Scheduled flights between Friday Harbor and Canada are about to take off
Hayley Day, June 1, 2017, The Journal of the San Juan Islands
Regular travel to Canada will soon be easier for islanders. A roughly two-hour ferry ride could now be a 10-minute trip by air.
Starting June 1, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers will be based at the Friday Harbor Airport for about two to four hours a day to inspect travelers arriving into the country.
“I think there is a great future for tourists to come and for islanders to go out and see other places without it being such a burden,” said Friday Harbor Airport Manager Stuart Hansen.
Ribbon-cutting ceremony for FH-Sidney, BC flights 2:30 p.m. June 1
Rick Hughes, May 31, 2017, San Juan Islander
San Juan County Commissioner Rick Hughes sent in this update on the flights from Friday Harbor to Sidney, B.C.
After several years of hard work, US Customs and Border Patrol (“CBP”) has agreed to establish daily scheduled port of entry customs clearing at Port of Friday Harbor Airport (“FHA”), San Juan Island, Washington. FHA is a logical point of entry for flights as it sits conveniently between mainland Washington State and the British Columbia cities of Sidney, Vancouver, Victoria, as well as the many communities found throughout the Gulf Islands. The geographical convenience of this location is evidenced by San Juan County, via Custom and Border Patrol (“CBP) points of entry in Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor as being the single biggest, small vessel point of entry in the United States.
The governments of San Juan County, Town of Friday Harbor, Town of Sidney and Islands Trust (representing the Gulf Islands) meet annually to discuss issues of common interest and importance. Increasing cross border transportation options has been identified as a key goal to maintaining the long shared social history of the Salish Sea, generating much needed economic activity via marine commerce and tourism, and establishing a viable year round transportation option for residents. For example, it currently takes an entire day to travel from Friday Harbor to Sidney as it involves a Washington State Ferry trip from Friday Harbor to Anacortes, a drive to the Blaine Boarder crossing, a ferry from B.C. mainland to Nanaimo, B.C., and then a drive south on Vancouver Island to Sidney. This could all be accomplished in a 20-minute flight.
Port of Longview profits, cargo soar in first quarter
Marissa Luck, May 30, 2017, The Daily News
A surge in grain and potash exports in the first quarter helped more than double the Port of Longview’s profits compared to the same time last year.
Net income hit $3.4 million in the first three months of the year, up from $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2016, the port reported Tuesday. While imports dipped, increased export activity more than made up for the loss. Overall cargo activity jumped 46 percent.
“This healthy volume of movement is a testament to our strong cargo-handling capabilities,” Laurie Nelson-Cooley, business development manager, said in a press release. “Our diverse cargo portfolio allows us to remain productive throughout the year, whether that’s in bulk, break bulk or heavy-lift cargoes.”
Dayton businesses attend WW Business Forum
May 25, 2017, The Times
Brad McMasters, the Port of Columbia’s Economic Development Coordinator attended the fifth-annual Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Summit on May 12 at the Marcus Whitman Hotel, along with two local business owners, Jonathan Betts, owner of Manila Bay Café, and Kim Clark, manager of Bluewood Ski Resort.
Lou Zacharilla, co-founder of the Intellegent Community Forum, Kelley Moore, multimedia expert, and Joe Spray, Senior Vice President of External Relations for Alaska Airlines were keynote speakers.
An Edmonds kind of tradition¨ 30th annual Waterfront Festival keeps Edmonds Rotary busy!
May 30, 2017, My Edmonds News
This is one of our favorite weeks of the year for Edmonds Rotarians! The Waterfront Festival will be launching this Friday, June 2 for its 30th annual appearance in Edmonds, and the two Edmonds Rotary clubs are busy with final preparations for this great family tradition. We’re grateful for the continued support from the Port of Edmonds.
The gates to the festival open on Friday at 3 p.m. and we’re expecting large crowds throughout the weekend (don’t worry, the weather will be fine!) at the Main Stage to enjoy top attractions such as ’80s pop rock band Hair Nation, popular NW dance favorites The Beatniks, Southern rock band Whiskey River, and Motown & Classic R&B band The Hitmen.
In recent years we’ve added our family-friendly 5K run – the Edmonds Waterfront Festival 5K, Sponsored by 1st Security Bank. The run starts and ends at the Edmonds Civic Playfield on Saturday at 9 am and features a route that is easy for beginners, experts and strollers alike. Haven’t registered yet? No worries – you can still do so online here. Or just show up at 8:30 am and register onsite!
Interest building for prime Port properties
Dawn Feldhaus, June 1, 2017, Camas-Washougal Post-Record
The Port of Camas-Washougal cannot build buildings fast enough to accommodate interest in its Steigerwald Commerce Center.
Port Executive Director David Ripp said one company has verbally committed to leasing 6,600 square feet in Building 18, and that he is having discussions with two other businesses interested in locating in the future 49,500-square-foot structure.
Ripp is not releasing the names of the three companies.
Port of Kalama honored with Pathways 2020 Community Champions Award for Economic Vitality
May 26, 2017, PRWeb
The Port of Kalama has been honored with the Pathways 2020 Community Champions Award for Economic Vitality. The ‘economic vitality’ category awards organizations that excel at creating jobs, employee wellness, training, employable skills, new or expanding business, transportation, financial security, reducing poverty, and higher wages. Pathways 2020, a Cowlitz County nonprofit, also awards individuals and organizations that lead in the areas of education, housing, social cohesion, health and access to healthy foods.
“This award reflects our planning and collaboration with community and business partners to ensure environmental and economic balance to create good jobs, investments in community amenities, and a quality of life like none other,” said Troy Stariha, president, Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners.
