OCTOBER 25, 2013

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

The farm bill: It’s our jobs, stupid!Ninety-five percent of the world’s mouths to feed live outside the United States, and 160,000 people in Washington are gainfully employed in feeding them, yet the state’s $40 billion agricultural export trade is threatened by Congress’ prolonged failure to write a new farm bill. 

State program boosts Skagit Valley agWith the participation of the Port of Skagit, Skagit County has been designated as an IPZ for the purpose of adding value to an otherwise law-value agricultural product: barley. 

ATS to lease second port building Technical Services is expected to move into an additional hangar at the Grant County International Airport soon, according to Port of Moses Lake officials.

 

ELECTIONS/GOVERNANCE 

Port of Port Angeles candidates weigh industry vs. tourism at Forks forumCandidates for the open seat on the Port of Port Angeles commission sparred in a Forks Chamber of Commerce forum this week over whether the port should retain its focus on industrial development or expand into more support of tourism.

 

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES 

Editorial: Stop using fish-consumption rate as a proxy for water qualityEstimates of fish consumption should not be used to set an unattainable water-quality standard, says The Seattle Times. 

Roll on Columbia River TreatyThe U.S. and Canada are heading toward high-level talks on the Columbia River Treaty. Do not compromise a plan that has worked for decades, writes columnist Lance Dickie

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