NOVEMBER 3, 2016



Budget approved, but paid parental leave tabled for Seaport Alliance

Kate Martin, November 1, 2016, The News Tribune

The Northwest Seaport Alliance has delayed to next month a vote on whether to include four weeks of paid parental leave as an employee benefit.

The group is considering a proposal to provide up to four weeks of paid parental leave for employees, men and women, after the birth, adoption or fostering of a child. Some commissioners wanted a more precise definition of when employees would qualify for the benefit.

The group, which consists of commissioners from the ports of Tacoma and Seattle, unanimously approved the 2017 operating budget, the five-year capital improvement plan and construction contribution methodology via three votes at Tuesday’s meeting.

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Port budget shows major work ahead

November 2, 2016, The Star

Grant County Port District 7 will take in and spend nearly a half million dollars in 2017, the largest portion of that coming from grants, according to a budget commissioners passed last week.

The total budget amount of $467,000 includes one major project for the new year. With grants from the Federal Aviation Administration and Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation, the district plans to repair the 4,200-foot runway.

The runway has developed major cracks and the FAA has approved the repair project for this next year. As part of the project, the port also plans to remove obstructions required though the grant, such as trees near the runway.

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 Willow Grove boat launch to close for dredging 

November 2, 2016, The Daily News

The Willow Grove boat launch will be closed starting around Nov. 15 for a “long overdue” dredging project, the Port of Longview announced Wednesday.

The exact date and length of the closure still is uncertain, because dredging equipment will be working at other places along the Columbia River and its arrival at Willow Grove is still undetermined, according to the port.

“The Port is tackling a project that has been in high demand for a while now,” said port Facilities Superintendent Dan Bean, who oversees the Park. “The safety and ease in which park patrons can use the launch is our priority.”

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Longshoreman save dog from Columbia River at port

Hayat Norimine, November 2, 2016, The Daily News

The story of a runaway dog at the Humane Society turned into a lifesaving rescue effort by Longview longshoremen Tuesday.

Crews at the Port of Longview saved a runaway Chihuahua that made it to the port’s cargo handling docks and plunged into the chilly Columbia River about 25 feet below Tuesday afternoon.

The 5-pound, 8- or 9-year-old Chihuahua escaped from a Humane Society worker when he was on a walk, bolted and squeezed through fences to end up at the port. The Humane Society then received a call from Port of Longview staff informing workers of the dog’s whereabouts.

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