FEBRUARY 16, 2015

AIRPORTS 

Port staff: Bellingham airport traffic likely to continue to decreaseFor the first time in at least a decade, fewer people flew out of Bellingham International Airport than the year before, a change Port of Bellingham staff had not anticipated.

 

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Slowdown at West Coast ports begins to affect local businessesNorthwest Hardwoods announced this week it is cutting production at three sawmills, including one in Longview, as result of the West Coast port slowdown. 

Port of Kennewick, city work on how to reconnect Vista FieldKennewick’s Vista Field and Three Rivers Entertainment District might blend together someday.

 

 

LABOR 

Obama sending labor secretary to mediate ILWU-PMA disputePresident Obama is sending U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez to California to meet with International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association negotiators to help them reach a contract as West Coast congestion nears a breaking point.

 

 

TRADE 

Long-term issues will remain after port disputeSome business has been lost permanently to other sources, other routes, other modes of transport; how much is lost will depend on the affordability, reliability and convenience of those alternatives.

 

 

TRANSPORTATION 

Editorial: Senators’ state transportation package a good startThe $15 billion transportation package proposed last week by a bipartisan group of senators would go a long way toward addressing the sorry state of Washington’s roads, railroads and mass transit.

Editorial: Don’t let ideology stand in the way of a transportation dealA bipartisan group of state senators have hashed out a comprehensive state transportation package. Their colleagues should follow their spirit of collaboration and compromise on approachs that are good for the state.

Roads paved by compromiseIt still faces committee hearings and votes in the state Senate and House, but a transportation package announced Thursday by a bipartisan group of senators appears to be a model of comprise. 

Senate plan gets debate moving on mobilityThis session will be a critical one in addressing the state’s need to move people and goods.

 

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