SEPTEMBER 28, 2017


Destination San Francisco campaign hits mark

Posted by Dave Bernstein, September 27, 2017, 560KPQ Newsradio

The Port of Chelan County has reached a local fundraising goal of $400,000 paves the way to help bring direct non-stop air service between Pangborn Airport and San Francisco. The announcement was made today before a crowd of about 100 in attendance at the inaugural Port of Chelan County Economic Development Partnership Breakfast at the Wenatchee Convention Center.   Port Commissioner Donn Etherington had praise for the campaign’s more than 90 contributors.

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State audit reveals Port of Dewatto deficiencies

Arla Shephard Bull, September 27, 2017, Kitsap Sun

The Port of Dewatto lacked adequate internal controls over financial reporting, cash receipting, payroll and records retention from 2013 to 2016, according to a finding released last month by the Washington State Auditor’s Office.

The state audited the small port’s records from Jan. 1, 2013, to Dec. 31, 2016, and concluded that the port needed to review its annual financial statements and cash receipts, better monitor employee leave and hours worked and ensure better retention of public records.

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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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Port of Vancouver must reveal more about seven meetings

Dameon Pesanti, September 27, 2017, The Columbian

In an ongoing lawsuit brought by several environmental groups, the Port of Vancouver will have to better account for seven executive-session meetings it held related to the proposed Vancouver Energy oil terminal.

“We expect this will lead to admissions by the port about how each one of the seven contested meetings violated the (Open Public Meetings Act),” said Miles Johnson, an attorney with Columbia Riverkeeper.

Columbia Riverkeeper, the Sierra Club and Northwest Environmental Defense Center are suing the port, alleging it violated the Open Public Meetings Act when it discussed the minimum price for a real estate lease to the Vancouver Energy oil terminal during seven executive sessions held between March and July of 2013.

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Port, IP clash over contaminated site cleanup

Marissa Luck, September 26, 2017, The Daily News

International Paper Co. closed its Longview operations more than two decade ago, leaving behind 6,470 cubic yards of contaminated soil on land it sold to the Port of Longview. That’s enough to cover a high school basketball court about 15 feet deep.

Now the papermaker and the Port of Longview are at odds about how to clean up the contamination, which is spread over a 4- to 5-acre site. The port argues that if IP gets its way, tons of contaminated soil would still be left on the parcel, and that could compromise current and future businesses.

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State rejects permit for coal-terminal project near Longview

Rachel La Corte, September 27, 2017, HeraldNet

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 Washington state 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.

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Another roadblock for coal export terminal

Greg Johnson, September 27, 2017, Gillette News Record

A decision by the state of Washington to deny a key permit to build a coal export terminal from Western states to Asia is “just disappointing,” said Travis Deti, executive director for the Wyoming Mining Association.

“We’re obviously disappointed at this point in time,” he said in response to Tuesday’s decision by the Washington State Department of Ecology.

In its rejection of a water quality permit, the state agency said the terminal would have caused “significant and unavoidable harm” to the environment. The permit was sought by Millennium Bulk Terminals to build the coal terminal near Longview, Washington, in the southwest part of the state.

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Trump suspends Jones Act to aid Puerto Rico

Katelyn Newman, September 28, 2017, U.S. News and World Report

Facing intense criticism for a lackluster relief effort in Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump reversed an earlier decision and suspended a nearly century-old maritime law Thursday to speed badly-needed aid to the U.S. territory and avoid a growing humanitarian crisis following Hurricane Maria.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted the president’s decision to temporarily waive the Jones Act, which “will go into effect immediately.”

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Port considers moving into Longview’s ‘White House’

Marissa Luck, September 28, 2017, The Daily News

Inside Longview’s White House, the paneled walls of knotty pine, hemlock and larch give the historic building a rustic feel. The wood floors under the retro orange rugs creak as you walk down the hallways, which are lined with old maps of local timberlands. In the attic you can still find dusty boxes of Longview Fibre Co. files and a knotted rope that serves as a fire escape.

At vintage desks, employees wearing jeans and flannel shirts click away at keyboards in front of dual monitors and juggle calls from their smartphones as they manage Weyerhaeuser Co.’s expansive Mount St. Helens Tree Farm.

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