JUNE 21, 2017

 

BUDGET/FINANCES

Letter:  County gets hefty share of state money

June 16, 2017, The Chronicle

The opening statement of The Chronicle’s editorial of June 6 “Democrats in Olympia have rarely found a problem they couldn’t solve by taking more of your money” needs to be put in its proper perspective.

This well-worn cliché has never seen the light of critical examination cast upon it. I think it’s about time to perform that chore. By reviewing a few minor items gleaned from The Chronicle’s recent publications, I believe I can accomplish this task.

“Public Weighs Options for Borst Avenue Changes,” May 26: “It is unclear how much the project will cost at this time … The cost of the project will be determined later in the summer when the county and city apply for grants from the state …”

Read more here:  http://www.chronline.com/opinion/letter-county-gets-hefty-share-of-state-money/article_58c49564-530c-11e7-ae33-23c0a9690eb9.html

 

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Deal will bring $25 million mushroom facility to Sunnyside

Mai Hoang, June 16, 2017, Yakima Herald

An Olympia-based mushroom farm plans to open a $25 million facility here in two years that will bring 200 jobs to the area.

Ostrom’s Mushroom Farms has signed an agreement with the Port of Sunnyside to purchase 25 acres at Midvale and Duffy roads, south of Interstate 82. There is also an option to buy an additional 20 acres.

Ostrom’s president David Knudsen said the port property was ideal due to its proximity to a wastewater plant and the region’s agricultural labor force.

Read more here:  http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/business/local/deal-will-bring-million-mushroom-facility-to-sunnyside/article_992ac952-52df-11e7-961a-8b2de478a79f.html

 

 

Bremerton energy startup lands $283k state award

Tad Sooter, June 20, 2017, Kitsap Sun

Bremerton-based SuperCritical Technologies set out to disrupt the energy industry with compact power-plants driven by Co2.

The startup’s mission got a boost this week from the state Department of Commerce.

The agency announced a $283,158 award for SuperCritical on Tuesday as part of a $2.3 million package of grants to support clean energy research.

Read more here:  http://www.kitsapsun.com/story/money/blogs/minding-your-business/2017/06/21/bremerton-energy-startup-lands-283-k-state-award/414625001/

 

 

Mushroom compost facility pulls out of Oregon

George Plaven, June 20, 2017, East Oregonian

After months of flirting with development in Umatilla County, Ostrom’s Mushroom Farms has decided instead to build its new mushroom compost facility across state lines in Sunnyside, Washington, partially blaming regulatory hurdles in Oregon.

The company, based in Olympia, Washington, had proposed a location for the facility on Sand Hollow Road between Adams and Athena, going so far as to obtain a conditional use permit from the county. But on June 16, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported that Ostrom’s instead signed an agreement with the Port of Sunnyside to purchase 25 acres south of Interstate 82.

David Knudsen, president and CEO of Ostrom’s, did not return calls for comment, but Umatilla County planning director Tamra Mabbott confirmed the news Tuesday.

Read more here:  http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/local-news/20170620/mushroom-compost-facility-pulls-out-of-oregon

 

 

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES

Big oil steps up support for carbon tax

Timothy Puko, June 20, 2017, The Wall Street Journal

Some of the world’s largest oil companies and the country’s biggest auto maker are joining a group pushing the U.S. government to tax carbon in an effort to slow climate change.

General Motors Co. , Exxon Mobil Corp. and BP PLC are among almost a dozen companies joining the Climate Leadership Council, a new organization that advocates replacing many environmental regulations with a simplified tax on businesses that release carbon into the atmosphere. The plan proposes directly paying out this money to all citizens to defray the likely costs from rising energy prices.

A group of influential Republicans, including former secretaries of State George Shultz and James Baker, have spearheaded the group’s efforts, which are at odds with many in their own party.

Read more here:  https://www.wsj.com/articles/big-oil-steps-up-support-for-carbon-tax-1497931202

 

 

MISC

Angus Express (no joke) will load cattle at port

Rolf Boone, June 20, 2017, The Olympian

The Angus Express is expected to arrive Wednesday at the Port of Olympia marine terminal where it will begin to load dairy cattle.

This is the third cattle ship to call on the port since 2015. The port loaded 1,400 head of cattle in November of that year, followed by 2,000 head of cattle this past April. The Angus Express will load 1,650 dairy cows this week, according to the port.

Read more here:  http://www.theolympian.com/news/business/article157157999.html

 

 

PEOPLE

CEOs of Port of Tacoma, ITEP to receive Connie Awards

Mark Edward Nero, June 19, 2017, American Shipper

John Wolfe, the CEO of the Northwest Seaport Alliance and Port of Tacoma, and Amy Grat, CEO of International Trade Education Programs Inc. have been selected to receive the 2017 Connie Awards, which are being presented by the Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII) in Long Beach, Calif. late this summer.

The Connie Awards are presented annually by the Containerization & Intermodal Institute. This year, the award dinner is being held in conjunction with the Intermodal EXPO, organized by the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) and set for Sept. 17-19 in Long Beach.

The industry-wide dinner event honoring Wolfe and Grat will be held Sept. 19 at the Long Beach Renaissance Hotel.

Read more here:  http://www.americanshipper.com/main/news/ceos-of-port-of-tacoma-itep-to-receive-connie-awar-67844.aspx?source=Little4

 

 

TOURISM

Port jazzes up boardwalk with summer music / Port View

Bob McChesney, June 16, 2017, EdmondsBeacon.com

I often like to remind our staff and customers that the Port of Edmonds isn’t in the marina business. We’re in the people business.

Take a look at our boardwalk and you’ll see what I mean. As the dark and rainy days of winter are now behind us, the public boardwalk is bustling with lots of new faces and many regulars: dog walkers, baby strollers, boaters, and entire families visiting the Port of Edmonds marina together.

We welcome one and all. It’s who we are. It’s in our DNA. In fact, it’s even our brand: “Your Homeport Advantage and Choice Destination: Quality, Service, Value, Convenience.”

Read more here:  https://edmondsbeacon.villagesoup.com/p/port-jazzes-up-boardwalk-with-summer-music-port-view/1661872 v

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