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Morning Press: Salmon Creek retail; Kalama port damage; Some construction can resume

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In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the week:

Salmon Creek retail center cleared for takeoff

There’s a new retail center in the works for Salmon Creek, and plans call for it to include a variety of retail and food options including a bank, a pharmacy, a drive-thru restaurant and a grocery store.

DeWitt Construction recently completed a move to a new home on Northeast 72nd Avenue, freeing up its previous location in Salmon Creek for a long-planned commercial development called Skyview Station. The project comes from Vancouver-based Hurley Development.

Port of Kalama files claim against vessel for marina damage

LONGVIEW — The Port of Kalama has filed a claim against the owners and operators of the container ship it believes is responsible for damaging the marina and boats moored there when it passed at an excessive speed early last week.

The port also has also tripled its damage estimate, to $3 million, and that’s just for port docks, wharves and related structures. It estimates another $2 million damage to private vessels, but boat owners would have to file their own court claim, seek to join the port’s action or file a claim directly with the vessel operator.

Clark County councilors Quiring, Medvigy question Inslee order

Two Clark County councilors pushed back against Gov. Jay Inslee’s mitigation approach to the COVID-19 pandemic in Wednesday morning’s Clark County Board of Health meeting.

Council Chair Eileen Quiring, a Republican, entertained the possibility of Clark County operating on a different timeline than the state for reopening sectors of the economy. Quiring said Inslee was issuing edicts based on outbreaks in the Puget Sound area, not Clark County.

Inslee: Some construction projects in Washington can resume

Gov. Jay Inslee announced a limited rollback of the statewide ban on residential and retail construction at a press conference Friday. Certain construction projects that were underway before the ban will be allowed to resume work, subject to a new list of safety restrictions.

“We have found a way to safely allow low-risk construction that is underway to resume,” Inslee said.

City of Vancouver braces for massive blow to budget due to pandemic

The city of Vancouver is expecting to lose out on at least $30 million and as much as $60 million as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, mostly in lost sales-tax revenue.

The range is broad because nobody really knows how long the current economic shutdown is going to last, said Natasha Ramras, the city’s chief financial officer. But it will leave a deep crater in the city’s coffers — $60 million would amount to about 40 percent of Vancouver’s annual general fund, which at this point is being regarded as the worst-case scenario.


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