Keeping prepared: Port, county practice airport disaster response
Charles H. Featherstone, October 16, 2017, Columbia Basin Herald
Flames billowed and smoke rose from an old van hooked up to a giant propane tank more than 100 feet away.
Fire crews from the Port of Moses Lake Fire Department as well as Grant County Fire District 5 responded, attacking the burning wreck near the main runway with high-powered hoses from a distance.
Had this been a real crash, it wouldn’t have been the van on fire. It would have been the field, and the hulk of airplane fuselage lying in the middle of a blackened patch of sagebrush.
Rate hikes at port raise ire
Chris Tucker, October 18, 2017, PTLeader
Port Townsend Boat Haven tenants who work in the marine trades voiced their displeasure at a tenfold increase in lease rates, from 6 cents to 64 cents per square foot at an emotional two-hour meeting Oct. 11.
Port of Port Townsend executive director Sam Gibboney told more than 120 people attending the meeting that the lease increases are necessary to avoid catastrophic failure of port infrastructure and the Boat Haven from shutting down.
CEO: Composite Recycling Technology Center turns profit; focused on three product lines
Jesse Major, October 17, 2017, Peninsula Daily News
The Composite Recycling Technology Center has turned a profit, it’s newly-appointed CEO Dave Walter told Port of Port Angeles and Clallam County officials Monday.
The CRTC has $28,000 in earnings this year as of the end of September and the CRTC projects year-end earnings at $130,000, Walter said.
Walter said the CRTC no longer needs financial support from the Port of Port Angeles, which committed $1.35 million to the CRTC in exchange for economic development, and that the CRTC will be self sufficient in 2018.
Lamb Weston opens expanded operations in Richland, WA
October 16, 2017, Business Wire
Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LW) joined with community and civic leaders today to celebrate the completed expansion of its operations in Richland, WA. The $200 million investment announced in 2016 adds a new processing line to the existing facility, increasing the company’s processing capacity for making frozen french fries. The expansion adds approximately 150 jobs to the local economy.
During a special grand opening ceremony, Lamb Weston President and CEO Tom Werner was joined by Washington State Sen. Sharon Brown of Richland, President & CEO of the Tri-Cities Economic Development Council (TRIDEC) Carl Adrian, and Lamb Weston Richland employees to commemorate the occasion.
CRTC now self sufficient
October 18, 2017, KONP Radio
The non-profit Composite Recycling Technology Center is standing on its own.
Now in its second year of operation, its posted $28,000 in earnings, and are projecting total earnings for 2017 at $130,000.
Read/listen more here: http://konp.com/the_full_story.php?news_id=12880
Guardians of the Gateway workshop to help veterans eek job opportunities at ports
AJOT, October 17, 2017, American Journal of Transportation
The Northwest Seaport Alliance, the Port of Seattle and the Port of Tacoma are pleased to partner with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to offer veterans expedited and preferential hiring, as well as locational preference to ensure a job right here in Puget Sound.
Free port-based workshop aimed at supporting veteran jobs
Chris Galfold, October 18, 2017, Transportation Today
A new workshop from the Ports of Tacoma and Seattle, the Northwest Seaport Alliance, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection was recently designed to help veterans get jobs they need in the area.
The class, Guardians of the Gateway Veterans Career Workshop, couples training with expedited and preferential hiring options. The focus will be distinctly on seaport and airport jobs. The two-hour workshop is going to be offered at the Sea-Tac International Airport on Nov. 15.
Friends of Greenbank Farm declines port negotiations
October 17, 2017, South Whidbey Record
In a recent vote, the board of directors of Friends of Greenbank Farm decided not to execute an agreement with the Port of Coupeville to assume the responsibilities of managing events at Greenbank Farm.
The non-profit group said through the port’s process of updating its comprehensive plan and strategic scheme, the immediate focus is addressing deferred maintenance.
Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum presents ‘Flashback: Remembering the 60s’
October 17, 2017, Chinook Observer
The 1960s were a decade of change on the Long Beach Peninsula. In 1961, the loss of the fishing vessel Mermaid and the motor lifeboat Triumph became the impetus for the founding of the National Motor Lifeboat School at Cape Disappointment in 1968. Ilwaco was a happening place with Red’s Flame Room offering fine dining and music. Doupe’s had all of the latest fashions. Marsh’s in Long Beach made an exciting new acquisition with Jake the Alligator Man. Developers “found the beach” and created new communities such as Surfside Estates and Tides West. Roads were expanded and the “new” Astoria/Megler Bridge made a great impact on everyday life. This exciting new exhibition highlights everyday life on the Peninsula in the ‘60s and documents many of these changes.
Executive Moves: Port of Longview, Consolidated Fastfrate, Tidewater and Miclyn Express Offshore
Hailey Desormeaux, October 17, 2017, American Shopper
The Port of Longview in Washington state has hired Mark Price to serve as director of marine terminals. Before joining the port, Price oversaw Kinder Morgan’s operations in Portland, Vancouver and Longview.