Port of Othello gets high marks for audit
Bob Kirkpatrick, July 27, 2017, Columbia Basin Herald
The Port of Othello received a squeaky-clean report in three categories from the Washington State Auditor’s Office. State Auditor Pat McCarthy found no discrepancies in an accountability audit for the three-year period of 2014-2016, a financial statement audit for 2016, nor in a federal grant compliance audit for 2016 as well.
“It was a good audit — the best one we’ve had since I have been here,” said Director of the Port of Othello Doyle Palmer. “I attribute this to our great staff at the Port.”
Comments released in a press release from McCarty’s office listed no uncorrected misstatements in the audited financial statements, and no material misstatements in the financial statements corrected by management during the audit. There were no findings or management letter items in the prior audit as well.
Columbia Pulp project secures financing
Dian Ver Valen, July 27, 2017, Union-Bulletin.com
Construction of the long-awaited Columbia Pulp mill near Lyons Ferry in northern Columbia County will finally begin next month, its chief executive said.
All financing for the project, a lack of which has prevented construction for years, is now secured, CEO John Begley announced this morning.
Groundbreaking will begin in a few weeks, and the $184 million mill should be ready for operation in late 2018. Passers-by should see buildings going up this fall, he said.
Failure to pass capital budget puts Kitsap projects on hold
Christian Vosler, July 27, 2017, Kitsap Sun
Several construction projects in Kitsap may be delayed after state lawmakers adjourned their third overtime session last week without passing a capital budget.
Renovations to Bremerton’s Manette Playfield, repairs to the breakwater at the Port Orchard Marina, and a new building for the Holly Ridge Center are some of the projects that could be stalled without state funding.
Legislators failed to pass the $4 billion construction budget — which provides funds for things like university buildings, parks, low-income housing and local infrastructure projects — after disputes over a bill that would overturn a state Supreme Court decision on water rights.
Clallam Auditor’s office rejects election challenge
Paul Gottlieb, July 27, 2017, Peninsula Daily News
Clallam County Auditor Shoona Riggs has rejected a voter registration challenge by the campaign of incumbent Port of Port Angeles Commissioner Colleen McAleer against her general election opponent, Michael Cobb, over the address Cobb used on his voter registration form.
In a 6:42 p.m. Wednesday email to David Giles, McAleer’s campaign treasurer and husband, Riggs said the challenge “is not in the proper form because it is incomplete” and does not “substantially comply” with challenge requirements outlined in state law.
Riggs invited Giles to submit “a legal challenge” that meets statutory requirements.
Scary signs of life in Tacoma Port race
Editorial Board, July 27, 2017, The News Tribune
Is Jim Jensen counting on uninformed voters to get him elected to the Port of Tacoma Commission, or at least to push him past next Tuesday’s primary and onto the general election ballot?
Some observers (including a letter to the editor writer today) cite this as the most likely explanation for why Jensen’s campaign signs are still peppered all over Pierce County, including at busy intersections in his Gig Harbor home territory.
Suspicion seems warranted here. Jensen and his supporters have had seven weeks to take down his signs since he promised to exit the race.
Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/opinion/article164042537.html
NW Seaport Alliance relaunches drayage app
MarEx, July 27, 2017, The Maritime Executive
The Northwest Seaport Alliance has relaunched a mobile application to help speed the flow of cargo along local freight corridors. The app, DrayQ, is designed to give truck drivers real-time information about wait times in and around cargo terminals, plus instant access to traffic camera views.
Drivers can use the app to determine the best time to enter a terminal and reduce the time spent in traffic, which helps reduce air emissions from idling and saves fuel. For dispatchers or shippers, it helps to optimize schedules and improve customer expectations.
When DrayQ first launched at NWSA in October, drivers reported that the wait times listed weren’t accurate enough. Wait times are determined when the driver’s smartphone passes readers set in the streets leading to the terminal entry and within the terminal boundaries so that specific times within areas of a terminal yard can be monitored and recorded. The app is available for free download for both iOS and Android smart phones and tablets. It is also in use at Port of Oakland.