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‘Huge Opportunities’ In Chelan-Douglas Counties, Says Outgoing Port Director

The Port of Douglas County’s Executive Director Lisa Parks announced her resignation at a Port meeting earlier this month, effective today, Oct. 30.

With the Ports of Douglas and Chelan Counties in the process of consolidating, having only one port director was identified as a cost-saving measure. Parks said due to that, she essentially offered to step aside and pursue other interests.…

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Port Merger Planning Continues, Gov. Inslee to Visit Cashmere Business Park

The Ports of Chelan and Douglas Counties have started the process of a functional consolidation – essentially merging their staffs into a single organization.

Chelan County Port Executive Director Jim Kuntz told KOHO they’re on track to finish the merger by January 1.

The Port is also welcoming Governor Jay Inslee to the new Cashmere Business Park (at the old mill site on Sunset Highway) for a ribbon cutting this Monday, Sept.

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Chelan, Douglas County Port Districts Will Merge Into Single Port Authority

The Port Districts of Chelan and Douglas Counties will become one. On June 11, the three port commissioners from both counties voted unanimously to approve the merger, proposed by a task force looking into long-term planning for Pangborn Airport.

The Ports jointly own and operate the airport, which is millions of dollars in debt and running at an annual deficit.…

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Pangborn Airport Deficit – How To Get Region’s ‘Biggest Economic Asset’ Into Black

Pangborn Memorial Airport is in the red, and that’s not set to change anytime soon. Although it’s not the sole reason for some tough discussions between the Port Districts of Chelan and Douglas Counties, it is the catalyst.

A task force the Ports convened has now recommended a consolidation of their operations, to help the airport and streamline economic development in the two counties, as Dan Langager reports.…

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Wenatchi Landing: $2 Million Capital Budget Request For Sewer Line

This year’s legislative session in Olympia reached the half-way point this week. Although lawmakers have passed the so-called “fiscal cutoff” for bills – getting legislation that has fiscal impacts out of committee – we haven’t heard a lot of talk about budgets yet.

2019 is a biennium year – a longer, 105-day session in which lawmakers must pass three, two-year budgets for the state – operating, transportation and capital.…

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Pangborn Airport 2018 Report: Additional Flights, Passengers Up, Cancellations Down

A record number of airline passengers flew out of Pangborn Memorial Airport in 2018. Passenger enplanements totaled 64,700 – a 7.2 percent increase over 2017. Passengers flying into the Greater Wenatchee Valley also increased by seven percent. Total passenger volume was 127,563 – a record for the airport.

Pangborn’s Director Trent Moyers stopped by KOHO this morning to talk about the 2018 numbers and look ahead at projects in 2019 – from security and seating upgrades in the terminal, to a $700,000 fueling system overhaul.…

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Douglas County Officials Say New Management Plan Needed For Pangborn Airport

Despite a record number of passengers this year and a potential new flight to San Francisco, the Pangborn Memorial Airport operates in the red. The deficits are made up by the Ports of Chelan and Douglas Counties, but officials say the current funding and operations agreement is no longer viable.

It is the position of the Port of Douglas County and the City of East Wenatchee that a collaborative regional effort is integral to ensuring the long-term viability of the important regional resource, said Lisa Parks, Executive Director of the Port of Douglas County.…

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Douglas County Port Using $290,000 In Grants To Study Rock Island Silicon Plant Redevelopment

Developable land is precious in Chelan and Douglas Counties. About 170 acres in the Rock Island area has the sights of the Port of Douglas County, the city of Rock Island and even the state.

The state Community Economic Revitalization Board awarded a $50,000 grant to the Port for studying riverfront redevelopment at the former silicon plant between US 28 and the Columbia River.…

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Douglas County Port, Chelan PUD Working On Long-Term Management Plan For Orondo River Park, Taking Public Comments

The Chelan County PUD will soon decide whether to take over ownership of Orondo River Park along the Columbia River. It’s long been owned by the Port of Douglas County and managed in partnership with the utility. PUD staff has been working on options for future operation of the park since last fall when Douglas County Port staff asked the District to take full ownership, along with operations and maintenance, for the 5-acre park just north of Orondo.…

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