Drought Tree Emergency!

Thu, Jul 02, 2015, 2:55 pm   //   David Camp

Drought Tree Emergency! Drought Tree Emergency! I just finished my neighborhood rounds and want to raise the alarm: TREES ARE DYING DUE TO THE DROUGHT! Especially the trees recently planted…
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Now for the City & Port

Mon, May 25, 2015, 11:19 pm

The Coast Guard, after a weekend of safeguarding citizens on the water, has graciously assisted Chiara D'Angelo off the anchor chain of Shell's Arctic Challenger and released her without laying charges.

According to the Defense Video & Image Distribution Sytem,

"“It was cold, rainy and she was starting to display signs of hypothermia,” said Chief Warrant Officer Charles Chavtur, commanding officer of Station Bellingham. “Boatcrew members were able to safely assist her down from the chain and gave her blankets and water. We brought her back to the station where she was evaluated by EMS and released to her family and friends.”"

"The Coast Guard respects the First Amendment Rights of people to safely and lawfully assemble on the water and is committed to enforcing the laws and regulations necessary to ensure the safety of the maritime public."

With the federal agency declining to prosecute, the ball is passed to the Port of Bellingham, a local agency that relies on the City of Bellingham's law enforcement and judicial system.

In the last case of "lock-down" protests over public resources at "Pit Park," the city viciously prosecuted protesters, driving many out of town.  They spared no expense to make the point that such expression was not welcome.

That was a different time, a different mayor and a couple police chiefs back. 

Sometimes difficult issues can be hard to express and harder to hear.  That's when those willing to shout into the wind are most valuable to society.  It's time for the city to declare if they will recognize divergent views and stand on our country's founding principles of freedom of expression.

We shall see.

Tip Johnson

Seattle media cover Bellingham Shell protests

Sat, May 23, 2015, 3:08 pm

Following up on Tip Johnson's post of Thursday evening, the young environmentalist protestors are continuing their efforts on Bellingham's waterfront.  Down on the Port of Bellingham's Whatcom Waterway - our former cargo ship wharf - Shell Oil has tied a huge oil exploration support ship, the Arctic Challenger. Friday evening, Chiara Rose D'Angelo climbed the anchor chain and tied herself in - about 10 feet or more above the water.  Not a safe place for a young woman even in warm clothes.  This morning she was still there and remains at 2 p.m. this Sunday afternoon.  Her beliefs have moved her to put her own safety at risk.  The Coast Guard, Bellingham police and port security have been present during the several day protest.

The apparent leader of the protest, Herb Goodwin, claimed yesterday that the Shell ship was planning to quickly leave Bellingham and a protest had to be increased to prevent this. This apparently inspired Chiara.  However, the ship has shown no intention of trying to leave.

Komo 4 and King 5, two Seattle television news stations, have posted short stories on Chiara clinging to the anchor chain.  We are told more internet web sites are beginning to cover this, so I will look to link. We at NWCitizen hope to bring you more coverage of this developing issue on our waterfront.

Thanks to Reese Semanko of Mount Vernon for use of his photo.  

Seattle's The Stranger has the most complete report on last evening.

The Guardian of London, England, now has the story, even if details are a bit messed up.

- John Servais


Fri, May 22, 2015, 10:35 am

A couple dozen folks, including political junkies, bloggers, editors and reporters, gathered yesterday afternoon at NY Pizza to bid Riley Sweeney a goodbye as he leaves political reporting and commentary behind to take a job with the city of Ferndale.  Ralph Scwhartz, a reporter with the Bellingham Herald, was there and has posted up a fun article about the gathering on his political blog at the Herald website.  

Permanent links to the Bellingham Herald and to Ralph and Samantha's political blog are in the right side column of NWCitizen, under the "Local Blogs & News" label.


