Officials: Federal program for air service unlikely for Port Angeles
Jesse Major, June 8, 2017, Peninsula Daily News
It would take either an act of God or an act of Congress for commercial air service to return to Port Angeles, Port of Port Angeles Commissioner Steve Burke said when he announced his candidacy for the port in April.
Now an act of Congress seems unlikely as U.S. Rep Derek Kilmer’s office has made it clear the federal Essential Air Service program wasn’t an option, port officials said.
It’s a federal program that subsidizes airlines providing airline service to rural communities, but the federal government prohibits any airports that had non-subsidized airline service in October 2012 from benefiting from the program.
Governor declares June as “General Aviation Appreciation Month” in Washington state
Nisha Marvel, June 2, 2017, WSDOT
Gov. Jay Inslee has given aviation enthusiasts in the state a reason to celebrate by declaring June 2017 as General Aviation Appreciation Month.
Gov. Inslee recently signed a proclamation declaring June 2017 as a time to recognize general aviation’s importance to our state. This marks the fifth year in a row that general aviation has received this recognition via a governor’s proclamation in Washington state.
In his proclamation, Gov. Inslee emphasized the crucial role that aviation plays to the state’s transportation system and economy, as it effectively and efficiently moves people, goods and services.
“With summer just around the corner, this proclamation is a great way to encourage people to visit our state’s airports during the month of June,” said Tristan Atkins, Washington State Department of Transportation director of aviation. “We appreciate Gov. Inslee recognizing, again, the importance of general aviation.”
Washington is home to a diverse aviation system, with 137 public-use airports ranging in size and purpose. The proclamation highlights how general aviation, aerospace, aircraft manufacturing and other aviation activities contribute to Washington’s economic health and vitality.
“We join the many aviation organizations in Washington state in thanking Gov. Inslee for signing this proclamation,” said David Ketchum, president of the Washington State Aviation Alliance. “Aviation contributes so much to our state, and it is efforts such as this that help protect and promote aviation in the state of Washington.”
More details about the aviation economic statistics cited in the governor’s proclamation are available in the 2012 Washington Aviation Economic Impact Study, completed by the WSDOT Aviation Division.
Fundraising underway for Washougal park Sasquatch
Dawn Feldhaus, June 8, 2017, Camas-Washougal Post-Record
The future addition of a Sasquatch sculpture in Washougal Waterfront Park needs funding and a name.
The artwork — with an estimated cost of $27,000 — is expected to debut in a children’s natural play area of the park located at 335 S. “A” St., Washougal, in the fall or winter 2018.
The Sasquatch — designed by ID Sculpture, of Gunnison, Colorado — would be situated near “Erric the Erratic,” a boulder that traveled on a glacier from Canada to the Camas-Washougal area in the Missoula Floods. The figure would be made of reinforced steel, GeoFoam and glass-fiber-reinforced concrete.
Consultant urges Bremerton Port to target individual maritime, defense businesses
Tad Sooter, June 7, 2017, Kitsap Sun
Boat builders across the country can expect a call from the Port of Bremerton.
Consultants hired to create a new marketing strategy for the agency’s 1,600 acres of industrial land urged port officials Tuesday to pursue individual businesses in the maritime, defense, aerospace and recreation sectors.
Representatives of Seattle-based Heartland LLC. also presented port staff with a searchable database of thousands of companies working in those fields.
Controversial tweets sink Trump supporter’s campaign for port commission
Candice Ruud, June 7, 2017, Tacoma News Tribune
A candidate for the Port of Tacoma commission is pulling out of the race after coming under fire for posting what he later admitted were “insensitive, unacceptable and unkind” comments on Twitter about women, African-Americans and others.
Jim Jensen, 37, apologized in a statement on Wednesday.
“Several tweets I wrote were completely insensitive, unacceptable and unkind,” he wrote. “I wrote things on Twitter that I don’t believe and certainly would never think were acceptable to say. They do not represent me as a person, husband or father.”
More flocking to boats as prices soar onshore
Tad Sooter, May 28, 2017
A seagull is the closest thing Harry Knickerbocker has to a roommate.
The bird perches regularly atop an outboard motor at the stern of Knickerbocker’s sailboat, hoping for treats.
“She’s kind of adopted my boat,” the 71-year-old said on a recent visit to his slip at the Bremerton Marina.
Tacoma to add four more container cranes
Eric Haun, June 7, 2017, Maritime Logistics Professional
Managing members of the Northwest Seaport Alliance have approved a $52 million purchase of four more container cranes to join four others already on order for Husky Terminal in the South Harbor in Tacoma.
They also approved an additional $2.9 million in improvements at Seattle’s Terminal 18 in the North Harbor and Tacoma’s West Hylebos Log Yard and Pierce County Terminal in the South Harbor.
“As the alliance, we can invest holistically in our facilities to ensure they remain competitive in this fast-changing industry,” said Dick Marzano, co-chair of The Northwest Seaport Alliance. “These improvements will help us serve our customers better and continue to create the trade-related jobs so vital to our state.”
Seaport Alliance buys four container cranes for $52 million
Seattle Times Business Staff, June 6, 2017, Seattle Times
The Northwest Seaport Alliance, the marine cargo partnership between the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, said Tuesday it will spend $52 million to buy four more container cranes for Husky Terminal in the South Harbor, meaning Tacoma.
The cranes, arriving in 2019, will supplement four already ordered cranes due to be delivered next year.