We need to protect our Great Blue Heron colony

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

The Greenways Advisory Committee voted unanimously in early May to provide partial funding from their available free funds to purchase the platted but unbuilt house sites bordering the…
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The Great Unravelling

Sat, Jun 25, 2016, 2:21 pm  //  Dick Conoboy

Brexit.  This is part of what I call The Great Unravelling.  Brexit is also very likely the beginning of what Thom Hartmann wrote about years ago in his book The Crash of 2016.  This will not be pretty or without cost but that ghastly European Union and its neo-liberal bankster managers must be put out of power.  And yes, a lot of xenophobia went into this vote in the United Kingdom but this is the reaping of the whirlwind of the US and European adventurism in the Middle East and Libya.  In the US people are beginning to get the message from Bernie and from the Democrats in the House who staged their sit-in last week.  Trump is the insane but sure manifestation of the rot in the system. The house of cards is about to collapse.  Glen Greenwald provides an excellent summary of the blindness of the elites in his Intercept column today entitled Brexit is Only the Latest Proof of the Insularity and Failure of Western Establishment Institutions.

"The decision of the UK voters to leave the EU is such a glaring repudiation of the wisdom and relevance of elite political and media institutions that – for once – their failures have become a prominent part of the storyline. Media reaction to the Brexit vote falls into two general categories: (1) earnest, candid attempts to understand what motivated voters to make this choice, even if that means indicting one’s own establishment circles, and (2) petulant, self-serving, simple-minded attacks on disobedient pro-leave voters for being primitive, xenophobic bigots (and stupid to boot), all to evade any reckoning with their own responsibility. Virtually every reaction that falls into the former category emphasizes the profound failures of western establishment factions; these institutions have spawned pervasive misery and inequality, only to spew condescending scorn at their victims when they object."

Chris Hedges quotes economist Michael Hudson in his piece today on Truthdig, 2008 All Over Again:

“If there is anyone who is responsible for the Brexit, it is Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama,” he [Hudson] said. “They destroyed Libya. They turned over Libyan weapons to [Islamic State], al-Qaida and [Nusra Front]. It was their war in Syria, where many of these weapons ended up, which created the massive exodus of refugees into Europe. This exodus exacerbated nationalism and anti-immigrant sentiment. Clinton and Obama are also responsible for a huge exodus of Ukrainians. This is all a response to American war policy in the Middle East and the Ukraine. In central Europe, with the expansion of NATO, Washington is meanwhile demanding that governments spend billions on weapons rather than on recovering the economy.”

The European left has been given a shot in the arm with Brexit even though at the same time the European right is still using its anti-immigrant stance to gain power.   Nadia Pupris at Common Dreams [After Brexit, European Left Calls for 'Massive Political Opposition] reports, "In the tumultuous aftermath of the UK's vote to leave the EU, the European left is responding with a mix of reason, measured reassurances, and righteous defiance."

Some very interesting days ahead. 

Options High School: much still to be answered for

Mon, Jun 06, 2016, 6:36 pm  //  John Servais

Tim Paxton has his guest article posted this evening about the Options High School and the unanswered questions.  Tim provided the key testimony and hard evidence to the Hearing Examiner that led to last weeks ruling to deny permits needed to start building the school.  Why?  Because the Bellingham School District, with help from the Bellingham Planning Department failed to legally notify nearby residents of the project and hearings.  I will be postinng a separate article on that.  The point here is Tim Paxton is the person who had to fight to even get his evidence submitted to the Hearing Examiner.  The school district's attorney tried to have his evidence thrown out on the basis that school district administrators had shown it was false.  They knew full well that they had skirted the law. 

We should pay attention to what Tim has to tell us.  And question closely how the school district may well be not creating the Options high they claim they are.  

Elisabeth Britt has posted an article on her Latte Republic titled: Identifying the Public's Perspective - or Not  She looks at the irony of the natural disaster drills of the next few days contrasted with the Bellingham School District to build the new Options High School within a couple feet of a 10 inch natural gas pipeline which could burst and explode in the case of an earthquake.  Which is what the drill is all about.  Elisabeth has years of experience in Olympia working for state representatives in research and policy. She knows of what she writes.


KPLU reaches $7 million and is saved

Fri, May 27, 2016, 12:30 am  //  John Servais

Thursday afternoon, KPLU FM radio announced it had reached the needed $7 million needed to purchase the station from its present owner and make it an independent station. About two weeks ago we posted a blog informing our readers of this.  At that time the fundraising was approaching $6 million.  They had until June 30, so this is a big success story.  Cliff Mass championed this cause on his popular weather blog and deserved huge credit for this result.  

