SEATTLE Coast Guard crews are scheduled to participate in multiple Seattle Seafair Festival events during the annual Fleet Week, while also conducting security and safety patrols in Elliott Bay along Seattles waterfront and on Lake Washington. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter ACTIVE, a 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter homeported in Port Angeles, along with the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS SOMERSET, the guided-missile destroyer USS GRIDLEY and the Royal Canadian Navy Ship SASKATOON, are scheduled to participate in the annual Parade of Ships, Tuesday. During the Parade of Ships, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port for Puget Sound will establish security and safety zones to ensure the safety of the public and the security of military vessel activity in Elliott Bay. The Cutter ACTIVE will be open for tours at Pier 66, Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors are asked to leave behind backpacks, knives, multi-tools and food or drinks other than water to facilitate security screenings prior to boarding the ship. The Coast Guard will also provide an aerial search and rescue demonstration off Pier 66 at 1:40 p.m., Wednesday. For more information about the Seattle Seafair Fleet Week visit: www.seafair.com
VANCOUVER, WA During the Port of Vancouver, USA Commission meeting July 26, Commission President Jerry Oliver raised the need to discuss the ports search for its next CEO. Todd Coleman, who served as the ports CEO from 2012 to 2016, stepped down May 19 after 15 years with the organization. The board of commissioners appointed Chief Financial and Administrative Officer Julianna Marler as interim CEO while the port moves through the recruitment process. The port has hired Jones Strategic Consulting to perform an assessment to help inform the CEO recruitment process. Pat Jones, president of Jones Strategic, presented his assessment and recommendations to the commission during their July 12 meeting. His recommendations included options to conduct a national executive search or hire a transitional CEO. After a lengthy discussion, the Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners voted 2-1 to direct staff to begin a national CEO search on Oct. 1. This timeline would likely bring a new CEO on board in early 2017.
SEATTLE Washington State Ferries Assistant
Secretary Lynne Griffith will travel to the San Juan
Islands for three days beginning Tuesday, Aug. 9, to meet
with local officials and the public. At a series of four
community meetings on all ferry-served islands, Griffith
will speak to attendees on current topics of interest
regarding the Washington State ferry system. The public
will have opportunities to ask questions and provide
feedback at the meetings. Community meetings will be held
on Orcas, San Juan, Shaw and Lopez islands. Times and
locations of the meetings:
TOKYO ORION LEADER, a car carrier operated by NYK, rescued a sailor from a sailing yacht in distress on earlier this month off the coast of Mexico. ORION LEADER was sailing from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico, on July 3, when the ship received a distress call from the U.S. Coast Guard indicating that a nearby yacht was in distress approximately 970 nautical miles in the Pacific Ocean from the west coast of Mexico. The ship found the yacht, rescued the sailor, and then reported to the Coast Guard.
SEATTLE The Alaska Airlines Foundation has awarded $145,000 in grants to 12 nonprofit organizations throughout the states of Alaska, Hawaii and Washington. This is the first time the Alaska Airlines Foundation is adding a mid-year grant to complement its traditional end of year cycle. For nearly 20 years, the Alaska Airlines Foundation has distributed cash grants to locally-based nonprofit organizations that support youth, work-force development and educational efforts. The foundation grants supplement the company's corporate giving program that donated over $11 million in cash and in-kind gifts in 2015. Based in Seattle, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, collectively serve over 90 destinations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.