Apple Pay Comes to Bellingham

Thu, May 21, 2015, 4:26 am

Apple Pay - and Google Wallet - are secure ways of using our credit and debit cards. Far more secure than using the cards themselves. As we all know, credit card info is stolen on a routine basis, forcing users to cut them up and wait for new ones, causing limitless aggrevation while working with banks and credit unions to get illegal purchases reversed. Credit cards in other countries are more secure, with chip technology being the most common security solution. Wall Street and the big banks have ignored this problem for decades because the losses are less than 3% and all the angst is on the users and small issuing banks.  

WECU - the Whatcom Educational Credit Union - has just implemented Apple Pay for all its members. It started on Wednesday without fanfare. All I had to do was scan my WECU credit card into my iPhone 6 - didn't even need to go to the credit union.  I tapped the app - passbook - and it coached me to take a photo of my credit card. The app then displayed the credit card number and info for my approval.  I tapped ok and it was done.  

Then it was time to test it. Walgreens on Meridian enables both Apple and Googe payment systems. For my first time purchase, the register clerk, Sawyer, helped me. It was simple, but I did not know whether to touch or wave the phone near the credit card reader. With advice, I held the phone near the normal credit card reader at the check out counter and my phone came alive - displaying the credit card. I held the top of my phone within an inch of the graphic symbol (top of this article) that was on the card reader.  A nice "ding" sound told Sawyer that I had successfully paid, and my receipt was printed. It took about 2 seconds. You can look for these graphic symbols on credit card readers the next time you shop. The process with a smart phone is much faster than using a credit card.  

You can scan in credit cards and also debit cards.  You can scan in Visa, MasterCard and others.  When it comes time to pay, you tap - on your smart phone screen - the icon of the card you want to use.  Very cool.  

Is this article news or an advertisement?  It is news - and a nudge to local business owners to enable it for payment. This important new tech process has very real benefits to everyday people. It is a secure way of using cards and you can still use your old credit card separate from your phone. Within a couple years we will all be using this system routinely. Apple deserves credit for initiating this. 

WECU was not the first locally. Wells Fargo has it, as does Key Bank. If you know of another local bank that offers it, let me know and I'll list it here.

And here are links to Apple Pay and Google Wallet. They have great illustrations and clear text.  

Delightful Article about Home Skillet

Wed, May 20, 2015, 8:24 am

There is a very small restaurant - 32 seats - in the Sunnyland neighborhood called Home Skillet. It serves breakfast and lunch. NWCitizen writers have met there many times for breakfast and to discuss local politics and articles-in-progress. The food is excellent, the staff just sassy enough to keep you alert and yet provide superb service. Dining there the first time is a fun experience. Weekends are over-crowded. All in all, one of those fine little businesses that help make Bellingham and Whatcom County nice places to live.

Today's online Bellingham Business Journal has a lengthy and wonderful article about Home Skillet, with several photos. It tells us about the special experiences and training the owners went through before starting the restaurant. They were cooks in one of the most unique places in the world with a very demanding clientele. I know, as my late brother, local dentist "painless Bill," was one of them. 

The Bellingham Business Journal provides daily local business news. I check it each morning and find they often have news before the Herald. The Herald business reporter, Dave Gallagher, worked there before being recruited to the Herald. Readers benefit from the competition between the Herald and Business Journal. There is a new link in the right side "Links" column that will direct you to the Business Journal. Of course, the link to the Herald has been there for many years now.  

- John Servais

Don’t Blame the Cops?

Wed, Apr 29, 2015, 11:27 pm

What credible evidence did Baltimore police have that gangs were unifying to take them out?  Or is that classified?  It provided a convenient excuse for the police to suit up in military gear to provoke a bunch of high school kids.

Parents and teachers report that "…police actions inflamed a tense-but-stable situation."  Police reportedly turned away school buses and prevented students from dispersing.  Was there a strategy and tactical plan?  Or is that classified?

