Tri-Cities Airport entrance could become Pasco’s welcome mat
Wendy Culverwell, January 13, 2017, Tri-City Herald
As the Tri-Cities Airport prepares to debut its newly expanded terminal this month, the city of Pasco is getting serious about using a sliver of nearby land to create a welcoming gateway at the airport’s entrance.
The 5.5-acre strip along North 20th Avenue sits across from Columbia Basin College and backs up to the college’s fast-rising student housing project to the east.
Already, there are two existing hotels to the south — the Red Lion Hotel Pasco and the Best Western Plus Pasco Inn & Suites.
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Breakwater repair is first item on Port of Port Townsend’s $16 million capital projects list
Cydney McFarland, January 13, 2017, Peninsula Daily News
The Port of Port Townsend checked one capital project off its list as construction crews began on an emergency repair to the breakwater near the entrance of the Boat Haven marina in Port Townsend.
Port officials are considering roughly $16 million in capital projects this year. The emergency repair on the Boat Haven breakwater, which began Monday, is the first to be tackled this year, but also one of the smallest, with a price tag of $206,016.
Most of that $16 million will go to repairs on several port properties, Executive Director Sam Gibboney has said.
State court rules against plans for big Grays Harbor oil terminal
Lynda V. Mapes, January 12, 2017, The Seattle Times
The Washington Supreme Court effectively canceled plans for a big oil terminal at the Port of Grays Harbor in a unanimous decision Thursday.
The justices reversed decisions by a state board and the state Court of Appeals, which held the Ocean Resources Management Act did not cover plans by Houston-based Contanda to ship crude out of the Port of Grays Harbor at Hoquiam, Grays Harbor County.
The act, passed after the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska, had not been tested in the context of a shore-side development proposal, and was originally passed to regulate offshore oil development. Kristen Boyles, an attorney with the environmental law Earthjustice, said the victory makes the project, up for a decision by the city of Hoquiam, almost certain to be denied.
Oil terminal case: Tribe and environmentalists win major victory in state Supreme Court
Dan Hammock, January 13, 2017, Daily World
A State Supreme Court ruling Thursday has opponents of a proposed oil storage and shipping facility at the Port of Grays Harbor claiming victory, but the company behind the proposal says it plans to proceed under the much more expansive environmental guidelines required by the court’s decision.
The court ruled that the state Ocean Resources Management Act applies to the proposed facility at the Port, meaning the project will have to stand up to much stricter environmental scrutiny.
“Because the entire purpose of respondents’ (Contanda and the state Department of Ecology) projects is to store and transfer fuel from Washington’s coast to Washington’s waters, the projects fit squarely within (the Ocean Resources Management Act’s) broad reach,” according to the Court’s decision.
NW Alliance allows former Hanjin terminal sale
Bill Mongelluzzo, January 13, 2017, JOC.com
The Northwest Seaport Alliance Friday announced it’s withdrawing its objection to the sale of the former Hanjin Terminal 46 in Seattle to Mediterranean Shipping Co. subsidiary Terminal Investment Ltd. after reaching an agreement with a shareholder on the surety of the lease payments.
Port spokesperson Peter McGraw said the “corporate guarantee” will ensure the payment of two years’ rent totaling $20 million.
As part of its bankruptcy filing on Aug. 31, Hanjin is selling its assets. In the US, these assets include container terminals in Seattle and Long Beach that were operated by the Hanjin subsidiary Total Terminals International.
Port of Friday Harbor Director resigns
Sharon Kivisto, January 13, 2017, San Juan Islander
Ted Fitzgerald, the executive director of the Port of Friday Harbor since July 1, 2016 resigned effective January 11, 2017. The Port Commissioners met in a special meeting Friday, January 13 to accept the resignation and approve a press release.
Fitzgerald’s tenure was marked by controversy after he eliminated the Marina Maintenance Supervisor position that had existed for more than 30 years. The employee who held the position, Joe Wheeler, was terminated with no notice and escorted from the Port.
Asked if the decision would now be reversed, Port Commissioner Greg Hertel said, “It would be up to the new director.”