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Whatcom County Government Employees Need Grievance System

Fri, Oct 21, 2016, 1:15 am  //  Guest writer

Michael Chiavario writes on unfair employment practices in our Whatcom County government with a specific example and a suggestion for how to fix the system.

Guest writer
Fri, Oct 21, 2016, 1:15 am

Surly Citizens Object to Backroom Deals

Wed, Oct 19, 2016, 4:27 pm  //  Guest writer

Anne Mackie relates the dysfunctional actions of council president Pinky Vargas and the illegal favoritism shown by council to developer groups over city residents.

Guest writer
Wed, Oct 19, 2016, 4:27 pm
3 comments; last on Oct 20, 2016

Vacation Rentals In Residential Neighborhoods

Tue, Oct 18, 2016, 8:11 pm  //  Guest writer

Tani Sutley writes of an interesting interaction with Bellingham resident and county council member Ken Mann.


Election Forum - This Saturday Morning

Thu, Oct 13, 2016, 9:32 am  //  John Servais

The League of Women Voters 3rd of 3 election forums is this Saturday, Oct 22 at 9:30 am in the Bellingham city council chamber. Also live on…


Logging Planned for 110 Acres on Samish Hill

Mon, Oct 10, 2016, 3:50 am  //  Dick Conoboy

The city has given an extremely short notice for comments on a substantial logging operation for 110 acres of Samish Hill. The city has known about this…

3 comments; last on Oct 13, 2016

State Supreme Court Rules Against County Plan

Thu, Oct 06, 2016, 6:29 pm  //  John Servais

Today the Washington Supreme Court ruled Whatcom County Comp plan does not protect water resources, providing a victory for local environmentalist litigants Hirst, Brakke, Harris & Stalheim.

6 comments; last on Oct 12, 2016

Whatcom Chief Ferry: Urgent Questions

Fri, Sep 30, 2016, 8:53 pm  //  John Servais

The Whatcom Chief, our Lummi Island ferry, has been running illegally over loaded. And the hull may be fatally corroded. County exec Louws is ignoring this dangerous…

22 comments; last on Oct 21, 2016

Misleading/Incomplete Report on Rental Inspection Results

Fri, Sep 30, 2016, 3:37 am  //  Dick Conoboy

On 26 September the city's Planning Director provided a report to city council on rental inspection results that is misleading, incomplete and, intentionally or unintentionally, tends to…

7 comments; last on Oct 09, 2016

The War Has Just Begun

Fri, Sep 16, 2016, 8:02 am  //  Dick Conoboy

Slum landlords are alive and thriving. Over this summer 50% [corrected] of rental units failed the city's initial health and safety inspection.

18 comments; last on Oct 08, 2016

MNAC Paddy Whack Give the Dog a Bone

Mon, Sep 12, 2016, 1:57 am  //  Dick Conoboy

The vital role in city politics of the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission (MNAC) has gradually diminished over the past five years and is now at an all…

10 comments; last on Sep 24, 2016

Chapter 3: City Council Agenda Management

Sat, Sep 10, 2016, 1:02 am  //  Guest writer

Anne Mackie writes the backstory that tells "the rest of the story" of how the August harsh attacks on citizens by the council had roots in July.

1 comments; last on Sep 10, 2016

Housing Forum on Wednesday, Sep 14

Wed, Sep 07, 2016, 8:09 am  //  Dick Conoboy

The York Neighborhood is sponsoring a forum on housing concerns on Wednesday, Sept 14th at the Garden Methodist Church at 7pm.

4 comments; last on Sep 10, 2016

A Big “Never Mind”

Wed, Aug 31, 2016, 4:59 am  //  Guest writer

Anne Mackie gives us an overview of the planning kerfuffle during August between citizens and the Bham city council. And the bad attitudes of some council members.

