Good neighbors help Pullman airport project
William L. Spoence, July 7, 2017, The Lewiston Tribune
Two western Washington port authorities recently “donated” about $2.7 million in federal funding to the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport, helping it stay on track with its $119 million runway realignment project.
Sunnyside sees upswing in economic development
Mai Hoang, July 9, 2017, Yakima Herald.com
A year ago, the Sunnyside business community faced a tough blow when the local chamber of commerce disbanded after failing to pay federal taxes for several years.
These days, city and business officials have something to cheer about: Yakima County’s second-largest city has been racking up economic development successes that will translate into tens of millions of dollars of new investment and hundreds of new jobs over the next several years.
Nailing it down: Rising economic tide lifts all boats in Grays Harbor County
Dave Murnen and Pat Beaty, July 8, 2017, The Daily World
It’s not just the summer sun that’s making things seem bright in Grays Harbor.
Perhaps you’ve experienced that rise in optimism as new neighbors move into the empty house down the street, you see construction of another new business, or one more of your friends finally finds a good job.
In the past couple of weeks we’ve talked with Tom Quigg, owner of Windermere Real Estate Ocean Shores, who let us know home sales are up and home values are on the rise here.
Tanker aground in Columbia off Skamokawa
Andre Stepankowsky, July 6, 2017, The Daily News
A 557-foot ethanol tanker named the Argent Cosmos ran aground in the Columbia River near Skamokawa Thursday morning but did not leak or cause any damage, the Coast Guard reported.
A Coast Guard team inspected the vessel, which went aground near Price Island at 6:28 a.m. The ship was headed downriver with 1.63 million gallons of ethanol, a gasoline additive, and 6.5 million gallons of mono-ethylene glycol, a vital ingredient for the production of polyester fibers and film, Read said.
Tug boats started to move the tanker towards Port of Longview Berth 7 around 1:45 p.m., after water levels rose and the ship was able to move, according to Read. Once the ship reaches Longview, it will undergo repairs while remaining under Coast Guard inspection.
Kwiaht talks about life beneath Friday Harbor docks at San Juan Island Library
Kwiaht, July 7, 2017, San Juan Journal
Did you know that boats in Friday Harbor share the docks with 15 species of sea slugs, 10 species of sea squirts, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and at least one native species of coral?
Discover the surprising diversity and resilience of marine life in Friday Harbor at a special slideshow presentation at the San Juan Island Library on Wednesday, July 12, from 7 to 9 p.m., featuring Kwiaht ecologist Russel Barsh and San Juan Island volunteers of Kwiaht’s Friday Harbor Marine Health Observatory. The event is part of the San Juan Island Library’s “Wild Side” series featuring the ecology and wildlife of San Juan Island.
Local volunteers have walked the docks monthly since 2010 collecting systematic data on dozens of marine invertebrate species that offer clues to changing conditions in the bay. Students at Friday Harbor High School and Spring Street International School have also contributed to the project by conducting studies of contaminants in sediments and wildlife.