A Bayfront tourism retail store owner has announced she’s a write in candidate for Newport Port Commissioner Position Two, the one currently held by long-time Port Commissioner and Newport businessman David Jincks.
Molly Murphy, owner of Kelli’s Treasures on the Bayfront, said she wants to join the commission as someone who wants to help ensure that port projects, like the International Terminal, benefit everyone in the area and not detract from any other part of the local economy. Murphy contends the impending log export operation could adversely affect tourism at the east end of the Bayfront, especially to the Embarcadero by which 50 log trucks a day would be driving as they deliver logs for export to the Far East. She says the terminal’s log debarking operation troubles her especially. She said she, like many others, are concerned about safety issues for 40 ton trucks coming down Moore Road and making the turn onto the Bay Road in front of the Embarcadero. She’s also concerned about invasive species riding on log ships and the “thin” coverage by Department of Environmental Quality inspectors. She also maintains that the U.S. should be shipping finished wood products overseas – not raw logs. She says she’s an 8 year resident of Newport and is a “straight shooter” when it comes important issues. She said “I’m a quick learner, too.”
Incumbent Port Commissioner David Jincks is a well known local businessman, which includes being a commercial fisherman for many years. He’s a 52 year resident of Newport. Jincks served on the Newport Port Commission from 1995 to 2005, returning recently to fill the unfinished term of then Commissioner Rob Halverson. Jincks has been deeply involved in the NOAA Headquarters project which moved NOAA’s pacific fleet from Seattle to Newport and provided additional review and oversight to the reconstruction of the port’s International Terminal which is expected to provide the community with many new family wage jobs when a log export contractor begins shipping logs overseas from local forests.