Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Record Tourism Year for Port Angeles

Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce executive director Russ Veenema said the City will get $504,000 in room tax collections by the end of the year, which would set a record.  During August, lodging rates averaged about 90%.

According to Russ Veenema's calculations, tourism traffic this year generated roughly $44 million in economic impact from guests staying overnight inside the Port Angeles city limits. These numbers do not include visitors who came to Port Angeles for a day trip and didn't stay overnight.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Freedom Foundation will hold a Work-In on Labor Day

You've gotta be kidding.  The Freedom Foundation is the Koch/ALEC-funded union-busting organization behind Sequim Propositions 1 and 2.  (The Sequim City Council is supposed to decide on September 8th whether to pass Propositions 1 and 2 into law, or put them on the November ballot.)

And just to show that they're putting their money where their mouths are, the Freedom Foundation will have a work-in on Labor Day.

Freedom Foundation CEO Tom McCabe said:

“I can’t think of a problem in society that can’t be traced in some way back to the abuses of organized labor, so it would be hypocritical of us to take a day off on its behalf.”

While the rest of us are enjoying tomorrow's holiday, the dedicated union-busters at the Freedom Foundation will be toting that cell phone, lifting that briefcase.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Peninsula Poll: Elwha River Dam Removal


As the final piece of the last Elwha River dam is removed this week, do you think the $325 million Elwha River restoration project has been worthwhile?

Number of votes cast: 470

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thorndyke Resources vs. Everyone Else (cont'd)

Thorndyke Resources, the company that's determined to build a pit-to-pier gravel mining project in the Hood Canal, consequences be damned, filed a lawsuit several weeks ago in order to lash out against environmentalists and anyone else who stands between Thorndyke Resources and its profits.  And now, in a classic textbook example of terms like “self-fulfilling” and “circular reasoning,” Thorndyke Resources is having a fit because Peter Goldmark, Commissioner of Public Lands, gave a 90-minute tour to several journalists who wanted to see the parts of the Hood Canal that would be destroyed by Thorndyke's proposed gravel mining operation.

Dan Baskins, spokesman for Thorndyke Resources, said:

“It's not right that he has spent all this time and money entertaining reporters and discussing a matter that is in litigation.”

[sigh]

Uh, yeah, it's “in litigation” because of the groundless/frivolous lawsuit that you filed.  That term again is circular reasoning.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sheila Roark Miller to speak at PABA meeting

Clallam County community development director Sheila Roark Miller will be the guest at this Tuesday's meeting of the Port Angeles Business Association.  She will be discussing marijuana operations in unincorporated areas and the land use (i.e. NIMBY) issues that have been erupting lately.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

PDN Poll Question, 8/1314

I answered Yes, but I seem to be in the minority:

Do you see the arts as a driving force in the North Olympic Peninsula economy?

Number of votes cast: 630 


Thursday, August 07, 2014

Hood Canal Sand and Gravel Throws Tantrum, Files Lawsuit

Hood Canal Sand and Gravel, thwarted in their pit-to-pier gravel operation, has filed a lawsuit in Jefferson County Superior Court against state and federal regulations which block development along the Hood Canal coastline.  When all else fails, sue.