MARCH 2, 2017



Port of Olympia set to close on major acquisition in Lacey

Rolf Boone, February 28, 2017, The Olympian

The Port of Olympia is expected to close on its first real estate acquisition in Lacey in March.

The deal, approved by the Port Commission in August, saw the port pay $6.5 million for three warehouses in a light industrial area of the city known as Meridian Campus. The area, which is home to the retailer Shipwreck Beads and a call center, is north of Interstate 5.

After the deal closes, the port will take ownership of three buildings measuring 60,000 square feet. Two buildings have tenants, including a winery and an organic liqueur distillery, while a third, 10,000-square-foot building is vacant.

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Capitol Lake stakeholders await money for key environmental study

Andy Hobbs, February 28, 2017, The Olympian

The Olympia and Tumwater city councils met with the Port of Olympia commissioners Tuesday for a study session about the future of Capitol Lake, as they wait to hear whether the state will fund the next step in the process for finding a solution for the marshy lake.

Representatives from consulting group Floyd Snider reviewed the options: keeping the 260-acre manmade reservoir as is, reverting the lake to its natural state as an estuary by opening the Fifth Avenue dam, or creating a hybrid version of both. No official action was taken at the study session, which was held at Olympia City Hall.

A committee of local, state and tribal stakeholders met several times in 2016 to identify goals and potential funding for Capitol Lake’s long-term management.

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Port and DOE investigation alleged oil spill

March 1, 2017, KONP Newsradio

The Port of Port Angeles got a bit of good news following a complaint that alleged that hydraulic oil leaks were taking place at their log yard operation.

The complaint was filed by a resident who lives near the log yard operation at Fairchild Airport in Port Angeles. That property is owned by the Port, and the log yard operation is run by Merrill and Ring.

We spoke with John Nutter, the Director of Finance and Administration for the Port.

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Quincy Port sees salvation in trash

Charles H. Featherstone, February 28, 2017, Columbia Basin Herald


That’s what the Port of Quincy hopes will get its 30-acre intermodal facility working again.

“We keep looking for ways to put this back to work,” said Port of Quincy Commissioner Patrick Connelly.

So the port is seriously considering a proposal from Houston-based Waste Management to run a “transfer” facility for trash from Snohomish County bound for Waste Management’s landfill in Wenatchee.

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Port of Kingston begins planning for downtown sites

Nathan Pilling, March 1, 2017, Kitsap Sun

The Port of Kingston has begun to look at developing two downtown properties into what it hopes will be economic drivers for the community.

In a pair of community input sessions Tuesday, port representatives heard a variety of suggestions for the two sites: hotel, pool, museum, condominiums and restaurants were all on a list of ideas. Seattle-based Heartland LLC, the port’s real estate consultant, will give port commissioners financial analysis for a few of the options for both sites, and commissioners will decide on how to proceed from there, port Executive Director Jim Pivarnik said.

“Our goal is really economic vitality for the community,” he said. “How do we put these projects to work?”

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Joy back in Bremerton

Josh Farley, February 28, 2017, Kitsap Sun

The USS Turner Joy returned Tuesday to its home on the Bremerton waterfront with a new paint job.

The Vietnam-era destroyer is required by the Navy to undergo maintenance every 15 years. It also was badly needed, according to the Bremerton Historic Ships Association, which manages the museum on the Bremerton waterfront. About 25 tons of sea growth was removed from its hull.

The $800,000 in work was paid for mostly through admissions and donations to the ship itself. But help for the job also came from the Legislature, Port of Bremerton and the city.

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West Coast ports deliver strong results for 2016

Jon Talton, March 1, 2017, The Seattle Times

Despite continued sluggish world trade and the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping, U.S. West Coast ports saw strong containerized traffic last year, according to the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA).

The recent PMSA roundup showed that the Northwest Seaport Alliance, comprised of the seaports of the Port of Seattle and the Port of Tacoma, increased its inbound loaded TEUs by 13.5 percent in December and 6.4 percent for the year. TEUs, or twenty-foot equivalent units, are the industry standard measure for shipping containers.

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