5 comments; last on Aug 31, 2016

Coal Trains Blocked by Local Protesters

Sun, Aug 28, 2016, 4:56 pm  //  John Servais

Updated on Monday. An elaborate tripod was erected over the railroad tracks on the bridge over Chuckanut Bay and protesters sat in a sling. 11 hour train…

3 comments; last on Aug 29, 2016

Chapter 2:  Playing the race card

Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 9:02 pm  //  Dick Conoboy

Three emails: April Barker writes about ADUs and her perspective; Anne Mackie and Dick Conoboy respond.

7 comments; last on Oct 21, 2016

Temper Tantrum Taints City Council

Mon, Aug 15, 2016, 3:13 am  //  Dick Conoboy

Council President Pinky Vargas loses it over minor violations of the three-minute comment rule. Is this any way to run a council?

11 comments; last on Aug 29, 2016

Anti-Nuclear Weapons ship ‘Golden Rule’ to Visit

Sat, Aug 13, 2016, 11:19 am  //  Guest writer

Ellen Murphy writes about the sailboat that sailed toward nuclear test site in Pacific in 1958 and will visit Bellingham August 20 - 22. Now protesting modernization…

1 comments; last on Aug 15, 2016

Hiyu ferry for Lummi Island service - Explained

Tue, Jul 12, 2016, 10:55 pm  //  Guest writer

Jim Dickinson writes: Why the surplus Washington State ferry Hiyu should replace the Whatcom Chief for our Whatcom County ferry service to Lummi Island.

6 comments; last on Aug 06, 2016

Lummi Island Drawbridge

Sat, Jun 25, 2016, 10:08 pm  //  Tip Johnson

The Lummi Island ferry is a very old and decrepit vessel. The state ferry system wants to give us a newer one in great condition. Whatcom County…

6 comments; last on Jun 30, 2016

Options High School: Great idea, wrong site

Mon, Jun 06, 2016, 5:03 pm  //  Guest writer

Tim Paxton guest writes about the defects in planning for the Options High School.

5 comments; last on Jun 26, 2016

Ferndale volunteers build kids playground

Sun, Jun 05, 2016, 8:29 pm  //  John Servais

Over 2,000 volunteers have just built a new playground in six days. We do a photo story.

1 comments; last on Jun 06, 2016

Greenways may reverse heron colony buffer purchase this evening

Fri, Jun 03, 2016, 12:29 am  //  John Servais

The Greenways Advisory Committee meets this evening and may reverse their May decision to purchase the heron colony buffer woods.

10 comments; last on Jun 07, 2016

We need to protect our Great Blue Heron colony

Tue, May 31, 2016, 9:51 pm  //  John Servais

Bellingham's only heron colony needs forested buffer - and the land owner is willing to sell. Greenways has voted to buy it, but our city council must…

5 comments; last on Jun 01, 2016

Memorial Day 2016 - Thanking a True Soldier

Thu, May 26, 2016, 5:23 am  //  Dick Conoboy

This veteran, Chris Brown, deserves our deep thanks for his achievement with Growing Veterans as Executive Director, a post that he has left. He will continue as…

3 comments; last on Jun 08, 2016

Singing the Comp Plan Blues

Mon, May 23, 2016, 5:21 am  //  Dick Conoboy

As the city council takes up consideration of the comprehensive plan, citizen input is critical. Otherwise in a few years and in response to housing and land…


Proposed over-water walkway is dead

Sat, May 21, 2016, 4:32 pm  //  John Servais

The planned concrete walkway from Boulevard Park to the Cornwall landfill, using millions in Greenway funds, has been abandoned by Bellingham. We again thank the Lummi.

11 comments; last on May 26, 2016

Breaking Free: A New Age Ghost Dance

Wed, May 18, 2016, 4:46 pm  //  Guest writer

Jay Taber, a strong environmentalist for decades, guest writes a harsh critique of the 350 org anti-fossil fuel demonstrations at the Anacortes oil refineries last weekend.

