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Business and development tidbits for Sept. 27

Kevin Cronin
Thursday, October 3, 2019

** NW power users are green

Pacific Power’s Blue Sky customers are among the nation’s most devoted promoters of renewable energy, the utility reports.

For the 17th year, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory ranked Blue Sky, which includes Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power customers, in the top five nationwide for utility green power programs.

Blue Sky ranks second for total number of participating customers and third for total renewable energy sales through a voluntary program. The program has more than 73,700 customers in Oregon, Washington and California.

Blue Sky has generated more than 8 million megawatt-hours of renewable energy from wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal projects, reducing their emissions footprint by nearly 6 million tons of carbon dioxide.

** Restaurant could be on TV

T Paul’s Supper Club in Astoria posted on its Facebook page recently that the restaurant has been approached by the Food Network to compete on Guy’s Grocery Games hosted by Guy Fieri.

The program places four top chefs in a grocery store. They compete against time and each other to create the best dishes using ingredients from the store, always with a twist (such as using only items found in the bargain bin or only items from the international aisle).

** Main Avenue work

Work began this week on Main Avenue landscaping improvements.

Pavement in each of the power pole “bulb-outs” has been ground up and a tree and more pavement grinding is underway at the still unnamed park at the four-way stop and at a landscaping project a block north of the high school at Main and Alternate Highway 101.

Last month, Warrenton’s Urban Renewal Agency approved a $287,865 contract with Big River Construction.

All three projects were more expensive than regular landscaping because of the necessity to remove asphalt.

** Business inventory

Community Development Director Kevin Cronin won approval from the City Commission to apply for a $75,000 grant to conduct a commercial and industrial land inventory.

The project comes on the heels of city and county projects that surveyed the area’s housing needs. If accepted, the grant would come from the state Department of Land Conservation and Development and would require a small cash match from the city.

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