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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 [...]

Ami Horowitz: A Democrat Who Terrifies Other Democrats

By Larry HorowitzOn May 30, 2019

​An interesting Issues & Insights opinion piece about Democrat presidential candidate Ami Horowitz (no relation) that’s worth reading. A Democrat Who Terrifies Other Democrats Excerpt: “Ami Horowitz, a noted [...]

The Cost Of Smelling Good May Be Too High

By Dick ConoboyOn May 28, 2019

Several weeks ago, I used the rest room of a local hotel. Upon entering the facilities I was hit with such a strong odor of perfume that I began coughing [...]

Public Banking - Senator Hasegawa at the Bellingham City Club

By Dick ConoboyOn May 24, 2019

State Senator Bob Hasegawa travelled from Olympia last Wednesday, May 22nd, to speak to Whatcom County residents about the benefits of public banking: “A State Bank for Washington – Invest in [...]

All Hands on Deck to Help Protect the Great Blue Herons

By Jamie K. DonaldsonOn May 21, 2019

Update - posted Tuesday, May 21 Many people have been enjoying (from a safe distance!) the activity down at the heron colony at Post Point. The “chicks” are getting really big! [...]

Herons Continued: A Response to a Reader’s Comments

By Jamie K. DonaldsonOn May 18, 2019

In reply to the comments Gabe Rogel posted on my article of April 4. Or, to compare this article side by side to his comments, click here for a pdf of [...]

Vacation Rental Kickoff Is May 5th - Put It On Your Calendar!

By Dick ConoboyOn Apr 30, 2019

Framing counts. That is why the city consistently refers to vacation rentals as short term rentals (STRs). Just another rental but…you know… short. I think an even better descriptor [...]

The Sight Of Green

By Guest WriterOn Apr 19, 2019

[Guest Writer, Erin Wade, owns the salad bistro Vinaigrette, the general store Modern General and two sustainable farms in Texas and New Mexico. She was born and raised in Bellingham [...]

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