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Redistricting: Democrats may have upper hand

Tue, Feb 09, 2016, 4:02 am  //  Ralph Schwartz

Republicans and Democrats traded barbs on the first day of the Districting Committee, but Dems may have won the first battle.

Ralph Schwartz
Tue, Feb 09, 2016, 4:02 am
5 comments; last on Feb 10, 2016


Stop the Rental Fires Now!

Mon, Feb 08, 2016, 5:26 am  //  Dick Conoboy

Inspections of rentals cannot begin too soon. Seven fires in rental units since 2011 and almost half with ONE landlord. No but the clock may be running…

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Feb 08, 2016, 5:26 am
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Super Bowl 50 - Wretched Excess

Fri, Feb 05, 2016, 11:45 am  //  Dick Conoboy

From all the monumentally boring hoopla to the shameful rousting of the homeless Super Bowl 50 exceeds all expectations for greed and excess.

4 comments; last on Feb 12, 2016


Harriet Spanel has passed on

Wed, Feb 03, 2016, 4:49 pm  //  John Servais

Harriet Spanel was many years our representative in the state legislature and served Whatcom County and Bellingham very well.

4 comments; last on Feb 04, 2016


Mayor Picks Lisa Anderson for City Planning Commission

Wed, Feb 03, 2016, 1:53 pm  //  Dick Conoboy

Lisa Anderson will fill the remaining term of real estate broker, Cerise Noah. who left the Bellingham Planning Commission several months ago.

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In White Skin

Mon, Feb 01, 2016, 3:00 am  //  Ralph Schwartz

Talib Kweli played the Wild Buffalo a couple evenings ago and Ralph Schwartz was there. He writes a very personal take on the evening.

2 comments; last on Feb 04, 2016


Say Nein to Uber

Sun, Jan 31, 2016, 11:04 am  //  Dick Conoboy

Uber has started a new type of public taxi service in many cities, including Bellingham. It is controversial.

3 comments; last on Feb 04, 2016


WA State Minimum Wage Initiative - A Race To The Bottom

Mon, Jan 18, 2016, 5:35 am  //  Dick Conoboy

Raising the minimum wage to $13.50/hr by 2020 cements workers into permanent slave wages that cannot pay the bills.

1 comments; last on Jan 20, 2016


Eagles on the Nooksack

Mon, Jan 11, 2016, 11:18 pm  //  John Servais

They are less famous than the eagles on the Skagit but closer to Bellingham, fewer people and still lots of eagles. A great January afternoon outing.

1 comments; last on Jan 13, 2016


Earthquake lightly shakes Bellingham

Wed, Dec 30, 2015, 12:15 am  //  John Servais

Earthquake near San Juan Island felt in Bellingham late Tuesday night

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Kremen & Weimer tell us of Clinton & Sanders

Tue, Dec 29, 2015, 11:06 am  //  Whatcom Citizen

What the campaign styles of local politicians Pete Kremen and Carl Weimer tell us about presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

4 comments; last on Dec 31, 2015


Bye Bye

Fri, Dec 25, 2015, 10:31 am  //  John Servais

Shell Polar Pioneer floating oil drill rig left the Pacific Northwest for Norway today. Nice holiday gift for all of us.

2 comments; last on Dec 25, 2015


Unregulated vacation rentals on Lake Whatcom

Mon, Dec 21, 2015, 2:14 am  //  Guest writer

Tani Sutley writes on the continuing issue of houses in residential zones that are used essentially as hotels and disrupt quiet neighborhoods.

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Whatcom Farmers and Eric Hirst Dialog

Sat, Dec 19, 2015, 11:11 am  //  Guest writer

Statement by Whatcom Family Farmers on “Eric Hirst and his water ideas” and Hirst's Reply

1 comments; last on Dec 20, 2015


Request for Citizen Evidence

Mon, Dec 14, 2015, 3:58 pm  //  Tip Johnson

Wherein inquiring minds just want to know!

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PDC - The Missing Documents

Wed, Dec 02, 2015, 8:31 pm  //  Tip Johnson

Wherof we cannot speak, thereof we must be silent?

3 comments; last on Dec 06, 2015


Planning Commission Opening Calls for Neighborhood Rep

Mon, Nov 30, 2015, 5:29 am  //  Dick Conoboy

The Planning Commission has a vacancy. Now is the time for the appointment of a member who represents the interests of the neighborhoods.

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Update on Lincoln Street Student Housing Project

Mon, Nov 23, 2015, 5:41 am  //  Dick Conoboy

The student housing project for 648 individuals called NXNW (North by Northwest) on Lincoln Street is moving forward briskly. This is an update.

7 comments; last on Dec 27, 2015


Tax incentives proposed for Fairhaven apartments - Updated

Mon, Nov 16, 2015, 10:41 pm  //  John Servais

Council to allow three weeks for written comments on tax exemption proposal for high density buildings in quiet Fairhaven neighborhood

9 comments; last on Nov 19, 2015


Accessory Dwelling Units - There Is No Rush

Mon, Nov 16, 2015, 4:30 am  //  Dick Conoboy

There is no reason to rush an updated ordinance on ADUs when we do not even know what the current number is or where existing illegal units…

9 comments; last on Dec 10, 2015


Bellingham Updating Accessory Dwelling Laws

Sat, Nov 14, 2015, 5:33 pm  //  Guest writer

By Shannon Maris. Detached ADUs - the 'mother in law' mini cottages - are being considered by the city of Bellingham. This impacts every home owner.