In the National Review, a columnist blames Democratic policies and practices, suggesting racial arrest disparity exists because "Criminals make their own choices..", that "Meretricious “black rage” rhetoric…" props up "..not a revolt, but a crime spree."  The author admits police can be undisciplined, calling it political "..incompetence and corruption..", "..the product of the progressive wing of the Democratic party enabled in no small part by black identity politics."

Maybe we shouldn't blame the kids, blacks or the cops - or the Democrats. Sure, there will always be unruly children, undisciplined police and bad public management, but isn't it time to admit that the militarization of police has steadily made things worse?  Democrats don't have any monopoly on militarization.

When you can't see the difference between our civilian police force and soldiers in the National Guard, we've crossed a line that could be difficult to retrieve.  It won't get anything but worse without more transparency and vigorous debate.  Civil order is a delicate balance served neither by hooliganism or a police state. Only words can keep sticks and stones at bay.  Bring on 2016!

Tip Johnson

Political Junkie has new look

Wed, Apr 01, 2015, 8:43 am

A tip of our hat to Riley Sweeney for the new dynamic format at his Political Junkie website.  Check it out.  This morning, he posted up 4 new articles - a couple that are a bit tongue in cheek in honor of today's foolish day. 

We don't know if this look is only for today as a ripoff of Buzzfeed, or if it bodes for the future.  Regardless of format, Riley continues to center his articles around the personalities of local elected officials.  No one is safe, even those whose campaigns he has managed in the past.  And with his light touch, all enjoy being skewered a bit by Riley.  (well, all except possibly Doug Ericksen)

What is valuable about the Political Junkie is Riley's focus on the character and personalities of those in office and those campaigning for it.  He interviews, attends forums, talks to acquaintances and then provides us citizens the best profiles of the actual persons behind the political face of any blog or news media in the area.  

- John Servais

“Rob-bing” the Public, “Fix-ing” the Price

Tue, Mar 31, 2015, 12:59 pm

In two special meetings today at 1801 Roeder Ave, one starting at 3 p.m. and one at 6 p.m., people will have their last chance to comment on the ports proposed deal to give away our public waterfront to a shell corporation of foreign nationals.

Port Director Rob Fix said, “Dollars are a very important consideration ... but it’s certainly not the only factor here."  Indeed. It seems to have more to do with wool, partly of the Irish variety.

The Port will not be receiving a Deed of Trust, securing its land loan against the land in first position. This effectively enables Harcourt to use the Land as its downpayment to banks after which it will have only an unsecured obligation to repay the Port. 

The Port is "Rob-bing" the public by artificially "Fix-ing" the fair market value at less than 1/4 to 1/2 of what it really is and requiring only a token downpayment.  Future values over the estimated timeline inure to the developer.

The public is on the hook for at least $100 million with zero return on investment while development as proposed could devastate the existing downtown.

Harcourt will not have to pay legal costs for disputes even though they have a reputation for being litigious.

Someone other than Harcourt must be benefitting or this wouldn't be happening, but the public is only getting fleeced and the wool pulled over their eyes.

Tip Johnson

Bellingham’s Billion Dollar Boondoggle Begins?

Mon, Mar 30, 2015, 2:16 pm

19 Nov 2014: Harcourt’s last available accounts show it had €70 million in net assets at the end of 2012. The developer had debts of €800 million, a proportion of which was due to the National Asset Management Agency....

15 February 2015: "...this piece of group-restructuring gymnastics, achieved by banging ownership of its shares through several different entities in Ireland and the Isle of Man in a single day last week, has been coupled with a re-registering of Harcourt Developments in Dublin as an unlimited company. Harcourt can now have its accounting cake and eat it. As it is unlimited, it does not have to file detailed public accounts in the Companies Registration Office.  So its creditors, rivals and the pesky reprobates in the media will no longer be able to turn up anything about the financial performance of Harcourt"

17 February 2015: "The sudden move by Titanic Quarter Ltd comes after loans relating to the company were sold by Ulster Bank. They are now owned by Davidson Kempner, a US vulture fund with a reputation for cost-cutting."

