OCTOBER 20, 2017

CHANNEL DEEPING/DREDGING

Mayor surprises port commission over dredging plans

Diana Zimmerman, October 19, 2017, The Wahkiakum County Eagle

Much needed dredging at the Elochoman Slough Marina will start in November, but it looked doubtful on Thursday when Mayor Dale Jacobson raised concerns during the Wahkiakum County Port 1 Commission meeting about the placement of dredge spoils.

At one point he threatened to pull Town of Cathlamet support for the project.

“Maybe you need to find another disposal site,” Jacobson said.

Read more here:  http://www.waheagle.com/story/2017/10/19/news/mayor-surprises-port-commission-over-dredging-plans/13621.html

 

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Port of Longview ok’s new lease for Bridgeview Terminal

Marissa Luck, October 19, 2017, The Daily News

Eight days after reaching a tentative deal with International Raw Materials, Port of Longview commissioners Wednesday agreed to enter a new five-year lease with the terminal operator, in what is expected to bring millions of dollars in new revenue and dozens of jobs to the port.

Commissioners Jeff Wilson and Doug Averett approved the lease as presented to the commission last week, but Commissioner Bob Bagaason abstained, citing concerns about the process being too rushed.

Read more here:  http://tdn.com/news/local/port-of-longview-ok-s-new-lease-for-bridgeview-terminal/article_247bde57-5759-54ad-873f-0ad4301208c3.html

 

 

International Raw Materials to lease Port of Longview terminal

Hailey Desormeaux, October 19, 2017, American Shipper

The Port of Longview’s board of commissioners on Wednesday entered into an agreement with commodities distributor International Raw Materials (IRM) to lease the port’s Bridgeview Terminal, the port said Wednesday.

Read more here:  http://www.americanshipper.com/main/news/international-raw-materials-to-lease-port-of-longv-69410.aspx?source=Little4

 

 

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES

Input sought for Blue Mountain Region Trails project

October 19, 2017, The Times

There is one more opportunity to offer input into the BMRT, RTT Project before the plan is submitted to cities, counties, ports, planning organizations, and other entities, for adoption and implementation into their Comprehensive Plans, according to Mary Campbell, Director Walla Walla Community Council.

Since April, 2016 the Port of Columbia County and the County and City Planning Departments have been working with the Walla Walla Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the public, to create a blueprint of regional nonmotorized trails and connections, spanning Columbia, Walla Walla, northeastern Umatilla counties, and the cities within. There have been two rounds of community outreach

Read more here:  http://www.waitsburgtimes.com/story/2017/10/19/news-briefs/input-sought-for-blue-mountain-region-trails-project/12082.html

 

 

LAND USE

Crisis care center adds staff, looks to future

Kimberly Cauvel, October 19, 2017, GoSkagit.com

Framed by tall trees and with deer grazing in a nearby field, the site of the North Sound Evaluation and Treatment Center does not reflect the turmoil some are battling inside its walls.

Since it opened Sept. 18, 2015, the center in northeast Sedro-Woolley has served hundreds of patients in need of crisis mental health care.

Read more here:  https://www.goskagit.com/news/crisis-care-center-adds-staff-looks-to-future/article_ccd28ed3-a2bf-551c-bbce-5d8182c9e7a3.html

 

 

MARINE TERMINALS

NWSA YTD volumes up despite September decline

Mark Edward Nero, October 19, 2017, American Shipper

The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA), the marine cargo operating partnership of the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma, saw its total year-to-date container volumes through September rise 4 percent, led by a 7 percent increase in shipments to and from areas outside the continental United States.

In the first nine months of 2017, import volumes at the two ports reached their highest level since 2012, according to the NWSA, rising 3 percent to 1.13 million TEUs compared with the same 2016 period. Exports, meanwhile, jumped 11 percent year-over-year to 1.08 million TEUs.

Read more here:  http://www.americanshipper.com/main/news/nwsa-ytd-volumes-up-despite-september-decline-69413.aspx?source=Little4

 

 

MISC

Aquaculture could improve Liberty Bay water quality | The Scuttlebutt

October 20, 2017, Kitsap Daily News

That Liberty Bay’s water quality has suffered deterioration over the years is beyond debate. The port has cooperated with concerned residents and boaters, and worked to expand pump-out services, both at the docks and for anchored vessels in the bay.

Read more here:  http://www.kitsapdailynews.com/opinion/aquaculture-could-improve-liberty-bay-water-quality-the-scuttlebutt/

 

 

TOURISM

Let’s talk tourism – Port View

Bob McChesney, October 18, 2017, Edmonds Beacon.com

Tourism is an effective means for achieving low-cost economic benefits for our Edmonds and Woodway communities, with virtually zero environmental impacts.

One of the ways the Port adds value to the community is by promoting local businesses. Our popular Destination Port of Edmonds program is now in its tenth year. This program links marina visitors with 39 different local businesses. Guest moorage visitors are provided with a gift bag upon arrival, complete with a discount book offering up specials at participating businesses.

Read more here:  https://edmondsbeacon.villagesoup.com/p/lets-talk-tourism-port-view/1697198

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