MARCH 30, 2017



Gielow Pickles’ expansion sets up company for future growth

Aaron Weinberg, March 28, 2017,, Skagit Valley Herald

Fresh off a flight from his company’s headquarters in Michigan, Craig Gielow stood inside one of Gielow Pickles’ warehouse-sized coolers last week as he recorded inventory.

“It’s actually pretty empty in here,” he said. “It’ll fill up in a few months.”

The company recently expanded inside the building it’s called home for the past four years at the Port of Skagit.

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Columbia River would be ‘crown jewel’ of 40-acre development in Washougal

Lynn Porter, March 29, 2017, Daily Journal of Commerce

The Port of Camas-Washougal and real estate firm Killian Pacific plan to develop a 40-acre site they each own parts of along the Columbia River in Washougal, according to David Ripp, the port’s executive director.

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Washington gets extension on complying with federal ID law

Rachel La Corte, March 29, 2017, The Seattle Times

With a deadline looming that could affect Washington residents’ ability to fly domestically, the state has been granted a temporary extension from the enforcement of federal requirements for state driver’s licenses and ID cards.

Last week’s letter from the Department of Homeland Security, obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, says the extension will run through June 6. It notes that the extension was granted with the expectation that the state would pass a bill that has already cleared the Senate and is awaiting a committee vote in the House.

For years, state lawmakers have struggled on how to best comply with the REAL ID Act, a 2005 federal law that requires state driver’s licenses and ID cards to have security enhancements and be issued to people who can prove they are legally in the United States.

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Plug-in for electric cars now open in LB

Amy Nile, March 28, 2017, Chinook Observer

City and Port of Peninsula leaders expect a new charging station for electric and hybrid cars to help drive tourism and provide a jolt for businesses.

The two-car plug-in is the first public charging station in Pacific County, said Chris Anderson, board chairman for the port.

It puts Long Beach on the map as part of the so-called West Coast Green Highway, a network of charging sites along Interstate 5 and scenic routes from British Columbia to Baja California.

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Ports of Olympia and Grays Harbor want you to come and visit

Rolf Boone, March 29, 2017, The Olympian

Tour season is set to get underway at the ports of Olympia and Grays Harbor.

The Port of Olympia will offers tours of the marine terminal at 10 a.m. April 27; 1 p.m. May 9; 10 a.m. June 22; 10 a.m. July 19; 10 a.m. Aug. 16; 1 p.m. Sept. 12; 1 p.m. Oct. 10.

Reservations are required. Go to to make a reservation. For more information, call Jennie Foglia-Jones at 360-528-8005.

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Port of Friday Harbor director search update

Hayley Day, March 30, 2017, The Journal of the San Juan Islands

The former Port of Friday Harbor executive director’s tenure is now water “under the docks.”

“He had a tough time here, right or wrong. There was a lot of pressure put on him and I thought we owed him something for that,” Port of Friday Harbor Commissioner Greg Hertel told The Journal.

At the March 22 port meeting, commissioners agreed to give former director Ted Fitzgerald the five vacation days he accrued in his roughly six months of employment, as well as six months of COBRA health insurance to continue coverage.

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