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Whatcom County

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 [...]

Part Four: The Illusion of Inclusion

By Juliette DanielsOn May 21, 2017

Whatcom County authorizes millions to be paid to jail industry consultant HDR to design and promote the County Executive’s and Sheriff’s plan for jail expansion On July 13, 2004 (four [...]

Part Three: The Illusion of Inclusion

By Juliette DanielsOn May 18, 2017

“Illusion of Inclusion” and the Rise of Jail Industry Consultants Over time and through multiple changes in the make-up of the County Council, Whatcom County elected officials have: (1) hand-picked jail [...]

Part Two: The Illusion of Inclusion

By Juliette DanielsOn May 16, 2017

Whatcom County Rejects Opportunity to be a Leader in Criminal Justice Reform The 2000 Whatcom County Law & Justice Council (LJC) Plan offered a way to address jail conditions with a [...]

Part One:  The Illusion of Inclusion

By Juliette DanielsOn May 13, 2017

Part One: The Illusion of Inclusion: How County-appointed Councils, Panels, Committees and Task Forces provided: (1) Cover for Executive decisions about crucial criminal justice issues; and (2) plausible deniability for the exclusion [...]

Introduction to the “Illusion of Inclusion”

By Juliette DanielsOn May 11, 2017

Across the nation local jurisdictions—where 40 percent of inmates are incarcerated—have recognized that increasing incarceration does not increase public safety. In fact, there are proven alternatives to incarceration that [...]

Water for Whatcom Irrigation

By Eric HirstOn May 02, 2017

Whatcom County farmers use a lot of water every summer to irrigate their pastures and berry fields. But the public never knows just how much water irrigation uses. This means [...]

Behind the Veil at the EPA Beachhead

In January, state Senator Doug Ericksen and former Senator Don Benton left Washington state for the nation’s capital with high hopes of playing major roles in revamping the U.[...]

Subpoena of Ericksen’s police communications allowed by judge

By Luba PekishevaOn Apr 11, 2017

On April 6, 2017, District Court Judge David Grant permitted Attorney Larry Hildes to subpoena records of Doug Ericksen’s contacts with the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and [...]

Feds respond to Nooksack Indian Tribe “Kelly Faction”

By John ServaisOn Apr 06, 2017

​Former County Council member, Bob Kelly, resigned his council seat a few years ago and returned to take leadership of his Nooksack Indian Tribe out near Deming. Since then, he [...]

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