The image above is from the Porrt of Bellingham, given the Bellingham Herald to depict the maximum contemplated development, for an article published April 27, 2013.

Billion Dollar Boondoggle
The Port's Foul Vapors
Little Hong Kong by the Bay
Steal This Waterfront
Trust Me!
Working Waterfront?
Good, Bad and Ugly
What We Don't Know?


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Family Home For Rent: $44,000/year

Tue, Jul 07, 2015, 5:34 am  //  Dick Conoboy

For Rent: York neighborhood, new, 7 bedroom single-family home, near WWU. Only $44,000 a year. City planning not paying attention.


Charter Commission Tricks

Mon, Jul 06, 2015, 4:30 pm  //  John Servais

Two dirty tricks by the uber-conservative minority on the Charter Review Commission aimed to put their agenda before the council.

2 comments; last on Jul 07, 2015

Paper Dreams in Fairhaven

Next door to Village Books

Drought Tree Emergency!

Thu, Jul 02, 2015, 2:55 pm  //  David Camp

Trees are dying for lack of water! Only citizen action can save them.


Fireworks and Clay Butler

Thu, Jul 02, 2015, 7:47 am  //  Dick Conoboy

If your 4th of July holiday is much more quiet this year, you can thank Clay Bulter who passed away at the end of May.


A Tale of Three Rezones

Mon, Jun 29, 2015, 5:00 am  //  Dick Conoboy

The Samish Neighborhood Plan has been the subject of three undesired rezones in the last year. The city ignores its own guidelines to the detriment of all.


County prosecutor plays cruel games

Thu, Jun 25, 2015, 6:00 pm  //  John Servais

Updated at 6 pm. Our county justice system has spent 6 years trying to teach Luba Pekisheva that she should not defend herself. Justice denied and miscarried.

5 comments; last on Jun 30, 2015

Proposed New County Lockup - Financial Analysis

Mon, Jun 22, 2015, 5:00 pm  //  David Camp

A look at the proposal in historic financial context with projections and several questions for the proponents.

7 comments; last on Jun 28, 2015

Hansen-Iron Street Rental Megaplex Planned for York Neighborhood

Mon, Jun 01, 2015, 3:49 am  //  Dick Conoboy

Three extraordinarily large (7-bedroom) single family home rentals are proposed by developers Dave and Jon Hansen on Iron St. in the York Neighborhood.

7 comments; last on Jun 10, 2015

Chiara D’Angelo comes down from anchor chain

Mon, May 25, 2015, 8:17 pm  //  John Servais

Young Chiara spent 3 nights hanging from the anchor chain of Shell Oil's Arctic Challenger as a protest to arctic oil drilling.


Flash Mob Protests Arctic Drilling

Thu, May 21, 2015, 11:50 pm  //  Tip Johnson

Wherein we ponder the fate of humanity


Joy Gilfilen Declares for County Executive

Mon, May 18, 2015, 11:17 pm  //  John Servais

Joy Gilfilen is challenging incumbent Jack Louws for County Executive.

4 comments; last on May 20, 2015

85 County Single Candidate Elections

Fri, May 15, 2015, 6:10 pm  //  John Servais

Running update of who is filing for office in Whatcom County. Posts during day Friday and final update Friday evening.

4 comments; last on May 17, 2015

Updated:  Ski to Sea Tries to Bully Bellingham

Wed, May 13, 2015, 5:30 pm  //  John Servais

Updated | Ski to Sea race does not need to race through sensitive Chuckanut Community Forest Park for special mountain bike leg. City did not renege.

10 comments; last on May 15, 2015

County proposes free pass for vacation rentals

Sun, Apr 26, 2015, 2:05 pm  //  Guest writer

Tani Sutley writes a second article on the increasing number of vacation rentals - and the County Council bill to let them expand dramatically.

