NOVEMBER 5, 2014

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Crop of the future: Buckwheat?Port, WSU team up to evaluate buckwheat’s potential in Skagit.

 

ELECTIONS/GOVERNANCE 

Taxpayers on the hook for officials’ wrongful secrecyWhen public officials play fast and loose with open meetings and records laws, the public is often a two-time loser as a result.

 

LAND USE 

Shoring up access to river is good moveWe’re pleased that on both sides of the Columbia River, agencies are working to enhance what riverfront access is available.

 

RAIL 

Columbia Basin Railroad busiest short line in eastern Washington StateAccording to a recent Washington State Freight and Goods Transportation System report published by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), the Columbia Basin Railroad (CBRR) line from Connell to Moses Lake/Wheeler is an “R2” Freight Rail Corridor, which handles one million to five million tons per year.

 

UNIONS 

Union slowdown at Puget Sound’s two largest ports has cut production up to 60 percent Trucks awaiting new cargo were forming long lines Monday and ships were missing their sailing schedules as longshore union workers slowed the pace of work on the waterfront in Tacoma and Seattle this week in an apparent attempt to win contract concessions from maritime employers.

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