Art work by Noel Franklin
ANA takes Golden loss on 787s
Japanese airline ANA — Boeing's biggest customer for the Dreamliner — today canceled 1,700 787 flights that were scheduled through the end of May. Spring is a really bad time for ANA to cancel flights, because it's prime tourism season in Japan, especially the Golden Week string of holidays at the start of May. As the BBC reports, some analysts see clear signals that the Federal Aviation Administration won't let the Dreamliner back in the air for six months or more.
With automatic budget cuts coming later in the week, the White House is releasing state-by-state breakdowns of the impacts. For Washington, the cutbacks will mean fewer federally supported teachers, about 1,000 fewer kids in Head Start programs and furlough days for nearly 30,000 civilian employees of the state's Department of Defense bases. It's still hard to get a handle on what to expect from most press accounts. Former Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial page editor Mark Trahant has painted a detailed picture of what it will mean for Washington's Indian Country on his blog. Most of the impact involves programs that serve state and local governmental jurisdictions as well as tribal ones. It's not going to be pretty.
Snohomish County turbulence
Snohomish County sheriff John Lovick wants Aaron Reardon's old job. Lovick is a very strong contender for the Snohomish County executive position. He's well respected for his work as sheriff and, earlier, as a state legislator, and he'd likely be a calming influence after the drama that seemed to follow Reardon. As The Herald reports, it could be a large field. There's at least one other very bright and interested party who promises an air of steadiness and dependability: State Rep. John McCoy, who posted messages on Facebook over the weekend about his interest in the position.
The county Democratic Party will pick three nominees to replace Reardon, who departs at the end of May. Then, the county council will choose among them.
Seattle Times pay wall
The Seattle Times says it will offer introductory discounts of 99 cents a week for digital-only subscriptions when its new pay wall goes up next month. On MyNorthwest.com, KIRO Radio's Linda Thomas points out the difficulty of asking users to pay for content from a newspaper at a time the public ranks the media with banks in terms of questionable trustworthiness. John Hamer of the Washington News Council tells her that part of the trust problem comes from the media's "pretense of objectivity." Hamer's right, imho. (But that's not to knock The Times, its pay wall or its high quality journalism.)
Jobs in Seattle: Good but not Texas-sized good
Seattle ranks fifth in Forbes Magazine’s new Best Cities for Good Jobs ranking (see the slide show here). We’re keeping some mighty strange-for-Seattle company, though: The first four are all in Texas (Dallas, Houston, Austin and Fort Worth) and so is No. 6, San Antonio. A diversified economy and big growth in high-paying union jobs within the defense industry were some of the causes for Texas’ ranking that a Forbes writer cited. Tech is key for Austin … and Seattle.
I-5 bridge to Oregon
Oregon's House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly today to authorize bonds for the state's portion of a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River to Washington. As an Oregonian story points out, however, the bridge project is running into opposition on the Washington side from those who fear it might create a, gasp, light rail connection to downtown Vancouver.
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