OCTOBER 21, 2013

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Port proposes adding $2.7 million second warehouse by mid-2014The Port of Olympia has set in motion a plan to build a second warehouse on the marine terminal, a building the port says it needs to accommodate its growing volume of cargo.

 

ELECTIONS/GOVERNANCE 

City of Kennewick, port set to vote on wine village planThe first phase of a joint plan to remake East Columbia Drive into a wine village could cost the Port of Kennewick and the city up to $1.3 million each. 

Bell challenges McAuley’s reelection bid in port raceFour years ago, Mike McAuley shook things up at the Port of Bellingham by unseating 16-year veteran commissioner Doug Smith. Now Whatcom County voters will decide whether to keep McAuley or replace him with Ken Bell. 

Kowalczyk, Robbins seek Port of Bellingham seatBased on their responses on questionnaires and their comments at forums, it’s hard to find a lot of difference between Dan Robbins and Renata Kowalczyk, the two candidates for the District 1 Port of Bellingham commission seat being vacated by Scott Walker. 

Port of Port Angeles candidates debate ballot propositions, port history, Wild OlympicsMcAleer and Del DelaBarre, her opponent in the race for port commissioner in the all-mail Nov. 5 general election, debated term lengths and other issues at a Peninsula Daily News forum at the Elwha Klallam Heritage Training Center on Monday night.

 

LAND USE 

Huge redevelopment planned for Mukilteo waterfrontAs the ferry terminal comes on line, the Port of Everett expects that stores, restaurants and other amenities will be built out.

 

MISC 

Peter Callaghan: Has our port vs. port sibling rivalry gone stale? On the issues between the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma.

 

PEOPLE 

Inslee hires former Port of Seattle exec to boost maritime industryFormer Port of Seattle attorney Steve Sewell has been appointed “maritime sector lead,” in a new state position supporting the maritime industry.

 

RAIL 

Oil-By-Rail Terminal Back On The Table For Vancouver, WA The Port Commission of Vancouver is holding a public meeting on Tuesday to reopen discussion on a controversial oil by rail terminal. 

 

TRADE 

Puget Sound backup hints at grain reboundThere’s a backup of cargo ships on Puget Sound, and port officials are happy about it.

 

TRANSPORTATION 

Area Rallies to State Its Case for SR 167Local politicos and business boosters rallied last week to show their support for efforts to find funding to construct the last “critical mile” of State Route 167.

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