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TODD PACIFIC SHIPYARDS WINS WSF CONTRACT TO BUILD MORE
"Todd Pacific Shipyards of Seattle was the only one of five interested
companies with the technical and financial ability to build the ferries," [said]
Mike Anderson, acting director of the state ferry system . . . Susan
Gilmore. "Local shipyard to build four ferries." The
Seattle Times 12 Feb 2005, [emphasis added].
"You win some and you lose some, said Matt Nichols, CEO of Nichols
Brothers. . . [and] "[w]e've got a lot of stuff we're working on." .
. . WSF hired an outside firm to evaluate the financial information and
capabilities of all the companies who expressed an interest in the contract,
and Todd was the company that came out on top. Jennifer Conway. "Nichols
fails to snag ferry contract; WSF chooses Todd." The
South Whidbey Record. 19 Feb. 2005.
NEW SEATTLE TIMES
Article "Maury Island gravel-mine
expansion likely to be put on hold", January 22nd, 2005. Craig
Welch, Reporter. Key excerpts include:
A group of island residents . . . [stated] that the project could potentially
pollute their aquifer, harm salmon habitat and industrialize a rural
neighborhood and shoreline . . . after a brief hearing yesterday, King
County Superior Court Judge Sharon Armstrong said she expected to grant
a request by . . . [Island] residents to delay the permits until an
appeals court has a chance to consider the case."
TIMES Article, "A Slow Recovery
For Puget Sound" January, 19th, 2005.
TIMELY SEATTLE TIMES ARTICLE -Jan. 19th, 2005: A slow recovery
for Puget Sound, by Chris Welch. excerpts include:
" Regardless, efforts to control stormwater runoff into the Sound will continue
to be one of the region's thorniest environmental battles. This year, the state
plans to begin requiring some 75 organizations and local governments to better
manage how stormwater flows across polluted areas and into the Sound. And better
management of such pollution also will be requested at smaller construction sites."
" Puget Sound's eelgrass beds — the slender waving forests of grass
in the Sound's near-shore environment that anchor sediments, provide nooks and
crannies for underwater creatures and serve as forage and spawning grounds for
a variety of fish — declined 4 percent between 2002-04."