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The herons that we enjoy watching all over Bellingham actually all live in one colony of nests in Fairhaven. This is an overview of efforts to protect their colony.
Plans for a 408-bed, student-style dormitory apartment building, CityView, in the Puget Neighborhood move forward.1 comment, most recent 6 days ago
An unexpected resignation by one of the top administrators in Bellingham city government
In meeting with Jamie K, Mayor Kelli commits to the city purchasing the land for the heron reserve.3 comments, most recent 3 weeks ago
City planning - and the developer - abandoned their defense of the illegal permit to build in the critical area by the heron colony.1 comment, most recent 3 weeks ago
The developer and city have surrendered in their effort to allow building new homes in the Critical Area that protects the Great Blue Heron colony on Bellingham’s waterfront.2 comments, most recent 3 weeks ago
Shall we protect - or shall we forever change - the nature of established residential neighborhoods?8 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Do not be fooled, CityView apartments are yet another private sector dormitory. No families here.4 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Why is it that the supposed housing affordability and availability champion is a “millionaire” landlord herself?22 comments, most recent 5 days ago
After two failed attempts by outside companies to develop an 11 acre parcel in the Puget Neighborhood, a local developer takes a swing.3 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Dianne Foster expresses her thoughts and regrets as the Bellingham Herald announces the pending cancellation of Saturday newspapers.1 comment, most recent 1 month ago
The ban against the sale and possession of consumer fireworks in Bellingham is more than is apparent.
Bellingham should join hundreds of communities nationwide that have built competitive and affordable public fiber optic cable networks to drive economic opportunity and development.1 comment, most recent 2 months ago
HomesNOW is in the permit review process for a temporary tiny home encampment in Fairhaven. The City of Bellingham’s 14-day public comment period is open until June 14, 2019.6 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Public Banking support ought to be a no-brainer for the Whatcom Dems.
Iris Maute-Gibson submitted her letter of resignation to the mayor on June 1st.
It is too early to determine the effects of a new code on accessory dwelling units aimed at improving housing affordability. Experience elsewhere says they will not.2 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Democrat presidential candidate Ami Horowitz and his desire to enter the national debate1 comment, most recent 2 months ago
Fragrances cover up odors that should be eliminated by cleaning, not chemicals.
Senator Bob Hasegawa brought information to the citizens of Whatcom County about the benefits of public banks and his bill to establish one in Olympia.8 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Updated May 21. How each of us can help protect the Great Blue Herons nesting trees from city proposed approval of development in the buffer trees.4 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Jamie K clarifies several issues that Gabe Rogel posted about the protective woods buffer to the heron colony.
Housing equity is thrown to the wind. Vacation rentals for tourists will remove rental housing for Bellingham residents.6 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Trees are not expendable like weeds. We should not treat them as such.
An interesting city- and state-oriented strategy to solve the national corruption crisis.
A net gain of 264 on-campus dormitory beds two years from now will do virtually nothing to take the pressure off Bellingham’s rental market.2 comments, most recent 4 months ago
Bellingham’s Only Great Blue Heron colony Faces Human Threats - Again. Who Wants to Help?6 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Various activities on Samish Hill suggest the future for a large area of land zoned single-family.4 comments, most recent 4 months ago
Commercial Shellfish farmers in Willapa Bay and elsewhere in the Salish Sea permitted by our “green” Governor to spray herbicides and turn healthy eelgrass beds into deserts.1 comment, most recent 3 months ago
MNAC should be restored by the next mayor to its role in the planning process, the review of the Comprehensive Plan, and neighborhood plans.7 comments, most recent 4 months ago
The Bells baseball team again chooses fireworks over the welfare of pets, vets, the psychologically fragile, and wildlife.1 comment, most recent 1 month ago
Anderson would replace Terry Bornemann who retires from city council at the end of 20194 comments, most recent 4 months ago
Why do we let our grocery stores vet charities and direct our donations?3 comments, most recent 5 months ago
There is a stealth invasion of stick-built apartment complexes in Bellingham. Few have any redeeming architectural merit.5 comments, most recent 4 months ago
Bellingham again wastes its time with a survey in which the respondents self-select, essentially negating the results.4 comments, most recent 4 months ago
Public banking is moving forward again this legislative session in Washington state thanks to the efforts of Sen. Bob Hasegawa.3 comments, most recent 5 months ago
Bellingham Public Schools staff Greg Baker and Ron Cowan display contempt for public involvement, the environment, and public disclosure with the bus barn issue on Whatcom Creek.15 comments, most recent 6 months ago
Re-imagining Bellingham’s Waterfront14 comments, most recent 6 months ago
Approved by the City of Bellingham, a temporary tent encampment called Winter Haven will be operated by non-profit HomesNOW! through early April 2019.16 comments, most recent 6 months ago
Proof that the COB is in bed with big telecoms. Here is an inappropriate COB Dig Once Policy that creates pathways for corporate welfare/abuse of the community.
