Stop the Rental Fires Now!

Mon, Feb 08, 2016, 5:26 am   //   Dick Conoboy

City inspections of Bellingham rentals are due to begin in the 2nd quarter of this year.  Over 18,000 rental units have so far been registered for the first…
Editor's Blog

County planning slapped by court

Fri, Feb 12, 2016, 2:19 pm  //  John Servais

Sometimes a building project fits all the zoning and environmental requirements but the city or county planners just do not like it.  As people with college degrees in planning, it is not what they think should be built at that particular location.  They just don't like it.  And so they find some flimsey rule to deny the project.  And the proponent can drop their plans or risk a lot of money by taking the city or county to court.  

Elisabeth Britt's Latte Republic website has been following just such a situation unfolding up between Blaine and Birch Bay.  The county denied a permit for building the Lincoln Park Retirement Center - even though it fit perfectly all the zoning requirements.  Problem was the county government planners had apparently not envisioned such a use for that land and did not want a retirement home out on Lincoln Road.  So they found some trivial technicallity to deny it.  The developer filed a suit.  The court has ruled against the county and instructed the permit be granted. 

Elisabeth has the story and links to the websites and to her earlier story.  What I want to add is we should tell our county council representative to vote to prevent the county from appealing the decision. Governments hate to lose and they use our tax dollars to fight lawsuits by individuals.  They will blow our money out the window on lawsuits that are absurd.  

Nothing in the Bellingham Herald on this - and probably won't be.  You need citizen journalism these days. The Latte Republic is one of our better citizen journalism sites.  A permanent link is in the right side column. 

Debt Crisis Redux

Wed, Feb 10, 2016, 3:47 pm  //  Dick Conoboy

Just over a week ago I wrote about the pending economic crash in a piece entitled "It's the Derivatives, Stupid!"   Chris Martenson in an article today,10 Feb 2016,  writes: "Bubbles arise when asset prices inflate above what underlying incomes can sustain. Centuries ago, the Dutch woke up one morning and discovered that tulips were simply just flowers after all. But today, the public has yet to wake up to the mathematical reality that over $200 trillion in debt and perhaps another $500 trillion of un(der)funded liabilities really cannot ever be paid back under current terms. However, this fact is dawning within the minds of more and more critical thinkers with each passing day."   Economist Michael Hudson has been speaking about this debt for years and has wrapped it all up in his most recent book, Killing the Host.  You can read Paul Craig Roberts' review of Hudson's book here at Hudson's site.  Excerpt: "Hudson shows that Western economies have been financialized in a predatory way that sacrifices the public interest to the interests of the financial sector. That is why the economy no longer works for ordinary people. Finance is no longer productive. It has become a parasite on the economy."  Hudson states often that debts that cannot be paid, will not be paid.  Now think about all those unfunded liabilities out there to the tune of hundreds of trillions and tell me that there will be no collapse.


Bellingham Wins features George Dyson

Tue, Feb 09, 2016, 9:04 am  //  John Servais

Local website Bellingham Wins has its lead story today about local resident George Dyson. It is informative and a good read - as are all the posts on their site.  We have a permanent link to Bellingham Wins in the right side column - under Local Leisure. If you read this post in the future, here is the link directly to the article about George.  

I've known George since he came to Bellingham in the late 1980s. He bought the just closed Dick's Tavern on West Holly - and there were still half pitchers of stale beer on the bar.  He uses it as his office for writing, but it is still crammed with built and partially built baidarkas. The article explains about the boats.  And it also tells of the books he has written and how he got into writing.  

Not mentioned is the book that first made George famous - 'The Starship and the Canoe', by Kenneth Brower, published in 1978. It was of George and his father, the famous physicist Freeman Dyson.  The book took liberties with the reality of their lives, but was a fun read in the waning days of the alternative living era. George became a sort of counter culture cult hero. I mean, how does one live high in a fir tree on Vancouver Island for three years? Well, he was young and he was finding himself.

The web site 'Bellingham Wins' splits its features between local persons and local cool places and events. It is a project of Bob Pritchett, the owner of Faithlife, the online bible resource company in Bellingham.  Bob moved his company to Bellingham because he likes this place a lot. This website is also a fun digression for his Faithlife staffers. There is a new feature article irregularly but about twice a week. It is under 'Leisure' because of the good articles about events.

