BPA raising rates 2.9% for 2020 and 2021

PORTLAND — The Bonneville Power Administration on Dec. 6 released its initial wholesale power and transmission rates proposal for fiscal years 2020 and 2021.

The proposed average wholesale power rate increase is 2.9 percent for the two-year rate period and the average transmission rate increase is 3.6 percent. The initial proposal kicks off the rate-setting process, which will end with final decisions in July 2019. The new rates will take effect on Oct. 1, 2019.

Both Pacific Power and Pacific County Public Utility District buy power electricity from BPA, but changes in the wholesale rate don’t exactly translate into the retail rates that consumers pay.

The rate plan includes “significant program cost reductions and supports a multi-year grid modernization initiative to maximize the capacity of the federal power and transmission systems and improve grid efficiency,” according to BPA.

Airbus takes delivery of LEKTRO’s 5,400th electric tug

HAMBURG, Germany — LEKTRO, Inc. reached a new milestone delivering their 5,400th aircraft tug to Airbus at their manufacturing facility in Hamburg, Germany. This breaks Warrenton-based LEKTRO’s previous record as the world’s number one producer of electric towbarless aircraft tugs. The sale was brokered by LEKTRO’s authorized dealer for Germany and Austria, Bartosch Airport Supply Services GmbH.

“It is an honor to provide ground handling solutions to Airbus in Hamburg,” said Leo Bartosch, President of Bartosch Airport Supply Services. “We look forward to supporting Airbus whenever the need arises.”

The tug, a LEKTRO model AP8950SDB-AL-200, is the American company’s second largest pushback offering, capable of handling all single-aisle Airbus aircraft up to and including the A321 Neo.

County jobless rates nudged up in October

LONG BEACH — October’s jobless rate was 6.1 percent in Pacific County from 5.3 percent in September, according to estimated from the Washington State Employment Security Department. Even so, it was the lowest October rate since at least 1990.

Washington state’s overall jobless rate this October was 4.0 percent on a non-seasonally adjusted basis, slightly up from 3.9 percent in September but substantially improved from 4.4 percent in October 2017. The state rate also was the best since at least 1990.

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in October, the same as in August and September. These were Oregon’s lowest unemployment rates since comparable records began in 1976. The U.S. unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent in both September and October. Clatsop County’s October jobless rate was 4.1 percent. Oregon rates are adjusted for seasonal variations.

CCC offers several winter quarter business courses

ASTORIA — Clatsop Community College is offering four online and five face-to-face business course in the winter quarter now getting underway.

See the college website (https://www.clatsopcc.edu/) or call 503-338-2411 for registration information.

The online courses are:

• BA 101 Introduction to Business (4 lecture hours per week)

• BA 223 Principles of Marketing (3 lecture hours per week)

• CSL 107 Spreadsheets (3 lecture hours per week)

• MIC 145 Introduction to Integrated Software (6 lecture/lab hours per week) recommended.

Face-to-face classes:

• BA 224 Humane Resource Management (3 lecture hours per week)

• BA 250 Small Business Management (3 lecture hours per week)

• CS 131 Introduction to Computer Information Systems (4 lecture hours per week)

The following classes are the second in a series that began in the fall:

• BA 132 Accounting procedures II (3 lecture hours per week)

• BA 212 Principles of Accounting II (4 lecture hours per week)

Peninsula eateries participating in Dining to Make a Difference

LONG BEACH PENINSULA — Restaurants in Long Beach, Ilwaco and Seaview once again will be participating in Dining to Make a Difference. During Restaurant Month 2019, participating eateries will offer 3-for-$33 dinners, Sundays through Thursdays, throughout January. The promotion will benefit the local Boys and Girls Club.

“Diners who mention the promotion will enjoy a three-course meal at a great value while supporting local youth programs and can up their contribution by staying at participating lodging partners,” said Andi Day, executive director, Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau.

“Not only are diners in for a warm and cozy experience, our fabulous local chefs really get to show their stuff during the quieter season.”

One such chef, Michael Lalewicz at The Depot Restaurant in Seaview shared his three-course, $33 Dining to Make a Difference menu. It starts with Artichoke Frito as an appetizer, with a choice of Cinghiale Brasato, Clam Bucatini, or Gnocchi Pomodoro for an entrée, capped off with House-made Sorbet Duo or Salted Caramel Brownie à la Mode for dessert.

Restaurants participating in Dining to Make a Difference are 42nd Street Café & Bistro, Galletti’s Spaghetti House, Lost Roo, Pickled Fish, the Pub at Shelburne Hotel, Salt Pub & Grub, and The Depot Restaurant. Participating lodging includes Adrift Hotel, Enchanted Cottages, Inn at Discovery Coast, Salt Hotel, and Shelburne Hotel.

The restaurants and hotels have pledged 10% of proceeds to the Boys & Girls Club when participants mention the promo code DMD2019 when dining or making a lodging reservation.


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