DECEMBER 2013 Archives

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Neighbors Seek Ban of Big Rigs on 39th Street

By Stephanie Rice, December 26, 2013, The Columbian More than a year has passed since Greg Martin and a few of his neighbors in west Vancouver’s Lincoln neighborhood started distributing signs reading, “No semis on 39th!”   All he’s heard from city officials about increased truck traffic on the two-lane street has been the “usual political blah-blah-blah,” said Martin, a …

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Puget Sound Region’s Economy Looks to Rebound in 2014

Susanna Ray, December 27, 2013, Puget Sound Buisness Journal The cranes slashing across Seattle’s skyline add to the festive colors of the holidays, with their bright lights and Christmas trees. They also boost the exuberance of local business people. “I’ve been in the business a long time, and this is as good as it could be looking forward— and it’s …

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Port of Longview Approves Raising Property Tax Rate on 2-1 Vote

By Barbara LaBoe, December 23, 2013, Daily News Despite pleas for a holiday change of heart, the Port of Longview commissioners again voted 2-1 Monday to double property taxes in the port district. The move fixes a paperwork glitch related to their Nov. 26 decision.   As they did before, commissioners Lou Johnson and Darold Dietz approved the increase, saying …

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Port Needs to Explain Tax Hike

Editorial Staff, December 29, 2013, Daily News On Dec. 23, the Port of Longview commissioners voted 2-1 to double the port’s property tax levy. TDN reporter Barbara LaBoe reported that commissioners Darold Dietz and Lou Johnson voted in favor of doubling of the tax rate, while Commissioner Bob Bagaason objected. Sounds like a PUD commissioners’ meeting, doesn’t it? In light …

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Everett Port Attracts 7th Shipping Line

By Amy Watkins, December 20, 2013, The Herald Business Journal Seven shipping lines are now calling at the Port of Everett. Austral Asia Line, a subsidiary of Schoeller Holdings, in November celebrated the inaugural call of its new liner service at the Port of Everett. The company, also referred to as AAL, is headquatered in Singapore and specializes in transporting …

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Fight Promised Over Exempting Airport from $15 Minimum Wage

By Bill Lucia, December 28, 2013, Crosscut The $15 per hour minimum wage initiativethat City of SeaTac voters narrowly approved in November will not apply for about 4,700 workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, a King County judge ruled on Friday. The law will still go into affect on Jan. 1 for about 1,600 employees at hotels and parking lots around the airport. Opponents …

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Port of Walla Walla Says No to Marijuana Operations

By Vicki Hillhouse, December 19, 2013, Walla Walla Union Bulletin The Port of Walla Walla may have industrial zoned property, but it won’t likely be used for marijuana processing or other such operations. Although the economic development agency has some of the most sought-after real estate for marijuana related businesses, the Port adopted a resolution early this year aimed at precluding …

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Port of Olympia Loads 1,000th Rail Car This Year

By Rolf Boone, December 20, 2013, The Olympian The Port of Olympia has loaded 1,000 rail cars this year, or an average of 85 per month, which breaks the previous record of 878 cars set in 2004. This year’s total also is triple the number of cars loaded in 2012. Lonshore hours also have reached a new record, rising to …

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2013: Business Recruitment Up, Unemployment Down

By Courtney Sherwood, December 20, 2013, Vancouver Business Journal It’s been a big year for business growth in Clark County. Existing companies like Kyocera announced plans to grow here. Integra Telecom, which once moved hundreds of jobs away from Vancouver, is now bringing workers back. Even controversial headlines surrounding the Port of Vancouver’s decision to lease to a crude oil …

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