OCTOBER 19, 2015

AIRPORTS 

Delta Air Lines launches Sea-Tac service to 10 new destinations

Rob Smith, October 19, 2015, Puget Sound Business Journal

Delta Air Lines Inc. will launch round-trip service to 10 new destinations between November and next May, including to Kona, Cancun and Victoria.

Delta (NYSE: DAL), the second-largest carrier at Sea-Tac International Airport behind Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), will also offer four daily flights to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif. Other new destinations are Boston; Orlando; Pasco; Billings, Montana; Edmonton, Alberta, and Missoula, Montana.

Read more: http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2015/10/delta-airlines-launches-sea-tac-service-to-10-new.html

 

 

ELECTIONS/GOVERNANCE 

Port of Skagit candidates focus on jobs, future

Brandon Stone, October 17, 2015, Go Skagit

Pola Kelley, director of the Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce, is challenging incumbent Bill Shuler for the Port of Skagit commissioner Position 3.

Shuler, who is completing his first six-year term in office, said he isn’t done trying to implement the port’s mission: Good jobs for the community.

Read more: http://www.goskagit.com/all_access/port-of-skagit-candidates-focus-on-jobs-future/article_716a917f-b9bd-5fee-8497-a925432f0cfb.html

 

Port candidates differ on style and approach

Bill Wagner, October 15, 2015, The Daily News

Two Longview businessmen are going to head-to-head in a race for port commissioner at a critical time in the Port of Longview’s history.

The port is facing stiff global and domestic competition as the Panama canal expansion project nears completion and the ports of Tacoma and Seattle form a cargo alliance. It’s exploring a deal that could bring $1.25 billion in controversial energy projects to Longview. It’s taking over Willow Grove Park. And it’s trying to figure out how to turn its 280-acre Barlow Point property into a job-generating marine terminal.

Candidates Jeff Wilson and Tony Filippello are battling for a seat that seven-year incumbent Darold Dietz is vacating on the three-member board.

Read more: http://tdn.com/news/local/port-candidates-differ-on-style-and-approach/article_2e8420df-d7ad-56ee-b5b5-41d6c81fb314.html

 

Port of Bellingham candidates differ on dredging, airport

By Samantha Wohlfeil, October 15, 2015, Bellingham Herald

This Nov. 3, voters will pick between commercial fisherman Robert “Bobby” Briscoe and Ferndale Mayor Gary Jensen in the race for the open seat on the three-member Port of Bellingham Commission.

The District 3 seat, currently held by Jim Jorgensen, covers most of Whatcom County west of Guide Meridian, stretching from northwest Bellingham to the Canadian border. The race is on all county ballots.

Read more: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/politics-government/election/local-election/article39359607.html#storylink=cpy

 

Port of Port Angeles candidates differ over Boat Haven rates during Joyce forum

By James Casey, October 15, 2015, Peninsula Daily News

One candidate for a Port of Port Angeles commission seat says she sides with a citizens committee’s proposal to cut rates at the Boat Haven marina.

Her opponent favors raising fees with the Consumer Price Index, known as the CPI.

Read more: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20151015/NEWS/310159994/port-of-port-angeles-candidates-differ-over-boat-haven-rates-during

 

 

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES 

Official says Vancouver oil terminal plan deeply flawed

By Aaron Corvin, October 18, 2015, The

A key state official’s internal review last December of the proposed oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver reveals deep concern from regulators about the project’s potential negative impacts on public safety, the local environment and global climate change. Washington state Assistant Attorney General Ann Essko also said in her confidential review that the joint venture’s preliminary draft environmental impact statement, submitted to support its application for state approval, “fails to demonstrate full compliance” with the state Environmental Policy Act.

Read more: http://www.columbian.com/news/2015/oct/18/official-says-vancouver-oil-terminal-plan-deeply-flawed/

 

 

TRANSPORTATION 

Keep Freight Moving: Invest In America’s ports

Geir Kalhagen CEO, Port of Longview, October 17, 2015, The Daily News

With the U.S. House set to consider sweeping transportation legislation this month, port directors from across the country have issued an urgent call to fully fund programs that will keep America’s endangered freight corridors open for business.

The economic cost of America’s crumbling transportation infrastructure is well documented. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the cost of deficient highways could cost businesses and households up to $276 billion by 2020; perhaps $1.3 trillion by 2040. Some 1,200 miles of these roadways serve as vital freight connections to U.S. ports, which are also in dire need of investment. A $9.3 billion U.S. trade loss is projected from the use of undersized vessels in shallow harbors and narrow channels by 2020. Added product costs due to shallow harbors may reach $14 billion by 2040.

Read more: http://tdn.com/news/opinion/mailbag/keep-freight-moving-invest-in-america-s-ports/article_0dc1442b-d39d-5b67-b183-8c9878705a9e.html

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