3 comments; last on Nov 19, 2015


Veterans Day and Thanking Veterans

Wed, Nov 11, 2015, 4:23 am  //  Dick Conoboy

Some personal thoughts on thanking our veterans for their service

1 comments; last on Nov 11, 2015


Whatcom Co.: Voting and Vote-Counting with Integrity

Sun, Nov 08, 2015, 9:25 pm  //  Guest writer

An overview of Whatcom County's method of processing ballots and counting votes.

3 comments; last on Dec 29, 2015


Final Election Returns: Jail Tax Rejected

Fri, Nov 06, 2015, 4:37 pm  //  John Servais

Satpal Sidhu wins council seat. Virtually all the ballots are now counted. Challenges and a few special are left.

1 comments; last on Nov 07, 2015


Thursday Voting Update

Thu, Nov 05, 2015, 9:17 pm  //  John Servais

Jail sales tax is being rejected - and the NO vote is increasing. Sidhu - Kerschner still undecided. Props 2, 3, 9 and 10 all should pass.

1 comments; last on Nov 06, 2015


Wednesday Vote Changes

Wed, Nov 04, 2015, 6:45 pm  //  John Servais

Second tally of 10,000 more ballots is in. Jail sales tax is now being rejected. Probably 15,000 or more ballots to go.

2 comments; last on Nov 05, 2015


Important Election Issues Undecided

Wed, Nov 04, 2015, 12:05 am  //  John Servais

The first returns - probably 60% of the final vote - shows contradictory propositions passing and most candidate races decided.

7 comments; last on Nov 04, 2015


Growing Veterans

Mon, Nov 02, 2015, 8:04 am  //  Dick Conoboy

Growing Veterans was created to empower military veterans to grow food, communities, and each other.

2 comments; last on Nov 04, 2015


More on Propositions 1 and 9

Sun, Nov 01, 2015, 9:31 am  //  John Servais

Where more substantial evidence is presented against proposition 9 - and why you should vote REJECTED on it.

24 comments; last on Nov 04, 2015


NWCitizen Publisher’s Voting Choices

Sat, Oct 31, 2015, 2:02 am  //  John Servais

As an independent citizen and political junkie, here is how I am voting - with brief reasons for my choices.

8 comments; last on Nov 03, 2015


NAMI Whatcom Opposes Prop 2015-1

Tue, Oct 27, 2015, 6:56 pm  //  Tip Johnson

The latest addition and the issue in review

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Dwindling Information Makes Voters Susceptible to Spin

Mon, Oct 26, 2015, 11:39 pm  //  Whatcom Citizen

A perspective on the our changing news system, the consequences, and the challenges for the future. With a suggestion of the solution.

5 comments; last on Oct 28, 2015


Info Slowmo

Mon, Oct 26, 2015, 3:32 pm  //  Tip Johnson

When they feel you just don't need to know

4 comments; last on Oct 28, 2015


The Mysterious State of the Whatcom County Jail

Mon, Oct 26, 2015, 1:57 pm  //  Tip Johnson

Wherein the operative information is $$$ECRET

3 comments; last on Oct 29, 2015


Effort to Stop Bakken Oil Trains

Sat, Oct 24, 2015, 1:26 pm  //  John Servais

Whatcom group plans meeting workshop to submit comments to Washington Dept of Ecology against Skagit/Bakken oil trains.

6 comments; last on Oct 26, 2015


Fairhaven Pharmacy Closes Today - For Real

Tue, Oct 20, 2015, 2:53 pm  //  John Servais

After 126 years in business, Fairhaven Pharmacy closes for the last time at 6 p.m. today. Historic Fairhaven Association to do Halloween photos.

1 comments; last on Oct 21, 2015


Louws Regrets Jail Mailer

Tue, Oct 20, 2015, 9:25 am  //  John Servais

County Executive - and candidate for reelection -Jack Louws has written county officials with his regrets over jail mailer.

8 comments; last on Oct 24, 2015


Let’s not squander the next 30 years

Sun, Oct 18, 2015, 11:37 am  //  John Servais

The jail sales tax proposition is a road to perdition for our county. It is a waste and has been deceptively promoted.

4 comments; last on Oct 20, 2015


Making a Jail: Bamboozle!

Fri, Oct 16, 2015, 4:52 pm  //  Tip Johnson

With a smarmy October Surprise

9 comments; last on Oct 19, 2015


Court: No Radio Towers in Point Roberts

Thu, Oct 08, 2015, 7:14 am  //  John Lesow

A Canadian radio station is trying to install huge radio towers in Point Roberts for a Canadian audience. Citizen movement has fought them.

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James King Resigns as Bellingham Parks Director

Sat, Oct 03, 2015, 2:47 pm  //  John Servais

James King to return to Alaska and take job with U.S. Forest Service. Mayor will appoint a new parks director.

1 comments; last on Oct 04, 2015


Just Say No - to the Incarceration-Industrial Complex

Fri, Oct 02, 2015, 10:48 am  //  David Camp

The "... new jail just doesn't pencil out", writes a well qualified accountant. A look at the future costs of the proposed jail.

11 comments; last on Oct 09, 2015


 

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