4 comments; last on May 02, 2015

Student Housing Project Revived for Lincoln St. Development Site

Thu, Apr 09, 2015, 5:03 am  //  Dick Conoboy

The Puget Neighborhood is about to become a bit more crowded but less than originally planned. 600+ students to be housed south of Fred Meyer.

6 comments; last on Apr 12, 2015

A Perspective on Port Politics

Sat, Apr 04, 2015, 1:15 pm  //  John Servais

The port's latest bone-headed deal calls for the good citizens of Whatcom County to consider the options...unless we're enjoying our Groundhog Day.

3 comments; last on Apr 07, 2015

Irish Thuggery

Thu, Apr 02, 2015, 8:30 pm  //  Tip Johnson

The difference between a threat and a promise

5 comments; last on Apr 03, 2015

Port Gives Away Our Bellingham Waterfront

Wed, Apr 01, 2015, 12:20 am  //  John Servais

Port of Bellingham today sold out our public waterfront to a foreign shell company formed 6 days ago. Sold it cheap and with a screwy arrangement.

32 comments; last on Apr 05, 2015

The Last Lessons of Dr. David T. Mason

Sat, Mar 21, 2015, 11:16 am  //  Guest writer

Kamalla Kaur worked with David Mason on his biographical materials and offers this tribute to his illustrious life.

2 comments; last on Mar 23, 2015

County Meth Ordinance Sent Back to Committee

Fri, Mar 13, 2015, 5:00 am  //  Dick Conoboy

The Whatcom County Council has sent discussion on changing the meth ordinance back to the Public Works, Health and Safety Committee


Robyn du Pre` Has Passed On

Thu, Mar 12, 2015, 1:06 pm  //  John Servais

Add your thoughts and remembrances. Robyn du Pre` was a stalwart and true environmental advocate for Bellingham and Whatcom County. She died this week.

9 comments; last on Mar 23, 2015

How the Party Treats Jeb and Hillary Tells You Everything

Thu, Feb 26, 2015, 10:39 am  //  Riley Sweeney

Riley shares some insight into the national political parties

5 comments; last on Mar 09, 2015

Dealing with Meth Contamination - A Race to the Bottom in Whatcom County

Wed, Feb 25, 2015, 6:31 am  //  Dick Conoboy

In a hearing, possibly on 3 March, the Whatcom County Council will consider an ordinance changing the rules for contaminated meth use sites.

1 comments; last on Feb 27, 2015

Rent-to-Own Scam on Tenants

Mon, Feb 09, 2015, 6:00 am  //  Dick Conoboy

Not all rent-to-own propositions are an unwise method to buy a home but some are schemes to rip off the unsuspecting tenant.


The Hidden Election

Mon, Feb 02, 2015, 9:34 am  //  Guest writer

No ballot mailed to you. You must request a ballot for voting in the Whatcom Conservation District election. Deadline to apply is Feb 9. By Barbara Perry


Little Hong Kong by the Bay

Thu, Jan 29, 2015, 10:56 pm  //  Tip Johnson

Wherein Bellingham's billion dollar boondoggle is revisited

4 comments; last on Mar 03, 2015

A Call to Action to Support the Lummi Nation

Tue, Jan 27, 2015, 9:55 am  //  Terry Wechsler

The Lummi requested on Jan. 5, 2015, that the federal government, through the Army Corps of Engineers, honor Art. V of the Treaty of Point Elliott and deny…

1 comments; last on Feb 04, 2015

The Pickett House Museum

Sun, Jan 25, 2015, 12:32 pm  //  Guest writer

Adventures of George Pickett in the Pacific Northwest Wilderness

5 comments; last on Jan 28, 2015

Call to Action—Shell Anacortes Crude by Rail Proposal

Sat, Jan 24, 2015, 3:15 pm  //  Terry Wechsler

The fourth area refinery crude by rail infrastructure project to receive permits without benefit of environmental review is being appealed, and provides an opportunity to make precedent.


