Minor Earthquake in Sudden Valley Is A Valuable Reminder / Whatcom Unified Emergency Management, Public Information Officer

Last night, at approximately 11:50 PM a magnitude 3.2 earthquake occurred near Lake Whatcom and the Sudden Valley area.  While there has been no reported damage from this earthquake, it serves as a good reminder to the community that Whatcom County is part of a seismically active area of the country. […]

Read the Public Information Officer’s full post on the Whatcom Unified Emergency Management’s website here.

After all, there is Amendment No. 6 already drawn-up, ready and waiting for GPT proponents / Facebook post, Sj Robson

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September 5, 2016  Sandy Robson

At the upcoming September 13th Whatcom County Council meeting the Council will be presented a contract Amendment to Contract No. 201205028, the contract between Whatcom County and CH2M Hill (EIS consultant) for preparation of the EIS for the Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) and Custer Spur Modification project. Continue reading

GPT EIS ramp-down activities to ensure that work is closed out in an orderly fashion and can be efficiently resumed at a future date / Letter to Whatcom County Council and Deputy County Executive Tyler Schroeder, Dena Jensen

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Screen shot of language from “Attachment A: Scope of Work – Ramp Down Plan” found on page 14 of contract #201205028 (highlighting added)

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Screen shot of language on Whatcom County Planning and Development’s Gateway Pacific Terminal Proposed Project webpage, Project Update section (highlighting added)

September 3, 2016  Dena Jensen

Subject: Request that the Project Update on the county’s GPT webpage be updated with more details

Dear Whatcom County Council and Deputy Whatcom County Executive Schroeder:

In my September 1, 2016 email to the Whatcom County Council, copied to Deputy County Executive Schroeder and County Executive Louws, regarding denying the contract extension for the preparation of the EIS for the GPT project the first two paragraphs read as follows: Continue reading

Inmate mistreatment and jail overcrowding: still no discovery on the problem, and no answer from the Whatcom County Executive branch nor by our Council / Facebook post, Bellingham Racial Justice Coalition, Joy Gilfilen

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September 2, 2016  Joy Gilfilen

I am delighted that we are, nationwide, are finally getting bigger press for the injustices in our jails. It seems to be systemic failures and the problem is getting identified.

I have found that in Whatcom County, there are people experiencing the same kinds of medical and health problems from lack of the responsible administration in taking care of inmates. And this is not because of overcrowding caused by crime. It seems to be disrespect and disregard by staff, led by poor management and failures inside our administrative systems. Continue reading

Requesting that the County Council deny the contract extension for the preparation of the EIS for the GPT project / Letter to the Whatcom County Council, Dena Jensen

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May 9, 2016 United States Army Corps of Engineers Determination from their Memorandum for Record, Subject: Gateway Pacific Terminal Project and Lummi Nation’s Usual and Accustomed Treaty Fishing Rights at Cherry Point, Washington

September 1, 2016  Dena Jensen

Dear Whatcom County Council:

It is my understanding from an email sent by Deputy Whatcom County Executive Tyler Schroeder to a friend of mine, that the parties of the contract, which I assume is for the preparation of the EIS for the GPT project of which the parties include CH2M HILL and Whatcom County, have agreed between each other for the contract to be extended 180 days from the date of contract signature, or March 13, 2016, whichever occurs first, “to accomplish ramp-down contract activities to ensure that the work and the contract are closed out in an orderly fashion.”  Continue reading

Whatcom County Council will have a vote, Sept. 13, on newest contract extension for GPT EIS / Noisy Waters Northwest, Sandy Robson

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May 9, 2016 Lummi Nation press release responding to the USACE decision to deny the Section 404/10 permit for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal project

September 1, 2016  Sandy Robson

Whatcom County Administration continues to breathe life into the Gateway Pacific Terminal project even after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied the Section 404/10 permit needed on May 9th, and after the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) denied the lease needed on June 6th. Continue reading