You can read the full story here at the KPLU website.  Basically, the non-profit outfit will now negotiate the sale of the radio license and the station will stay independent, broadcasting news and jazz 24 hours a day through all of Western Washington. This saves it from the fate of being sold to the University of Washington which planned to down grade it to just music in order to not compete with their KUOW fm station and its news.  Bottom line - most informed citizens appreciate the very high quality of KPLU news and love their taste in jazz.  The truly independent news has now been saved.  


Opportunity to Support Our Veterans

Tue, May 24, 2016, 8:25 am  //  Dick Conoboy

In the spirit of Memorial Day... If you want to support the local non-profit Growing Veterans and have a fun evening with wine, a buffet, a silent auction, a raffle and other "stuff" come out to the Samson Estates Winery in Everson on June 2nd from 6-10pm. Call the numbers on the flyer pictured here for additional information.


Latte Republic: gas pipelines by schools

Fri, May 20, 2016, 1:25 pm  //  John Servais

Elisabeth Britt has posted a good article on her Latte Republic website.  It concerns the safe locating of our public schools.  The new Options High School is to be build over a 10 inch high pressure natural gas pipeline.  The Bellingham School District says it is not "over" it but offset to the pipeline.  At the Hearing Examiner meeting the other night, the school district did not say how far from the pipe the school will be - but it seems it is less than 10 feet.  That by most definitations is over the pipeline.  Elisabeth writes of her research into state codes about pipelines and schools.  California has good guidelines.  Our state does not.  

Her article, "Why the location of our public schools is important to our children’s health and well-being" is a good read and one that makes us aware of the casual manner our local schools are placed in dangerous locations.  The school staffer responsible for the past 30 years setting school locations defended the Options HS location on the basis that he has located several schools near or over potentially explosive pipelines.  Hmmm.

We need common sense to be exerecised by our local powers.  They may be able to sneak their projects through the permit hoops, but that does not make their decisions good ones.  Common sense needs to come into play.  In this instance, the school district did not even mention the existence of the pipeline in their SEPA check list and environmental determination of non-significance form.  At the hearing, the school district poohed staffer poohed any danger, saying gas pipelines do not explode.


Needed: part-time freelance PHP programmer

Thu, May 19, 2016, 4:43 pm  //  John Servais

Update June 1:  A programmer has been found and is starting to work on this site. My thanks to the several of you who have responed. Most appreciated. PHP programmers are not as common now as 10 years ago but it is still such a great code for dynamic websites. I again want to thank John Meloy for the development and look and feel of this site over the past 8 years. And I look forward hopefully to a long web development relationship with the new programmer.  

Are you a PHP programmer?  (If you're not sure, then you are not.)  The NWCitizen website runs on a content management system called Expression Engine.  It uses PHP code for customizing and features. I am looking for a programmer who has a job, is located in Bellingham, and wants to pick up a bit more paid programming. This is probably not beginning level coding. There is already a solid base of PHP code behind this website from my previous programmer, John Meloy, who would be available for transition information. Although NWCitizen started in 1995 with my hand coding of static html pages, Meloy installed the present system in January of 2008 and has tweaked it since. His business is now keeping him too busy for this part-time tweaking. Hence, this shout out.

You can do the work on your own schedule and at off times. I would send my change requests via email and would hope you could get to them within a week.  If you are interested, contact me at john at nwhouse.com  Not only is it paid programming, but you will be helping the community benefit from a solid website for news and commentary.  


Options High - what is going on?

Tue, May 17, 2016, 8:32 pm  //  John Servais

Just posted is an article by Pat McKee on the need for a traffic study before building the new Options High.  The Bellingham School District basically cheated on filling out their non dertermination form for city planning.  And our Bellingham Planning Department has helped to sneak this process through.  

Sneak?  Yes.  Since we approved the levy in November of 2013 for a new Options High School building, the school district has communicated they planned to build a 200 student building.  Until they could no longer keep the wraps on it at a hearing in late March of 2016.  They were planning a 400 student school.  The neighbors were shocked.  The notices had not been clear on what was planned.  Sort of like the KPLU radio sale charade where the Fight Club rule prevails.  (Don't talk about it)  

Now, tomorow on Wed, May 18, the Bellingham Hearing Examiner, Sharon Rice, will hear the school district request for a conditional use permit - without a traffic study.  McKee's submitted statements (updated) will make the plea to the hearing examiner that a traffic study is needed.  One reason is the school district feels only 67 parking spaces are needed - an absurdly low number considering students, staff and teachers.  Let us hope she turns them down and asks for a proper traffic study with plans to accomodate the increased traffic and parking.