2 comments; last on May 24, 2016

Missing Options High School traffic study

Tue, May 17, 2016, 7:45 pm  //  Guest writer

Bellingham School officials expect a slam dunk by Hearing Examiner and city council on street vacation and conditional use permit. By Patrick McKee.

2 comments; last on May 18, 2016

Uber: Supporting the Troops?

Mon, May 16, 2016, 5:20 am  //  Dick Conoboy

Uber, the cheap ride taxi company, is targeting the troops to become drivers in ads disguised as articles in publications such as the Army Times.


Herons or Oil: Which are long term?

Sat, May 14, 2016, 9:34 am  //  John Servais

The March Point protestors this weekend will hopefully show serious concern and not disturb the heron colony near the refineries.

2 comments; last on May 15, 2016

No Coal Terminal at Cherry Point - Final

Mon, May 09, 2016, 12:10 pm  //  John Servais

The Seattle office of the Army Corps of Engineers has formally denied a permit for building a coal terminal at Cherry Point in Whatcom County. Updated at…

4 comments; last on May 09, 2016

Boring, predictable Trump plays to conservative Lynden crowd

Sat, May 07, 2016, 10:47 pm  //  Ralph Schwartz

Supporters say he will beat Hillary Clinton.

3 comments; last on May 24, 2016

Citizens: BPD dismissive of people of color

Tue, Apr 26, 2016, 7:04 pm  //  Ralph Schwartz

Group cites failure to investigate assaults on anti-police-racism marchers

5 comments; last on Aug 25, 2016

An Open Letter to U.S. Representative Rick Larsen

Tue, Apr 26, 2016, 3:46 pm  //  David Camp

Also to all U.S. Representative candidates in the 1st and 2nd U.S. Congressional districts for the election in 2016

1 comments; last on Apr 27, 2016

Five districts pass; GOP incites conservatives to fight map in court

Thu, Apr 21, 2016, 8:40 pm  //  Ralph Schwartz

Republicans rolled over and approved the Democrats' map to set the stage for a legal challenge

3 comments; last on Apr 24, 2016

Unanimous Yes vote for 5 county council districts

Wed, Apr 20, 2016, 8:01 pm  //  John Servais

GOP vote for Democratic plan to prevent locked committee and then county council becoming decision makers of districting boundaries

1 comments; last on Apr 21, 2016

Report on City Council Retreat

Tue, Apr 19, 2016, 5:14 am  //  Dick Conoboy

The Bellingham City Council conducted a retreat on 16 April to discuss a number of issues, including a set of proposed strategies to ensure "sustainable services."


OregonLNG quits: Cherry Point may be new target

Mon, Apr 18, 2016, 11:55 am  //  John Servais

Liquid natural gas terminal is rumored to be in planning stages for Cherry Point as the Oregon proposed LNG plan is abandoned.

6 comments; last on Apr 19, 2016

Deck stacked against Republicans at Districting Committee hearing

Wed, Apr 13, 2016, 10:43 pm  //  Ralph Schwartz

Fate of new county five-district map remains uncertain.

5 comments; last on Apr 14, 2016

Don’t speak at tonight’s Districting Committee hearing

Wed, Apr 13, 2016, 9:09 am  //  Ralph Schwartz

If you do, you better make sure you have something to say that's going to change someone's mind.

3 comments; last on Apr 14, 2016

Bellingham Planning tries to sneak one through

Mon, Apr 11, 2016, 1:06 am  //  John Servais

The Sunnyland residents have just learned they have only today to comment on a huge impacting building project in their neighborhood.

11 comments; last on Apr 23, 2016

No sign of agreement as districting committee enters final phase

Wed, Apr 06, 2016, 9:18 pm  //  Ralph Schwartz

After a public hearing next week, the committee will be asked to vote on a five-district map for Whatcom County in two weeks.

5 comments; last on Apr 09, 2016


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