Our unconscious racism

Thu, Feb 04, 2016, 8:42 am  //  John Servais

As publisher, I was delighted when Ralph Scwhartz said yes to becoming a writer for NWCitizen.  He left the Herald last November and I immediately contacted him as his reporting was the best of anyone at the Herald in several years and I had linked to his articles from here more than once.  So when he said he wanted his first article to be more of a pesonal subject, I said sure, whatever he wanted.  

His post - In White Skin - is a very different type of  article than we have posted in our 20 years.  When I read the draft, it seemed obvious this was the time for such a perspective.  In the past couple years all of us who are not black have become shockingly more aware of our inherent racism.  Even if we thought ourselves sensitive and aware before.  Ralph's article is by a white guy and to white people.  That is 99% of Bellingham.  We feel we are a liberal or progressive city, but we have a lot of unconscious racism in our community.

Unconscions.  Not intended, but there. Today's Bellingham Herald entertainment section, the Take 5, has a cover illustration of the two Super Bowl quarterbacks - Cam Newton and Peyton Manning.  The very black Cam is shown at least 2 inches shorter than Peyton.  Our culture ascribes better with taller.  In truth, both players are 6 feet 5 inches tall - exactly the same height.  One can say 'oh get over it, it is nothing' or that Cam had to be shorter to allow room for the section title.  And that response would in the past go unchallenged.  It should not go unchallenged any longer.  

So - if you think this is about nothing, let me suggest that if Peyton were shown 2 inches shorter than Cam then we would hear from many about the error and obvious ignorance of the artist and the editors.  We are sensitive via very sophisticated psychological filters.  This is not a criticism of the Herald nor the artist - as indeed the artist probably was told to leave room for the section title. And the Herald's corporate parent, McClatchy, sent this illustration to the Herald.  Most of us would have accepted this without a second thought in the past.  We should change. 

There is a new young black writer we might read.  Ta-Nehisi Coates.  He writes well and makes sense.  He could educate all of us on the racism in our country.  He also had a book published a few months ago - Between the World and Me.  If we are seriously concerned about making progress against racism, then it is a very valuable book to us.  While this is Black History Month, we might just use this month as a start towards reducing racism.  We will try here.

It’s the Derivatives, Stupid!

Mon, Feb 01, 2016, 5:26 am  //  Dick Conoboy

To borrow phraseology from candidate Bill Clinton and at the risk of again being characterized as Chicken Little, here is some information that may make your teeth itch and your toenails curl. Compare this piece with the rhetoric of our President Obama  during his State of the Onion speech regarding our economy,  “Anyone claiming that America's economy is in decline is peddling fiction.”  This statement makes the Sword of Damocles look like a paring knife. Excerpt: "According to a report from one of the regulators of national banks, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, as of September 30, 2015, insured U.S. commercial banks and savings associations had exposure to $192.2 trillion notional (face amount) of derivatives. (Yes, that’s trillion with a “t”.) The report goes on to terrify with the revelation that only four banks hold 90.8 percent of all derivatives: Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America."  Derivatives took down AIG during the last crash. And it gets worse as you read

And to those who look to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to protect your deposits, guess again. "In 2009, when the FDIC fund went $8.2 billion in the hole, Chairwoman Sheila Bair assured depositors that their money was protected by a hefty credit line with the Treasury. But the FDIC is funded with premiums from its member banks, which had to replenish the fund. The special assessment required to do it was crippling for the smaller banks, and that was just to recover $8.2 billion.  What happens when Bank of America or JPMorganChase, which have commingled their massive derivatives casinos with their depositary arms, is propelled into bankruptcy by a major derivatives fiasco?  These two banks both have deposits exceeding $1 trillion, and they both have derivatives books with notional values exceeding the GDP of the world. [nearly $200 trillion]"  (From Bail-out Is Out, Bail-in Is In: Time for Some Publicly Owned Banks.)

Then the "bail-ins" begin wherein the banks take your money to recapitalize and leave you broke.

