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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…

Tip Johnson
Sat, Jun 25, 2016, 10:08 pm
2 comments; last on Jun 28, 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.

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

4 comments; last on May 03, 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


Districting maps E and F for reference

Mon, Mar 14, 2016, 1:53 am  //  John Servais

We post the next two maps to be discussed at the Districting Committee today, March 14. For the few who might study them and later contribute perspectives.

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Democrats threaten legal action on districting

Sun, Mar 13, 2016, 1:06 pm  //  John Servais

Legally threatening letter sent by Seattle law firm retained by prominent leading Democratic Party leaders.

1 comments; last on Mar 14, 2016


The state of citizen journalism is strong: Two receive deArmond awards

Fri, Mar 11, 2016, 11:28 pm  //  Ralph Schwartz

The third annual deArmond dinner celebrated the work of Sandy Robson and Neah Monteiro.

2 comments; last on Mar 13, 2016


Potential Oil Exports From Cherry Point—Something else to put on your radar

Wed, Mar 09, 2016, 11:20 pm  //  David Camp

What almost happened on the coast of Maine could happen here at Cherry Point. Portland, Maine, stopped oil exports - and Whatcom County can also. If we…

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Durham, NH, - Surprise! - Rental Inspections Worked

Wed, Mar 09, 2016, 2:20 pm  //  Dick Conoboy

Durham is an example of the efficacy of rental inspections, putting to bed the unsupported objections of landlords by presenting facts about conditions.

1 comments; last on Mar 12, 2016


Dogged Pursuit of a Failed Vision?

Tue, Mar 08, 2016, 2:47 pm  //  Tip Johnson

Wherein, we correct some misassumptions but still ask the questions

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Districting Committee: GOP accuses Democrats of gerrymandering

Tue, Mar 08, 2016, 1:15 am  //  Ralph Schwartz

The Republicans made concessions on their district map but took a final stand at Nooksack, Everson and Sumas.

6 comments; last on Mar 12, 2016


Idea for Our Times: Puget Sound Repair Project

Mon, Mar 07, 2016, 10:40 am  //  Tip Johnson

Could this address the real problem with Puget Sound?

6 comments; last on Mar 08, 2016


Districting Committee: Republicans lack legal compass

Sun, Mar 06, 2016, 11:39 pm  //  Ralph Schwartz

Republicans and Democrats remain far apart. Democrats have the legal high ground, but Republicans would go to court to challenge that if necessary.

1 comments; last on Mar 07, 2016


Punishing the Wrong Guys

Tue, Mar 01, 2016, 3:40 pm  //  Tip Johnson

Wherein someone's gotta do the right thing

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