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The Bells baseball team again chooses fireworks over the welfare of pets, vets, the psychologically fragile, and wildlife.
Anderson would replace Terry Bornemann who retires from city council at the end of 20191 comment, most recent 19 hours ago
Why do we let our grocery stores vet charities and direct our donations?3 comments, most recent 4 days ago
There is a stealth invasion of stick-built apartment complexes in Bellingham. Few have any redeeming architectural merit.5 comments, most recent 19 hours ago
Bellingham again wastes its time with a survey in which the respondents self-select, essentially negating the results.3 comments, most recent 4 hours 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 2 weeks 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 1 month ago
Re-imagining Bellingham’s Waterfront14 comments, most recent 1 month 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 2 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 3 weeks 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 2 months ago
Is it possible to even know where we are on climate change? Or is it too late already?2 comments, most recent 3 weeks 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 2 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 3 months ago
A brief overview of radiofrequency (RF) exposure tests taken in Bellingham at two locations.3 comments, most recent 3 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 3 months ago
Calls to 911 are failing to stem the noise emanating from the Twin Sisters Brewery.18 comments, most recent 4 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 4 months ago
The city council should re-look its process for choosing replacements for vacant council seats.7 comments, most recent 4 months ago
Light pollution and special events seem to be the new normal at the Twin Sisters Brewery5 comments, most recent 4 months ago
A description of the many concerns surrounding 5G technology including, but not limited to, health concerns.13 comments, most recent 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 months ago
A review of recently released documents showing corporate welfare to AT&T.5 comments, most recent 5 months ago
Am delighted NW Citizen now has a solid future with its acquisition by a new LLC company3 comments, most recent 4 months ago
Candidates who seek appointment include two former City Council members.18 comments, most recent 5 months ago
We are wallowing in a sea of debt. Affordable housing is a pipe-dream under these conditions.1 comment, most recent 6 months ago
City Council member Roxanne Murphy resigns…on Facebook1 comment, most recent 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 8 months 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 8 months ago
The Bellingham Planning Commission has passed to the City Council a terribly flawed recommendation on vacation rentals.2 comments, most recent 8 months ago
Consumer fireworks are illegal in Bellingham. Some would say it is difficult to tell.8 comments, most recent 8 months ago
In many instances our police officers have become walking examples of post traumatic stress.7 comments, most recent 9 months ago
Messaging by anecdotes, not facts, is becoming the watchword of creating ordinances in Bellingham8 comments, most recent 9 months ago
Factors to consider in incorporating an organization where the primary purpose is civic and profit is a secondary factor.2 comments, most recent 7 months ago
Myopic leadership in the NFL is the problem.
For my friend, the late Lewis Puller, on Memorial Day 2018.4 comments, most recent 9 months ago
I am and you should be, too.5 comments, most recent 9 months 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 9 months ago
The disease is greed. The cure to which seems to be beyond the ken of this city government.5 comments, most recent 9 months ago
A council call on landlords to reduce rents is in order.12 comments, most recent 10 months ago
An investigation of how the the DADU will destroy our Sacred Single-family neighborhoods.22 comments, most recent 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months ago
Toward a more comprehensive approach to human health and the environment6 comments, most recent 11 months 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 11 months ago
Sandwich board signs proliferate in the Central Business District too but not the same way as in Fairhaven1 comment, most recent 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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
We are never far away from glitches in our alert and alarm systems nationwide.
Zoning laws do little to protect our residents while favoring businesses.13 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Update on efforts surrounding a publicly owned fiber optic network in Bellingham including a recently released fiber map from the COB including good news from the Port and State.11 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Updated: Our Whatcom County Council is considering an ordinance tomorrow that will gut the provisions of state legislation that opened back up rural water wells for home owners and farmers.9 comments, most recent 1 year ago
The Planning Commission, enabled by the planning staff, has seriously eroded neighborhood trust in the city’s zoning processes and commitments.18 comments, most recent 1 year ago
A good explanation of the amount of water in the Nooksack River on a seasonal basis - and the demands that people and salmon make on that flow. Eric is the expert.6 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Local news items from citizen journalists in Bellingham and Whatcom County.4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Lisa provides us a primer. Bellingham city hall is struggling to find effective ways to address - to help - the homeless in our city.4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Supposedly fighting for cheaper housing options in Happy Valley, Wendy Scherrer accepts an award from Whatcom Realtors.17 comments, most recent 1 year ago
In 2018 a host of land/zoning issues come to the Bellingham Planning Commission and City Council, but cumulative impacts are ignored.
The Bellingham Neighborhood Coalition (BNC) thanks the 365 community members for signing the Community ADU Comment Letter on the City of Bellingham’s ADU Ordinance update.
Wherein your humble writer considers the argument over Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADU’s) which the City is proposing to permit in single family neighborhoods.38 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Let’s put the asinine suggestion that Oprah is a viable presidential candidate in the dust bin of monumentally awful and destructive ideas.1 comment, most recent 1 year ago
Dick Conoboy has written for over 10 years about Bellingham city hall not enforcing its own laws and the slow destruction of single family neighborhoods. The award is well earned.3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Committee assignments will be voted on at tonight’s council meeting.6 comments, most recent 1 year ago
The Planning Commission attempts, poorly, to reconcile vacation rentals and housing for Bellingham’s own citizens.3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
The Bellingham Neighborhood Coalition’s second public event on the currrent attempt to rezone the city.3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
The Bellingham Council is considering the issue of public fiber for all of Bellingham. Jon presents a report on their struggle and urges action.5 comments, most recent 1 year ago
The city is beginning a process of densification to rezone/up-zone all single family neighborhoods. Pay attention.5 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Will Bellingham Neighborhoods wake up in time? Or will we experience the same failure of upzoning reform as our friends in Ballard?7 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Residents of several neighborhoods are organizing to preserve Bellingham’s livability and affordability.1 comment, most recent 1 year ago
One last Op-ed on the current Jail Tax proposal from the President of the Restorative Community Coalition
A year-and-a-half after the inspections began, we have a black hole - missing almost 40% of the data.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Saturday and Sunday, Nov 4 and 5, KMRE is hosting town hall meetings seeking ideas and help for the future of the radio station.
Effectively, the Bellingham Fire Department’s conclusion is that the cause of this horrific fire will remain unknown.
An examination of why only elected representatives are for this execrable tax proposition - was there ever a tax they didn’t like?1 comment, most recent 1 year ago
The burned house had passed a rental inspection in October 2016 but still had many uncorrected health and safety violations.11 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Not the first Hansen/Lakeway Realty rental to burn. It ought to be the last.28 comments, most recent 1 year ago
There is a myth in Bellingham that the city can build or zone its way into affordable housing but they are not in control…at all.9 comments, most recent 1 year ago
The WWU alumni are planning an event with fireworks from atop the Herald Building without regard to animals, humans or the environment.1 comment, most recent 1 year ago