Making Money on the Plight of Veterans

Fri, Jan 29, 2016, 6:44 pm  //  Dick Conoboy

As a veteran, I am a more than a bit sensitive about those who would profit over the condition of veterans in the US especially since those who send those soldiers into combat have little regard for their plight once they return. The vultures circle in the absence of support. A particularly odious practice is forming a charity that spends an inordinate amount for overhead and salaries. This particular veteran oriented charity (Wounded Warriors Project whose logo apears above) advertises widely on TV with the help of celebrities who are either duped into or complicit in the charade. Reports surfaced about this outfit years ago and I understand the charity spent considerable funds to attack those who exposed their chicanery.

Note this piece (on the Wounded Warrior "charity") in Alternet by Sarah Lazare entitled “Famous Charity for Veterans Accused of Inappropriate and Lavish Expenditures”.  Excerpt: “About 40 percent of the organization’s donations in 2014 were spent on its overhead, or about $124 million, according to the charity-rating group Charity Navigator,” the Times reports. “While that percentage, which includes administrative expenses and marketing costs, is not as much as for some groups, it is far more than for many veterans charities, including the Semper Fi Fund, a wounded-veterans group that spent about 8 percent of donations on overhead.”

A review of charities is advisable for all of us prior to giving. A good source of information on charities is That is why I refuse to give and complain to management about attempts to collect money from me at the cash register of any number of stores in Bellingham. These establishments may or may not vet these charities but even if they do their vetting may not be to the standards I would hold them to. These merchants seems to count on my being embarrassed into giving in that I am in line and in proximity to others who would overhear my refusal to give a mere dollar to save the _______ (fill in the blank). However well intentioned, this borders on shakedown.

In Whatcom County there is an excellent veterans self help group, Growing Veterans.  Check it out.  A chance to give locally to an award winning group.

[The Bellingham Herald ran a story from the NYTimes on the same topic that you can read here until such time as the article is no longer available on line.]

Coal Stop calls out Lynden Tribune

Fri, Jan 15, 2016, 10:50 am  //  John Servais

Over at the local blog "Coal Stop," Sandy Robson has done an effective take down of the Lynden Tribune for running an anti-Lummi Nation opinion piece.  Robson does her usual deep research and posts it all for her readers.  The Lynden Tribune ran a article by the leaders of Northwest Jobs Alliance, a front group for the corporate interests of Cherry Point's proposed coal terminal.  With Lummi Nation trying to prevent the total destruction of their fishing rights by the proposed mega coal terminal, the Lynden Tribune allowed a hatchet-job opinion piece to grace their newspaper pages.  In truth, it is a racist hit piece on our neighbors, the Lummi.  Robson does the dissection very nicely. 

Like most of her articles, Robson's article is long and well referenced.  She does not write for those looking for a quick take on issues but rather for those who want to know all the relevant information.  We have kept a link to her website at the top of our links column since she opened the site about a year ago.  I tip my hat to her fine research and comprehensive writing.  Her website is another valuable source of local news, information, and opinion.

Note:  no link to Lynden site as they put the article behind a firewall. 

Ship gets lifted onto floating drydock

Wed, Dec 30, 2015, 11:27 am  //  John Servais

In the photo to left, the ship Bayport is slowly lifted from the water, resting on the deck of a floating drydock.  This scene is playing out this morning off the Fairhaven waterfront, as this view from Marine Park shows.  The drydock even has a name - the Faithful Servant - and is part of the Fairhaven Shipyard complex.  The drydock actually sank itself so the Bayport could float over it and now the drydock is pumping water out of itself so as to rise and lift the ship Bayport.  It will then be towed back to the shipyard which is next to Marine Park.  

Yes, this floating drydock operates just as does the huge Dockwise Vanguard lifted the Shell floating oil drilling rig.  But our drydock is 300 feet long, compared to 900 feet for the larger Vanguard.  And ours stays right here on our Bellingham waterfront.

The Bayport is a dredging barge, 303 feet long and 3,541 tons.  It is used around Puget Sound and the Salish Sea.  While on the drydock for about a month, it will have repairs and maintenance - mostly welding work. It will be easily visible on the Fairhaven waterfront as one drives south on the Boulevard. 

Since the 1800s, ships have been built and repaired at the shipyards in Fairhaven.  While the historic village is well known for its laid back ambience, art shops and dining, its residents have always and strongly supported a working waterfront.  The shipyard has refurbished Alaska ferries, Washington State ferries and US Coast Guard vessels.  The shipyard rents the property from the Port of Bellingham.  

