NOVEMBER 10, 2015


Port of Olympia commission adopts code of conduct policy

Rolf Boone, November 10, 2015, The Olympian

Despite a fresh round of criticism leveled at the Port of Olympia’s code of conduct policy for commissioners, the commission on Monday approved the policy on a 2-1 vote, ending weeks of discussion about the topic.

Commissioners Michelle Morris and Bill McGregor voted for it while Commissioner George Barner, true to his word, voted against it. But Barner’s argument against the code of conduct policy differed Monday night from previous meetings. Instead, he agreed with those who criticized the policy Monday night.

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Port of Olympia candidate E.J Zita increases her lead over Jerry Farmer

Rolf Boone, November 9, 2015, The Olympian

Port of Olympia District 3 commission candidate E.J. Zita’s lead over candidate Jerry Farmer increased to 215 votes after an updated ballot count on Monday.

Out of 52,373 votes cast, Zita has captured 26,294 votes, or 50.21 percent. Farmer has captured 26,079 votes, or 49.79 percent.

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Port of Moses Lake receives clean audit for 2014

Devin Higgins, November 9, 2015, iFiber One News

The Port of Moses Lake received a clean audit from the Washington State Auditor’s Office for 2014.

Officials from the Auditor’s Office presented their findings to the Port of Moses Lake commissioners on Monday.

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Port of Olympia constructs nesting platform for osprey; second platform planned

Rolf Boone, November 10, 2015, The Olympian

After some nesting osprey commandeered a light pole on the Port of Olympia’s marine terminal last spring and later gave birth to two chicks, the port has gone ahead — with input from the Black Hills Audubon Society — and built a platform for next year’s nesting season. A second platform is planned for December.

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Oil terminal foes seek clarification from state Supreme Court

By Gordon Oliver, November 6, 2015, The Columbian

Three environmental groups asked the Washington Supreme Court on Friday to review issues surrounding the Port of Vancouver’s closed-door meetings dating back to 2013 during the port commission’s consideration of a lease with Tesoro Corp. and Savage Cos., now operating as Vancouver Energy, to build a rail-to-ship oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

The request by terminal opponents Columbia Riverkeeper, the Sierra Club and Northwest Environmental Defense Center call for the Supreme Court to offer clarification on a central issue in the legal dispute in advance of any appeal of a Clark County Superior Court ruling issued in July. The environmental groups argue that a discretionary review by the Supreme Court could speed up the legal process by clarifying the scope what is commonly called a “minimum price” exemption to the state Open Public Meetings Act. That exemption allows public bodies to meet in closed-door sessions “to consider the minimum price at which real estate will be offered for sale or lease when public knowledge regarding such consideration would cause a likelihood of decreased price.”

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