MARCH 27, 2017

 

AIRPORTS

Port of Pasco:  Completed airport expansion brings economic opportunities

Randy Hayden, March 23, 2017, Tri-City Herald

In late January, the final ribbon was cut on the nearly $42 million expansion of the Tri-Cities Airport.

The 2 1/2 year renovation was the largest project in the Port of Pasco’s history. It doubled the size of the terminal, reconfigured the public entry area, expanded the concourse and boarding areas, increased space for TSA screening, renovated the baggage claim and vehicle rental areas and improved amenities such as snack bars and restaurant service on the secure side of the terminal. There’s even a children’s play area for the littler travelers.

It’s not just functional, it’s beautiful, too. It has a distinctive Mid-Columbia feel that is reflected in the river design running through the flooring, large photographs of our natural landscape and 42 unique art tiles, each designed by a local artist.

Read more here:  http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/special-reports/progress-edition/article139713148.html

 

BUDGET/FINANCES

State Senate introduces transportation budget

Rebecca White, March 23, 2017, Columbia Basin Herald

The transportation budget, which includes funding for new public transit, the Port of Moses Lake rail project and improvements for I-90 in District 13, was voted out of the Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday.

The Senate Transportation budget adds up to nearly $8.5 billion in the 2017-19 years, according to an Office of Financial Management bill report. District 13, which includes Grant, Kittitas, Lincoln and Yakima counties, will receive almost $112 million over the next two years for transportation projects and road repairs.

The largest two projects, each receiving $13.8 million, are the road preservation and concrete rehabilitation projects on I-90. The Department of Transportation will replace deteriorating concrete lanes and repave road shoulders.

Read more here:  http://www.columbiabasinherald.com/article/20170323/ARTICLE/170329946

 

 

WA:  State Senate introduces transportation budget

Rebecca White, March 24, 2017, Mass Transit

The transportation budget, which includes funding for new public transit, the Port of Moses Lake rail project and improvements for I-90 in District 13, was voted out of the Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday.

The Senate Transportation budget adds up to nearly $8.5 billion in the 2017-19 years, according to an Office of Financial Management bill report. District 13, which includes Grant, Kittitas, Lincoln and Yakima counties, will receive almost $112 million over the next two years for transportation projects and road repairs.

The largest two projects, each receiving $13.8 million, are the road preservation and concrete rehabilitation projects on I-90. The Department of Transportation will replace deteriorating concrete lanes and repave road shoulders.

Read more here:  http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/12319101/state-senate-introduces-transportation-budget

 

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Lewis Economic Development Council unveils new strategic plan

Justyna Tomtas, March 24, 2017, The Chronicle

 

The Lewis Economic Development Council has created a new strategic plan that will help guide the organization and its partners to help attract new businesses to the area and create new jobs.

EDC Executive Director Matt Matayoshi presented the draft strategic plan at the Port of Chehalis commissioners meeting on Thursday.

The EDC board is expected to adopt the plan at a meeting in May.

Read more here:  http://www.chronline.com/news/lewis-economic-development-council-unveils-new-strategic-plan/article_cf829fe8-1103-11e7-9c2e-7736f86f9a18.html

 

 

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES

Cantwell casts a net for fishing advice

Matt Winters, March 22, 2017, Chinook Observer

“This is the culture of our state, this is about a way of life,” U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell told a packed house of about 30 Pacific County fishing/shellfish industry representatives Saturday in the Port of Ilwaco’s tiny boardroom.

Noting that fishing in all its various forms is a pillar of the county’s economy, Washington’s third-term junior senator, a Democrat, said “we want to keep it that way.”

She expects to win passage this spring of the “crab bill.” This will ensure Washington’s most lucrative fishery continues operating under the generally popular tri-state process, in which the three mainland West Coast states negotiate season details among themselves. Cantwell also noted that reauthorization of the far-reaching Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act is coming up soon, something that will benefit from local input.

Read more here:  http://www.chinookobserver.com/co/local-news/20170322/cantwell-casts-a-net-for-fishing-advice

 

 

Port of Port Townsend commission supports halibut season changes

Patrick J. Sullivan, March 22, 2017, PTLeader.com

Halibut anglers across the North Olympic Peninsula are pushing the powers that be to challenge the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s dwindling recreational season.

