FEBRUARY 8, 2016

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

TRIDEC transfers land to Richland and Port of Benton for development

Justin Lum, February 1, 2016, KEPR

A sizeable land transfer that’s been in motion for five years is now official.

A press conference was held at Richland City Hall earlier today as TRIDEC transferred 1,341 acres of land to the city of Richland and the Port of Benton.

Read more here: http://keprtv.com/news/local/tridec-transfers-land-to-richland-and-port-of-benton-for-development

 

Officials work toward local control of Northern State campus

Kimberly Cauvel, February 5, 2016, Skagit Valley Herald

Local officials continue to work toward redevelopment of the North Cascades Gateway Center, also known as the Northern State campus, in northeast Sedro-Woolley.

Representatives from the city, Port of Skagit and Skagit County went to Olympia recently to seek assurance that the property will eventually come under complete local control.

Read more here: http://www.goskagit.com/all_access/officials-work-toward-local-control-of-northern-state-campus/article_e16ab312-ebac-5728-b7ce-23deae2aefce.html

 

 

ELECTIONS/GOVERNANCE 

Search to replace Port of Port Angeles commissioner begins Tuesday

By Chris McDaniel, February 7, 2016, Peninsula Daily News

The two sitting Port of Port Angeles commissioners have laid out the process for appointing a commissioner to replace Jim Hallett, who has resigned from his seat.

Hallett’s resignation was effective Monday. The 60-year-old Port Angeles resident had represented District 2, the central part of the county.

Read more here: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20160207/NEWS/302079984/search-to-replace-port-of-port-angeles-commissioner-begins-tuesday

 

 Chinook port installs new leadership, cleans up finances

By Cynthia Washicko, February 5, 2016, Coast River Business Journal

In a Jan. 14 meeting, the Port of Chinook appointed Gary Kobes as the commission’s newest member and chairman. Kobes called for the formation of two port committees to support the commission and encourage community engagement with the port.

The commission also unanimously voted to make the port a member of the Washington Public Ports Association, authorized Port Manager Guy Glenn to represent the Port of Chinook at various meetings, and appointed Tricia Needham as the port auditor. Glenn was appointed as manager for the Port of Chinook under the recent interlocal agreement between the ports of Chinook and Ilwaco, and Needham is also the finance director for the Port of Ilwaco.

Read more here: http://www.dailyastorian.com/CRBJ/news/20160205/chinook-port-installs-new-leadership-cleans-up-finances

 

 

LAND USE 

Port of Everett wants paper mill property ‘by any means necessary’

Dan Catchpole, February 7, 2016, Everett Herald

After years of watching the former Kimberly-Clark Corp. mill site sit dormant, the Port of Everett is moving to snatch up the 66-acre waterfront property. Port officials plan to ask port commissioners Tuesday to sign off on acquiring the land “by any means necessary,” Port CEO Les Reardanz said.

“Any means necessary” includes condemning the property and taking control through a method called eminent domain.

Read more here: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20160207/NEWS01/160209416

 

 

TRANSPORTATION 

405 toll lanes may have been trigger for firing of WSDOT Secretary Lynn Peterson

By Mike Lindblom, February 6, 2016, Seattle Times

In the end, state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson wasn’t derailed by nearly $400  million in Highway 520 bridge overruns, or even the two-year delay in the Highway 99 tunnel, a pair of projects that she inherited.

Instead, the cardinal sin that Peterson and her department committed was to infuriate suburban motorists.

Read more here: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transportation/405-toll-lanes-may-have-been-trigger-for-firing-of-wsdot-secretary-lynn-peterson/

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