Riley Sweeney to Receive Paul deArmond Award

Fri, Jan 23, 2015, 12:13 am  //  John Servais

The second annual award for Citizen Journalism will be to The Political Junkie himself who runs the Sweeney Politics blog, Riley Sweeney.

2 comments; last on Jan 24, 2015

The Annexation Games

Tue, Jan 20, 2015, 3:07 am  //  Guest writer

Guest article by Sandra Alfers. Water and sewer connections drive unwanted annexation. Trickle Creek homeowners are muzzled by a "no protest zone."

1 comments; last on Jan 20, 2015

A Walk With Hope

Sun, Jan 18, 2015, 10:14 pm  //  Guest writer

Ellen Murphy gives us a poem for this Martin Luther King day of remembrance.

2 comments; last on Jan 21, 2015

Dead or Alive: How do you like your herring?

Sun, Jan 18, 2015, 9:15 pm  //  Tip Johnson

Wherein the ridiculous is ridiculed

5 comments; last on Jan 21, 2015

Lodging Goals for Whatcom County

Thu, Jan 08, 2015, 2:54 pm  //  Guest writer

Tani Sutley guest writes about the vacation rentals situation and presents goals for the county council to consider for improving our rural neighborhoods.

1 comments; last on Jan 10, 2015

Water is Valuable

Wed, Dec 31, 2014, 1:16 am  //  Guest writer

Duuhhh! Try doing without it. Marian Beddill provides an overview of our rural Whatcom County water situation and the efforts to find fair solutions.

3 comments; last on Jan 08, 2015

Riley’s Top 5 Whatcom Political Stories of 2014

Wed, Dec 24, 2014, 1:23 pm  //  Riley Sweeney

The Herald gave us their top 10 stories, Riley gives you his top 5


Coal Ship Collisions Study Is Released

Thu, Dec 18, 2014, 5:04 pm  //  John Servais

One part of the environmental study for the proposed Cherry Point mega coal terminal has been completed and released. It deals with ship collisions - they call it…

2 comments; last on Dec 22, 2014

Twas the Week Before Christmas…

Thu, Dec 18, 2014, 12:26 pm  //  John Servais

Bellingham Public Works shows how tone deaf they can be to business concerns. They insisted on street work that takes away up to 80 parking spaces in Fairhaven…


Bellingham City Council Approves Rental Inspections

Tue, Dec 16, 2014, 3:51 pm  //  Dick Conoboy

7-0! City Council Unanimous. Rentals Will Be Inspected in Bellingham. Thanks go to WWU students for speaking out to city council.

5 comments; last on May 02, 2015

Council Moving Rapidly on Rental Registration and Inspections

Thu, Dec 11, 2014, 5:05 am  //  Dick Conoboy

The Bellingham City Council has added an inspection component to the registration-only rental ordinance proposal of Councilmember Murphy

4 comments; last on Dec 16, 2014

New Year’s Eve and Consumer Fireworks - Ban in Effect

Wed, Dec 10, 2014, 6:37 am  //  Dick Conoboy

The ban on consumer fireworks that took effect last summer is valid all year, even New Year's Eve

1 comments; last on Dec 11, 2014

Ship Breaks Loose at Port of Bellingham

Tue, Dec 09, 2014, 1:31 pm  //  John Servais

The Horizon Lines ship - the many year resident of the Port of Bellingham - broke loose this morning due to failure of some system. A few photos.

3 comments; last on Dec 10, 2014

Whatcom County and the New Sharing Economy

Tue, Dec 09, 2014, 2:25 am  //  Guest writer

Tani Sutley writes of how unregulated vacation rentals are invading the Lake Whatcom watershed. She urges action before the Planning Commission meeting on 11 December.