Bellingham’s ban on consumer fireworks is simple. Fireworks are illegal. No time outs for holidays. And don’t forget the troops!
Our state treasurer is either extremely ignorant about public banking or openly shilling for corporate banks at the expense of citizens.
Jason Hickel asks “Can we have perpetual growth AND a healthy ecology?”3 comments, most recent 5 months ago
Alex McLean, who has served 6 years on the Greenway Advisory Committee, exposes Mayor Kelli Linville’s disdain for the community elected Greenways program.22 comments, most recent 7 months ago
Is it possible to even know where we are on climate change? Or is it too late already?2 comments, most recent 5 months ago
With the growth of commercial facilities, the number of risks and points of conflict for traffic and pedestrians have increase substantially.4 comments, most recent 7 months ago
For months, Gene Knutson has seriously considered running for mayor. He has decided against it. The 2019 Bellingham mayor’s election continues to churn.13 comments, most recent 8 months ago
A brief overview of radiofrequency (RF) exposure tests taken in Bellingham at two locations.3 comments, most recent 8 months ago
The brewery management announced at a Sunnyland Neighborhood meeting it will stop the outside music until issues around the noise ordinance are resolved.18 comments, most recent 8 months ago
Calls to 911 are failing to stem the noise emanating from the Twin Sisters Brewery.18 comments, most recent 9 months ago
Meeting details about the existing public fiber-optic network with Eric Johnston and other COB officials for details they’re unnecessarily withholding.8 comments, most recent 9 months ago
The city council should re-look its process for choosing replacements for vacant council seats.7 comments, most recent 9 months ago
Light pollution and special events seem to be the new normal at the Twin Sisters Brewery5 comments, most recent 9 months ago
A description of the many concerns surrounding 5G technology including, but not limited to, health concerns.13 comments, most recent 9 months ago
We have dawdled enough. Whatcom County and local municipalities must work with the legislature in Olympia to establish public banking.2 comments, most recent 10 months ago
A critical analysis of the Whatcom Regional Transportation Study. A study that falls under the category of lies, damned lies, and statistics for sure.1 comment, most recent 10 months ago
Hannah Stone, a Bellingham immigration attorney, has been unanimously selected to serve out the vacated term of Roxanne Murphy.12 comments, most recent 10 months ago
A review of recently released documents showing corporate welfare to AT&T.5 comments, most recent 10 months ago
Am delighted NW Citizen now has a solid future with its acquisition by a new LLC company3 comments, most recent 9 months ago
Candidates who seek appointment include two former City Council members.18 comments, most recent 10 months ago
We are wallowing in a sea of debt. Affordable housing is a pipe-dream under these conditions.1 comment, most recent 10 months ago
City Council member Roxanne Murphy resigns…on Facebook1 comment, most recent 11 months ago
The Veteran Service Office at Western Washington University is working with a growing student-veteran population.
A brief essay on the dangerous lie at the heart of I-1639, which purports to regulate “assault” weapons.2 comments, most recent 11 months ago
City officials shut down the music at the official opening of Twin Sisters Brewing Company on Saturday. Illegal parking complaints also brought out the police.2 comments, most recent 11 months ago
Our system of citizen participation fails the test of true dialogue. Exchange is practically ruled out by the process.6 comments, most recent 11 months ago
A review of the privatization of communications by public entities, like the police and fire service, via the unnecessary use of AT&Ts questionable FirstNet service.3 comments, most recent 11 months ago
We uncover more public resources that are knowingly not being used and make more connections between the city and big telecom. All telecom items untimately go back to the committee for further discussion.
