MAY 31, 2017


WA:  Fundraising takes off for flight to San Francisco

Mike Irwin, May 18, 2017, AviationPros

Pangborn Memorial Airport’s efforts to establish a direct flight to San Francisco have taken off — at least in local fundraising — but more money is needed to land the new air service.

Pangborn’s “Destination San Francisco Bay Area” campaign to launch the new route has raised more than half — $231,000 — of the $400,000 needed to match a $750,000 federal grant. The money will used to “share the risk” financially with the airline that establishes the not-yet-tested route, a Port of Chelan County press release said Tuesday.

The port estimates an airline would invest about $8 million over two years to start daily jet service between EAT (Pangborn) and SFO (San Francisco) in spring 2018, the press release said.

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Friday Harbor to Sidney B.C. by air beginning in June

May 18, 2017, San Juan Islander

Direct flights between Friday Harbor Airport and Sidney, British Columbia begin at 2:30 pm June 1, 2017. With cooperation of the Port of Friday Harbor, U.S. Customs, the Canadian Government, U.S. federal government and with San Juan County Commissioner Rick Hughes ‘s diligence, the numerous hurdles were overcome.

U.S. Customs will hold regular hours at the airport making it possible for airlines to plan their flights.


State fund extends load for improvements at new Sunnyside Community Hospital site

Mai Hoang, May 19, 2017, Yakima

The state of Washington has granted a $2 million low-interest loan to the city of Sunnyside to help pay for improvements related to construction at Sunnyside Community Hospital’s new site.

The funds from the state Community Economic Revitalization Board will help pay for water, sewer and transportation improvements at the 50-acre site off Interstate 82 near Waneta Road.

The city of Sunnyside provided a $1 million match.

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Port of Chehalis receives $765,000 in loan, grant combination for ‘Project Desert’

The Chronicle, May 19, 2017, The Chronicle

The Port of Chehalis has received a $665,000 loan and a $100,000 grant from the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board for its Pinnacle construction project, nicknamed Project Desert by the port.

The port is one of three finalists in courting the company to the area. Pinnacle Biologics is a biopharmaceutical company that researches and develops critical care therapies in rare diseases and oncology, according to

Chief Executive Officer of the Port Randy Mueller and Lewis Economic Development Council Executive Director Matt Matayoshi said they were not able to confirm that Pinnacle is the company they are trying to recruit.

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Port announces new tenant at Airport Industrial Park

May 18, 2017, Port of Port Angeles

The Port of Port Angeles is pleased to announce that Airborne Environmental Control Systems (AECS), a New York-based aerospace company, has signed a five-year lease for 5,000 square feet in the Multi-Tenant Industrial Building at the Port’s Airport Industrial Park to set up manufacturing operations. They currently have substantial military contracts with several key Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM).

AECS works directly with companies such as Raytheon, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Boeing, Airbus Defense and Sierra Nevada Corporation.  AECS also engages in opportunities with several international entities who support DoD, NATO and joint allied initiatives.

AECS will initially invest over $200,000 in tenant improvements as part of its phased move to Port Angeles. AECS plans to invest in design, development, rapid prototyping and high tech manufacturing equipment at the Port Angeles site, and wants to expand to 15,000-25,000 square feet in future years. The company estimates that 18 to 20 employees will be hired in the first year, and a total of 80 to 100 over a period of five years as AECS grows and additional products are produced in-house.

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Festival celebrates $20 billion oimpact of Columbia-Snake River system on commerce

Matthew Weaver, May 21, 2017, Capital Press

The Snake River Family Festival on May 20 celebrated the billions of dollars in economic contributions the Columbia-Snake River system makes to the Pacific Northwest economy.

More than 400 people attended the festival at Boyer Park and Marina in Colfax, Wash. It included free food, children’s activities, live music, an information tent, an interactive salmon display, farm machinery and barge and tug boat displays.

The entire system represents $20 billion of commerce, said Tom Kammerzell, commissioner for the Port of Whitman County and a Colfax rancher.

