Farmers market at Portland International Airport

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Who says you can’t find healthy food at an airport?

For about a month now, Capers Café, one of the long-time concessionaires at Oregon’s Portland International Airport, has been hosting its own mini-farmers market out there on Concourse C with 12 linear feet of berries, melons, apricots and peaches for sale each Tuesday and Thursday.

“Owners Christian and Annette Joly live in Portland and have been managing this family-owned business for nearly 25 years. They receive fresh produce weekly from local growers in Hood River, Troutdale, Mt. Hood, and farmers along the Columbia River,” said airport spokeswoman Annie Linstrom. “They’re selling out daily, and it’s really becoming a big hit.”

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Earthquake: Oakland Int’l Airport OK, Napa County Airport not

Clean-up is still underway in the wake of the 6.0 magnitude earthquake that shook the Bay Area early Sunday morning, causing at least two hundred injuries, power outages for thousands of customers and damage to many buildings.

In a tweet, officials at the Port of Oakland reported that the South Napa Earthquake (it already has a name), which had its epicenter about 9 miles south of Napa, did no damage to the Oakland International Airport.

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But damage was sustained at the Napa County Airport.

“The earthquake blew out most of the windows in the Napa air traffic control tower and the facility is unusable,” said Ian Gregor, the Pacific Division spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. “It could take several weeks to get new windows manufactured and installed.”

Gregor said while there is no obvious damage to the structure, “We will have an engineering assessment done to ensure it is safe. We are also working to secure the equipment inside to prevent it from being damaged by wind or other weather.”

Gregor added that for now the airport will operate as it does when the control tower is closed at night.

“Pilots will get takeoff and landing clearances from Oakland Center, and communicate with each other on the uniform airport frequency to broadcast their positions and intentions,” he said.

He added that efforts are underway to set up a temporary tower to Napa until the permanent tower is repaired and explained that controllers use temporary towers, “which are small cabs on the top of trailers,” at some air shows, while helping out with wildfire fighting operations, and when a permanent tower at a general aviation airport is unusable due to damage or refurbishment or modernization.

(My story about the South Napa Earthquake first appeared on USA TODAY)

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Burners get big welcome at Reno-Tahoe Int’l Airport

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Burning Man kicks off today in the Nevada desert and Reno-Tahoe International Airport has been welcoming attendees – called Burners – from around the world with this 8-foot tall “mini-man” that mimics the much larger sculpture that gets burned at the end of the festival.

Here’s a link to my piece about RNO’s Burning Man activities posted today on USA TODAY’s Today in the Sky section, where I’m doing a two-week fill-in stint

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Camera exhibit at Lambert-St. Louis Int’l Airport

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A new exhibition at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport features cameras from the 1860s to the modern age, with items on loan from the International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum (IPHF).

Included in the exhibition are view cameras, stereo cameras, twin lens cameras, miniatures, folding cameras and box cameras.

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Look for “A Heritage of Cameras” in the Lambert Gallery in the Terminal 1 in Baggage Claim near the exit for Concourse C.

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Photos courtesy International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Test drive Vancouver Airport’s new baggage carts

Airport baggage carts can cost a bundle to rent for that short trip from your car to the terminal or from bag claim out to the curb.

Some airports offer them for free in their international terminal areas while a few, including Vancouver International Airport, make them available for free terminal-wide.

Here’s a fun video, done in the style of an automobile advertisement, touting YVR’s 3000 new and improved luggage carts.

Makes me want to go for a test drive…

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