An open letter to the people of Alaska:

In times of crisis, we reflect on our past to guide our path forward. Puget Sound and Alaska share a long history of strong partnership throughout the ebbs and flows: We’ve made it through the 1896 Alaska Gold Rush, the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake, the 1976 Trans-Alaska Pipeline and much more.

Today, our two regions are working together to face our biggest challenge ever — the global coronavirus pandemic.

Last year, shortly after becoming the Port of Tacoma’s executive director, Eric Johnson marched into the offices of Port tenant Art Morrison Enterprises. He was a man on a mission.

As we celebrate Lunar New Year and welcome the Year of the Rat on Jan. 25, be on the lookout for our Monkeyshines. In our fourth year, we’re hiding these unique pieces of art all over Pierce County.

Port of Tacoma commissioners selected John McCarthy as commission president and co-chair of The Northwest Seaport Alliance for 2020.

Mark Miller has joined the Port of Tacoma to lead the information technology team.

A public meeting is scheduled for Jan. 15 about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Tacoma Harbor Navigation Improvement Project draft feasibility report and draft environmental assessment (EA). Sessions begin at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Moore Branch of the Tacoma Public Library in Tacoma, Washington.

Happy holidays! After a busy year connecting customers, cargo and community, the Port of Tacoma Commission and staff send you best wishes for a joyful and prosperous 2020.

For 12 days in October, a 34-foot aluminum boat motored back and forth across Commencement Bay at about 8 knots.

The Port of Tacoma, The Northwest Seaport Alliance, Port of Seattle, Washington State Ferries, NOAA, and the Puget Sound Partnership co-convened a workshop of a broad range of experts and interests to identify ways to reduce underwater noise in effort to support recovery of the endangered population of Southern Resident killer whales. Underwater noise can be harmful to Southern Resident orcas because it impedes their ability to use sonar to hunt prey and communicate.