SEPTEMBER 24, 2015


Coalition to press airline for third Walla Walla flight

By Vicki Hillhouse, September 23, 2015, Walla Walla Union Bulletin

Now that air travel numbers are on the rise, local officials plan to ask for more takeoffs.

Port of Walla Walla Executive Director Jim Kuntz said the local Air Travel Coalition will ask Alaska Airlines to restore a third daily flight when the two sides meet next month.

“This community has earned it,” Kuntz told a crowd of about 70 business and government representatives gathered Tuesday in the terminal building for an Economic Development Advisory Committee meeting.

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Port of Kennewick plans to sell excess Southridge land to pay for Vista Field upgrades

By Geoff Folsom, September 23, 2015, Tri-City Herald

The Port of Kennewick plans to sell land it now owns in Kennewick to allow it to develop Vista Field.

The port hopes to raise $4.1 million by selling 8.5 acres it owns in the Southridge area, along with 9.9 acres it bought from Verizon near Vista Field.

Officials said money from the sales, plus $900,000 set aside for Vista Field for use in 2018, should pay for the $4.5 million in improvements for the 37-acre phase one of the redevelopment of the former Kennewick airport.

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Port of Coupeville hammers out lease, position details for Greenbank Farm

By Megan Hansen, September 24, 2015, South Whidbey Record

Port of Coupeville commissioners took strides Monday toward taking over management of the Greenbank Farm.

During a special meeting, the board developed a basic job description for a farm director and will be advertising the position, they agreed upon lease details with tenants and will solicit for businesses interested in running activities at the farm.

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Four port candidates share ideas for future

Joan Pringle, September 23, 2015, Go Anacortes

Though several elected positions are opening up at the end of the year, Fidalgo and Guemes island residents have only two contested races to decide on — Port of Anacortes commission seats 3 and 4 — in the November election.

Judy Berentson and Joe Verdoes are running for the District 3 seat held now by Bob Eberle. Eberle announced earlier this year he was withdrawing from the race after taking into consideration health issues he’s had in the past year. Doug Huttenstine filed for the seat but withdrew.

John Pope is challenging Pat Mooney for his District 4 seat on the commission.

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Port of Allyn backs out of Theler proposal

Arla Shephard Bull, September 23, 2015, Kitsap Sun

The Port of Allyn has rescinded its offer to manage the Mary E. Theler Community Center in Belfair, after the port determined the center could lose $128,250 this year.

“This was not a decision the (port) commissioners arrived at lightly,” Port of Allyn Executive Director Lary Coppola said. “However, after re-vetting the cost of operating Theler based upon new financial information … moving forward just doesn’t make financial sense for the port.”

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Port Angeles port commissioner takes lead of Seattle business group

By James Casey, September 24, 2015, Peninsula Daily News

The Washington Business Alliance has named Port of Port Angeles Commissioner Colleen McAleer its new president.

Although the post will require her to be in Seattle four days a week, she has said she would continue in her role at the port.

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Port of Walla Walla director to retire

By Vicki Hillhouse, September 23, 2015, Walla Walla Union Bulletin

Port of Walla Walla Executive Director Jim Kuntz announced he plans to retire next June after 30 years as a public employee for port districts.

Kuntz served three years for the Port of Benton County before coming to Walla Walla, where he started at the Walla Walla Regional Airport.

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In Seattle, Chinese president pledges to remove economic barriers

By Gene Johnson  and Phuong Le, September 24, 2015, Associated Press

With his feel-good tours of Boeing, Microsoft and a local high school complete, Chinese President Xi Jinping departs Washington state Thursday for the other Washington, where tougher discussions on cybersecurity, intellectual property protections and human rights await.

President Barack Obama’s administration said this week that he won’t paper over disagreements between the two countries on those topics, even as the leaders find ground where they can work together on other issues, including trade and climate change.

Xi struck a gracious tone during his 48-hour stay in Seattle, during which he toured Boeing’s plant in Everett, visited Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, and received a football jersey with his name on it from high school students in Tacoma.

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