The school district assumes they will get not only the conditional use permit, but a green light to vacate the bicycle trail and half of Franklin Street.  Assumes?  Yes.  Without permits, they have let out the construction bids, and on May 12 they opened them.  Construction is scheduled to start in June. Oh - and they expect the city council to approve the street vacation on June 6.  

I have been working hard on another story these past couple weeks and have not been able to write more about this school project.  There is much that seems very wrong with this school plan. It appears the school district is warehousing poor students and those it expels from the three high schools.  They do not have organized access to any outside recreation areas.  No access to the Bellingham High fields.

I hope to post more articles about this Options High School.  We all desire for all our young to get a good education.  But it appears the Options High process is not that.  


KPLU needs and deserves our donations

Sun, May 15, 2016, 2:26 pm  //  John Servais

Yes, I am soliciting for another news outlet - but it is quite special.  KPLU public radio is based in Tacoma but via repeater antennas is present throughout Western Washington. That includes Whatcom County and Bellingham.  KPLU has outstanding news reports daily - with jazz music between. It is independent, factually trustworthy, and comprehensive.  No dumbed-down news with absurd and exaggerated lead-ins. It is a Pacific Northwest news treasure and has been on the air for decades.

Last November, we learned of a threat to dismantle it in a most nefarious manner. It was to be acquired and integrated into the other FM public radio station. The University of Washington owns KUOW and it competes, in a sense, with KPLU.  KUOW worked secretly to purchase KPLU from its owner, Pacific Lutheran University of Tacoma.  Its intention was to subsume it under KUOW and own public radio news for our area.

In the opinion of many, KUOW news is biased and controlled by the UW.  Or to put a positive spin on it, KPLU is considered much more independent and trustworthy in its news reporting than is KUOW. KPLU does not ignore important issues that are awkward for local governments and public institutions.  

Today the Seattle Times has an expose article on how the University of Washington and Pacific Luthern University conspired to keep secret their intention for UW to acquire KPLU and fold it into KUOW - and thus effectively kill its independent news coverage.  Cliff Mass, the popular NW weather blogger, has been informing us on this issue for months. Indeed, Mass has helped lead the effort to raise funds and buy KPLU from Pacific Lutheran University and make it independent.  

I am donating to that cause. Maybe only $10, but something. I hope many reading this may choose to also donate - and spread the word about this effort. We each have our own charities and causes to support and my words are not intended to suggest this cause shoud be everyone else's.  But I want you to know about it.  To donate, just go to the KPLU website

Locally, we can pick up the KPLU FM station at 88.7 from Bellingham, or 88.9 from Sedro Woolley. Out of Seattle it is at 88.5.


Bellilngham Comprehensive Plan Udpate Moves to Council for Action

Sat, May 07, 2016, 10:18 am  //  Dick Conoboy

Consideration of changes to Bellingham's Comprehensive Plan now migrates to the city council for a series of work sessions, hearings and eventual approval, most likely in September. But now is the time to get involved. The city council's committee of the whole will get a briefing from city staff on May 16th and a public hearing will be held by the council on June 6th. The planning commission's recommendations have been added to the draft comprehensive plan posted on the city's website (click here) You will also find a public comment tracker that has been updated as of May 4th to give you an idea of those issues that have already surfaced during the planning commission process.  Not all comments carried over to changes in the updated draft.

The comprehensive plan covers policies in the following areas that are surely to affect our neighborhoods for the next 5-6 years and not always in a positive manner:
Land Use
Community Design
Housing
Transportation
Economic Development
Environment
Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Capital Facilities and Utilities

Pass this information to your neighborhood association board of directors for discussion and action. Otherwise someone else will decide what your neighborhood looks like in the future.


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Options High School: Great idea, wrong site

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

Guest writer
Mon, Jun 06, 2016, 5:03 pm
4 comments; last on Jun 21, 2016

Ferndale volunteers build kids playground

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

John Servais
Sun, Jun 05, 2016, 8:29 pm
1 comments; last on Jun 06, 2016


Greenways may reverse heron colony buffer purchase this evening

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

John Servais
Fri, Jun 03, 2016, 12:29 am
10 comments; last on Jun 07, 2016

We need to protect our Great Blue Heron colony

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 act.

