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Open Government

Don’t speak at tonight’s Districting Committee hearing

By Ralph SchwartzOn Apr 13, 2016

Let me start by saying I'm a big fan of public participation in politics. It's at the foundation of how government is supposed to work. And it does [...]

Bellingham Planning tries to sneak one through

By John ServaisOn Apr 11, 2016

Eleven days - 11 days - for the public to comment on a huge neighborhood impacting building project. March 28 to April 11 - with 4 days being weekends. The Sunnyland folks are only [...]

Voting guide for Whatcom Conservation District

By John ServaisOn Mar 16, 2016

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The state of citizen journalism is strong: Two receive deArmond awards

By Ralph SchwartzOn Mar 11, 2016

The third annual Paul deArmond Citizen Journalism award dinner on Feb. 12 in Bellingham was bigger than ever—a bigger venue, more guests, a higher bar tab and, most notably, not [...]

Whatcom Conservation District Elections

By Guest writerOn Aug 09, 2015

Barbara Perry guest writes this article. She came across the district election process, was appalled, and has researched in an effort to fully understand. - - - - Are all 47 [...]

Whatcom County Council adds ballot measure

By John ServaisOn Jul 08, 2015

In a political move, the liberal Whatcom County Council last night voted 6-1 (Kremen against) to place a proposition on the November ballot that would create 5 legislative districts in the [...]

Charter Commission Tricks

By John ServaisOn Jul 06, 2015

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A Perspective on Port Politics

By John ServaisOn Apr 04, 2015

A bit of perspective on this action by the Port of Bellingham, the entity that has just sold the finest portion of our waterfront for pennies on the dollar to [...]

Port Gives Away Our Bellingham Waterfront

By John ServaisOn Apr 01, 2015

Update - Sat April 4 - the port has removed the video of the meeting and so the link at the end of this article no longer works. The port has [...]

The Hidden Election

By Guest writerOn Feb 02, 2015

Barbara Perry guest writes. She wrote about this in the December issue of Whatcom Watch. And last Wednesday's Cascadia Weekly also had an article. See links at bottom of [...]

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