AUGUST 26, 2014

BUDGET/FINANCES 

Port of Walla Walla commissioners to examine their payThe next term for Port of Walla Walla commissioners could start with a pay increase.

 

LAND USE 

Waterfront development: Will new rules harm fish, Puget Sound?Rewriting rules of the beach, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife is at odds with citizen watchdogs. But the department’s “customers” may be happy.

 

MARINAS 

Port will seek bids to upgrade docks The Port of Olympia will seek bids to replace what are the oldest and some of the busiest docks at Swantown Marina, despite cost estimates running about $250,000 over earlier projections. 

 

RAIL 

Grain Piles Up, Waiting for a Ride, as Trains Move North Dakota OilThe furious pace of energy exploration in North Dakota is creating a crisis for farmers whose grain shipments have been held up by a vast new movement of oil by rail, leading to millions of dollars in agricultural losses and slower production for breakfast cereal giants like General Mills. 

 

UNIONS

Port of Vancouver’s 18-month labor fight is officially overAfter an 18-month lockout, picket lines around the Port of Vancouver and a political tussle over whether the government should help run the picket lines to inspect grain, longshore workers will head back to work on Wednesday.

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