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Contested races form for Port of Port Townsend

Cydney McFarland, May 17, 2017, Peninsula Daily News

Two contested races have shaped up on the Port of Port Townsend commission, with incumbents for both open positions filing for re-election Tuesday afternoon.

Incumbent Brad Clinefelter faces a challenge from Bill Putney for the District 2 seat, while incumbent Peter Hanke is challenged by Keith Beck of Brinnon.

Candidate filing week for Nov. 7 general election candidates began Monday and ends Friday.

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Pacific County 2017 candidate filings

May 16, 2017, The Daily World

Candidate filing for fall elections began Monday, and as of midday Tuesday only two Pacific County races had multiple candidates.

If three or more candidates file for the same position it would mean a primary election for that race Aug. 1 to narrow the field to two.

The race for the nonpartisan office of Mayor of Raymond features Douglas (Tony) Nordin and Nelia E. Woods. Meanwhile the race for the nonpartisan office of Port of Peninsula District 2 Commissioner has Dennis A. Long facing Mary DeLong, both of Ocean Park.

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New filings set up race for Longview Port seat

May 18, 2017, The Daily News

A handful of filings for public office Thursday set up a contested race in the race for a Port of Longview Commission seat.

Kent Preston of Castle Rock filed to oppose Doug Averett, the incumbent port commissioner from District 2.

In other races, Paul Simonsen filed for Castle Rock City Council position 4. With one day left in filing week, he has no challengers.

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Local councils and port commission races shape up

Dawn Feldhaus, May 23, 2017, Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Several local elected officials will face challengers in the Nov. 7 general election.

Port of Camas-Washougal Commissioner John Spencer and challenger Mark Forbes have filed as candidates for the Port District 1 position. Spencer succeeded Mark Lampton, by appointment, in September 2015. At that time, Forbes was one of the six candidates who sought that appointment.

Forbes, director of marketing content for Altium LLC, a software company, is a former secretary of the Lookout Ridge Homeowner’s Association who previously served as president of the Rocklin School Board, in California.

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Multiple offices set for August Primary; Many others unfiled for

KXRO News, May 22, 2071, KXRO Newsradio

A special filing period is needed in Grays Harbor and Pacific County as dozens of local offices saw no candidates step forward.

Over 25 offices in Grays Harbor will be included in this special filing period, 8 in Pacific County.

Following the end of Filing Week, 152 residents in Grays Harbor filed for local office.

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Clear air rules post Seattle-Tacoma drayage challenge

Bill Mongelluzzo, May 19, 2017,

The Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma is walking a fine line between meeting its clean-air objectives and ensuring there will be sufficient truck capacity beginning next year, when pre-2007 engine trucks are banned from marine terminals under the port authority’s clean-truck program.

Although the harbor drayage community has known about the clean-truck mandate since 2008, the port authority said only 46 percent of the roughly 4,000 trucks that pick up and deliver containers in Seattle and Tacoma are compliant. The deadline kicks in Jan. 1, 2018.

Some truckers still believe the Northwest Seaport Alliance, which is the enforcer as well as the founder of the clean-truck program, will delay implementation. The fate awaiting those truckers, many of whom are owner-operators, is uncertain at this time.

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Port leaders mixed on vision for waterfront

Dawn Feldhaus, May 18, 2017, Camas-Washougal Post-Record

A Washougal Waterfront Vision and Master Plan includes several buildings expected to house retail businesses, but some Port of Camas-Washougal commissioners think it might make more sense to attract one or more corporate tenants.

“Retail is in a state of flux, if not decline,” Commissioner Bill Ward said during a discussion about the waterfront property at a May 2 Port Commission meeting.

The Port owns 27 acres, and Parker’s Landing owns 13 acres of the former Hambleton Lumber Company property at 335 S. “A” St., Washougal. Parker’s Landing is represented by Killian Pacific President Lance Killian.

