Port to drop out of airport contract
By Marissa Luck, February 10, 2016, The Daily News
On a 2-1 vote Tuesday, Port of Longview commissioners ended their involvement with the Kelso airport, giving nine months’ notice to the three other government agencies that support the airport.
Port commissioners said they are open to financially supporting the airport in the future under a different contract, but for now the action will eliminate a quarter of the airport’s budget starting next year.
Officials hone in on Walla Walla airport master plan
February 10, 2016, Walla Walla Union Bulletin
A more than yearlong master planning process for the Walla Walla Regional Airport has taken off.
Consulting firm Mead & Hunt has embarked on a more than half-million dollar planning process that identifies strengths and weaknesses to ultimately create a guiding document for the airport for the next two decades.
Vocal majority speaks out against proposed Tacoma methanol plant
Derrick Nunnally, February 11, 2016, The News Tribune
In a crowded meeting frequently interrupted by applause, about 1,000 area residents mostly against a proposed Tideflats methanol manufacturing plant attended a public hearing over the environmental review of the facility Wednesday night.
The hearing at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center included a tide of criticisms of the plant, from its potential consequences for the city’s environment and property values to complaints about political figures some speakers regarded as plant supporters.