“The halibut fishery is a healthy fishery,” said Port of Port Townsend Commissioner Steve Tucker, yet the recreational allocation and fishing opportunities are decreasing.

There is a three-day sport halibut season this year, compared to 70 days in 2006, 12 days in 2014, seven days in 2015 and eight days in 2016, Tucker noted at the March 8 port commission meeting.

Read more here:  http://www.ptleader.com/news/sports_rec/port-of-port-townsend-commission-supports-halibut-season-changes/article_2ae55d76-0e89-11e7-a362-874eb2c1be71.html

 

 

LAND USE

Port of Benton projects on the horizon

Scott D. Keller, PPM, March 23, 2017, Tri-City Herald

At the November 2016 Commission meeting the Port of Benton commissioners passed the largest budget in the port’s history: $14.7 million, with $10.7 million dedicated to capital projects. The following are the major projects planned in 2017:

The port’s Technology and Business Campus located in north Richland is primarily office space with some light production space. The port has been working to create development facilities for startup companies. This effort will be focused within port owned facilities located at 2952 and 3100 George Washington Way. Another key project is the future expansion plans for the USS Triton Sail Park that is part of the Manhattan National Park tours.

As the port continues its efforts to support companies such as Total Energy, Veolia and Atkins Global, we recognize the need to have our land reflect this mission. We have changed the name of the Manufacturing Mall to the Port of Benton Business Park located west of Stevens Drive.

Read more here:  http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/special-reports/progress-edition/article139712048.html

 

 

Port to build laundry facility in Port Angeles Boat Haven

Jesse Major, March 24, 2017, Peninsula Daily News

The Port of Port Angeles is adding a laundry facility to the Port Angeles Boat Haven.

Commissioners on Tuesday told port staff to move forward and solicit bids for the estimated $161,500 project.

The port expects to spend about $99,900 for the project, with a $61,600 grant covering the rest.

Read more here:  http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/port-to-build-laundry-facility-in-port-angeles-boat-haven/

 

 

New Silverdale farmers market stirs controversy over timing

Christian Vosler, March 21, 2017, Kitsap Sun

A second farmers market is coming to Central Kitsap this summer, but not everyone is happy about it.

The Kitsap Community & Agricultural Association (KCAA) plans to open its own farmers market near Silverdale’s Waterfront Park at the beginning of May. It will be open 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays on Port of Silverdale property between the park and the boat launch.

But KCAA’s venture has the potential to clash with the 20-year-old Silverdale Farmers Market, which also runs Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Read more here:  http://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/local/communities/central-kitsap/2017/03/21/kitsap-agricultural-group-starts-new-farmers-market-old-town-silverdale/99415046/

 

 

Port of Centralia approves lease after merger of Zev Technologies, Mega Arms

March 23, 2017, The Chronicle

Port of Centralia commissioners on Wednesday approved a lease and landlord consent agreement for Zev Technologies after the company acquired Mega Arms.

The companies reached terms in February for the merger.

Zev will now take over Mega Arm’s lease.

Read more here:  http://www.chronline.com/news/port-of-centralia-approves-lease-after-merger-of-zev-technologies/article_3df380f4-0fed-11e7-aba5-07cae8673453.html

 

 

Port of Kennewick:  Delivering positive returns on community investments

Tim Arntzen, March 23, 2017, Tri-City Herald

Residents are asking community leaders to diversify the businesses and industries that sustain the Tri-Cities. They are demanding better access to rivers and clamoring for amenities that add to our quality of life. The Port of Kennewick is delivering.

The port’s mission is to support sound economic growth strategies that create jobs, add infrastructure and enhance our community. But we don’t do this important work alone.

Our partners in West Richland, Richland, Kennewick, Benton City and Benton County collaborate with us to make bold, strategic investments, which are transforming tired properties into vibrant destinations.

Read more here:  http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/special-reports/progress-edition/article139715373.html

 

 

Island County to host public hearing over fairgrounds transfer

March 24, 2017, South Whidbey Record

The county is inviting the public to comment on the sale and transfer of the Island County Fairgrounds.

A public hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. on March 28 at the Island County Board of Commissioners Hearing Room to discuss the matter. The hearing room is located at 1 NE 6th Street in Coupeville.

