MARCH 13, 2017


Winter takes a toll at Lyons Ferry

Dian Ver Valen, March 10, 2017,

Jim MacArthur can confirm this winter has been the toughest in years, much to his dismay.

For the first time since maybe the 1960s, the Snake River froze from shore to shore at Lyons Ferry. And the marina he and his wife manage for the Port of Columbia suffered heavy damages.

“I hope I never see another winter like this again,” he said.

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Fred Meyer eyed as tenant for Centralia Station

Justyna Tomtas, March 9, 2017, The Chronicle

Port of Centralia commissioners approved a real estate and purchase agreement with Powell Investment Co. LLC for approximately 28 acres of property within the boundary lines of Centralia Station that, if all goes well, will be home to Fred Meyer as the anchor tenant of the development.

Centralia Station is a 43-acre development near the Mellen Street interchange that would also include auxiliary shops, restaurants, offices and other businesses.

At a special meeting on Tuesday, commissioners approved the move with an unanimous vote, entering into a partnership with Powell Development.

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Centralia city manager congratulates Port on Centralia Station developments

March 10, 2017, The Chronicle

Centralia City Manager Rob Hill released a statement Friday on the recently announced developments at the Centralia Station project off of Mellen Street.

The news, published by The Chronicle Thursday, included the announcement that Fred Meyer could be coming to the city.

In the statement, Hill said he welcomes the development and that the city is excited to hear that the Port of Centralia is working with Powell Development on the project.

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Under the towers:  Satsop Business Park tenants offer wide range of products

Dan Hammock, March 10, 2017, The Daily World

A pair of high profile new tenants — and a large scale marijuana growing operation — at the Satsop Business Park are bringing more than 200 new jobs to the local economy. It has also left some residents wondering, what’s up in the Park now?

The Port of Grays Harbor took over the management of the park in 2013. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing as managers navigated the challenges of marketing a fairly remote property with some very unique rental facilities, but the recent larger-scale additions — including an existing Port client — are expected to bring increased revenue and more attention to the Park in the coming years.

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Local entrepreneurs honored

March 11, 2017, Tri-City Herald

Tri-City entrepreneurs were honored at a recent luncheon. The 2017 Entrepreneurial Awards are sponsored by the Richland Rotary Club, Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Tri-City Development Council, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Port of Benton.

The honorees include PorterKinney PC and Mama Too’s LLC, both nominated by TRIDEC; Fuse SPC and GAA Custom Electronics, nominated by PNNL; Foodies Brick & Mortar and Local Pumpkin, both nominated by the chamber; and Wit Cellars and Bombing Range Brewing, nominated by the Port of Benton.

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Port of Port Townsend backs halibut resolution to extend season

Cydney McFarland, March 10, 2017, Peninsula Daily News

The Port of Port Townsend has joined the port and city of Port Angeles and Clallam County commissioners in supporting efforts to extend the 2018 halibut fishing season.

Port of Port Townsend Commissioners Stephen Tucker and Peter Hanke both voted in favor of the resolution asking the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to extend the halibut fishing season during their meeting Wednesday afternoon. Commissioner Brad Clinefelter was not in attendance.

Most of the roughly 10 people in attendance at Wednesday’s meeting spoke in favor of the resolution, including Jerry Johnson of Puget Sound Anglers.

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