Read more here: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/05/prweb14375224.htm
Hearings examiner oks Terminal 1 at Port of Vancouver
Troy Brynelson, May 25, 2017, The Columbian
The Port of Vancouver’s plans for the waterfront received a seal of approval Thursday.
Hearings examiner Sharon Rice on Thursday gave an endorsement of the port’s Terminal 1 project, which aims to build apartments, offices, a hotel and a public market next to the Columbia River.
Rice’s approval gives the project some added shine before it goes in front of Vancouver City Council in June. Hearings examiners are appointed by the council to oversee land use hearings, but the council has final approval before a project can start construction.
Hood River, Ore., a port of inspiration for Clark County
May 28, 2017, The Columbian
The sun was shining, but the legendary Gorge wind didn’t blow.
No wind meant no windsurfing, something for which Hood River is famous.
But at least one waterfront visitor was undeterred. Wearing a motor strapped to his back, the man soared over the river and through the nearby mountain range as he decided that sunny Friday was a good day for powered paragliding. Port of Hood River Executive Director Michael McElwee, no stranger to outdoor pursuits, hadn’t seen anything like it. He chuckled as he watched the man fly around and eventually disappear behind a far-off mountain.
With economic summit, Quinault Nation looks for common ground
Angelo Bruscas, May 31, 2017, The Daily World
The Quinault Indian Nation estimates it now generates a few more than 1,400 jobs directly and indirectly to the Grays Harbor economy, with plans to break ground this summer on a new Q-Mart store at Hogan’s Corner and an ongoing $30 million project to expand the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino.
During a day-long Grays Harbor Coastal Economic Summit at the resort on Thursday, tribal officials, state and county legislators, the Port of Grays Harbor and a number of business and community leaders gathered to share plans, information and ideas about how to further the economic health of the area.
Of specific concern to the North Beach area, discussions continued about what can be done with the tribe-owned Ocean Shores Marina, with the tribe calling for a public-private partnership that might involve the Port and potentially the county. Also, plans for the resort and casino property include “an increase of the lodging capacity, improvements to the RV park, and ocean boardwalk connecting to the Sweetgrass (Hotel in Ocean Shores) property, and even commercial, condominium and residential development.”
Economic growth, taxes are priorities for port candidates
Marissa Luck, May 22, 2017, The Daily News
The Port of Longview commission race this year will have a familiar cast of characters, with an incumbent Doug Averett vying to hold his seat against a Castle Rock military contractor, Kent Preston, who has twice tried to land the District 2 post.
Both Averett and Preston were among nine applicants who competed to replace Commissioner Lou Johnson when he resigned in June 2015. Commissioners appointed Averett to the role August 2015, not long after he retired from a 28-year career in operations at the port.
Preston, 37, of Castle Rock previously ran against Johnson in 2011, but he lost in a landslide. At the time, he was running the campaign while working in Afghanistan. He also was out of the country when he applied for the role in 2015.
Olympia will be port of call for cruise ship, port says
Rolf Boone, May 24, 2017, The Olympian
About a year from now, a ship will sail into Olympia’s Budd Inlet carrying more than 100 tourists, instead of logs or a shipment of corn.
That’s because the Port of Olympia announced Wednesday that American Cruise Lines, a company known for its cruises on the Columbia and Mississippi rivers, will make Olympia a port of call for the American Constellation, a new 175-passenger ship.
The ship is expected to stop in Olympia as part of an 11-day Grand Puget Sound tour that will begin and end in Seattle, according to a spokeswoman for the Connecticut-based company.
Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/news/business/article152382757.html
Port of PT approves breakwater repairs
Chris Tucker, May 31, 2017, PTLeader
Port of Port Townsend commissioners voted unanimously May 24 to certify the completion of emergency work done to stabilize the easternmost 550-foot section of the Boat Haven breakwater. That section was built in the 1950s and had degraded significantly over the decades.
The rock structure protects the public moorage from winds and high tides.
The commission’s action means that several government agencies are to be notified that the $206,016 project is complete. American Construction Co. of Tacoma began work to repair a portion of the Boat Haven breakwater Jan. 9.
New alliance business overwhelms Seattle’s largest terminal
Bill Mongelluzzo, May 31, 2017, JOC.com
Seattle’s largest container terminal is struggling to improve trucker turn times that ranged from one hour to as much as one day in the past two weeks because of a surge of new business gained from the restructuring of the global vessel-sharing alliances in April.
Port of Port Townsend adds positions and fills long-vacant post
Cydney McFarland, May 30, 2017, Peninsula Daily News
The Port of Port Townsend has added two new positions and filled a third one that had been vacant for more than a year.
In April, commissioners approved a restructured staff chart that created two new job titles: business manager and customer service manager. Around the same time, April 19, the port also hired a communications manager for a long unfilled position.
“The port, whose mission includes promoting sustainable economic growth, is not conducting business as usual,” said new Communications Coordinator Kimberly Matej.
Read more here: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/port-adds-positions/
Interest growing in Port of Quincy as “inland port” to ship ocean containers to Puget Sound
Joe Utter, May 24, 2017, iFiberOne
The Port of Quincy is garnering interest as an inland port to ship ocean containers by rail to Puget Sound ports.
Discussions began in February after a report from the Northwest Seaport Alliance to shippers and stakeholders in Central Washington on the “Inland Port Impact on Growing the Agricultural Industry.”
The Port of Quincy Intermodal Terminal would be used as a westbound inland intermodal port, in which trains could be loaded in Quincy with ocean containers of Washington State dry agricultural products, including wheat, corn, beans and other grains, and then be railed to the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma to be loaded onto ocean container ships, according to port officials.