New airport weather station keys on local microclimate
Ed Friedrich, May 14, 2017, Kitsap Sun
Pilots can fly more confidently after the installation of a new weather station at Bremerton National Airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration late last month replaced an Automated Weather Observing System to better track conditions such as wind speed, cloud cover and visibility.
The Bremerton Pilots Association had dogged airport owner Port of Bremerton for years to buy a new system, claiming the existing one was outdated and often reported false readings.
New business looks to expand to Royal City
Bob Kirkpatrick, May 12, 2017, Columbia Basin Herald
Royal City is on the verge of getting another much-needed shot in the arm in its economy as Global Fiberglass Solutions, based in Bothell, is looking to open up shop in the very near future, bringing with it about 200 jobs to the community.
Don Lilly, owner of the company, presented a proposal to expand his state and international fiberglass recycling operation to Grant County during a public forum meeting with the Port of Royal Slope recently.
“We (the port) originally met Don about a year and a half ago,” Cathy Potter, executive director of the Port of Royal Slope, said. “He intrigued us when he told us that he recycles fiberglass such as in window frames and wind tower blades that would normally go into a landfill, and that his business comes with about 250 green jobs — environmentally friendly jobs. He also talked about rail service, and quite possibly could be the anchor for the rail line.”
Joyce native plans to move business to Port Angeles; predicts 100 local jobs over 5 years
Jesse Major, May 19, 2017, Peninsula Daily News
A Joyce native plans to bring his business — which designs advanced cooling systems for military sensors and lasers — to Port Angeles.
And with it, Bill Lee, president of Airborne Environmental Control Systems, plans to create upward of 100 local jobs over the next 5 years.
“It’s really been a lifelong dream of mine to bring jobs back to Port Angeles and the Peninsula,” he said, adding that his family was hit hard by the decline in the logging industry.
Chehalis port commissioner updated on three sites as busy months begin
Justyna Tomtas, May 12, 2017, The Chronicle
As the Port of Chehalis gears up for its busy summer work months, Chief Executive Officer Randy Mueller provided commissioners with an update on three of the port’s properties, including one that has received the largest grant amount in the history of the port, during a meeting on Thursday.
Maurin Road Industrial Site 1, a triangle-shaped piece of property, has been approved for more grant funds after the project timeline was delayed.
The goal is to make the property ready for construction by filling and preparing the site. Last year, the port announced it would receive a grant in the amount of $2,577,800 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Since the grant application took so long, the construction estimates changed from last year to this year, increasing the project total and putting the port on the hook for more money than it originally planned on spending.
Divers propose building artificial reef with rocks from old jetty at Point Hudson
Cydney McFarland, May 15, 2017, Peninsula Daily News
Members of the Washington Scuba Alliance want to build an artificial reef to provide marine habitat when the Point Hudson jetties are replaced.
Members of the group met with Port of Port Townsend commissioners last week seeking permission to explore the creation of an artificial reef using the rocks from the Point Hudson jetties.
Nam Siu, a diver and marine biologist for Marine Surveys and Assessments, said the jetties around Point Hudson are a popular site for divers because of the diversity of marine life, including giant Pacific octopus, that they shelter.
Could NW Seaport Alliance partner with Port of Quincy?
May 15, 2017, Business Examiner Media
The Port of Quincy, in inland Grant County, could soon have an impact on cargo leaving the Port of Tacoma.
The facility has recently been receiving a lot of interest and inquiries from shippers and other stakeholders about using its intermodal terminal as a westbound inland intermodal port. Trains could be loaded at the Port of Quincy Intermodal Terminal with shipping containers of dry agricultural products (for example, wheat, corn, beans, and other grains). Those containers could then be railed to the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma to be loaded onto container vessels bound for foreign ports.
In February, the NW Seaport Alliance provided a report to shippers and stakeholders in central Washington on the “Inland Port Impact on Growing the Agriculture Industry.” The utilization of an inland rail port, the Alliance said, could reduce the number of truck trips to Puget Sound, moving containers faster while lowering the carbon footprint of exports via rail. Containers could also be spotted closer to the shippers, and exporters would be able to ship more product due to less congested marine terminals.
Bozeman joins race for Bremerton mayor
Josh Farley, May 12, 2017, Kitsap Sun
Cary Bozeman wants his old job back.
The former mayor announced Friday that he’ll challenge incumbent Patty Lent and Councilman Greg Wheeler for the city’s top position this year.
“I have a track record of accomplishments,” he said. “And I have a vision for what I want to get done in the next four years.”
Candidate filing week begins Monday
Chris Henry, May 12, 2017, Kitsap Sun
Two mayoral seats are among dozens of local offices up for grabs in the 2017 election cycle.
Filing week begins at 8 a.m. Monday and ends at 4:30 p.m. May 19.
“In the odd-year election, with all the local offices open, it’s really an exciting time for our local community,” said Kitsap County Auditor Delores Gilmore. “We’re really looking forward to seeing who’s going to step up and run for office.”
Interest growing in Pot of Quincy Intermodal Terminal as inland port
Krissa Welshans, May 15, 2017, Feedstuffs
There has recently been a lot of interest and inquiries from shippers and other stakeholders about utilizing the Port of Quincy (Wash.) Intermodal Terminal as a westbound inland intermodal port in central Washington in which trains could be loaded with ocean containers of the state’s dry agricultural products and then be moved by rail to the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, Wash., to be loaded onto ocean container ships.
The intermodal terminal, located on the BNSF mainline Stevens Pass line, includes more than 8,000 ft. of rail storage/siding tracks and could easily accommodate loading westbound short-haul intermodal trains with 40 ft. or 20 ft. containers of dry goods such as hay, corn, wheat, beans, other grains or legumes, etc.
Port of Quincy, Wash. Looks for dry agricultural cargo
Chris Dupin, May 15, 2017, American Shipper
The Port of Quincy Intermodal Terminal, located in central Washington on the BNSF Stevens Pass Line, said that it is holding discussions with shippers and other stakeholders about using its facility as a westbound inland intermodal port where containers could be loaded with dry agricultural products such as wheat, corn, beans, hay, legumes, and moved by rail to the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma to be loaded onto oceangoing containerships.
Curt Morris, chairman of the Port of Quincy, said, “We appreciate the discussion and interest in the Port of Quincy Intermodal Terminal as an inland rail port in which ocean containers would be received and hauled by train to Seattle and Tacoma marine ports, and we look forward to working with various shippers, decision makers and other interested parties as these discussions continue.”