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Whatcom County

Hit the Reset Button on the Jail

By Juliette DanielsOn Jun 17, 2017

The Chelan County Jail was built in 1982, when state grants were available to assist cities and counties with construction of jail facilities. It had an original bed count of 200. The [...]

Demonizing Satpal Sidhu

By Elisabeth BrittOn Jun 16, 2017

In the blood sport we have come to recognize as partisan politics, public exchanges among political opponents often deteriorate into verbal abuse, character assassination, vilification and smear campaigns. Smear campaigns, [...]

Burping Tankers Spread Sulfurous Fumes

By Michael RiordanOn Jun 14, 2017

The smelly cloud of sulfurous fumes that wafted over Bellingham Saturday evening, June 3, was apparently not that unusual an occurrence. It happened due to an overpressure on the Italian oil [...]

Evidence-Based Jail Planning Processes

By Juliette DanielsOn Jun 13, 2017

There are 39 counties in the State of Washington. Many of them took advantage of State and Federal funds to build city and county jails in the 1970s and 1980s. Whatcom [...]

Part Eight: The Illusion of Inclusion and the Need for Speed

By Juliette DanielsOn Jun 06, 2017

The County plays hard-ball with Bellingham and hits a major “Speed Bump” when voters reject Proposition 2015-1. In basic terms, the Jail Facilities Use Agreement (JFUA) is a partnership that [...]

Part Seven: 2013 and 2014 - Acceleration of the Illusion of the Need for Speed

By Juliette DanielsOn Jun 02, 2017

How the County hand-picked a jail consultant to design a large, regional jail and new Sheriff’s Headquarters project , 1) Custom fit to the 2) County’s pre-chosen Site, based on the 3) [...]

Smear Campaign

By Elisabeth BrittOn May 29, 2017

It seems that an outrageous smear campaign has been launched against a Whatcom County Councilmember, Satpal Sidhu, by a previous Councilmember, Mrs. Kathy Kershner, who ran against Mr. Sidhu in 2015. [...]

Part Six: Introducing the “Need for Speed” in the Illusion of Inclusion

By Juliette DanielsOn May 25, 2017

Introduction to the hard ball tactic of “The Need for Speed” >From 2010 to the present, the County Council has allowed 3-minute statements about the jail during open public comments [...]

Part Five: The Illusion of Inclusion

By Juliette DanielsOn May 23, 2017

The County and HDR present a Draft Environmental Impact Statement with no consideration of already-owned County property in downtown Bellingham or of renovation/expansion of the County Jail On February 3, 2011, [...]

Whatcom 3: County Judge Grant Rules Out Defense Evidence

By Luba PekishevaOn May 22, 2017

Ahead of the May 7, 2016 Trump rally in Lynden, the Whatcom 3, Neah Monteiro, Josefina Mora, and Thomas Kaplan, were arrested for forming an anti-Trump blockade on Meridian St that had blocked [...]

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