MARCH 16, 2017



Concerned citizen addresses utility increases connected to Centralia Station Project

Justyna Tomtas, March 15, 2017, The Chronicle

A citizen raised concerns about rate increases for Centralia City Light customers, which he said should instead be paid by the Port of Centralia.

Paul Crowner spoke during the public comment portion of the Centralia City Council meeting on Tuesday night, stating the capital improvements cited for some of the increases should be the port’s responsibility.

M.L. Norton, general manager of Centralia City Light, earlier told The Chronicle the rate increases approved by the city council last year are in part going to fund capital improvement projects such as a new substation near the south end of Centralia which is in conjunction with the Centralia Station project.

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Woodland eyes study for development

Rick Bannan, March 14, 2017, The Reflector

Woodland’s city council and port are eyeing a feasibility study to see what can be done with hundreds of acres of city land.

At Woodland’s March 6 city council meeting, Port of Woodland Executive Director Jennifer Keene presented during a workshop the possibility of getting funding for a study looking at infrastructure in roughly 460 acres of land on the city’s west side originally brought into city limits in 2010.

The study would focus on four major areas according to documents provided to council:

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Port of Port Townsend moorage rates adjusted, again

Patrick J. Sullivan, March 15, 2017,

The Port of Port Townsend’s new moorage, RV and boat ramp rates, scheduled to go into effect April 1, have a few more changes.

The Port Commission on March 8 approved staff recommendations to correct some clerical errors, and to “round off” some rates so the rate sheets are simpler for staff and customers. Sam Gibboney, executive director, termed the information as “errata and ministerial correction sheets.”

Port rate sheets prior to 2017 were inconsistent as to the inclusion of leasehold tax. It is industry standard to include leasehold tax in published rates, Gibboney noted. Combining the leasehold tax with some of the rate increases approved last month created some odd digits.

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USS Independence leaves Washington State naval base, sets out for port

Steve Clark, March 14, 2017, The Brownsville Herald

After a delay of a few months, the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Independence is finally underway to the Port of Brownsville after its departure March 11 from Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton, Wash.

International Shipbreaking Ltd., part of the EMR Group, won the Navy bid to recycle the 60,000-ton vessel, the last of the Forrestal-class of “supercarriers.” It’s being towed to Brownsville, a 16,000-mile trip expected to take about 75 days, which would put it here sometime in late May.

The departure was held up over environmental regulators’ concern that the scraping of the hull — required before the Independence could set sail — was causing environmental damage to the Puget Sound inlet where the ship was moored.

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