AUGUST 17, 2015


Port of Kalama approves $900,000 dredging contract at TEMCO terminal

Marissa Luck, August 15, 2015, The Daily News

Only one contractor bid on a large Port of Kalama dredging project, but the port seems to have found a decent price for the work anyway.

Port commissioners Wednesday approved an $894,000 contract with Vancouver-based HME Construction Inc. to dredge 50,000 yards of sand out of the ship mooring area at the TEMCO Grain Terminal along the Columbia River.

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Coupeville woman claims port violated Open Meetings Act

Megan Hansen, August 15, 2015, Whidbey News-Times

A Coupeville resident filed a petition against the Port of Coupeville Tuesday claiming two of the three commissioners violated the Open Public Meetings Act.

Diane Paul alleges that a vote taken on July 8 to terminate negotiations with the Greenbank Farm Management Group is evidence that commissioners John Carr and Marshall Bronson acted outside of a public meeting.

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City used tortured logic for Shell’s oil-rig lease

Seattle Times editorial board, August 15, 2015, The Seattle Times

SEATTLE Mayor Ed Murray asked his planning department this spring to decide whether the Shell oil-drilling rig Polar Pioneer was parked legally at the Port of Seattle. He described it as a genuine question. “It could have gone either way,” he said recently.

In fact, city staff initially determined in April that Shell’s temporary berth at Terminal 5 was consistent with city land-use rules. But two weeks later, after what was described as extensive arguments in City Hall, the city’s final legal interpretation reversed: Shell must go.

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