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Whatcom County

Let’s Do Stupid All Over Again

By Dick ConoboyOn Dec 21, 2016

According to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), banks are back to stupid in an era of debt deflation. By loosening borrowing standards they are increasing credit [...]

A Water Shortage Problem, NOT a Water Shortage

By Elisabeth BrittOn Dec 19, 2016

On December 6, the Whatcom County Council voted 5 to 2 (Brenner and Mann voted no) to lift the temporary moratorium that was passed on November 9, 2016. The new interim ordinance that replaces it [...]

Swift Creek, loaded with asbestos and heavy metals, is getting out of control

By Ralph SchwartzOn Dec 05, 2016

The side of Sumas Mountain, laden with asbestos and soil-killing heavy metals, is sliding slowly but steadily into Swift Creek and then into the farmlands of north Whatcom County and—[...]

The Great Deceleration

By Dick ConoboyOn Dec 04, 2016

That is the title of Alex Jensen’s article in Counterpunch on December 2nd. He first posits that we are now deeply into the “Great Acceleration” with respect to the [...]

Interim Ordinance on Rural Water Wells is Essential

By Guest writerOn Dec 03, 2016

Eric Hirst guest writes. We appreciate his expert perspective on this important local issue. Elisabeth Britt, in a NW Citizen article on Nov 25, argues that Whatcom County made a mistake [...]

PDC Staff Suggests Gentle Wrist Pat for Campaign Violations

By John ServaisOn Dec 03, 2016

Washington state’s Public Disclosure Commission staff has completed a year-long investigation into how Whatcom County’s three top elected officials ran the campaign for last year’s jail bond. [...]

County Rural Residents Can Check On Water

By Elisabeth BrittOn Dec 03, 2016

The Department of Ecology has posted an interactive map to assist Whatcom County with determining legally available domestic water availability. The map displays areas where instream flows are not being [...]

Well Drilling & the Burden of Proof

By Elisabeth BrittOn Nov 25, 2016

The Whatcom County Council is holding a public hearing on Tuesday, December 6th on draft ordinance 2016-309A. I’d be happy to provide a link to the document and [...]

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 [...]

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