4 comments; last on Jan 03, 2015

War and Peace

Wed, Dec 03, 2014, 2:20 pm  //  Richard Lewis

Poet Richard Lewis reflects on Elizabeth Warren

3 comments; last on Dec 07, 2014

Prosecutor McEachran Calls Racism Charge “Preposterous”

Sun, Nov 23, 2014, 4:27 pm  //  Tip Johnson

Wherein Whatcom's Klan heritage may be oozing from some cracks

8 comments; last on Dec 06, 2014

Where are the persuadable voters in the 42nd District?

Sat, Nov 22, 2014, 3:48 pm  //  Riley Sweeney

Riley dives into the data with precinct maps and historical perspectives


Campus View Apartment Project Officially Defunct

Thu, Nov 20, 2014, 9:15 am  //  Dick Conoboy

Campus Crest Communities, Inc. has officially offered for sale the Lincoln St. property that was to be a student apartment development.

2 comments; last on Nov 23, 2014

Howard Harris Dies - More Testimonials Added

Wed, Nov 12, 2014, 1:51 pm  //  John Servais

Updated Nov 12. Howard Harris, the founder of the Bellingham silent peace vigil at the Federal Building in Bellingham, has died. He and Rosemary were leaders in our…


A Veterans Day Note

Tue, Nov 11, 2014, 2:34 pm  //  John Servais

On this Veterans Day, a note about how vets need our government to step up - as has never been done. And a personal note on the power…

3 comments; last on Nov 13, 2014

Lincoln Street Apartment Development May Be Abandoned

Thu, Nov 06, 2014, 6:53 am  //  Dick Conoboy

The Campus Crest apartment complex may be the "victim" of a corporate restructuring plan.

3 comments; last on Nov 10, 2014

Doug Ericksen’s Tax Lien

Tue, Nov 04, 2014, 12:28 pm  //  John Servais

While smearing Seth Fleetwood over a common tax arrangement, we discover Doug Ericksen also has a benign tax lien - one he denied.

6 comments; last on Nov 11, 2014

A Recent GOP History in Not-So-Terse-Verse

Mon, Nov 03, 2014, 8:14 pm  //  Richard Lewis

Poet Richard Lewis weighs in on the Tea Party values



Sat, Nov 01, 2014, 12:29 pm  //  Tip Johnson

Or why to vote for Nyima, the dog, for County Prosecutor

4 comments; last on Nov 03, 2014

Election Recommendations

Thu, Oct 30, 2014, 2:18 am  //  John Servais

A link to Riley's Political Junkie for excellent recommendations - and a few thoughts of my own.

1 comments; last on Oct 30, 2014

Something Gristly to Chew On: The rest of the story -

Thu, Oct 23, 2014, 11:01 am  //  Tip Johnson

It's just how things roll in Whatcom County

5 comments; last on Oct 26, 2014

Point Roberts vs. the FCC:  Modern David and Goliath

Wed, Oct 22, 2014, 2:44 pm  //  John Lesow

Update Oct 22: John Lesow has posted a comment with considerable more information on this issue.

1 comments; last on Oct 22, 2014

Tune in TONIGHT for Political Comedy

Tue, Oct 14, 2014, 6:36 am  //  Riley Sweeney

Riley does a local political comedy show

1 comments; last on Oct 15, 2014

Bham Planning Director - Rick Sepler Chosen

Wed, Oct 08, 2014, 6:24 pm  //  John Servais

Three final candidates for Bellingham Planning Director spoke today at a cozy 'meet and greet' of government employees and developers.

6 comments; last on Oct 11, 2014

The Business of Government

Sat, Oct 04, 2014, 12:23 pm  //  Tip Johnson

Wherein we see that sometimes government can do what business can't.

9 comments; last on Oct 07, 2014

Rental Conditions -  A Real Estate Inspector’s View

Fri, Oct 03, 2014, 10:26 am  //  Dick Conoboy

An experienced real estate inspector provides a window to the dangeroous conditions found in rentals in Bellingham

3 comments; last on Oct 05, 2014


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