The text from my former Columbian colleague and fellow University of Montana alum came as I was
, Wis., on Wednesday. driving to Ashland
took top prize in SPJ’s comprehensive coverage category.” Oil Town
It came as quite a pleasant surprise, given the fierce competition among similar-sized outlets in the Pacific Northwest, that Dameon Pesanti and I would top the category. I’m grateful, honored and humbled. Thank you, and here’s to everyone else who placed and continues to fight the good fight.
Back on this side of the Cascades (and the Rockies (and the Mississippi)), there’s plenty of fights to cover, whether it’s the
or the next multimillion-dollar (and shrinking) Paulucci estate that will cross Minnesota. And then there’s the fight that finally fizzled out: new pipeline proposed by Enbridge . Sunday liquor sales
Of course there’s the sunnier stuff, like this
or the cutting-edge work of a new solar farm . biotech company in Two Harbors
Some of my favorite — and most-lauded — pieces of late were analyses on
and the NAFTA’s impact on Minnesota , a short series health care economy in Duluth . I also enjoyed writing this profile on I worked on with health care reporter John Lundy . Duluth’s homegrown, billion-dollar company, Allete
And though I was fighting a cold, who could pass up the opportunity to cover the
biggest dogsled race in the Lower 48?
Looking back on the Oil Town series, it’s crazy to think where I was not even a year ago. But I”m still
, so not everything has changed. sitting through long port meetings
There’s a common storytelling trick called starting in the middle. But for The Columbian’s recently launched Oil Town series, I started before the beginning.
In March I took
overseeing the permitting for the nation’s largest oil terminal, that controversial lil’ proposal at the the Port of Vancouver. Next, my colleague (and former Montana classmate) a look back at the state energy panel looked at a little-known assistant attorney general known as the Dameon Pesanti . Most recently, I delved into the Counsel for the Environment to see if the three-year-old proposal is still viable. economics of the oil-by-rail terminal
I suppose none of that sounds incredibly enticing, but one reader called me after the latest story and said “it was like reading The New York Times.” A tear slid down my cheek.
Some tears were shed over port CEO Todd Coleman’s
and sudden departure recently. I took a look back at oddly timed for Sunday’s business cover. his four-year, 19-day tenure
The week before I learned Vancouver’s
has had a big role in the craft beer boom, and the microbrew industry is in turn helping the massive waterfront malthouse grow. Great Western Malting Co.
A Trap Door Brewing IPA, made with Great Western Malting Co. malts, sits in an old Great Western glass. The father and grandfather of the uptown Vancouver brewery worked at the malthouse, which supplies many Northwest breweries with grain. Photo by . Ariane Kunze
It’s been a busy spring all over, with stories about a
, a huge new food truck putting down roots and a nascent development in an old rock quarry opening in downtown Vancouver. co-working space
And back at the port, I
on not releasing the publicly approved chased them for the oil terminal, lease amendment on a potential open meetings violation and chastised them on news of a boutique hotel coming to the waterfront. Always something with these guys. celebrated with them