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Archives: June 2008

June
30th

Lakewood Rotary taps new president

The 130-member Lakewood Rotary installed a new president Saturday night at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club.


Joel Feldman, who succeeds Bob Zawilski, is the 53rd head of the group, according to a release issued today.


Also at the gathering, Tony Robinson was honored as Rotarian of the Year, and Bill Amblad was named as the Bernie Ootkin Humanitarian Award recipient. This is presented only to a non-Rotarian each year.


Other officers installed by Dave Covey, assistant governor of the 5,200-member Rotary district, were Greg Horn, president-elect; Ben Sclair, secretary; and Astrid Arola, treasurer. Directors include Dave

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June
30th

Which is the newest Wal-Mart logo?

Take your pick. Which is which? One Wal-Mart logo is from the first two years of the company, 1962-64; another hails from 1968-81; and the third is the newest, which should be in and on stores by this fall.


I’ll post the answer as a comment.




June
30th

Toy giant FAO Schwarz may give Tacoma Macy’s a pass

I just had a call from Laura Gardner Smith at Macy’s western headquarters, and she tells me three Puget Sound Macy’s are slated to add an in-store FAO Schwarz outlet beginning this fall.


The three: Southcenter, Northgate and Downtown Seattle.


The Northgate store will dedicate 250-300 square feet, Downtown Seattle about a thousand, and Southcenter was still being decided. Look for The Seattle store to open Nov. 5 and the others as early as October.


“We don’t have Tacoma down yet,” she said.

June
30th

Wal-Mart to redo its logo

Retail giant Wal-Mart reportedly will be remaking its logo and giving its name a tweak. According to The Associated Press and Wall Street Journal, Wal-Mart will begin replacing logos on the front of its stores this fall — a new look already being revealed inside its stores. The logo last saw an update in 1992, according to the AP.


And for all the grammarians out there particularly interested in punctuation, Wal-Mart’s hyphen will apparently be getting the boot.


Here’s some of what the AP reported over the weekend:


“This logo update is simply a reflection of the

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June
30th

Horizon Air halting flights to two Oregon cities

Northwest regional airline Horizon Air will eliminate all flights to North Bend-Coos Bay and Klamath Falls in Oregon beginning Oct. 11 in a move to trim unprofitable flying from its schedule.

“Despite our best efforts to adjust flight schedules and fares in order to make these routes financially viable, consistent profitability has proved to be elusive,” said Dan Russo, Horizon’s vice president of marketing and communications. “The astronomically high fuel prices have only made the situation worse, and so we find ourselves with no choice but to reduce our losses by taking this action.”

The end of Horizon Air service won’t leave the two airports without a carrier. SkyWest, flying as United Express, serves both airports with daily flights to San Francisco.

The diminishment of air service, however, is expected to be particularly difficult for the two relatively isolated cities that depend on tourism for much of their business activity. North Bend is the gateway to the southwest Oregon cost and to the internationally famed Bandon Dunes link-style golf courses at Bandon. Klamath Falls is the close to Crater Lake National Park.

The airline will also trim its Seattle-Portland schedule from the present 31 flights daily to 24 by Oct. 26 as it retires its 37-seat Bombardier Q200 turboprop aircraft from its schedule earlier than anticipated, the airline announced today.

The dozen Q200s will be retired by Oct. 28 instead of by April 2009, the original target for their retirement, the airline said.

The airline will also begin removing CRJ-700 jets from its fleet in September as it moves to a fleet of all 74-passenger Bombardier Q400 turboprops.

The airline is moving to the Q400, of which it now has 34 because the aircraft is the most fuel efficient in its fleet. Standardizing on a single type of plane will also help Horizon trim maintenance and staffing costs give it more scheduling flexibility.

Horizon is attempting to cut its fuel consumption and eliminate unprofitable routes as it tries to cope with ever-higher fuel costs. For the airline industry as a whole, fuel costs have risen more than 75 percent this year.

SeaTac-based Horizon announced numerous other schedule changes in a press release:

Medford-Portland: The current five daily flights (two Q400s and three Q200s) will be reduced to four (two Q400s and two Q200s) from Aug. 25 through Sept. 6 and then become two Q400s and two CRJ-700s starting Sept. 7, increasing seats by 11 percent compared to today.

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June
30th

Alaska Air is moving to ground-based heating and cooling units for planes waiting at the gates

SeaTac’s Alaska Airlines has equipped 19 gates at Sea-Tac Airport with diesel-powered heating and cooling units in a move designed to save some 1.1 million gallons of jet fuel every year.


The diesel units will run instead of aircraft auxiliary power units, small turbines that traditionally power a jet’s heating, ventilation and cooling systems on the ground. The diesels will use 10 percent of the fuel that the APUs do, according to the airline.


Alaska intends to equip gates at other major airports in Anchorage, Los Angeles, Portland and San Francisco with the diesel units, increasing annual fuel

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June
27th

Legislators preparing Washington to compete to keep Boeing production line

A dozen legislators are making early preparations for the time when production of Boeing’s popular 737 winds down at the company’s Renton plant.


Anticipating a competition like Boeing created for the assembly site of the 787 Dreamliner, legislators are already talking about what tax breaks, worker training initiatives and infrastructure improvements will keep single-aisle jetliner here. Washington won the 787 competition five years ago amidst strong competition from other states.


Meeting at a Sea-Tac hotel this week, the lawmakers and industry officials discussed how to keep Washington competitive with aggressive southern states and foreign sites where wages are

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June
27th

Southwest Airlines will trim three Seattle flights

Southwest Airlines will drop two of its four daily flights from Seattle to Chicago’s Midway Airport and one of four daily flights from Sea-Tac to Denver as part of a “route optimization” plan effective Nov. 2.


The Seattle flight schedule deletions were part of a system-wide schedule readjustment that Southwest announced today.


Under that scheme, Southwest is eliminating 31 underperforming flights but adding 40 new ones.


In the Seattle-Chicago non-stop market, Southwest faces United and American, which both have hubs at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and Alaska, which has a hub at Sea-Tac.


In the Denver market,

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