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Cheers & Jeers

Cheers to the Port of Grays Harbor for helping to manage a record-breaking year of exports. Quoting from the Port’s press release, “increasing log exports and roll-on/roll-off cargoes combined with short sea shipments from Mexico resulted in 102 ship calls in 2013 to the Port’s marine terminals, a far cry from the eight ships that called Grays Harbor 10 years ago in 2003.”

Jeers to the state Department of Transportation, who really put a black eye on the fine work of the construction workers at the pontoon project in Aberdeen. The state’s design errors will cost $208.2 million to fix — bigger than the initial $81.1 million figure reported in July. And the state has already drained its $250 million contigency fund, which means some of the money will have to come from somewhere else and local projects will likely suffer.

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