Shorter lines at Sea-Tac
Many of us have been through the dreadful lines at Sea-Tac airport. It isn’t fun, but relief is on the way. New technology is coming to Sea-Tac that can inspect carry-on luggage faster.
Instead of moving one passenger at a time, the new automated process will simultaneously allow up to five passengers to go through security lines. There is a catch. Those who are ready first, move up the line and surpass slower travelers. While most people would jump at the chance to get through the line faster, some view this as a negative change.
Passenger Danielle Castagna said, “It seems like things will be more streamlined for the faster people to go. But then, I have a 3-year-old, and it takes me a while, so I feel like I’m going to be jumped. And then still going to lose my spot in line.”
The goal is to get through security lines as quickly as possible. The new technology has been successful at airports throughout Chicago, Atlanta and London. It’s about time it makes its way to Seattle.
Have you noticed the lack of wasps flying around this summer? Or an overabundance of insects trying to stake claim to your barbeque treats?
According to Washington State University entomologist Richard Zack, the wet, cold spring was to blame. Due to weather conditions, there has been a dip in wasp populations across Washington state.
The queen wasp hibernates all winter long and works to build the new colony in the spring. If the weather is unusually soggy, it becomes increasingly difficult for the new wasps to survive. Zack claims, “For every colony of, say yellow jackets that are not there that could be 500, 600, to 1,000 wasps not picking up caterpillars, and other bugs.”
Don’t worry about the wasps. Even though the population took a hit this year, there should be plenty flying around next year.
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Jobless rate falls
Cowlitz County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent, the lowest it has been since October 1999. In a report in Wednesday’s paper by Marissa Luck, we learned that 2,600 residents were jobless and seeking employment in June, which is over 700 fewer than June of 2015.
We were hit hard during the recession that began in December of 2007 and many wondered if our area would ever recover. With reports of new jobs coming into the area, from the McMenamins construction in Kalama to the RV dealership in Woodland and the small businesses opening up all across our communities, including downtown Longview, it’s a nice change and a hopeful sign for the future.
Girls can ride, too
Kaila Mussell, from Chiliwack, B.C., became the first female professional saddle bronc rodeo rider since Gene Autry removed them from the bronc riding contest. As we learned in the article by Joshua Hart in Friday’s paper, Mussell, despite being thrown hard before the 8-second mark on her second ride, was headed into Friday’s events in the top spot at the Thunder Mountain Pro Rode. In her prior ride, she was the only rider to stay up all day.
As of this writing, we don’t know how she placed on Friday, but does it really matter? She’s the overall points leader in British Columbia and she’s the points leader in British Columbia. We wish Mussell well and hope she comes back again.
We’re STILL in!
Sunday is exactly two weeks from the first Seahawks game of the year against the San Diego Chargers. Yes its preseason, and they are exhibition games, but we don’t care because it’s almost time for football!
Despite the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that found chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known as CTE, in 99 percent of deceased National Football League players’ brains that were donated to research, we still love football.
With the news that the Seahawks have traded Kevin Pierre-Louis for D.J. Alexander, we have our fingers crossed that adding him in the mix with Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Justin Britt, Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman, DeShawn Shead (if he’s healthy), and K.J. Wright, we’re hoping to see the Seahawks defense return to the strength of the 2013 season. Go Seahawks!