Back Issues: April 6th, 2017
The votes are in, more than 10,500 of them, and the five-week-old river otters at the Oregon Zoo now have names. Following an online selection process that drew national attention this past week, Tilly’s pups will henceforth be known as Nehalem and Nestucca. The zoo’s otter keepers selected three possible names for each pup and last week invited the public to vote for their favorites via the zoo website. The female pup will now go by Nehalem, or Nellie for short, named after the river that flows nearly 120 miles from the Coast Range down to Nehalem Bay. The male pup is now Nestucca, aka Tucker, after a forested river near the coast, known for its steelhead and salmon. Keepers say Nellie and Tucker continue to do well and now weigh around three pounds each.
For the first time in its 105-year history, the Port of Vancouver USA has recorded more than seven million metric tons of cargo across its docks. The port recorded 7.49 million metric tons in 2016, nearly eight percent more than the 2015 record of 6.95 million metric tons.
Exports in 2016 climbed to 6.32 million metric tons from 5.54 million metric tons in 2015, a 14 percent increase overall. Grain continues to be the largest exports by volume, and in 2016 these cargoes increased 17.8 percent over 2015. Some imports, such as wind energy components increased in 2016, but overall imports were down 17 percent in 2016.
Despite impressive gains in overall tonnage, fluctuations in currency and the global economy had an impact on the port in 2016. Operating revenue decreased from $38.2 million to $35.9 million.
The port has logged record tonnage for the past three years, and 2017 is shaping up to be another good year. Cargoes like autos, steel, minerals, wind energy components and grain continue to bring in solid numbers, making the future look bright for the port and the community.
This is an important week in the state legislature in Olympia. It is the final week of budget proposals, and the Council For the Homeless seeks help from the community to keep investments in affordable homes and homelessness top of mind for lawmakers. To help, join agencies and advocates across the state by calling the Legislative Hotline Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., at 1-800-562-6000 and ask lawmakers to do the following:
- Support House Bill 1570 (Washington Housing Opportunities Act)
- Enact the House Operating Budget
- Get as close as possible to a $200 million investment in the Housing Trust Fund
These three efforts combined have the potential to end family homelessness, significantly reduce chronic homelessness, and ensure no youth exits the state’s care into homelessness. For more information on these three priorities, visit Washington Low Income Housing Alliance.
Parents and guardians are invited to enroll next year’s kindergartners in Battle Ground Public Schools during the district’s Connect to Kindergarten week, April 17 through 21. School offices will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Connect to Kindergarten so that parents can get questions answered and bring required documentation to their child’s school. Parents and guardians also can enroll their children now online at: http://www.battlegroundps.org/parents-and-students/k12-enrollment. Incoming kindergartners should be enrolled so they can attend a kindergarten welcome orientation at their school. Orientations are slated for late April and throughout May. For more information, including school boundary maps, required documents, orientation dates, and special programs, visit www.battlegroundps.org.