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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 [...]

Herons or Oil: Which are long term?

By John ServaisOn May 14, 2016

Some folks from Bellingham who read this may also be participating in the kayaking and land protest at the Tesoro oil refinery near Anacortes. It is a coordinated protest with [...]

An Open Letter to U.S. Representative Rick Larsen

By David CampOn Apr 26, 2016

In Washington state we have pioneered, thanks to vigorous and politically-active citizens and a robust citizen initiative process, the re-legalization of cannabis. Voters overwhelmingly approved - 59% yea to 41% nay - [...]

BNSF: A casual approach to railroad safety

By John ServaisOn Apr 04, 2016

The coal train in the photo above is heading north along Bellingham Bay just above Clayton Beach. Notice how it seems to overhang the sandy bluff? That is because the [...]

$15 Minimum Wage - Assured Debt Peonage

By Dick ConoboyOn Apr 04, 2016

California has just followed Oregon in the race to enshrine low wages by forging ahead with a cruelly insufficient $15 minimum wage, not now, but in 6 years! By then, the cost [...]

Making Money on the Plight of Veterans

By Dick ConoboyOn Jan 29, 2016

As a veteran, I am a more than a bit sensitive about those who would profit over the condition of veterans in the US especially since those who send those [...]

Effort to Stop Bakken Oil Trains

By John ServaisOn Oct 24, 2015

Some Whatcom County environmental folks want to help our neighbors in Skagit County fight the expansion of rail traffic to the Shell refinery near Anacortes. Due to early action on [...]

How Our Community Can Welcome Our Troops Home

By Guest writerOn Aug 24, 2015

Guest Writer: Christopher Brown is a U.S. Marine combat veteran of Iraq & Afghanistan and Purple Heart recipient. He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Social Work through [...]

Local retired librarian injured by police

By Guest writerOn Aug 18, 2015

Ellem Murphy submitted this news. Bruce Radtke, a retired Bellingham librarian, suffered injuries on Wednesday, August 12 during a violent takedown and arrest by an Olympic National Park ranger, who was [...]

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 [...]

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