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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…

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

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…

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

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

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."


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.


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…


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.


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…


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


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


D’Angelo undaunted by fine: ‘I had to make the moral choice’

Mon, Feb 29, 2016, 11:55 pm  //  Ralph Schwartz

Chiara D'Angelo comes across as emotionally intelligent and uncompromising in her high-stakes Coast Guard hearing.

1 comments; last on Mar 01, 2016

Elfo: Enforcement, Litigation or Risks?

Sat, Feb 27, 2016, 1:24 pm  //  Tip Johnson

Wherein inquiring minds want to know!


‘Goodwill’ wanted but lacking on Districting Committee

Tue, Feb 23, 2016, 5:01 am  //  Ralph Schwartz

Republicans focused their efforts on torpedoing the Democrats' five-district proposal at the second committee meeting.

4 comments; last on Mar 01, 2016

Anchor-chain activists face hefty fines

Thu, Feb 18, 2016, 5:01 am  //  Ralph Schwartz

The Coast Guard has levied $30,000 in fines on two Bellingham climate activists. They will fight to have the fines dropped.

16 comments; last on Feb 22, 2016

Jail Reform: Music to My Ears

Sun, Feb 14, 2016, 8:54 pm  //  Tip Johnson

Wherein sanity may finally be approaching a nagging jail issue

2 comments; last on Feb 19, 2016


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