JANUARY 30, 2017



Skagit Regional Airport getting aircraft washing station

Aaron Weinberg, January 27, 2017, GoSkagit.com

Construction is underway on a $115,000 aircraft washing station at Skagit Regional Airport.

The station will allow pilots to wash planes without soap and other chemicals leaching into the stormwater system, said Port of Skagit Executive Director Patsy Martin.

Construction is expected to be completed in three weeks.

Read more here:  https://www.goskagit.com/news/skagit-regional-airport-getting-aircraft-washing-station/article_2c9e6982-fdaa-5e8a-b60b-611150ca9eae.html



Port action costly to taxpayers

Zena Hartung, January 26, 2017, The Olympian

In November, the rail line leading out of the Port of Olympia was blockaded in protest against the movement of fracking sands through downtown. On Nov. 18 the protesters were forcibly removed by a combination of City Police, County Sheriffs and rail line guards.

One of the consequences of the decision to remove the protesters, is the cost. Though little reported, it is revealing to learn that the City of Olympia spent over $25,000 to provide police for the action that removed protesters. The County Sheriff’s office spent around $5,000. Those dollars came from budgets already strained with the routine activities. Those dollars come from our taxes. How does this extra expense compare to the money made for the fracking sands transport deal the Port made? Was it worth it for the port marine terminal’s bottom line?

Budget information reveals that the net profit for the Port from moving fracking sands in 2016 was at best around $10,000. Thus, the disruption in downtown caused by the port’s activities is a net loss to the community, financially. But what about the intangibles?

Read more here:  http://www.theolympian.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article128921809.html



Proposed tax increase for roads riles Chehalis car dealerships

Justyna Tomtas, January 27m, 2017, The Chronicle

As the city of Chehalis grapples with how to fund road improvements and infrastructure, reactions to the Feb. 14 ballot measure of a sales tax increase to fund road improvements have been mixed.

After a presentation by Chehalis staff at the Port of Chehalis meeting, port commissioners approved a motion endorsing a yes vote for the ballot measure. It was the first time the port had endorsed a ballot measure initiative.

But at an open house regarding the measure on Thursday, the city hall chamber was filled with people representing the I-5 Auto Group who said the sales tax increase would hurt business.

Read more here:  http://www.chronline.com/business/proposed-tax-increase-for-roads-riles-chehalis-car-dealerships/article_7e1990aa-e514-11e6-a1f1-7fa3c5c7b374.html



Waterfront building becoming a hub for new business ideas

Dave Gallagher, January 30, 2017, The Bellingham Herald

If fostering creativity is a key to economic development, Bellingham appears to be taking a step in that direction with a new partnership.

The Foundry Bellingham Makerspace is close to opening in its new spot at the Technology Development Center at 1000 F St. on the Bellingham waterfront.

It should be ready for community use in early February, said Mary Elliott Keane, executive director of the nonprofit organization that provides equipment and support to independent inventors and tinkerers. The organization previously was downtown near Bellingham Grocery Outlet.

Read more here:  http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article129287354.html



Port of Olympia Commissioner Bill McGregor says he will run for fourth term

Rolf Boone, January 27, 2016, The Olympian

Bill McGregor has decided to run for a fourth term on the Port of Olympia commission.

McGregor, 68, a Lacey resident, has served on the port commission since 2006, representing District 2 of Thurston County.

“I love what I do,” he said Thursday. “I have a passion for serving my community, and this is one of the ways I feel I can serve it, in addition to the other ways.”

Read more here:  http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article129026804.html



Mass sea gull deaths at Port of Tacoma mystify biologists

Craig Sailor, January 28, 2017, Columbia Basin Herald

A mysterious ailment that has killed or paralyzed sea gulls around the Port of Tacoma this week is baffling wildlife biologists.

About 50 sea gulls have been found dead or paralyzed from the neck down.

“We have never seen a situation like that,” said state Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Michelle Tirhi. “It was a mystery to our biologists and veterinarians.”

Read more here:  http://www.columbiabasinherald.com/article/20170128/AP/301289889



Port looking to educate and motivate on arrearage issue

January 26, 2017, Newsradio KONP

The Port of Port Angeles is spearheading an effort to increase the participation of timber harvest stakeholders to address concerns over the timber arrearage issue.

On January 20th, the Port of Port Angeles hosted an informational gathering for the beneficiaries of Clallam County’s Forest Trust Lands.

Read more here:  http://konp.com/the_full_story.php?news_id=12245



Port of South Whidbey, Goosefoot close to hammering out commercial kitchen deal

January 28, 2017, South Whidbey Record

A major overhaul of the commercial kitchen in the Coffman Building at the fairgrounds in Langley is seeming more and more likely.

Port of South Whidbey commissioners met again with Goosefoot representatives this week and are that much closer to hashing out an agreement that would significantly renovate the facility. Angi Mozer, executive director of the port, said there’s still a few details to work out but that a memorandum of understanding between the two entities is likely, possibly as soon as February.

Under the terms of the deal, Goosefoot would invest between $50,000 and $75,000 in equipment purchases while the port would fund needed building renovations. Goosefoot would also be required to manage the facility and commercial kitchen users.

Read more here:  http://www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/news/port-of-south-whidbey-goosefoot-close-to-hammering-out-commercial-kitchen-deal/



Port of Longview hires new Chief Operating Officer

Marissa Luck, January 27, 2017, The Daily News

Port of Longview has hired Dan Stahl as its new chief operating officer, rounding out its executive team with a former Bellingham port official.

The fate of the COO position had been unclear for months following the abrupt firing of CEO Geir-Eilif Kalhagen last January, when former COO Norm Krehbiel was promoted to Interim CEO. Commissioners took away the “interim” title from Krehbiel’s position in September.

Stahl will help to manage the port’s day-to-day operations while providing leadership in economic development and real estate opportunities, according to a port press release. He’ll help to lead the effort to secure a new tenant for the Bridgeview Terminal (berths 1 and 2) and the redevelopment of the derelict Continental Grain Terminal area

Read more here:  http://tdn.com/news/local/port-of-longview-hires-new-chief-operating-officer/article_3f455ead-014f-5d4c-b6f1-1e3bf4d85500.html



Chamber to spearhead a new summer festival

Rodney Harwood, January 27, 2017, Columbia Basin Herald

When it comes to summertime in Moses Lake it doesn’t take much coercion to find another reason to party.

The Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce has obtained a $30,000 tourism grant to take over the annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration and the Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce is looking to turn the first week of July into another summer festival.

The working title is the “Lake of Lights Festival.”

Read more here:  http://www.columbiabasinherald.com/article/20170127/ARTICLE/170129903


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