North America’s shortest international flight cleared for takeoff in Washington state
Paige Cornwell, June 2, 2017, Seattle Times
North America’s shortest scheduled international flight — less than 20 minutes — will soon take off daily from Friday Harbor Airport and land in Victoria, Canada.
Friday Harbor, on San Juan Island, and Victoria, on Vancouver Island, are only 20 miles from each other but separated by a strait and an international border. Travelers’ options have been limited to driving, taking a seasonal ferry or chartering a plane.
It was the long travel time and cost that made Rick Hughes start asking questions about an easier route. Years ago, the San Juan County Council member wanted a nice Valentines’ Day getaway to Victoria for himself and his wife. But the ferry from Friday Harbor to Sidney, B.C., which takes an hour and 15 minutes, doesn’t run during the winter. Driving would take a full day. Charter flights cost between $300 and $700.
Sunnyside Community Hospital gets sizable funding for construction of new facility
Ariella Toren, June 3, 2017, KIMAtv.com
Sunnyside Community Hospital is one of several projects that recently received significant funding from the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB).
Almost $5 million was awarded to nine counties for grants and low-interest loans for public infrastructure development and local economic studies.
The hospital was given a $2 million loan while the Port of Sunnyside received a $41,250 grant.
New Anacortes-built trawler could be grounded by old law, endangering two local firms
Kara Carlson, June 3, 2017, The Seattle Times
The largest, most modern American-made trawler built in nearly three decades may be barred from fishing in U.S. waters, with financial repercussions to its local builder and buyer “so draconian that neither company may survive.”
That’s the scenario painted by the law firm that Anacortes shipyard Dakota Creek Industries has hired to seek a rare waiver from a century-old law called the Jones Act, which they acknowledge wasn’t properly followed when the shipyard began building the state-of-the art, $75 million vessel America’s Finest.
The shipyard’s mistake — using too much foreign steel that was modified before coming into the U.S. — could mean the advanced ship must be sold abroad at a big loss.
Port of Ilahee hopes to acquire abandoned property
Terryl Asla, June 1, 2017, Kitsap Daily News
The Port of Illahee is moving closer to acquiring the abandoned store at 5507 Illahee Road near the Illahee dock.
If successful, the port district hopes to turn it into a community center and additional parking for the dock.
“Maybe with a coffee shop or small convenience store,” Port Commissioner James Aho said.