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Register now for free, or sign in with any of these services: You are signed in as Edit Public Profile Sign Out Favorite Schoolsexpand Favorite Teamsclose Subscribe The Oregonian Hillsboro Argus Email newsletters Mobile apps function getComscorekwValue() { var Business = 'Business'; comscorekw=Business; return Business; } function getToprailMenuContext() { return '6247'; } comments Industry Notes: UPS drivers honored, Catholic Charities receives SNAP funding, Alaska Airlines buys six Boeing airplanes Alaska900ER.jpg Alaska Airlines is purchasing six more Boeing 737-900 Extended Range aircraft, valued at $594 million, Boeing's current list price. (Alaska Airlines) Print Vickie Kavanagh | The Oregonian/OregonLive By Vickie Kavanagh | The Oregonian/OregonLive The Oregonian Email the author | Follow on Twitter on February 18, 2015 at 4:53 PM, updated February 18, 2015 at 4:56 PM View/Post Comments = { 'title':'Industry Notes: UPS drivers honored, Catholic Charities receives SNAP funding, Alaska Airlines buys six Boeing airplanes', 'link':'', 'desc': 'A collection of real estate transactions, violations, grants and donations, mergers and acquisitions, and awards from Oregon and southwest Washington', 'thumbnail': '' }; AWARDS/HONORS PORTLAND -- Thirteen elite United Parcel Service drivers from Oregon are among 1,445 newly inducted worldwide into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving. View full sizeDavid Goldman/The Associated Press  Oregon boasts 72 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 2,025 years of accident-free drivingThere are 1,535 total UPS drivers in Oregon.  Joseph Chambers of Wilsonville is the state's senior safe driver, with 38 years of accident-free driving under his belt. The Circle of Honor drivers, where they live and their UPS work locations are: Michael Allen of Warren is based in Portland Hub Kenneth Conachan of Happy Valley is based in Portland Roy Draper of Burns is based in Burns Center Robert Ervin of Tigard is based in Tualatin Edward Evers of Hillsboro is based in Portland Hub Lavern Fast of Dallas is based in Salem Bryan Frazier of Ashland is based in Medford Jeffrey Henry of Portland is based in MtTabor Steven Johnston of West Linn is based in Portland Hub Gregory Kam of Bend is based in Bend Kevin O'Hollearn of Portland is based in Willamette Claus Ovesen of Salem is based in Salem John Winchester of Portland is based in MtTabor HILLSBORO -- The Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association presented Jennifer Hall and Robert DelMar with the Apogee Award for their collaborative effort in implementing PowerClerk, an online platform for filing incentive and tax credit applications. Hall is the solar project manger for Energy Trust of Oregon and DelMar is the senior policy analyst for the Oregon Department of Energy. Homeowners and solar contractors can now apply for an Energy Trust cash incentive and a Residential Energy Tax Credit from Oregon Department of Energy with a single, paperless application. Prior to implementing PowerClerk, solar contractors and customers could spend upwards of two hours gathering information and submitting required forms to both Oregon Department of Energy and Energy Trust.  This year, the association presented the award to Oregon Department of Energy and Energy Trust to "highlight their collaborative effort and innovative impact on soft costs that positively affects the solar industry in Oregon as a whole" says Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association president Paul Israel in the news release. GRANTS GRESHAM -- Catholic Charities El Programa Hispano will be expanding its efforts to educate families about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) thanks to a grant from the Walmart FoundationThe funding in the amount of $40,000 is provided through Catholic Charities USA. More Real estate transactions, awards, mergers and acquisitions, tech notes and grants Currently more than 800,000 Oregonians -- one in five -- receive SNAP, a program that helps people provide nutritious and healthy meals to their families without destabilizing their budgets. The program brings more than $1 billion in federal tax dollars back to Oregon and creates $1.70 in local economic activity for every $1 of SNAP. AVIATION NEWS  SEATTLE -- Alaska Airlines' fleet of fuel-efficient Boeing airplanes is growing again. Seattle's hometown airline is purchasing six more Boeing 737-900 Extended Range aircraft, valued at $594 million, Boeing's current list price. The new planes, four scheduled for delivery in 2016 and two in 2017, bring Alaska's total of locally manufactured jets on order to 79. View full sizeConfiguration Studio employee Jennifer Hutter showcases Boeing's new innovative space binsMarian Lockhart/Boeing   Alaska operates one of the youngest fleets in North AmericaThe airline is transitioning to Boeing's most modern and efficient 737 "next generation" models. Over the next few years, Alaska's remaining 737-400s will be replaced with 737-900ERs, which transport 25 percent more passengers on the same amount of fuel.  Starting later this year, all of Alaska's new 737-900ERs will feature Boeing's innovative Space BinsThe larger overhead bins have a similar look and feel to Alaska's current pivot bins, yet will hold 48 percent more bags than the current bins. When open, the bin's bottom edge hangs about two inches lower, which means customers don't have to lift their bags as high to load them. -- Compiled by Vickie Kavanagh vkavanagh@oregonian.com503-294-5913; okavkid View/Post Comments Related Stories if (pb_page_template == undefined) { var pb_page_template = 'article'; } if (pb_page_template != "index") { document.write('); } Most Read var most_read_day_range = parseInt(1); var most_read_story_count = parseInt(5) var most_read_add_query = "tag/@business/detail"; Portland's Skyline Comparing the city's tallest towers (infographics & slideshow) A guide to downtown Portland skyscrapers with details on everything from height to number of floors, square footage, when each was built, contractors and more View all upcoming events » More in Business Business Watch: Post your own news Update on all major financial-market indexes Oregon business resources function setCustomOptout() { if (document.getElementById('newsletter-optout').checked) { document.getElementById('optout_value').value = "NO"; $('#newsletter-realdeal').val(""); } else { document.getElementById('optout_value').value = "YES"; $('#newsletter-realdeal').val(newsletter_realdeal_slidval); } } function verifyform(f) { setCustomOptout(); var l = f.elements.length ,output = "Oops your request could not be completed because some of the information you entered is not validYou should follow the instructions below and then try again \n\n" ,i=0 ,nl_checked = false ,good_zip = true ,good_email = false ,optin_good = false ; for (i=0; i-1) { if (e.value.length > 4) { var z = "" ,zz = "" ,x = 0 ; for(x=0;x-1) good_email = emailCheck(e.value); } if (good_zip==false){ $("#newsletter-zip").css({'box-shadow':'0 0 8px red'}); output += "- Please enter a valid Zip Code\n"; } if (good_email==false){ $("#newsletter-email").css({'box-shadow':'0 0 8px red'}); output += "- Please enter a valid Email Address\n"; } if ((good_zip==false) || (good_email==false)) { alert(output); return false; } $(".newsletter-form").hide(); $('#newsletter-thanks').show(); return true; } function emailCheck (emailStr) { var checkTLD=1 ,emailPat=/^(.+)@(.+)$/ ,specialChars="\\(\\)>127) return false; } for (i=0; i127) return false; } if (user.match(userPat)==null) return false; var atomPat=new RegExp("^" + atom + "$") ,domArr=domain.split(".") ,len=domArr.length ; for (i=0;i1) return false; var string="1234567890"; if (string.indexOf(num)!=-1){return true;} return false; } Today's Business Update The top business headlines of the day delivered to your inbox.   optional Check here if you do not want to receive additional email offers and information. 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