No huge radio towers in Point Roberts

Tue, Dec 01, 2015, 8:49 pm  //  John Servais

Word is in this evening that no appeal was filed within the allotted 30 days so the Skagit County court ruling stands and the huge 50,000 watt radio towers will not be built in Port Roberts.  The coalition of Americans living in Point Roberts and Canadians living across the border in Tsawwassen has won. 

This effort of citizens against huge financial interests has been thought of as a David vs. Goliath contest.  The folks over there are celebrating tonight, and for good reason. The proposed radio towers were said to be so powerful that toasters and such would play music or talk shows.  The towers were planned to broadcast to the large south Asian population in southern British Columbia.  There was no audience planned for Point Roberts or Whatcom County or the United States.  

John Lesow, one of the writers for NWCitizen, lives in Point Roberts and has written three articles on this issue.  You can quickly find his articles by choosing his name from the drop down menu of writers.  Or click for the Oct 22, 2014 article here, the July 14, 2015 article here, and the Oct 8, 2015 article here.  

We expect more information on this tomorrow and will post.  We are pleased NWCitizen could be a supporter in this citizen effort against vested interests who cared little for two wonderful residential communities. 

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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, 4:02 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, 5:26 am

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, 11:45 am
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, 4:49 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, 1:53 pm

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, 3:00 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, 11:04 am
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, 5:35 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
Mon, Jan 11, 2016, 11:18 pm
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, 12:15 am

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, 11:06 am
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, 10:31 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, 2:14 am

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, 11:11 am
1 comments; last on Dec 20, 2015

Request for Citizen Evidence

Wherein inquiring minds just want to know!

Tip Johnson
Mon, Dec 14, 2015, 3:58 pm

PDC - The Missing Documents

Wherof we cannot speak, thereof we must be silent?

Tip Johnson
Wed, Dec 02, 2015, 8:31 pm
3 comments; last on Dec 06, 2015

Planning Commission Opening Calls for Neighborhood Rep

The Planning Commission has a vacancy. Now is the time for the appointment of a member who represents the interests of the neighborhoods.

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Nov 30, 2015, 5:29 am

Update on Lincoln Street Student Housing Project

The student housing project for 648 individuals called NXNW (North by Northwest) on Lincoln Street is moving forward briskly. This is an update.

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Nov 23, 2015, 5:41 am
7 comments; last on Dec 27, 2015

Tax incentives proposed for Fairhaven apartments - Updated

Council to allow three weeks for written comments on tax exemption proposal for high density buildings in quiet Fairhaven neighborhood

John Servais
Mon, Nov 16, 2015, 10:41 pm
9 comments; last on Nov 19, 2015

Accessory Dwelling Units - There Is No Rush

There is no reason to rush an updated ordinance on ADUs when we do not even know what the current number is or where existing illegal units are…

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Nov 16, 2015, 4:30 am
9 comments; last on Dec 10, 2015

Bellingham Updating Accessory Dwelling Laws

By Shannon Maris. Detached ADUs - the 'mother in law' mini cottages - are being considered by the city of Bellingham. This impacts every home owner.

Guest writer
Sat, Nov 14, 2015, 5:33 pm
3 comments; last on Nov 19, 2015

Veterans Day and Thanking Veterans

Some personal thoughts on thanking our veterans for their service

Dick Conoboy
Wed, Nov 11, 2015, 4:23 am
1 comments; last on Nov 11, 2015

Whatcom Co.: Voting and Vote-Counting with Integrity

An overview of Whatcom County's method of processing ballots and counting votes.

Guest writer
Sun, Nov 08, 2015, 9:25 pm
3 comments; last on Dec 29, 2015

Final Election Returns: Jail Tax Rejected

Satpal Sidhu wins council seat. Virtually all the ballots are now counted. Challenges and a few special are left.

John Servais
Fri, Nov 06, 2015, 4:37 pm
1 comments; last on Nov 07, 2015

Thursday Voting Update

Jail sales tax is being rejected - and the NO vote is increasing. Sidhu - Kerschner still undecided. Props 2, 3, 9 and 10 all should pass.