The Linville administration won’t do right by its citizens when it comes to public infrastructure and telecom, but when it comes to following Ajit Pai’s and Verizons’ lead they say, “sure, no problem.”
Public banking can stop our dependence on commercial banks to whom we give our government revenue and receive little in return.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
This is yet another Dig Once Policy update outlining how the COB Public Works Department, under the direction of Ted Carlson, has been ignoring the advice and wishes of thousands of Bellingham residents.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
The Bellingham Planning Commission has passed to the City Council a terribly flawed recommendation on vacation rentals.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Consumer fireworks are illegal in Bellingham. Some would say it is difficult to tell.8 comments, most recent 1 year ago
In many instances our police officers have become walking examples of post traumatic stress.7 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Messaging by anecdotes, not facts, is becoming the watchword of creating ordinances in Bellingham8 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Factors to consider in incorporating an organization where the primary purpose is civic and profit is a secondary factor.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Myopic leadership in the NFL is the problem.
For my friend, the late Lewis Puller, on Memorial Day 2018.4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
I am and you should be, too.5 comments, most recent 1 year ago
An update on the current status of discussions surrounding establishing a Dig Once Policy in Bellingham.
This article outlines how totally inadequate the low-income connections provided by the big telecoms are. Yet they are presented as a solution by many council members.4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
The disease is greed. The cure to which seems to be beyond the ken of this city government.5 comments, most recent 1 year ago
A council call on landlords to reduce rents is in order.12 comments, most recent 1 year ago
An investigation of how the the DADU will destroy our Sacred Single-family neighborhoods.22 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Beware of the companies that will place that cute ADU in your backyard and turn you into a debtor overnight.3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Two developable lots with over 50% of their property in Padden Creek and its wetland should be purchased by Greenways as they fit all the criteria.1 comment, most recent 1 year ago
Update: comment extended to May15 for requesting public shorelines hearing, EIS, and public hearing - else city poised to approve townhouses by Derek Stebner be build virtually in Padden Creek.5 comments, most recent 1 year ago
The COB has produced a new Fiber map recently that, like the old maps, is still totally inadequate, but has some new colors on it.
The consideration of the Dig Once Policy, I’ve mentioned in all of my articles, has been moved up to April 23rd. This can be either very good or very bad.3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
We are now in a period of undefined censorship during the City Council’s public comment period. It’s called, “stick to the issue.”9 comments, most recent 1 year ago
This update in the 12 questions series covers the responses, or lack of responses, I’ve received from the mayor and other council members.6 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Jim Peterson knows what it’s like to be homeless. He’s grateful to be on the other side now. But he won’t rest until every homeless person in our community is housed.4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Toward a more comprehensive approach to human health and the environment6 comments, most recent 1 year ago
This is the 2nd interview in a series designed to help our readers better get to know our council members, and potential candidates for mayor.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Sandwich board signs proliferate in the Central Business District too but not the same way as in Fairhaven1 comment, most recent 1 year ago
This article explains some of the shortcomings of wireless technology, and why we still need publicly owned conduit and fiber in Bellingham to support any broadband solution we use.8 comments, most recent 1 year ago
The Super Giant Slalom of the Olympic Games has nothing over the parkour of sandwich board signs on Fairhaven’s sidewalks.9 comments, most recent 1 year ago
40th state legislative representative, Kristine Lytton, not seeking reelection. South half of Bellingham is in 40th.4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
In the first of the 12-questions series, I interview Michael Lilliquist. My goal is to interview all officials using the same questions for the sake of governmental transparency.5 comments, most recent 1 year ago
The lawsuit challenging the creation of the Chuckanut Community Forest Park District and the park district’s ability to preserve Chuckanut Ridge is finally over.1 comment, most recent 1 year ago