the company for the security payment that would cover about one year’s rent. TTI responded that the terms of its lease do not require a security payment.
A story posted Wednesday by the Seattle Business Journal stated that TTI’s monthly rent is $858,379. TTI has not missed any of its monthly payments since the Hanjin bankruptcy, the port spokesperson said.
Satsop Biz Park offers reliable business backups
Gail Ayres, December 8, 2016, The Vidette
This is the time of year when individuals tend to check their smoke detectors, put together an emergency kit and stock up supplies in anticipation of a possible power outage from a wind storm or other weather event.
But sometimes businesses don’t evaluate or prepare for all of their critical emergency needs.
Alissa Shay, business development manager for Satsop Business Park, wants to get the word out of what Satsop’s colocation center can offer organizations and businesses in the region and beyond.
Honeybees at the Olympia Regional Airport produce 66 jars of “Pure Runway 17 Honey”
The Port of Olympia, December 8, 2016, Thurston Talk
Beekeepers from the Olympia Beekeepers Association (OBA) re-introduced two new colonies of bees at the Olympia Regional Airport in April. Around 30,000 bees were installed into two hives.
The bees spent time flying around and orienting themselves to the new location, taking note of landmarks around their hives and begin to lay the wax honeycomb foundation in which the queen bee laid eggs that grew into new bees.
Honey was harvested in September and 66 jars were filled and labeled as “Pure Runway 17 Honey”. The honey is being sold at the Port staff charity auction with proceeds benefitting SafePlace. The OBA hopes to have four hives installed at the airport in 2017.
The Port of Olympia and the OBA began a partnership in 2015 in response to the declining numbers of bee populations. Utilizing the open, green space at the airport and it’s secure, fenced-in setting provides an excellent location for honey bees.