MARCH 5, 2015

AIRPORTS 

A ‘battle for Seattle’ between two airlines is fueling huge growthThe explosive growth causing the traffic jams at Seatac, the country’s 15th-largest airport, is being fueled by a battle for supremacy between two airlines, one that calls Seattle home and the other that sees the Pacific Northwest as the gateway to lucrative Asian and European markets.

 

 

ELECTIONS/GOVERNANCE 

Unexcused absences could mean Port of Olympia commissioner Gunn loses her jobPort of Olympia Commissioner Sue Gunn, who has been on medical leave since December, suddenly finds her role as commissioner on the clock after the commission declined to excuse her absence, inadvertently or by choice.

 

LABOR 

ILA local president to West Coast shippers: We want your cargoThis pronouncement by the ILA leader came one day after the ILA international headquarters in New York confirmed it is exploring the possibility of starting contract negotiations soon — three years before the existing contract expires — with waterfront employers represented by USMX. The intent is to head off any possible diversion of cargo when the contract deadline approaches in 2018.  

 

MARINAS 

Port of Willapa begins Tokeland Marina upgrade The Port of Willapa Harbor accepted bids for the new seafood market at the Tokeland Marina and hopes to start construction this month. 

 

RAIL 

Northwest Oil Terminal Plan Would Mean Jobs — And More Oil TrainsIn southwestern Washington state, oil companies want to build the largest oil-by-rail terminal in the country at the Port of Vancouver, on the banks of the Columbia River. 

 

TOURISM 

Getting Washington back in the game of tourism marketingWhen a visitor comes to Washington, we’re hosting a very special guest. Every hotel, restaurant, shop and attraction wants to make the best possible impression on these VIPs because we want them to love us and keep coming back. 

 

TRANSPORTATION 

A transportation breakthrough in the state SenatePassing a highway-and-transit package replete with taxes and fees was always going to be a tough proposition, in this or any other session.

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