Upgrades to Sea-Tac on priority list for Trump’s national infrastructure projects
Walker Orenstein, January 24, 2017, The Olympian
President Donald Trump has placed expansion of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on a priority list for potential infrastructure upgrades by the federal government.
A list compiled by Trump’s transition team identified 50 projects around the country, including the Sea-Tac upgrades, as “Emergency and National Security Projects” that would take a total federal investment of $137.5 billion to complete.
The authenticity of the document, first obtained by the Kansas City Star, was confirmed by a senior congressional aide and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s office Tuesday.
Tour the Tri-Cities swank new airport Friday, or buy a ticket later
Wendy Culverwell, January 24, 2017, Tri-City Herald
The Port of Pasco will show off the results of its $41.9 million upgrade to the Tri-Cities Airport on Friday, with a formal dedication and limited public tours.
The project doubled the size of the airport and created a soaring terminal zone that will officially go into service on Jan. 31.
Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., will give the keynote speech at a dedication at 11 a.m. at the airport, 3601 N. 20th Ave. State Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, also is scheduled to attend.
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Olympia: Bills look to address internet access
Taylor Nadauld, January 24, 2017, Moscow-Pullman Daily News
The Washington state Legislature could be revisiting the issue of rural telecommunications access this year after a bill addressing the issue failed to gain support in 2016.
A new bill, similar to last year’s, was introduced Jan. 13 by Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island. It would authorize public utility districts to provide retail telecommunications services and allow the districts to access federal grant money. The bill has since been referred to the Committee on Energy, Environment and Telecommunications.
Downtown Olympia demonstrators rail against Trump’s approval of oil pipelines
Andy Hobbs, January 24, 2017, The Olympian
Dozens of demonstrators marched Tuesday night through downtown Olympia in response to President Donald Trump’s executive orders to move forward with the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines.
About 6 p.m., demonstrators blocked Fourth Avenue outside Olympia City Hall before marching through the city and turning around at the end of the Fourth Avenue bridge. The demonstration wrapped up about 8 p.m. back at City Hall. Police diverted traffic and no arrests were reported.
Demonstrators carried a large illuminated “water is life” sign while chanting “shut it down” and “you can’t drink oil, keep it in the soil” in reference to the pipelines.
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Port of Vancouver hires interim executive director, not Olympia’s Ed Galligan
Rolf Boone, January 24, 2017, The Olympian
Ed Galligan is still the Port of Olympia’s executive director after the Port of Vancouver USA hired Julianna Marler to be its new CEO/executive director.
The Port of Vancouver USA commission on Tuesday voted 2-1 to make interim executive director Marler its permanent hire.
Galligan was one of three people in the running for the Vancouver job. In addition to him and Marler, the other was Arthur Scheunemann, former president and chief executive of the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County.
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Port of Vancouver USA appoints new CEO
Holly Demaree, January 25, 2017, World-Grain.com
The Port of Vancouver USA board of commissioners voted 2-1 to hire interim chief executive officer (CEO) Julianna Marler as the port’s permanent CEO and executive director.
Marler, who was appointed interim CEO by the board in May 2016, was one of three finalists for the position. The other two were Edward Galligan, current executive director of the Port of Olympia, and Arthur Scheunemann, former president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County.
“We had three highly qualified candidates, and that made this a hard decision,” said Brian Wolfe, commission president. “I believe Julianna is best suited to take us forward and realize the vision this port has for connecting with the community and bringing economic benefit to our region.”