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Port ok’s comprehensive plan, seeks rail link to Ephrata

Charles H. Featherstone, May 23, 2017, Columbia Basin Herald

Commissioners overseeing the Port of Moses Lake on Monday approved a land-use “scheme” for the port that includes possible plans for a rail extension to the BNSF rail lines at the Port of Ephrata.

According to Jeffrey Bishop, the port’s executive director, the comprehensive plan is required by law but isn’t itself a legal document.

“The scheme does not mandate that we do any of the projects,” Bishop told commissioners during a regular meeting on Monday.

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TrawlerFest rumbles into Bremerton

Josh Farley, May 17, 2017, Kitsap Sun

On Wednesday, John Holzemer and his wife, Teddi, piloted their ferry-like 55-foot trawler into Sinclair Inlet. Known as a “coaster” and one of around 15 in existence designed by the same marine architect, it squeezed into one of the marina’s slips.

The vessel combines the look of a fishing vessel from yesteryear with some very modern touches — think fireplaces, a hot tub, and at times, a small helicopter on its roof.

“It’s like living in a little house,” said Holzemer of his boat, named Teddi Bear.

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NWSA box volume growth continues in April

Elizabeth Landrum, May 22, 2017, American Shipper

The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA), which comprises the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, Wash., saw container volumes grow 7.6 percent to 1.18 million TEUs in the first four months of 2017 compared with the same 2016 period, despite changing ocean carrier alliance deployments via the newly commenced THE Alliance and OCEAN Alliance carrier vessel sharing agreements.

Container volumes were 0.5 percent higher in April 2017 than in the previous April at 282,775 TEUs, said NWSA.

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Official nearly resigns so girlfriend can get lease

Megan Hansen, May 16, 2017, Whidbey Island News-Times

A Port of Coupeville Commissioner nearly resigned Wednesday so his girlfriend could rent space at the Greenbank Farm.

Carolee Laduke submitted a request to lease the open space in Barn C previously leased by the Rob Schouten Gallery. Laduke is the girlfriend of Commissioner William Bell, and when issues of conflict of interest were raised, Bell indicated he would be willing to resign right then and there so she could move forward with leasing the space.

Board president John Mishasek said during the port’s regular meeting the request was reviewed by the port’s attorney Grant Weed and the port was advised that it was “a really bad idea.”

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Rural America is the new ‘Inner City’

Janet Adamy and Paul Overberg, May 2017, Wall Street Journal

At the corner where East North Street meets North Cherry Street in the small Ohio town of Kenton, the Immaculate Conception Church keeps a handwritten record of major ceremonies. Over the last decade, according to these sacramental registries, the church has held twice as many funerals as baptisms.

In tiny communities like Kenton, an unprecedented shift is under way. Federal and other data show that in 2013, in the majority of sparsely populated U.S. counties, more people died than were born—the first time that’s happened since the dawn of universal birth registration in the 1930s.

For more than a century, rural towns sustained themselves, and often thrived, through a mix of agriculture and light manufacturing. Until recently, programs funded by counties and townships, combined with the charitable efforts of churches and community groups, provided a viable social safety net in lean times.

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Port of Quincy Option Part 1 – Radio Report on Fruit Grower Report

Bob Larsen, May 18, 2017,

With today’s Fruit Grower Report, I’m Bob Larson. It’s a no-brainer! Using the Port of Quincy as a westbound INLAND intermodal port to haul Eastern Washington crops to Puget Sound ports just makes sense.

That’s the idea behind a recent proposal from the Northwest Seaport Alliance, and the Port of Quincy’s Patrick Boss agrees …

PATRICK BOSS … “Instead of having a truck that would go from Yakima or Moses Lake all the way to the Port of Seattle, and having to go over the mountain passes, through downtown Seattle, or down I-5 to Tacoma, the discussion involves now, how do we set up an inland port that can receive these containers and have the port be on the east side of the Cascade Mountains to where all these trucks don’t have to go back and forth between Seattle and Tacoma and Eastern Washington and relieve some of that traffic congestion and redirect it to an inland port that could put all those containers on a train and then that train would go over to Seattle and Tacoma.”

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