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The War Has Just Begun

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

Slum landlords are alive and thriving. Over this summer more than 40% of rental units failed the city's initial health and safety inspection.

Dick Conoboy
Fri, Sep 16, 2016, 8:02 am
14 comments; last on Sep 23, 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…

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Sep 12, 2016, 1:57 am
10 comments; last on Sep 24, 2016


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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.

6 comments; last on Aug 25, 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…

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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.

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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."

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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


Proposed redistricting map for your review

Wed, Apr 06, 2016, 1:14 pm  //  John Servais

The Districting Master (the official title) has submitted his map for review by the Districting Committee this evening. Here it is for your review.

5 comments; last on Apr 07, 2016


BNSF: A casual approach to railroad safety

Mon, Apr 04, 2016, 8:17 pm  //  John Servais

At Clayton Beach, we have tracked increasing erosion under railroad tracks and written to the railroads and federal inspectors. To no avail.

2 comments; last on Apr 05, 2016


$15 Minimum Wage - Assured Debt Peonage

Mon, Apr 04, 2016, 5:25 am  //  Dick Conoboy

Accelerating efforts across the U.S. to install a $15 minimum wage are playing into the hands of big business and codifying enormously insufficient wages for years to…

2 comments; last on May 24, 2016


Cherry Point coal port development put on ice

Fri, Apr 01, 2016, 3:49 pm  //  John Servais

Work on EIS put on hold as coal companies wait for Army Corps of Engineers decision. Well, it was not in March. This is not an April…

3 comments; last on Apr 02, 2016


Fuller calls on Coast Guard to ‘stand on the right side of history’

Wed, Mar 23, 2016, 2:37 pm  //  Guest writer

Activist contests $10,000 fine for climbing on a Shell oil vessel. Rob Lewis guest writes this report.

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Voting guide for Whatcom Conservation District

Wed, Mar 16, 2016, 8:26 pm  //  John Servais

Updated Wed, Mar 16. Tuesday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., any registered voter of Whatcom County can vote in person at the conservation district…

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Will Cherry Point coal port be denied this week?

Wed, Mar 16, 2016, 12:19 am  //  John Servais

Updated 4:30pm. Helena, Montana newspaper says GPT may be denied this week by Army Corps of Engineers. US Rep Zinke panics and accuses Army of politics.

4 comments; last on Mar 24, 2016


Dems, GOP primed for legal fight over districts

Tue, Mar 15, 2016, 12:04 am  //  Ralph Schwartz

Not even a letter from a coal terminal spokesman can save them now.

2 comments; last on Mar 17, 2016


 

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