John Servais
Thu, Nov 05, 2015, 9:17 pm
1 comments; last on Nov 06, 2015

Wednesday Vote Changes

Second tally of 10,000 more ballots is in. Jail sales tax is now being rejected. Probably 15,000 or more ballots to go.

John Servais
Wed, Nov 04, 2015, 6:45 pm
2 comments; last on Nov 05, 2015

Important Election Issues Undecided

The first returns - probably 60% of the final vote - shows contradictory propositions passing and most candidate races decided.

John Servais
Wed, Nov 04, 2015, 12:05 am
7 comments; last on Nov 04, 2015

Growing Veterans

Growing Veterans was created to empower military veterans to grow food, communities, and each other.

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Nov 02, 2015, 8:04 am
2 comments; last on Nov 04, 2015

More on Propositions 1 and 9

Where more substantial evidence is presented against proposition 9 - and why you should vote REJECTED on it.

John Servais
Sun, Nov 01, 2015, 9:31 am
24 comments; last on Nov 04, 2015

NWCitizen Publisher’s Voting Choices

As an independent citizen and political junkie, here is how I am voting - with brief reasons for my choices.

John Servais
Sat, Oct 31, 2015, 2:02 am
8 comments; last on Nov 03, 2015

NAMI Whatcom Opposes Prop 2015-1

The latest addition and the issue in review

Tip Johnson
Tue, Oct 27, 2015, 6:56 pm

Dwindling Information Makes Voters Susceptible to Spin

A perspective on the our changing news system, the consequences, and the challenges for the future. With a suggestion of the solution.

Whatcom Citizen
Mon, Oct 26, 2015, 11:39 pm
5 comments; last on Oct 28, 2015

Info Slowmo

When they feel you just don't need to know

Tip Johnson
Mon, Oct 26, 2015, 3:32 pm
4 comments; last on Oct 28, 2015

The Mysterious State of the Whatcom County Jail

Wherein the operative information is $$$ECRET

Tip Johnson
Mon, Oct 26, 2015, 1:57 pm
3 comments; last on Oct 29, 2015

Effort to Stop Bakken Oil Trains

Whatcom group plans meeting workshop to submit comments to Washington Dept of Ecology against Skagit/Bakken oil trains.

John Servais
Sat, Oct 24, 2015, 1:26 pm
6 comments; last on Oct 26, 2015

Fairhaven Pharmacy Closes Today - For Real

After 126 years in business, Fairhaven Pharmacy closes for the last time at 6 p.m. today. Historic Fairhaven Association to do Halloween photos.

John Servais
Tue, Oct 20, 2015, 2:53 pm
1 comments; last on Oct 21, 2015

Louws Regrets Jail Mailer

County Executive - and candidate for reelection -Jack Louws has written county officials with his regrets over jail mailer.

John Servais
Tue, Oct 20, 2015, 9:25 am
8 comments; last on Oct 24, 2015

Let’s not squander the next 30 years

The jail sales tax proposition is a road to perdition for our county. It is a waste and has been deceptively promoted.

John Servais
Sun, Oct 18, 2015, 11:37 am
4 comments; last on Oct 20, 2015

Making a Jail: Bamboozle!

With a smarmy October Surprise

Tip Johnson
Fri, Oct 16, 2015, 4:52 pm
9 comments; last on Oct 19, 2015

Court: No Radio Towers in Point Roberts

A Canadian radio station is trying to install huge radio towers in Point Roberts for a Canadian audience. Citizen movement has fought them.

John Lesow
Thu, Oct 08, 2015, 7:14 am

James King Resigns as Bellingham Parks Director

James King to return to Alaska and take job with U.S. Forest Service. Mayor will appoint a new parks director.

John Servais
Sat, Oct 03, 2015, 2:47 pm
1 comments; last on Oct 04, 2015

Just Say No - to the Incarceration-Industrial Complex

The "... new jail just doesn't pencil out", writes a well qualified accountant. A look at the future costs of the proposed jail.

David Camp
Fri, Oct 02, 2015, 10:48 am
11 comments; last on Oct 09, 2015

Alternative Jail Proposal for City Center

There is a good alternative for a decent jail - but we first must vote down the jail sales tax proposal in November.

