MAY 1, 2017



Port of Port Angeles official:  2016 a good year

Jesse Major, April 26, 2017, Peninsula Daily News

The Port of Port Angeles had a more than $1.5 million surplus in its 2016 operating budget before depreciation, which was about $1 million more than what was expected, according to a year-end financial report presented at a special meeting Tuesday.

“Overall, the port had a good year,” said John Nutter, director of finance and administration for the port. “We covered all the operating expenses.”

The port had about a $671,784 deficit last year when depreciation is included, he said.

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Port of Port Townsend to seek jetty, airport funding

Cydney McFarland, April 28, 2017, Peninsula Daily News

The Port of Port Townsend will seek grant funding to restore the Point Hudson jetty and pave the runway at Jefferson County International Airport, commissioners decided.

Commissioners also answered questions on the Herb Beck Marina in Quilcene during a workshop Wednesday.

Port staff members have been authorized to submit an application to the Boat Infrastructure Grant (BIG) through the state Recreation and Conservation Office and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for funds to work on the Point Hudson jetty.

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Port of Chehalis launches ‘100 things made in Chehalis’

The Chronicle, April 25, 2017, The Chronicle

To bring attention to the products being manufactured in the Mint City, the Port of Chehalis recently launched a project called “100 Things Made in Chehalis.”

The list generated from public input will be used to promote manufacturing in the greater Chehalis area.

“Chehalis is a center of manufacturing for Lewis County and probably the western half of the state, so we are trying to draw attention to all the things being manufactured here,” Randy Mueller, chief executive officer of the port, told The Chronicle.

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Port invests in Thurston County’s Small Cities

Port of Olympia, April 25, 2017, Thurston Talk

Current Port Commissioner, Bill McGregor spearheaded the Small Cities program in 2010. It has become a success marking 2017 as the eighth year projects in Thurston County’s small, incorporated cities received a boost from the Port of Olympia. Port Commission approved funding matches for economic development projects in Bucoda, Rainier, Tenino and Yelm, at $10,000 each at the April 24 Commission meeting.

The intent of the Port’s Small Cities Program is to assist with projects that will contribute to local economic development. The program requires an equal cash match from the city. The Port awards the funds after the city has completed the project and submitted the required information.

Small cities are defined as incorporated cities within Thurston County with a population of 10,000 or less.

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Help shape Pasco future with Somos Pasco survey

Annette Cary, April 30, 2017, Tri-City Herald

You can help shape the future of Pasco by taking a Somos Pasco survey at

Somos Pasco is a collaboration of the Port of Pasco, Franklin County, the Pasco School District, Columbia Basin College and the Hispanic and Pasco chambers of commerce, among other organizations and businesses, as they work on a vision for Pasco’s economic future.

Pasco has become one of Washington’s fastest growing cities. It has a Hispanic majority, a younger average age than similar cities and strong employment, according to Somos Pasco. Key economic sectors now are agriculture, manufacturing, transportation and warehousing.

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Final study released on port that would export Montana, Wyoming coal

April 28, 2017, Tri-State Livestock News

Today, the Washington State Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County released the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals project in Longview, Washington, the last remaining coal export terminal proposed in the Pacific Northwest. State agencies and Cowlitz County will use the FEIS to decide whether to issue or deny permits to Millennium.

A summary of key findings from the FEIS is available here.

The study finds: “Unavoidable and significant adverse environmental impacts could remain for nine environmental resource areas: social and community resources; cultural resources; tribal resources; rail transportation; rail safety; vehicle transportation; vessel transportation; noise and vibration; and air quality.”

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Ground-breaking, ribbon-cutting set for new Cascade mental health facility

Justyna Tomtas, April 28, 2017, The Chronicle

Despite a slight delay in the construction timeframe of Cascade’s new mental health and evaluation treatment center, a scheduled ribbon cutting and groundbreaking ceremony will continue as scheduled on Monday, May 1.

Richard Stride, chief executive officer of Cascade, said the organization’s new 22-bed mental health evaluation and treatment center housed near the Port of Centralia is slightly delayed because of permitting from the state, the Department of Health and suggestions made by Construction Review Services.

Originally, the hope was to have the center open by January 2018, but that will likely now take place in either February or March, Stride said.

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West Coast dockworkers to vote on deal seeking labor peace

AP, April 28, 2017, NY Daily News

Dockworkers were given the chance Friday to vote on a new contract extension that could provide long-term labor peace at West Coast seaports, where in recent years work slowdowns and strikes have affected billions of dollars in cargo.

Union delegates for 29 ports from Washington to California voted to allow about 20,000 rank-and-file members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union to vote on a proposal from employers.

The deal from the Pacific Maritime Association would move the expiration date of the current contract from 2019 to 2022.

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Building a bridge to the beach; ADA upgrades planned for Clinton Beach Park

Justin Burnett, April 29, 2017, South Whidbey Record

Getting closer to the water’s edge on South Whidbey will soon be easier than ever, especially for the mobility impaired.

Clinton Beach Park is slated for a special makeover this summer, one that will transition the tiny shoreline facility near the ferry terminal into an American Disabilities Act (ADA)-friendly park that’s unlike any other in Island County. And if successful, proponents say it can serve as a template for other small parks throughout Puget Sound.

At least, that’s if Mel Trenor has anything to say about. He’s the brainchild behind the effort and the Langley man says has no plans to stop with Clinton.

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Woman sentenced for ramming gates, breaking into buildings at Port of Moses Lake

Joe Utter, April 28, 2017, iFiberOne

A woman was sentenced to 90 days in jail for ramming a pickup truck through several gates and breaking into buildings at the Port of Moses Lake in October.

Crystal Sullivan, a 29-year-old Moses Lake woman, pleaded guilty to burglary in the second degree and two counts of malicious mischief in the second degree.

Grant County Superior Court Judge David Estudillo sentenced the woman to 90 days in jail and ordered Sullivan to a substance abuse evaluation and 12 months of community supervision.

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Port of Port Angeles commissioner to run for election

Jesse Major, April 28, 2017, Peninsula Daily News

Port of Port Angeles District 2 Commissioner Steve Burke, who was appointed in March 2016, announced Thursday he intends to run for election.

Burke, 52, was appointed unanimously after former Commissioner Jim Hallett resigned last year.

Burke, who has been the director of William Shore Memorial Pool for the past seven years, said the port needs to create more family-wage jobs and decrease its dependence on timber revenue.

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Trains rolling on new triple track in Longview, WA

Mischa Wanek-Libman, April 28, 2017, RT&S

The project rids the route of a chokepoint that was formed by freight traffic coming in and out of the Port of Longview that blocked on main line track limiting operations to a single track. The project allows for the separation of freight and passenger rail traffic, which the Washington State Department of Transportation says reduces congestion, as well as passenger/freight rail conflicts, improves reliability for both and allows for better movement of people and goods through the corridor.

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