Officials: Federal program for air service unlikely for Port Angeles
Derek Kilmer, June 8, 2017, Kilmer.House.Gov
It would take either an act of God or an act of Congress for commercial air service to return to Port Angeles, Port of Port Angeles Commissioner Steve Burke said when he announced his candidacy for the port in April.
Now an act of Congress seems unlikely as U.S. Rep Derek Kilmer’s office has made it clear the federal Essential Air Service program wasn’t an option, port officials said.
It’s a federal program that subsidizes airlines providing airline service to rural communities, but the federal government prohibits any airports that had non-subsidized airline service in October 2012 from benefiting from the program.
New prospective business could bring 12 jobs to Port of Centralia
The Chronicle, June 8, 2017, The Chronicle
On Wednesday, the Port of Centralia revealed that the preliminary process has begun for the prospective sale of a 10,000 square-foot property at the port that could bring 12 manufacturing type jobs to the area.
Executive Director Kyle Heaton noted that a fact determination for the property has already been completed and the rest of the port board voted to accept that fact determination study for further consideration during Wednesday’s meeting.
Heaton said that the business is involved in aluminium fabrication related to the marine industry but said that the process is not far enough along to reveal the actual name of the potential business. However, he expressed optimism that the business would ultimately be well received in the community.
Consultant urges Bremerton Port to target individual maritime, defense businesses
Tad Sooter, June 7, 2017, Kitsap Sun
Boat builders across the country can expect a call from the Port of Bremerton.
Consultants hired to create a new marketing strategy for the agency’s 1,600 acres of industrial land urged port officials Tuesday to pursue individual businesses in the maritime, defense, aerospace and recreation sectors.
Representatives of Seattle-based Heartland LLC. also presented port staff with a searchable database of thousands of companies working in those fields.
The City Council adopted Olympia’s Downtown Strategy on April 25
City of Olympia, June 9, 2017, Thurston Talk
With the City Council’s recent adoption of a Downtown Strategy, the City of Olympia has already launched several large implementation efforts. The aim is to move forward our community vision for Downtown as a vibrant, attractive urban destination with a variety of shopping, recreation and housing options. Structured around a concept of Connecting People, Places and Spaces, the Strategy outlines an ambitious set of actions to be carried out by the City and partners over the next 5 years. Some big implementation efforts are already underway:
Port of Chehalis to lease land to Habitat for Humanity
Justyna Tomtas, June 9, 2017, The Chronicle
Port of Chehalis commissioners have given their approval to move forward with a long-term lease with the Greater Lewis County Habitat for Humanity for a property on Northwest State Street in Chehalis that will house a storage facility for the nonprofit organization.
On Thursday, representatives from the local Habitat for Humanity spoke at the port commission meeting on their need for some kind of building that would house donations the organization receives.
Randy Mueller, chief executive officer of the port, said there is a property, located at 243 NW State St., that is not developed and although owned by the port for many years, a viable productive economic use for the lot has never been found.
Site studies begin on Washington’s largest solar project
June 12, 2017, NBC Right Now
Neoen, a French independent renewable energy project developer, on Saturday began site studies for what would be the largest utility scale photovoltaic power plant in Washington state.
Neoen plans to build a 20-megawatt photovoltaic solar project in Benton County on land adjacent to the Hanford site. Project completion is scheduled for 2019 and Neoen is actively seeking potential customers for the solar electricity.
“Neoen is very proud to be investing in a utility-scale solar project in Washington state. The project will be a competitive source of renewable energy, especially given the downward trend in the cost of solar technology. It is also the first step in Neoen’s long-term strategy in the U.S.,” said Romain Desrousseaux, Neoen Deputy CEO.
Port officials rightly slammed for illegal meetings on oil-export facility
Seattle Times Editorial Board, June 11, 2017, The Seattle Times
PUBLIC-agency leaders around the state should grab a highlighter pen and carefully read a new state Supreme Court rulingthat chastises Port of Vancouver commissioners for meeting in secret executive sessions.
The case itself is relatively narrow, regarding real estate deliberations. But the unanimous high court underscored — use your highlighter here — the immense value of the state Open Meetings Act in holding public agencies accountable.
The ruling, written by Justice Charlie Wiggins, emphasizes the damage done to “transparency and popular sovereignty by approving expansive discussion in executive session of matters squarely in the public interest.”
Election 2017: In campaign for Edmonds Port Commission, Harris seeks to change status quo
Angela Harris says it’s time for a “fresh perspective and voice” on the Edmonds Port Commission.
Harris officially kicked off her campaign for Port Commission District 1 Sunday night, speaking to a gathering of supporters in the Westgate neighborhood.
An Edmonds resident for four and a half years, Harris said she would bring to the port commission more than 20 years of program and project management experience. She has spent the last 12 years at Microsoft, where she has served as senior business program manager, managing budgets and creating work plans.
Moses Lake businessman, pilot named new port commissioner
Charles H. Featherstone, June 13, 2017, Columbia Basin Herald
Darrin Jackson wants taxpayers and residents to know more about what the Port of Moses Lake does.
After all, property owners in and around Moses Lake pay for the port.
“Make the cities of Grant County prosper; that is what the port is here for,” Jackson said. “If we aren’t prospering, then we’re not doing something right.”
Coast Chronicles: Hidden treasure at Port of Peninsula
Cate Gable, June 9, 2017, Chinook Observer
I love our small town of Nahcotta. It’s the kind of place where Bob is walking down the length of Dell Street in the morning unwinding line from his fishing reel; where Cec’s three barking Doxies alert me to the return of the neighborhood deer nibbling new leaves off my pear trees; and, later, I call from my house across Sandridge to Phil, “Soak up some Vitamin D today!” We wave to each other.
When I mosey over to our “downtown,” post office manager Kathy Olson greets me with a story idea, “Why don’t you write about the Interpretive Center?” Why not? So I’m invited to sit on the other side of the Dutch door to talk. I’ve never been backstage in the post office before. All the post boxes have their little mouths gaping open. And there’s a practical assortment of objects scattered here and there: a small broom; a scale; two high stool; piles of papers in cubbies, with labels like “Fragile” and “Registered mail receipts;” ruler and tape measure; and a small safe for stamps and money.
Seattle-Tacoma cranes to aid mega-ship handling
Hugh R. Morley, June 7, 2017, JOC.com
The Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma has doubled the number of new cranes it will purchase – to eight – as it revamps its container operations to better handle mega-ships and maintain discretionary cargo market share amid tough competition from Canadian ports.
The Alliance on Tuesday approved a $52 million purchase of four cranes, adding to four that were previously approved, that will be installed at the Husky Terminal in the South Harbor, which is the Port of Tacoma. The Alliance also approved $2.9 million in improvements for Terminal 18 in the North Harbor, which is the Port of Seattle, and the West Hylebos Log Yard and Pierce County Terminal in the South Harbor.
New port policy aims to avoid false starts
Marissa Luck, June 10, 2017, The Daily News
It’s been five years since a major new industrial tenant opened at the Port of Longview, and at least two major industrial projects have fizzled out since then.
In March 2015, port commissioners rejected Haven Energy’s proposed $300 million propane terminal a year into negotiations, out of safety concerns and after discovering that the project’s location could have jeopardized the economic activity of other port clients. Then in February 2016, commissioners rejected Waterside Energy’s proposed $1.25 billion oil refinery and a propane terminal, after the company couldn’t prove it had financial backing.
The port is looking to avoid these pitfalls again as it negotiates with International Raw Materials (IRM), a company that wants to run a dry or liquid bulk terminal at berths 1 and 2 to replace Kinder Morgan’s operations.