John Servais
Tue, May 31, 2016, 9:51 pm
5 comments; last on Jun 01, 2016

Memorial Day 2016 - Thanking a True Soldier

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 President…

Dick Conoboy
Thu, May 26, 2016, 5:23 am
3 comments; last on Jun 08, 2016

Singing the Comp Plan Blues

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 use…

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

Proposed over-water walkway is dead

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.

John Servais
Sat, May 21, 2016, 4:32 pm
11 comments; last on May 26, 2016

Breaking Free: A New Age Ghost Dance

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.

Guest writer
Wed, May 18, 2016, 4:46 pm
2 comments; last on May 24, 2016

Missing Options High School traffic study

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

Guest writer
Tue, May 17, 2016, 7:45 pm
2 comments; last on May 18, 2016

Uber: Supporting the Troops?

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.

Dick Conoboy
Mon, May 16, 2016, 5:20 am
0 comments

Herons or Oil: Which are long term?

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

John Servais
Sat, May 14, 2016, 9:34 am
2 comments; last on May 15, 2016

No Coal Terminal at Cherry Point - Final

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 4pm.

John Servais
Mon, May 09, 2016, 12:10 pm
4 comments; last on May 09, 2016

Boring, predictable Trump plays to conservative Lynden crowd

Supporters say he will beat Hillary Clinton.

Ralph Schwartz
Sat, May 07, 2016, 10:47 pm
3 comments; last on May 24, 2016

Citizens: BPD dismissive of people of color

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

Ralph Schwartz
Tue, Apr 26, 2016, 7:04 pm
4 comments; last on May 03, 2016

An Open Letter to U.S. Representative Rick Larsen

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

David Camp
Tue, Apr 26, 2016, 3:46 pm
1 comments; last on Apr 27, 2016

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

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

Ralph Schwartz
Thu, Apr 21, 2016, 8:40 pm
3 comments; last on Apr 24, 2016

Unanimous Yes vote for 5 county council districts

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

John Servais
Wed, Apr 20, 2016, 8:01 pm
1 comments; last on Apr 21, 2016

Report on City Council Retreat

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."

Dick Conoboy
Tue, Apr 19, 2016, 5:14 am
0 comments

OregonLNG quits: Cherry Point may be new target

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

John Servais
Mon, Apr 18, 2016, 11:55 am
6 comments; last on Apr 19, 2016

Deck stacked against Republicans at Districting Committee hearing

Fate of new county five-district map remains uncertain.

Ralph Schwartz
Wed, Apr 13, 2016, 10:43 pm
5 comments; last on Apr 14, 2016

Don’t speak at tonight’s Districting Committee hearing

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

Ralph Schwartz
Wed, Apr 13, 2016, 9:09 am
3 comments; last on Apr 14, 2016

Bellingham Planning tries to sneak one through

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

John Servais
Mon, Apr 11, 2016, 1:06 am
11 comments; last on Apr 23, 2016

No sign of agreement as districting committee enters final phase

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

Ralph Schwartz
Wed, Apr 06, 2016, 9:18 pm
5 comments; last on Apr 09, 2016

Proposed redistricting map for your review

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

John Servais
Wed, Apr 06, 2016, 1:14 pm
5 comments; last on Apr 07, 2016

BNSF: A casual approach to railroad safety

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

John Servais
Mon, Apr 04, 2016, 8:17 pm
2 comments; last on Apr 05, 2016

$15 Minimum Wage - Assured Debt Peonage

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 come.

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Apr 04, 2016, 5:25 am
2 comments; last on May 24, 2016

Cherry Point coal port development put on ice

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 1…

John Servais
Fri, Apr 01, 2016, 3:49 pm
3 comments; last on Apr 02, 2016

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

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

Guest writer
Wed, Mar 23, 2016, 2:37 pm
0 comments

Voting guide for Whatcom Conservation District

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 office.

John Servais
Wed, Mar 16, 2016, 8:26 pm
0 comments

Will Cherry Point coal port be denied this week?

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.

John Servais
Wed, Mar 16, 2016, 12:19 am
4 comments; last on Mar 24, 2016

Dems, GOP primed for legal fight over districts

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

Ralph Schwartz
Tue, Mar 15, 2016, 12:04 am
2 comments; last on Mar 17, 2016

Districting maps E and F for reference

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.

