SEPTEMBER 27, 2017


Port of Chelan celebrates new business expansion to Wenatchee Valley

Kaitlin Hetterscheidt, September 26, 2017, NCW Life Channel

It was a day to celebrate new jobs coming to Wenatchee at a special meeting of the Chelan County Port District today with the announcement of a new business expanding to this area.

Mt Vernon-based Louws Truss is expanding its manufacturing facilities to Cashmere where the company is buying a four-acre parcel of land from the Port-owned Cashmere Mill Site property.

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South County Politics:  Edmonds Port Commission and School Board candidates

September 25, 2017, My Edmonds News

Incumbent Edmonds Port Commissioner Stephen Johnston and former Edmonds School Board member Susan Paine are running in the Nov. 7 general election for the port position that Johnson holds by appointment.

It is one of three port district positions on the November ballot.

The port district includes the west part of Edmonds, the Town of Woodway and nearby unincorporated areas of southwest Snohomish County.

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North Mason candidates share views

Aria Shephard Bull, September 26, 2017, Kitsap Sun

North Mason candidates running for office in local ports and school districts shared their views with members of the North Mason Community Voice at a meet-and-greet, Monday, Sept. 25, at the HUB Center for Seniors in Belfair.

Candidates for all contested and uncontested races in Belfair, Allyn, Grapeview, Tahuya and Dewatto were invited to introduce themselves at the informal gathering, however, only a handful of the candidates attended.

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Fired port director files wrongful termination lawsuit

Megan Hansen, September 26, 2017, Whidbey News-Times

A former executive director is asking for a jury to decide if he was wrongly terminated by the Port of Coupeville.

Oak Harbor attorney Chris Skinner filed the lawsuit on behalf of Forrest Rambo in Island County Superior Court Sept. 20.

Rambo, citing state whistleblower laws, alleges he was fired because he questioned the legality of the port’s harbormaster also being a paying tenant of the port-owned Coupeville Wharf.

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Marinas topic of debate at Port of Port Angeles candidate forum

Paul Gottlieb, September 27, 2017, Peninsula Daily News

Discussion of the Port of Port Angeles’ two marinas highlighted a forum Tuesday that focused on the only Clallam County-wide race in the Nov. 7 general election — the port’s Sequim-area District 1 commissioner’s seat.

Candidates Colleen McAleer, a one-term incumbent, and Michael Cobb, her challenger, trained much of their attention during the hour-long Port Angeles Business Association breakfast meeting on the port’s Port Angeles Boat Haven and John Wayne Marina.

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Clipper Vacations to return with holiday trips

Kyle Jensen, September 26, 2017, South Whidbey Record

Boatloads of holiday daytrippers onboard the Victoria Clipper will touch down at South Whidbey Harbor in December.

Clipper Vacations, which shuttles up to 200 people on its boats for excursions across Puget Sound, announced it will add new trips to the Village by the Sea during the weekends.

Seeing as how the company’s treks were a success this past Spring, it will likely bring a welcome injection of cash, according to the Langley Chamber of Commerce.

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Washington state deals blow to plan for Longview coal export terminal

Rachel La Corte, September 26, 2017, The Spokesman-Review

A company that wants to build and operate a large terminal to export coal from the western U.S. to Asia was denied a key permit by the state of Washington on Tuesday because of environmental concerns.

The Department of Ecology rejected a water quality permit that Millennium Bulk Terminals sought because the proposed facility near the city of Longview would have caused “significant and unavoidable harm” to the environment. The department cited effects to air quality, noise pollution and tribal resources, among others.

Based on traffic projections, the proposed terminal in Southwest Washington would eventually bring 16 more trains through Spokane each day.

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It’s on:  Millennium to appeal state move to reject coal exports

Associated Press and Tri-City Herald, September 26, 2017, Tri-City Herald

A company that wants to build and operate a large terminal to export coal from the western U.S. to Asia by way of Pasco was denied a key permit by Washington state on Tuesday because of environmental concerns.

Millennium Bulk Terminals said Tuesday it will appeal a decision by the Department of Ecology to reject the water quality permit it needs to build the proposed facility near the city of Longview.

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BHP electronically files shorelines application with Hoquiam for potash facility

Dan Hammock, September 26, 2017, The Daily World

BHP, the Australia-based company proposing a large potash storage and shipping facility at Terminal 3 at the Port of Grays Harbor, filed for a shorelines permit with the City of Hoquiam Friday. Sort of.

“Late Friday we received an email from (BHP’s) consulting firm with a website to download an electronic copy of their application, but until we receive a hard copy and the application fees the application is not deemed to have been submitted,” Hoquiam City Administrator Brian Shay said Tuesday.

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Port of Olympia won’t rename Marine Drive after Billy Frank Jr. by October

Rolf Boone, September 27, 2017, The Olympian

Before a word could be uttered from the public on Monday, either for or against a proposal to rename the Port of Olympia’s Marine Drive after legendary Nisqually tribal member Billy Frank Jr., the commission had an answer for everyone.

They will stick to the port’s naming review policy, which means a portion of Marine Drive that runs along the tree-lined shores of East Bay, will not be renamed in time for Indigenous Peoples Day on Oct. 12, also known as Columbus Day.

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Are you ready for the Big One?  Port of Olympia is preparing for us all

Carrie Bell, Thurston Talk

If you are anything like me, the recent natural disasters in other parts of the country and around the globe may have you thinking about how our community would fare in the face of a similarly catastrophic event. For several years, experts have been preparing us for the possibility of Cascadia Subduction zone earthquakes. These quakes are capable of magnitudes of 7.0 to over 9.0.

A quake of this size would most certainly render the roadways impassable as bridges would collapse and the transportation of goods and services via traditional roadways would cease. This sounds scary until you remember that we have access to other viable thoroughfares in both our local waterways and air. Sea and air could be the only way to move people and goods throughout the region after such a catastrophic natural event. Working with agencies throughout the region, the Port of Olympia is fully prepared to support our area in the aftermath of a catastrophic event.

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