JULY 21, 2016

 

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES

‘Way too many problems’ with state’s carbon-reduction rule, critics say

Hal Bernton, July 20, 2016, The Seattle Times

The Department of Ecology, working under a court-ordered deadline, pushes to finalize a carbon-reduction rule that has critics weighing in from all sides.  Environmentalists say a proposed state rule to force cuts in carbon emissions is too weak to combat the escalating impact of climate change.

Biofuels producers are upset because they view their products as green alternatives, and the rule released last month would treat their products the same as gasoline and diesel.  Meanwhile, petroleum refiners say the rule is poorly crafted, costly and may face a legal challenge.

Read more here:  http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/way-too-many-problems-with-states-carbon-reduction-rule-critics-say/

 

LAND USE

Latest Washington real-estate gold rush:  farms

Mike Rosenberg, July 20, 2016, The Seattle Times

You know about home prices and rents soaring across the Puget Sound region and Washington — but you might be surprised at the latest type of property to get swept up in the state’s real-estate wave: farms.

The average sale price of high-quality Washington farmland has increased 25 percent in the last year, and is up 47 percent in the last four years, according to new data from Farmers National Company.

The current average price of $12,500 per acre is the highest among 18 states tracked in the report, mostly in a central swath from Minnesota to Texas, up from fourth-highest a year ago. Washington was the only state surveyed to see prices rise in the past year.

Read more here:  http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/latest-washington-real-estate-gold-rush-farms/

 

 

Northwest Seaport Alliance – Berth of a Mega Port

Matt Guasco, July 20, 2016, American Journal of Transportation

With the creation of the NWSA in August of 2015 the ports of Seattle and Tacoma integrated their operations forming a mega complex spanning 25 miles of Puget Sound. So what’s happened in the year that followed?

New Leadership for the Alliance: Last week the alliance announced the addition of Zachary Thomas and Bob Meyers to their operating team. Mr. Thomas has been named to head the Operations Service Center. He brings to the table over 20 years of service in the marine industry most recently serving as General Manager of the Port of Tacoma since 2014. The Operations Service Center will spearhead a program bringing together regional stakeholders to make the SEATAC gateways more competitive. Bob Meyers also an alumnus of the Port of Tacoma ran their non-containerized operations until the merger last year. Under the Alliance he will now oversee operation at all NWSA terminals and rail yards as well as directing their safety program.

Read more here:  https://www.ajot.com/blogs/full/northwest-seaport-alliance-berth-of-a-mega-port

 
Port of Centralia approves sales of property for mental health evaluation treatment center

Posted July 20, 2016, The Chronicle

Centralia will now have a 22 bed mental health evaluation treatment center after Port of Centralia commissioners approved the sale of property to Cascade Mental Health Care at its Wednesday meeting.

The real estate purchase in the amount of $403,365.60 was for an undeveloped site known as Lot 20 located near the Port of Centralia office.

 

PEOPLE

Port Director Address the Port Angeles Business Association

July 19, 2016, KONP Newsradio

Port Angeles – The Executive Director for the Port of Port Angeles was the guest speaker at the regular meeting for the Port Angeles Business Association Tuesday morning, and the audience had plenty of questions for her.

Karen Goschen talked about growing up in a small town west of Chicago and her eventual progression to business in both finance and management that took her all over the globe. Wanting to return to a small town environment, she eventually settled in Sequim, but just found that she couldn’t truly retire.

Read more here:  http://www.konp.com/local/11761

 

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