OCTOBER 27, 2015


Employment up at Port of Skagit

By Skagit Valley Herald, October 27, 2015, Skagit Valley Herald

Employment is up 11.5 percent over last year at Port of Skagit properties, according to the port.

Port tenants have 1,210 full-time employees, 99 more than this time in 2014. There are 107 part-time employees, 20 more than a year ago.

Read more: http://www.goskagit.com/all_access/employment-up-at-port-of-skagit/article_0b8c0057-fe13-5c4f-ad4d-2fb736f2a5bd.html


Kennewick to again go after state money for Vista Field

By Geoff Folsom, October 25, 2015, Tri-City Herald

The Kennewick City Council will discuss its 2016 state legislative agenda at its Oct. 27 meeting, and one issue is expected to top the conversation.

The city wants to take another crack at getting a local revitalization financing bill through for the redevelopment of Vista Field. Officials credit a similar program that started in 2010 with transforming Southridge into one of the area’s more bustling neighborhoods.

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article41367411.html#storylink=cpy





Port of Seattle candidates’ views similar, backgrounds differ

By Coral Garnick, October 24, 2015, Seattle Times

The Port of Seattle commission seat that drew nine candidates for the primary is now a battle between two candidates who want to create jobs and expand business, but in an environmentally positive way.

While the two candidates have similar positions on Port politics, their backgrounds set them apart: Fred Felleman’s experience is in maritime while Marion Yoshino’s is in economic development in airport communities.

Read more here: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/port-candidates-views-similar-backgrounds-differ/


Pier project spurs sudden interest in tiny port election

Chris Henry, October 24, 2015, Kitsap Sun

Brian Moran, new to South Kitsap last year, drove by Waterman Pier on his way to the post office last spring. He saw the orange traffic cones and yellow caution tape warning people that the pier was unsafe and closed to the public.

“I drive by and see this pier, and it’s all dilapidated and it looks like it’s going to fall into the water,” he said. “That was disappointing to see.”

A week later he saw that the filing deadline for the Port of Waterman had been extended because no one had signed up to run for either of the two vacant seats.

Read more here: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/local-news/pier-project-spurs-sudden-interest-in-tiny-port-election_32996732


Port of Kalama candidates differ on vision for growth

Marissa Luck, October 22, 2015, The Daily News

The Port of Kalama may be small, but it thinks big. Big like the Temco Grain terminal expansion, the new administration building, Haydu Park and a $1.8 billion methanol plant.

Both port commissioner candidates want to keep the wheels of success greased, but they clash when it comes to how the port should manage its ongoing growth.

Read more here: http://tdn.com/news/local/port-of-kalama-candidates-differ-on-vision-for-growth/article_92b9767f-00fe-5393-bd79-c192c2592e65.html



Port of Olympia set to ship dairy cows to Vietnam next month

By Rolf Boone, October 25, 2015, The Olympian

The Port of Olympia is set to ship 1,400 head of dairy cattle to Vietnam in late November aboard the M/V Falconia, a ship that specializes in transporting livestock.

Vietnam needs the cows as part of a country goal to reduce childhood malnourishment by providing one glass of milk per child per day, according to the port.

Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article41386176.html#storylink=cpy




Think the Seattle arena debate is over? Think again

By Geoff Baker, October 25, 2015, Seattle Times

The first salvo will be fired Monday in a potentially epic final battle over whether entrepreneur Chris Hansen gets to build his Sodo District arena.

A coalition of six groups with common maritime interests, including the Port of Seattle, have signed a letter asking Seattle City Council and the city’s transportation department to postpone deciding whether to hand over a street to Hansen to accommodate his arena’s blueprint.

Read more here: http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/nba/maritime-groups-want-city-to-postpone-sodo-arena-decision/

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