John Servais
Tue, Sep 22, 2015, 4:54 pm
5 comments; last on Sep 25, 2015

Wendy DeFreest is Opening a ‘Burger Joint’

Wendy DeFreest, of Avenue Bread, will open a new "burger joint" called The Filling Station by late October in Fairhaven. It will not be a sandwich cafe.

John Servais
Sat, Sep 19, 2015, 3:37 pm

That Louwsy Jail Deal

FEMA camp or new county seat?

Tip Johnson
Tue, Sep 15, 2015, 5:26 pm
13 comments; last on Oct 16, 2015

A Learning Moment - Hopefully

Beware walking RR tracks on the Fairhaven waterfront in the event of unexpected encounter with a high speed train

John Servais
Sun, Sep 13, 2015, 8:42 am
2 comments; last on Sep 18, 2015

Second Water Main Break on Donovan in a Year

Mains a' bursting - Avast!

Tip Johnson
Mon, Sep 07, 2015, 8:06 pm

Homeowner to city: Please buy me out

Padden Creek daylighting project strays far from city promises to homeowner that his property would remain intact.

John Servais
Wed, Aug 26, 2015, 9:17 am
4 comments; last on Sep 05, 2015

How Our Community Can Welcome Our Troops Home

Christopher Brown guest writes how traditional communal warrior reintegration practices could help our returning combat veterans.

Guest writer
Mon, Aug 24, 2015, 4:11 am

Black Lives Matter, Occupy WS & Whatcom Jail

A Whatcom Citizen writes of protest movements and how our proposed county mega jail is related to them.

Whatcom Citizen
Wed, Aug 19, 2015, 6:55 pm
15 comments; last on Sep 04, 2015

$15/hr Minimum Wage - Seriously?

Moves to set the minimum wage to $15, even if successful, are woefully insufficient. And why aren't people speaking out about abusive work scheduling?

Dick Conoboy
Wed, Aug 19, 2015, 4:00 am
2 comments; last on Sep 17, 2015

Local retired librarian injured by police

Bruce Radtke, a retired Bellingham librarian, reported to be assaulted by police for handing out leaflets

Guest writer
Mon, Aug 17, 2015, 11:17 pm
5 comments; last on Aug 27, 2015

Predictive Policing Comes to Bellingham

Is the tail wagging the dog? Edward Alexander guest writes on why predictive software for our police needs basic questions answered before purchase.

Guest writer
Sun, Aug 16, 2015, 2:39 pm
1 comments; last on Aug 22, 2015

Gunfight at Cornwall Park on Wednesday

Nothing in the Herald this morning, so NWCitizen is informing citizens of shootout at Cornwall Park.

John Servais
Thu, Aug 13, 2015, 10:29 am
1 comments; last on Aug 13, 2015

Whatcom Conservation District Elections

Barbara Perry has been researching the secretive election processes of the Whatcom Conservation District. Really secretive. Probably fraudulent.

Guest writer
Sun, Aug 09, 2015, 10:52 am
1 comments; last on Aug 12, 2015

Election Results - Aug 4 Primary

9:52 - final post for tonight. A running blog about the election results on this August evening. Feel free to comment.

John Servais
Tue, Aug 04, 2015, 7:09 pm
8 comments; last on Aug 06, 2015

The Hansen’s Giant Rental Megaplex - Part 2

While the city deals with permitting on the Hansen rental megaplexes, the council has asked for proposals from staff on design standards for historic areas.

Dick Conoboy
Tue, Aug 04, 2015, 9:14 am
9 comments; last on Aug 08, 2015

Whatcom Co.: 90 Million Gallons of Water a Day

Eric Hirst provides us all with a well researched report on Whatcom County water issues - rights, Lake Whatcom, ground water and more.

Guest writer
Tue, Jul 21, 2015, 11:42 pm
10 comments; last on Aug 12, 2015

Electromagnetic Radiation: Who’s Looking Out for You?

The fight to keep Point Roberts from becoming a Radio Tower Farm is not over.

John Lesow
Tue, Jul 14, 2015, 3:13 pm
3 comments; last on Jul 22, 2015

Kudos to Our Police

Bellingham police are obviously trained to de-escalate armed confrontations. This is the way it should be.

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Jul 13, 2015, 4:38 am
6 comments; last on Jul 14, 2015


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