A majority of voters approved the ownership transfer of the fairgrounds from Island County to Port of South Whidbey on Nov. 7, 2016. The election was held within South Whidbey School District’s geographical boundaries.

 

 

MARINE TERMINALS

Seattle/Tacoma container volumes up 8% for 2017

Eric Haun, March 22, 2017, Maritime Logistics Professional

The Northwest Seaport Alliance, consisting of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, has recorded an 8 percent year-to-date increase in container cargo through February.

International container volumes for the month of February remained steady with a 9.1 percent year-to-date increase despite fewer sailings. Compared to same time last year, full export loads saw a 4 percent increase, and import loads were up more than 7 percent for the year.

As anticipated, we saw fewer vessel arrivals and amended service schedules by ocean carriers in February due to the Lunar New Year holiday, which began more than 10 days earlier than last year. In observance of the holiday, the factories in China traditionally shut down production for up to two weeks. As a result, international container volumes declined by 0.8 percent for the month.

Read more here:  http://www.maritimeprofessional.com/news/seattle-tacoma-container-volumes-2017-303354

 

MISC

Port of Port Townsend changes operations at Quilcene

Patrick J. Sullivan, March 22, 2017, PTLeader.com

Site safety issues and a new management plan have led the Port of Port Townsend to make staffing changes at Herb Beck Marina in Quilcene.

Jim Speer, who has worked at the port’s Quilcene operation for 21 years and has been the official on-site caretaker for 10 years, had his contract terminated Feb. 28. Jim and his wife, Donna, are also being evicted from the port-owned dwelling on the Quilcene property.

The Speers live in a port-owned manufactured home, built in 1986, tucked into the trees across from the public restroom and across the parking lot from the boat launch.

Read more here:  http://www.ptleader.com/news/port-of-port-townsend-changes-operations-at-quilcene/article_74d416ec-0e8a-11e7-82f7-87feee910c36.html

 

 

Longview extends emergency shelter moratorium again

Hayat Norimine, March 24, 2017, The Daily News

The Longview City Council unanimously extended its moratorium on new emergency shelters for the third time Thursday night in front of a packed room at City Hall with more than 100 citizens in attendance.

Longview council members first enacted the six-month moratorium in October 2015. The council extended it Thursday while ad hoc committee members were still determining the zoning where they would like to see shelters sited.

“We have come a long way,” said Councilman Steve Moon, a member of the ad hoc committee. “I feel that we’re pretty close, kind of wrapping up the definitions, and buffers, and all the other issues that we have discovered.”

Read more here:  http://tdn.com/news/local/longview-extends-emergency-shelter-moratorium-again/article_1b2a7f98-3de0-5f7b-8b86-32f8cce494f2.html

 

 

Playful artwork to be added to Washougal Waterfront Park

Dawn Feldhaus, March 24, 2017, Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Imagine a sculpture of an ogre or a Bigfoot located in a natural play area along the Columbia River.

That piece of art — whether it be a monster in fairy tales or Sasquatch — is expected to become a reality, in Washougal Waterfront Park, after money is raised.

The idea of an ogre, from GreenWorks, P.C., a Portland landscape architecture and environmental design firm, was presented by Port of Camas-Washougal Finance Director Kim Noah to the port commissioners during a strategic and capital planning retreat in January.

Read more here:  http://www.camaspostrecord.com/news/2017/mar/24/playful-artwork-to-be-added-to-washougal-waterfront-park/

 

 

PEOPLE

Ken O’Hollaren hired as Port of Portland Marine Marketing Director

March 21, 2017, American Journal of Transportation

The Port of Portland announced today that Ken O’Hollaren was hired to lead the Port of Portland’s marine marketing efforts, starting Monday, March 20, 2017. O’Hollaren previously served as the executive director of the Port of Longview and the Port of Port Angeles, and brings more than 25 years of experience in the maritime industry to the role.

“We are excited to have Ken’s ideas and expertise as we look to grow our strong position as an auto and bulk gateway and set a new vision for business activity at Terminal 6,” said Keith Leavitt, the Port’s chief commercial officer. “Ken is a highly regarded leader in the Pacific Northwest marine port sector.”

Read more here:  https://www.ajot.com/news/ken-ohollaren-hired-as-port-of-portland-marine-marketing-director

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