Large-scale military exercise to take over Grant County International Airport
Joe Utter, July 28, 2017, iFiberOne
Just after midnight on Aug. 3, about 600 paratroopers and equipment will drop over the Grant County International Airport.
The drop is part of the more than week-long Mobility Guardian exercise conducted by the U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command based out of Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Fairchild Air Force Base, along with the state’s McAllister Field in Yakima and the Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, will serve as training sites for more than 3,000 active duty, guard and reserve airmen, joint military forces and more than 30 international partners.
New mill will turn E. Washington wheat straw from waste to resource
Seattle Times staff, July 28, 2017, The Seattle Times
Amid the rolling wheat fields of the Palouse, construction is expected to start next month on something not seen in Washington state in years: a new pulp mill.
But this $184 million project in Southeast Washington is unlike the old-fashioned mills that “cooked” lumber waste and tree chips into a pulp used for making all kinds of things, from paper bags to screwdriver handles.
Instead, Columbia Pulp’s mill on the Snake River will use a new technology that pulls cellulose out of the abundant straw left over from wheat and alfalfa harvests.
Port of Chehalis, Renaissance Team Partner to Bring ‘Coworking Space’ to Downtown
Justyna Tomtas, July 28, 2017, The Chronicle
Entrepreneurs and other business-minded individuals may soon have a professional coworking space in downtown Chehalis as a partnership to bring a facility equipped with individual offices and a conference room moves forward.
The coworking space aims to encourage entrepreneurship and provide assistance to small businesses, consultants and independent professionals.
Coworking spaces provide a shared working environment. Those utilizing the space are typically not employed by the same organization.
Candidate challenge rejected; Port Angeles port incumbent plans to refile complaint against challenger
Paul Gottlieb, July 28, 2017, Peninsula Daily News
Colleen McAleer, incumbent Port of Port Angeles commissioner, said Thursday she will refile her campaign’s voter registration challenge against her general election opponent, Michael Cobb, after the challenge was rejected Wednesday by Clallam County Auditor Shoona Riggs.
Cobb has admitted that he falsified the Sequim residential address he put in his voter registration form, has said he lives in Sequim and has refused to make his address public.
McAleer said she will press forward with her claim despite Riggs’ decision.
Julie Russell favors code enforcement, attracting more retail business
Dawn Feldhaus, July 28, 2017, Camas-Washougal Post-Record
A licensed marriage and family therapist and former commissioner for the water district in Tigard, Oregon, is seeking election to Washougal City Council, Position 6.
Julie Russell, 57, has lived in Washougal since 2015.
“It’s small enough that people recognize when you are new,” she said. “There are friendly neighbors. It is a small town where you help out your neighbors.”
‘A mountain’ of silt moving down Columbia River, port says
Marissa Luck, July 28, 2017, The Daily News
A wet winter and heavy snowmelt has pushed an unusual amount of sediment into the Columbia River this year, forcing Port of Longview to declare an emergency last week to remove enough sand from in front of its docks to fill an Olympic swimming pool.
Port commissioners ratified a declaration of emergency this week to retroactively approve emergency dredging in front of Berths 7 and 8 last weekend. The dredging cost $210,000.
About 4,800 cubic yards of sand were removed, more than enough to fill an Olympic swimming pool, which has a volume of 3,200 cubic yards.
Port of Port Townsend working to finalize plans for stormwater treatment upgrade
Cydney McFarland, July 30, 2017, Peninsula Daily News
Port of Port Townsend commissioners have authorized staff members to advertise for bids on the stormwater treatment improvement project for the Boat Haven marina despite lacking a final cost estimate.
The port does not have completed plans for the project and is basing the cost estimate on partial plans.
The current project estimate is $353,701.
Large commercial fire put out near Port of Camas-Washougal; no injuries
A large commercial fire near the Port of Camas-Washougal sent plumes of black smoke into the air, visible from miles away.
The fire was burning through a storage yard of plastic drain and irrigation pipes at Advanced Drainage Systems Inc., according to the Camas-Washougal Fire Department.
The fire started at around 8 p.m. The smoke was seen as far west as Vancouver.
Spectacular WA fire damages plastic piping business
Jessica Prokop, July 29, 2017, Firehouse
A spectacular fire ripped through a drainage pipe storage yard at the Port of Camas-Washougal on Friday evening, sending plumes of black smoke into the air that were visible for miles.
The fire was reported at Advanced Drainage Systems, 627 S. 37th St., Washougal at 7:56 p.m. and quickly grew to two alarms. Flames reached an estimated 60 feet into the air, Camas-Washougal Fire Department Battalion Chief Greg Payne said. The weather at the time the fire erupted was about 80 degrees with a light breeze.