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CityView Pre-Application Neighborhood Meeting - Some Hot Moments

By Dick ConoboyOn Jul 10, 2019

A group of already very perturbed neighbors arrived at the neighborhood meeting required in the pre-application stage of the development of CityView apartments located about 5 blocks east of the Lincoln [...]

April Barker Mayor? - An Equity Assessment of the Candidate

By Dick ConoboyOn Jul 06, 2019

April Barker, self-styled champion of affordable housing and “missing middle” housing, has some explaining to do. Bellingham’s population did not explode over night causing a housing shortage. The shortage [...]

Another Attempt To Develop the Hawley Tract In the Puget Neighborhood

By Dick ConoboyOn Jun 28, 2019

Yet another large, multi-family housing project, called CityView, is in the initial planning stages for the approximately 11 acres located at the corner of Nevada St. and Consolidation Ave (generally in [...]

Bellingham Herald to end Saturday publication

By Guest WriterOn Jun 25, 2019

Dianne Foster guest writes this article. She is a local resident, a retired Aadvanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and a former Democratic Precinct Committee Officer. I was disturbed to see the [...]

It Is Not About Fireworks

By Dick ConoboyOn Jun 25, 2019

Belllingham banned consumer fireworks five years ago, although you might not be able to infer that from activities that are prevalent on the 4th of July to a major extent [...]

Public Fiber Network: A Blueprint for Bellingham and Whatcom County

By Juliette DanielsOn Jun 13, 2019

The internet was created to be—and has become—our public commons. It is the central medium for communication and business, for public discussion and engagement, and democratic discourse and [...]

Unity Village Tiny Home Community Proposed for Fairhaven

By Lisa E. PappOn Jun 11, 2019

Bellingham non-profit HomesNOW is in the midst of the permit review process for a temporary tiny home encampment in Fairhaven. The City of Bellingham published a notice of application for [...]

Whatcom Democrats and Public Banking

By Dick ConoboyOn Jun 08, 2019

While reviewing the various candidate responses to the Whatcom County Democrats’ election questionnaire for mayoral and city council hopefuls, I ran across the following among the approximately two dozen questions: “[...]

Whither Goeth The Planning Commission - Maute-Gibson Resigns

By Dick ConoboyOn Jun 07, 2019

What does the resignation of Iris Maute Gibson [see resignation letter below] portend for the city’s Planning Commission? Appointed in 2017 by Mayor Linville to replace commissioner Tom Grinstad, Maute-Gibson [...]

Accessory Dwelling Units - An Update

By Dick ConoboyOn Jun 03, 2019

An article appeared in the 3 Jun 2019 Herald ( With rents and home prices rising, they’re hoping these will ease Bellingham housing) on the situation with accessory dwelling units since council [...]

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