JANUARY 28, 2016


Port of Longview approves airport funding in 2-1 vote

Marissa Luck, January 27, 2016, The Daily News

At least one Port of Longview commissioner isn’t pleased with how the Kelso airport went about asking for money this year, and another commissioner seemed relieved that the port isn’t going to take the airport over.

Commissioner Bob Bagasson Tuesday bucked the other two commissioners, voting against giving the airport $76,000 for this year’s budget. He said the airport asked for the money too late in the budgeting process late year.

Read more here: http://tdn.com/news/local/port-of-longview-approves-airport-funding-in—vote/article_22d445ee-0c3e-55db-a293-ba5eff183b32.html


Port of Port Angeles searching for alternatives after airline delay

By Chris McDaniel, January 28, 2016, Peninsula Daily News

Facing an indefinite delay in the restoration of commercial air service from Port Angeles to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Port of Port Angeles commissioners say they are considering their options.

SeaPort Airlines of Portland, Ore., notified Port of Port Angeles staff last week it is postponing the start of its scheduled air service from William R. Fairchild International Airport to Sea-Tac indefinitely, citing a pilot shortage.

Regularly scheduled air service from Fairchild to Sea-Tac was set to begin March 1.

Read more here: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20160128/NEWS/301289988




Over-capacity crowd voices support, opposition to methanol plant

Steven Dunkelberger, January 28, 2016, Tacoma Weekly

Community members, environment watchers and union workers filled the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center last Thursday during the first public meeting concerning the proposed methanol plant in the works for the former Kaiser Aluminum plant site on the Tacoma Tideflats.

The 400-seat convention hall was filled about an hour before the meeting even started, prompting meeting organizers to open a second room nearby for people who were turned away from the primary room after Tacoma Fire Department officials determined it was at capacity. That room then quickly filled as well, sending more people into the hallway between the rooms.

Northwest Innovation Works is proposing a methanol plant on land it currently leases from the Port of Tacoma.

Read more here: http://www.tacomaweekly.com/news/article/over-capacity-crowd-voices-support-opposition-to-methanol-plant




James Hallett to resign from Port of Port Angeles position; he claims fellow commissioners violated open meeting ethics

By Chris McDaniel, January 27, 2016, Peninsula Daily News

Port of Port Angeles Commissioner James D. Hallett, citing the ethics of his fellow commissioners, has announced he will resign from the position he has held since 2012.

“It is my belief that the actions of my fellow commissioners that occurred under the new business section of our Jan. 12, 2016, meeting violated the open public meetings act in the occurrence of fairness doctrine — if not in technical terms, then certainly [in] the spirit and essence of both,” Hallett said during his announcement Tuesday at a port commission meeting.

“It is time for us to part company,” he said.

Read more here: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20160127/NEWS/301279984




Port congestion ‘inevitable’ even without mega-ships

Bill Mongelluzzo, January 27, 2016, JOC.com

North American ports would most likely be dealing with congestion issues today even without the onslaught of mega-ships, because growing container volumes are taxing the port and intermodal infrastructure, the president and CEO of the Americas for Hyundai Merchant Marine said Tuesday.

“Congestion was inevitable,” David Arsenault told the Propeller Club of Los Angeles-Long Beach.

Read more here: http://www.joc.com/port-news/port-productivity/port-congestion-%E2%80%98inevitable%E2%80%99-even-without-mega-ships_20160127.html?utm_source=email&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily%25newswire&mgs1=bc15m24v3a

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