John Servais
Mon, Mar 14, 2016, 1:53 am
0 comments

Democrats threaten legal action on districting

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

John Servais
Sun, Mar 13, 2016, 1:06 pm
1 comments; last on Mar 14, 2016

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

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

Ralph Schwartz
Fri, Mar 11, 2016, 11:28 pm
2 comments; last on Mar 13, 2016

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

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 act.

David Camp
Wed, Mar 09, 2016, 11:20 pm
0 comments

Durham, NH, - Surprise! - Rental Inspections Worked

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

Dick Conoboy
Wed, Mar 09, 2016, 2:20 pm
1 comments; last on Mar 12, 2016

Dogged Pursuit of a Failed Vision?

Wherein, we correct some misassumptions but still ask the questions

Tip Johnson
Tue, Mar 08, 2016, 2:47 pm
0 comments

Districting Committee: GOP accuses Democrats of gerrymandering

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

Ralph Schwartz
Tue, Mar 08, 2016, 1:15 am
6 comments; last on Mar 12, 2016

Idea for Our Times: Puget Sound Repair Project

Could this address the real problem with Puget Sound?

Tip Johnson
Mon, Mar 07, 2016, 10:40 am
6 comments; last on Mar 08, 2016

Districting Committee: Republicans lack legal compass

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

Ralph Schwartz
Sun, Mar 06, 2016, 11:39 pm
1 comments; last on Mar 07, 2016

Punishing the Wrong Guys

Wherein someone's gotta do the right thing

Tip Johnson
Tue, Mar 01, 2016, 3:40 pm
0 comments

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

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

Ralph Schwartz
Mon, Feb 29, 2016, 11:55 pm
1 comments; last on Mar 01, 2016

Elfo: Enforcement, Litigation or Risks?

Wherein inquiring minds want to know!

Tip Johnson
Sat, Feb 27, 2016, 1:24 pm
0 comments

‘Goodwill’ wanted but lacking on Districting Committee

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

Ralph Schwartz
Tue, Feb 23, 2016, 5:01 am
4 comments; last on Mar 01, 2016

Anchor-chain activists face hefty fines

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

Ralph Schwartz
Thu, Feb 18, 2016, 5:01 am
16 comments; last on Feb 22, 2016

Jail Reform: Music to My Ears

Wherein sanity may finally be approaching a nagging jail issue

Tip Johnson
Sun, Feb 14, 2016, 8:54 pm
2 comments; last on Feb 19, 2016

Redistricting: Democrats may have upper hand

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, 5:02 am
5 comments; last on Feb 10, 2016

Stop the Rental Fires Now!

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 out.

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Feb 08, 2016, 6:26 am
0 comments

Super Bowl 50 - Wretched Excess

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

Dick Conoboy
Fri, Feb 05, 2016, 12:45 pm
4 comments; last on Feb 12, 2016

Harriet Spanel has passed on

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

John Servais
Wed, Feb 03, 2016, 5:49 pm
4 comments; last on Feb 04, 2016

Mayor Picks Lisa Anderson for City Planning Commission

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

Dick Conoboy
Wed, Feb 03, 2016, 2:53 pm
0 comments

In White Skin

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

Ralph Schwartz
Mon, Feb 01, 2016, 4:00 am
2 comments; last on Feb 04, 2016

Say Nein to Uber

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

Dick Conoboy
Sun, Jan 31, 2016, 12:04 pm
3 comments; last on Feb 04, 2016

WA State Minimum Wage Initiative - A Race To The Bottom

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

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Jan 18, 2016, 6:35 am
1 comments; last on Jan 20, 2016

Eagles on the Nooksack

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.

John Servais
Tue, Jan 12, 2016, 12:18 am
1 comments; last on Jan 13, 2016

Earthquake lightly shakes Bellingham

Earthquake near San Juan Island felt in Bellingham late Tuesday night

John Servais
Wed, Dec 30, 2015, 1:15 am
0 comments

Kremen & Weimer tell us of Clinton & Sanders

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

Whatcom Citizen
Tue, Dec 29, 2015, 12:06 pm
4 comments; last on Dec 31, 2015

Bye Bye

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

John Servais
Fri, Dec 25, 2015, 11:31 am
2 comments; last on Dec 25, 2015

Unregulated vacation rentals on Lake Whatcom

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

Guest writer
Mon, Dec 21, 2015, 3:14 am
0 comments

Whatcom Farmers and Eric Hirst Dialog

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

Guest writer
Sat, Dec 19, 2015, 12:11 pm
1 comments; last on Dec 20, 2015

 

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