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Whatcom County

Water Well Drilling Moratorium is Bad Idea

By Elisabeth BrittOn Nov 25, 2016

In October, the Washington Supreme Court entered a decision in Whatcom County v. Hirst, (Hirst) a Growth Management Act (GMA) case. In the opinion, the court states that counties have [...]

There Is A Way Out - Maybe

By Dick ConoboyOn Nov 23, 2016

In the 1944 play “Huis Clos” (No Exit) by Jean-Paul Sartre, two women and a man find themselves in hell, a room with no exit. One of the women is attracted [...]

County Council Rep Ken Mann Has a Hangover

By Elisabeth BrittOn Nov 19, 2016

Whatcom County Councilmember Ken Mann has an election hangover. What’s an election hangover, you may ask? It’s a political term that is often used to describe a sitting [...]

A Brief Primer on Neoliberalsim

By Dick ConoboyOn Nov 16, 2016

The name Friederich* Hayek is not a household name, bandied about during dinner conversation, but it ought to be for we are seeing with the present election the very manifestation [...]

Whatcom County Government Employees Need Grievance System

By Guest writerOn Oct 21, 2016

Michael Chiavario writes about our county parks department. Michael has lived in Bellingham since 1968. He retired from his job at Whatcom County Parks after 20 years of service in 2015. Note: On [...]

Vacation Rentals In Residential Neighborhoods

By Guest writerOn Oct 18, 2016

Tani Sutley continues to inform us on the county vacation rentals processes and Ken Mann’s misinformation to the council. Recently, the Whatcom County Council voted to add short-term rentals [...]

State Supreme Court Rules Against County Plan

By John ServaisOn Oct 06, 2016

The Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan for water resources has been ruled illegal by the Washington State Supreme Court. The issue now returns to lower courts and, of course, to the [...]

Whatcom Chief Ferry: Urgent Questions

By John ServaisOn Sep 30, 2016

The Whatcom Chief went back into service last night, connecting Lummi Island to the rest of Whatcom County. It just came out of a three week yearly maintenance and had [...]

Hiyu ferry for Lummi Island service - Explained

By Guest writerOn Jul 12, 2016

By Jim Dickinson. I would like to thank Tip for writing such an excellent and realistic article. (See “Lummi Island Drawbridge” of June 25 by Tip Johnson.) As the Chair of [...]

Lummi Island Drawbridge

By Tip JohnsonOn Jun 25, 2016

A drawbridge these days is usually a symbol of mutual public cooperation. They rise to let ships pass and close so surface transportation can resume. In days past, it was [...]

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