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Yearly Archives: 2015

Festival of Lighted Boats Sets Sail through Port of Kalama on Saturday after Waiting out Flooding and High Winds

Kalama is open for business: while intense flooding and high winds took a toll on Kalama last week, the town has refreshed and is open for business; just in time for the holidays, come enjoy the natural beauty, unique dining, renowned antique shops and one-of-a-kind shopping.

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Truckloads of sand to begin moving from Steelscape site to Spencer Creek Business Park

Kalama locals may see truckloads of sand moving from the Steelscape warehouse site across the freeway to the future home of Spencer Creek Business Park in the next few weeks. Sand has been used to compact the land for the building of the new Steelscape warehouses. That sand now transitions to provide the same land compacting at the proposed business park. Should you have any questions about the process, please call 360/673-2325.


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Festival of Lighted Boats rescheduled for Saturday, December 19, due to high winds

Holiday cheer will still sail through Kalama this December but one week later than planned. The first annual Festival of Lighted Boats has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 19, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. due to area flooding and weather conditions. The Kalama Chamber of Commerce next week welcomes the stunning holiday boat parade produced by the Dolphin Yacht Club.

The event promises holiday fun for the entire family with music and caroling, festive food and drink and crafts. The Lighted Boat Parade will last about an hour to an hour and a half and is expected to start at 6:30 p.m.

“We believe Kalama’s first-ever holiday boat parade will showcase some of the best traits of our little town—the most beautiful waterfront park in the region and a community that comes together like family,” says event organizer, Taryn Nelson, president of the Kalama Chamber. “The Festival of Lighted Boats is sure to cheer families around the region.”

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The Dolphin Yacht Club, which participates in a holiday boat parade in Camas/Washougal, eyes the Kalama’s Marine Park as an ideal setting to launch the popular family event.

“The yacht club approached the Chamber about a partnership to add on-the-ground activities and entertainment which we believe will attract a new audience to Kalama’s core,” says Nelson.

Families who join in the fun will find a cheery holiday celebration including:

  • Narrated Lighted Boat Parade
  • Live music (Kalama and Woodland High School Choirs & elementary school performances)
  • Santa Photo Booth
  • Warm beverages
  • Chili, nachos, caramel corn
  • Holiday crafts and more

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Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners Meeting Cancelled Tonight Due to Flooding

The Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners meeting is cancelled this evening because of limited road access in and around the Port due to flooding. We are sorry for any inconvenience. Please stay safe as you navigate our roads.

For more information, call (360) 673-2325.

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Port of Kalama is now accepting applications for Grounds Keeper Position

The Port of Kalama is accepting applications/resumes for the position of Grounds Keeper.  All applications must be received by 5:00 PM Monday, December 28, 2015 at the Port of Kalama office at 110 W Marine Drive, Kalama, WA 98625. This position requires a high school diploma, have the ability to speak, read, write, and understand English, and have a minimum (5) years of experience in maintaining  parks, golf courses or sports complexes in turf management; tree, shrub, and plant maintenance; installing and repairing irrigation; and operating zero turn and self-contained hydraulic driven contour mowers. The salary range is between $40,000 – $48,000 per year plus benefits.

Grounds Keeper Job Description

All applicants will be subject to a background check and aptitude, skills and drug testing.

All applicants MUST obtain Port of Kalama application and job description at the Port office or from the Port website at

All applications/resumes should be sent to:

Port of Kalama

Attn: Grounds Keeper Position

110 W Marine Drive

Kalama, WA 98625

The Port of Kalama is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please contact the Port at 360-673-2325 or with any questions.

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Festival of Lighted Boats sets sail in Kalama this holiday season

First annual holiday boat parade offers holiday entertainment for families and groups at Port of Kalama’s Marine Park on December 12th.

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Port of Kalama Awards Contract to Build New Warehouses to Accommodate Recent Business Growth

JH Kelly will break ground on new buildings to make way for both Steelscape and NW Innovation Works expansion

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Port of Kalama Receives State Grant for Economic Feasibility Study on Spencer Creek Business Park

The comprehensive analysis will help maximize the economic and community benefits for the business park and relocating businesses.

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Port of Kalama named Washington State Port of the Year

The Washington Public Ports Association has honored the Port of Kalama with the President’s Port of the Year Award for combining long-term vision and innovative planning to create jobs and improve the community’s quality of life. Port of Kalama commissioners received the award at the WPPA annual meeting recently in Seattle, Washington.

The Port of Kalama this year celebrates an extensive list of awards, recognition, community infrastructure projects, new contracts and acclaim as an approachable, business-friendly climate for businesses of all sizes

  • Several Port businesses have chosen to expand their operations and several new businesses now call the Port of Kalama ‘home;’
  • New infrastructure projects like the new 24-acre recreational facility, Haydu Park, were completed in 2015;
  • Among numerous awards, the Port earned the Pathways 2020 Community Champions Award for Economic Vitality, which awards organizations that excel at creating jobs, employee wellness, training, employable skills, new or expanding business, transportation, financial security, reducing poverty, and higher wages.



Port of Kalama set to develop new commercial property

The City of Kalama Planning Commission recently approved the Port of Kalama’s Master Plan to develop 70 acres of Port property to make way for the anticipated Spencer Creek Business Park. The City and Port together earned the 2014 Governor’s Smart Communities Award for their collaboration on planning the multi-use business property which is expected to boost the region’s available commercial property, economy and job opportunities while strengthening the city’s revenue base. Click for aerial video of Spencer Creek Business Park.


“The Port’s mission is to ‘induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and enhance public recreational opportunities.’ These projects collectively further every aspect of the Port’s mission to contribute to an economically thriving, successful and livable region,” says Randy Sweet, president, Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners. “We are so honored to provide such substantial enhancements that will serve the Port’s business community for years to come.”

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Port of Kalama Named Washington State Port of the Year

The Port is recognized for its long-term vision and innovative planning to create jobs and improve quality of life

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