SEPTEMBER 14, 2015


Port buys building to lease to software firm

By Vicki Hillhouse, September 11, 2015, Walla Walla Union Bulletin

The Port of Walla Walla has entered into a lease with Seattle-based software and support firm Ingeniux in a recruitment expected to bring new technology jobs and a new purpose for an empty building downtown.

Port of Walla Walla commissioners unanimously approved the $600,000 purchase of the Alder Street property, formerly home to Misbehaven Spa & Salon, from Eagle Pass Enterprises LLC.

It will embark on up to $250,000 in improvements in preparation for Ingeniux’s launch of its new satellite office in January.

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Vancouver port candidates are like oil and water

By Aaron Corvin, September 13, 2015, The Columbian

Published: September 13, 2015, 6:00 AM

Port of Vancouver candidates

The policy and political differences between Eric LaBrant and Lisa Ross — candidates for Port of Vancouver commissioner — probably couldn’t get any more glaring.

The top two vote-getters in an August primary election that swarmed with seven candidates are now competing to succeed Commissioner Nancy Baker in the November general election. Baker decided against seeking re-election to a third, six-year term on the port’s three-member board.

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8 candidates vie for Port of C-W seat

By Aaron Corvin, September 12, 2015, The Columbian

The Port of Camas-Washougal’s search for a successor to the late Commissioner Mark Lampton continues next week, as eight applicants are slated to be interviewed for the District 1 position by Commissioners Bill Ward and Bill Macrae-Smith.

The port manages a 400-acre industrial park, 79-hangar general aviation airport and a 350-slip pleasure boat marina. It also oversees Captain William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach, the adjacent protective levee and Parkersville National Historic site.

David Ripp, the port’s executive director, said Thursday that Ward and Macrae-Smith will interview each candidate for 30 minutes. Afterward, commissioners are expected to convene an executive session, closed to the public, to evaluate the candidates’ qualifications. Commissioners will then re-convene the open public meeting for adjournment.

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The inconvenient truth about our energy needs

By Richard Berkowitz, September 13, 2015, Special to The Times

When most people are concerned about climate change and support is moving away from carbon-based energy and fuels as quickly as possible, it is understandable that oil exploration and transportation are issues.

But an inconvenient truth, as former Vice President Al Gore liked to say, is that private and public sectors depend on crude oil.

Almost all of the gasoline burned in every car and pickup in Washington and Oregon comes from one of five refineries in Washington. Almost all of the jet fuel consumed in aircraft departing Sea-Tac is sourced from these refineries. The same with diesel used by buses, trucks, locomotives and farm vehicles, as well as the heating oil used to warm thousands of homes, mostly in rural areas of the state where electricity is expensive and natural gas is unavailable.

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