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Coal, Oil & Trains

Election recap: Conservatives start to make inroads on Whatcom Council

By Ralph SchwartzOn Nov 13, 2017

​No matter how you slice it, district-only voting is a good thing if you’re a conservative in Whatcom County. Right-wing politicos on the 2015 county Charter Review Commission managed to [...]

Fossil Fools

By Michael RiordanOn Oct 13, 2017

After recent months, when Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria devastated Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, and unprecedented wildfires torched the West from British Columbia to California, anyone who imagines that [...]

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 [...]

Will new BC government stop the proposed pipeline?

By John ServaisOn May 30, 2017

On Monday, May 29, our neighbors to the north, British Columbia, had a surprising and dramatic change in their government. With a parliamentary system, this can happen. Two minority parties cemented [...]

Whatcom Sheriff’s facebook Search Warrant Is Withdrawn

By John ServaisOn Mar 13, 2017

This article has been updated from the original post at 3:40 p.m. Whatcom County Sheriff Elfo and the county prosecutor’s office have withdrawn their search warrant for facebook messages. [...]

Community Rights Movement Rising

By Stoney BirdOn Jan 28, 2017

Stoney Bird guest writes. In 2012, an initiative campaign for a Community Bill of Rights in Bellingham was part of a nationwide movement for local communities to reassert their rights, their [...]

Being Thankful on Thanksgiving

By John ServaisOn Nov 24, 2016

Most - maybe all - reading this have much to be thankful for. Many may feel grief or despair because of the elections. They should not because what we have [...]

YES on I-732 Fits Conservative & Liberal Values

By John ServaisOn Nov 04, 2016

Beware the deceptive and very last minute anti-732 campaign. Vote YES on initiative 732. The Carbon Tax is really neutral as our sales taxes and other taxes will be reduced by [...]

Coal Trains Blocked by Local Protesters

By John ServaisOn Aug 28, 2016

Update: Mon, Aug 29, 8:30 a.m. In this morning's Bellingham Herald, not a single use of the words “coal” or “oil” in their article on the protest. The Herald referred [...]

Breaking Free: A New Age Ghost Dance

By Guest writerOn May 18, 2016

Jay Taber, a dedicated enviromental advocate, guest writes this critique of protest events, such as at the Anacortes oil refineries last weekend. This first posted on the Salish Sea Maritime [...]

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