NOVEMBER 30, 2015

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

EIS suggests more development at historic hospital, more economic gain

By Kimberly Cauvel, November 27, 2015, Skagit Valley Herald

Officials envision a bustling future for the quiet, crumbling campus tucked away in northeastern Sedro-Woolley.

Redevelopment of the old Northern State Hospital could include up to 330,000 square feet of new construction, giving the campus 950,000 square feet for education, research, office, hospitality and manufacturing uses, according to the latest reports.

The city of Sedro-Woolley, Skagit County and the Port of Skagit are working together on the redevelopment plans.

Read more: http://www.goskagit.com/all_access/eis-suggests-more-development-at-historic-hospital-more-economic-gain/article_f32f047c-3e1f-51b4-b2c9-bd5ab61553e8.html

 

 

ELECTIONS/GOVERNANCE 

Port of Port Angeles to start search for new executive director amid debate on position’s role

By James Casey, November 27, 2015, Peninsula Daily News

Port of Port Angeles commissioners will start seeking a new executive director next year — provided they can devise a description for the job.

Dec. 31 will mark the end of Ken O’Hollaren’s 29 months in the position.

At least one port commissioner hopes it also marks the end of much of the post’s administrative authority.

Read more: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20151127/NEWS/311279981

 

 

RAIL 

Opinion: Gov. Inslee can stop proposal to build nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal

By Mark Johnston, Jared Smith, Brett VandenHeuvel, November 29, 2015, Seattle Times

THE duty of first responders is to rush into dangerous situations, so we don’t say this lightly: We cannot protect people from explosive oil trains. The trains are too risky.

Oil-giant Tesoro wants to radically increase oil-train traffic in our region by building the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal, called Vancouver Energy, at Washington’s Port of Vancouver. Tesoro would receive four oil trains every day and offload the oil onto large oceangoing ships for export to West Coast refineries. A report released last week by the state highlights the proposal’s impacts and gives Gov. Jay Inslee all the information he needs to deny the terminal.

Read more: http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/gov-inslee-can-stop-proposal-to-build-nations-largest-oil-by-rail-terminal/

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