JUNE 29, 2016

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Port of Ridgefield proposes fiber optics construction

Public information meeting to be held Tuesday, June 28

Carla Christian, June 28, 2016, The Reflector

When the Port of Ridgefield began to explore what modern industries would need to build a successful business in the area termed the “Discovery Corridor,” they found that many of the desired assets were already in place, such as a major transportation corridor, high quality healthcare and higher education. But one key piece of the puzzle was missing – the infrastructure for high-speed data transfer.

On Tuesday, June 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield, the Port of Ridgefield will host a public information session about the port’s fiber development project, and its significance to the community and beyond.

In addition to an introduction and status report of the port’s fiber development project, the event will feature a panel discussion to explain what dark fiber is, why the port is taking on the project and why the project is important to Washington State University – Vancouver, and to private industry in the area.

Read more here:  http://www.thereflector.com/news/article_b8dd7736-3d69-11e6-a6b9-5f3f376f92c7.html  

 

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES

Environmentalists ask state to take over methanol plant review

Marissa Luck, June 24, 2016, The Daily News

Columbia Riverkeeper is mounting a legal challenge against the proposed methanol plant that could lead to long delays in permitting of the $1.8 million project.

This week the Hood River-based environmental group filed a petition with the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council to ask the agency to take over responsibility for permitting from local governments.

“This proposed methanol refinery deserves the level of state-wide scrutiny and public input that the EFSEC process was designed to provide,” said Miles Johnson, Clean Water Attorney of Columbia Riverkeeper, in a press release.

Chinese-backed Northwest Innovation Works wants to build a refinery on about 100 acres at the Port of Kalama. The plant would convert natural gas to methanol, then ship it to Asia, where it would be converted to olefins, a primary component of plastic.

Read more here:  http://tdn.com/news/local/environmentalists-ask-state-to-take-over-methanol-plant-review/article_22abf86e-4a1d-54a9-a39a-0a1f4106141a.htm l

  

MISC

Port of Moses Lake Celebrates 50th Anniversary this Friday

Rodney Harwood, June 28, 2016, Columbia Basin Herald

If the walls could talk, what would they say? Where would they start?

Would they start with the famous people who have passed through the Grant County International Airport over the years? People like President John F. Kennedy, who landed at Larson Air Force Base in 1963. Or Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s husband, who made two touch-and-go landings in 1982. Or maybe the movie stars? Bruce Willis was here to film portions of “Die Hard II” in 1990 or what about Tom Selleck, who filmed scenes from “Runaway” in 1984?

If the walls could talk, would they tell us about the spectacular aircraft that have graced the skies over central Washington or touched down in the airfield with one of the longest runways (13,503 feet) in the United States. Would they tell us of the then-new development in aviation called the Boeing 747 with the No. 1 on its fuselage, meaning the first 747 in operation. Or how about 1974 when the British Concorde Supersonic Transport blew into town and stayed for a month. Maybe the Antonov 225, the world’s largest airplane that made a refueling stop at Grant County International Airport in 2012.

The Port of Moses Lake will celebrate 50 years of history on Friday with a special day of reminiscing past glory and talk of future plans, then cap it all off with a good, old-fashioned hangar dance with live music with the Fabulous Kingpins.

Gates open to the public at 10 a.m. They’ll have food, beer and a lot of great aircraft on display.

Read more here:  http://www.columbiabasinherald.com/news/port-of-moses-lake-at/article_752f51d2-3cae-11e6-93ad-4f687e94f310.html

 

 

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