OCTOBER 18, 2017

AIRPORTS

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.

Read more here:  http://www.columbiabasinherald.com/local_news/20171016/keeping_prepared_port_county_practice_airport_disaster_response

 

 

BUDGET/FINANCES

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.

Read more here:  http://www.ptleader.com/news/rate-hikes-at-port-raise-ire/article_3bf1e20c-b38d-11e7-b93c-4787ce16f9d1.html

 

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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.

Read more here:  http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/business/ceo-composite-recycling-technology-center-turns-profit-focused-on-three-product-lines/

 

 

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.

Read more here:  http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171016005889/en/Lamb-Weston-Opens-Expanded-Operations-Richland-WA

 

 

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

 

 

MISC

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.

Read more here:  https://www.ajot.com/news/guardians-of-the-gateway-workshop-to-help-veterans-seek-job-opportunities-a

 

 

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.

Read more here:  https://transportationtodaynews.com/news/6109-free-port-based-workshop-aimed-supporting-veteran-jobs/

 

 

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.

Read more here:  http://www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/news/friends-of-greenbank-farm-declines-port-negotiations/

 

 

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.

Read more here:  http://www.chinookobserver.com/article/20171017/ARTICLE/171019929

 

 

PEOPLE

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.

Read more here:  https://www.americanshipper.com/main/news/executive-moves-port-of-longview-consolidated-fast-69383.aspx

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