MARCH 31, 2014

AIRPORTS 

Port of Kennewick hires consultant again for Vista Field Airport The consultant who helped the Port of Kennewick flesh out possibilities for Vista Field Airport will return to help the port figure out how to inspire redevelopment.

 

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Construction may begin in fall on wine-inspired development along Columbia DriveThe port and city are working to jump-start a boutique wine village at Columbia Gardens. 

Business retention essential in Port’s strategyThe Port Commission believes retaining existing businesses, when possible, should remain a top priority. 

Port of Othello seeks to expand industrial areaPort of Othello officials are hoping to move dirt on a 42-acre addition to their industrial park in Bruce by the end of this year. 

Why the maritime industry is important: Seattle leaders get an earful  – Washington’s maritime industry directly employs about 57,000 people, which is 60 percent of the number of people employed by Boeing, but maritime employment won’t continue to thrive unless it gets more public support.

 

 

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES 

Inslee must use reason in setting water-quality rulesThe fate of Wallula’s Boise Paper mill — and its 600 jobs — could depend on how much fish Washingtonians eat. Or, to be precise, how much fish Gov. Jay Inslee and the state Department of Ecology estimate state residents consume.

 

 

MARINE TERMINALS 

Tesoro’s dispute in Calif. resonates in VancouverAgency says company hindered investigation of chemical release at refinery.

 

 

MISC 

Our Voice: Thumbs up to Port of Benton for managing Crow Butte ParkThe success of this oasis is a testament to the can-do spirit of rural Eastern Washington. 

Port of Wahkiakum will give ‘one of a kind’ gillnet boat a makeoverOfficials from Wahkiakum Port District 2 hope this summer to complete a restoration of the vessel and put it under a covered display at Skamokawa Vista Park.

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