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Whatcom County

District-only dead? Whatcom council to weigh return to countywide vote

By Ralph SchwartzOn Nov 20, 2017

​Get ready for some high end-of-term drama on the Whatcom County Council. Council member Rud Browne is introducing at the Tuesday, Nov. 21 council meeting two changes to the county charter [...]

Election recap: Conservatives start to make inroads on Whatcom Council

By Ralph SchwartzOn Nov 13, 2017

​No matter how you slice it, district-only voting is a good thing if you’re a conservative in Whatcom County. Right-wing politicos on the 2015 county Charter Review Commission managed to [...]

The Jail Tax Ransom is Unacceptable

By Joy GilfilenOn Nov 06, 2017

Contributing writer Joy Gilfilen, is the President of the Restorative Community Coalition a 501C3 nonprofit organization working to implement justice reform, recovery, jobs programs and community based economic alternatives to [...]

KMRE Community Radio Needs Our Help

By John ServaisOn Nov 03, 2017

Readers, I am posting this press release virtually as received because KMRE is doing on local radio what we are trying to do here - inform citizens on issues in [...]

Prosecutor has State Law Mandate to Lead Criminal Justice Reform

By Juliette DanielsOn Nov 01, 2017

On October 23, the Vera Institute of Justice presented its findings and recommendations regarding the Whatcom County Criminal Justice System, in a four-hour presentation before the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task [...]

The Jail Dog That Didn’t Bark

By David CampOn Oct 24, 2017

We’ve been very vocal on this site on the subject of the proposed Jail Tax - Proposition 2017-6. Attorney Juliette Daniels has written fourteen (!) excellent in-depth articles which I [...]

Fossil Fools

By Michael RiordanOn Oct 13, 2017

After recent months, when Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria devastated Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, and unprecedented wildfires torched the West from British Columbia to California, anyone who imagines that [...]

Operation Black and Blue Truckers Protest

By John ServaisOn Oct 07, 2017

Why is the news media ignoring this huge three state truckers protest? Well, it may be some back room bargains over advertising or corporate togetherness. I have only some scattered [...]

Want to Bankrupt Whatcom County?  Vote Yes on the Jail Tax.

By David CampOn Sep 11, 2017

Key data: Here are the numbers to help you make your decision on the county’s proposal to borrow $110 million to build a new jail: Amount borrowed: $ 110,000,000 Annual Interest Cost: $ 4,950,000 ([...]

Vote NO on the New Jail Tax

By Juliette DanielsOn Sep 08, 2017

In November, Whatcom County voters will again consider giving the County an extra 0.2 percent sales tax “for public safety purposes, including costs associated with financing, construction, maintenance, and operation of [...]

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