DECEMBER 16, 2015


Boeing, Alaska Airlines, Port of Seattle work toward sustainable aviation fuel

December 16, 2015, KIRO News

Boeing Co., Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle are partnering on a $250,000 study to explore how to bring more aviation biofuel to airplanes at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Executives for the companies and port signed an agreement Wednesday, saying the study will help stimulate production of alternatives to conventional jet fuel. They say the longer term plan is to incorporate more biofuel into the airport’s fuel farm, which is used by all 26 airlines.

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Airport employers seek new hearing on SeaTac minimum wage

By Janet I. Tu, December 15, 2015, Seattle Times

There’s some good news and bad news for workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport who’ve been looking for a bump up to $15 in minimum wage for the last two years.

The good news: Most, since August, have been getting paid $15.24 an hour, according to an attorney for the group that backed the minimum-wage law.

The bad news: The legal wrangling over whether the minimum-wage law should apply at the airport has gained new life. And those seeking back pay for the higher minimum-wage amount have had to go to court for it.

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Port of South Whidbey eyes pinch on crabbers

Justin Burnett, December 16, 2015,  South Whidbey Record

Unrestricted public crabbing and fishing from the new docks at South Whidbey Harbor may soon be a thing of the past and replaced with some new and heavy restrictions.

Beginning this summer, fishing will be prohibited entirely and crabbing limited to just nine people per week, according to a proposal before the Port of South Whidbey commissioners.

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Jennifer Keene, the port director on a mission for world takeover

By Marissa Luck, December 16, 2015, The Daily News

Jennifer Keene jokingly compares her ambitions for growing the Port of Woodland to “The Simpson’s” character C. Montgomery Burns, who is infamous for sinister plots to amass wealth and power.

“Every single night I think, ‘How do I take over the world?’ “ Keene quips.

For Keene, “taking over the world” involves transforming the sleepy little Lower Columbia port into a dynamic engine for economic growth.

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