Saturday, April 1, 2017

Williston Wire -- April 1, 2017

Airport: JE Dunn, the 10th largest general contractor in the United States, was approved by the Williston City Commission at its meeting Tuesday, March 28, to build the new Williston Basin International Airport terminal. The general contracting firm, with an office in Williston, was chosen through a quality-based selection process as the Construction Manager at Risk, winning out over one other bidder.

Crosby Bank: BNC National Bank opened its new building on Main Street in Crosby March 27. After years of planning and months of anticipation, bank employees are gaining space and also, drive-up lanes. 

Bowman development: U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp has announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released the land where the former Bowman Municipal Airport was located. For years, the FAA delayed on signing off on the land release that Bowman was requesting. The land release will allow developers to go forward with an industrial park in Bowman that is planned for the former airport site. 

The Daily White House Press Briefing

The daily White House press briefing with Sean Spicer is a lot like the Rush Limbaugh's daily broadcast. I can only watch / listen to either for a few days in a row, and when I do listen can only listen for part of the broadcast. 

Early on I thought Spicer was too argumentative with the press, thinking he should dial it back a bit, but after listening yesterday for the first time in a few days, it dawned on me. The daily briefing is one of the very, very few venues in which the "president's story" is told and there is no requirement for the opposition party to provide a response. 

And this is daily, lasting one to two hours. Whether one "likes" Spicer or not, one has to give him credit: he certainly appears to know his stuff. Yesterday, he casually mentioned that gatekeepers to the Oval Office do not know who is on the 18-acre "White House campus" at any given time. What amazed me is that he knew the campus was 18 acres in size. My hunch is that not one other person in that room knew that.  

Eighteen acres. That's enough for several multi-well Bakken pads.

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