Ivan Eugene (Van) Thomsen died June 16, 2017.
He was born May 2, 1930, in Regina, Saskatchewan, to Berdines and Ellice Thomsen and lived his first 30 years in Canada, where he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He and his first wife Rita Zaren had two children, Debbe and Jo-Lynn, who now live on Vancouver Island. He moved in 1965 to Portland, where he met Janet (Jan) Duvall at a Halloween dance. They were married in 1968 and together raised children Jennifer, Bobby and Tracy in and around Enumclaw.
He had a successful career in the compressed gas industry with Air Liquide before turning to entrepreneurship. He launched Pacific Shipping Systems, a brokerage for transport trailers, intermodal containers and highway chassis, but also experimented with, invented and patented an innovative carbon dioxide refrigeration system for the transportation industry. He is remembered as a visionary, an “ideas guy” and a builder of things who found joy in life and was the first to celebrate the achievements of others.
Bills show hundreds of residents doubled or tripled their water usage in the past two months, but many say they’ve not increased, or even decreased, their water consumption, and the city’s system must be wrong.
For the last decade, Ellen Boyd has been taking care the city of Buckley, most recently as its director of the youth center, senior center and parks department. So when Ellen was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian germ cell cancer, her friends decided it was time the community she dedicated her life to should come out to support her.
Mushroom pickers hiking just outside Greenwater recently stumbled upon a spooky scene — a human skull among the ‘shrooms.
Oakpointe is gearing up to start home construction in the Ten Trails project in Black Diamond — the developer is only waiting for is final authorization by the City Council. Final plat authorization was submitted by Oakpointe to city staff on Aug. 30, and after staff review, sent to the City Council for action on the Oct. 5 meeting. Council tabled the item to the Oct. 19 meeting. Additionally, a new roundabout opened in the city.
The $5.4 billion spent to expand the Panama Canal is paying off for East Coast and Gulf of Mexico seaports; however, it is putting more pressure on the Northwest to remain competitive.