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Whatcom County

12 Questions (Michael Lilliquist Interview)

By Jon HumphreyOn Mar 10, 2018

This is the first of what I hope will be a series where I ask our council members, and the mayor, the same questions and can post their responses. I [...]

Sandy Robson files PDC complaint on Doug Ericksen

By Northwest CitizenOn Mar 06, 2018

Publisher note: Below is reprinted the press release from Sandy Robson. It was posted on Dena Jensen’s Noisy Waters Northwest blog earlier today, at Noisy Waters Northwest - John [...]

Voices from the Inside:  Part two—It’s time to decriminalize mental illness in Whatcom County

By Juliette DanielsOn Mar 05, 2018

The “criminalization” of mental illness is the end result of decades of failed mental health policy. Jails and prisons are the new asylums. Law enforcement is now on the front [...]

Richey and Erb file for Prosecuting Attorney

By John ServaisOn Feb 26, 2018

Bellingham assistant city attorney, James Erb, has announced he will run for county prosecutor this year. This will give us the first contested election in 40 years. Not a typo. David [...]

What Is Doug Ericksen Thinking?

By Michael RiordanOn Feb 13, 2018

A recent Seattle Times op-ed by Senator Doug Ericksen (“Trump’s first year has been a resounding success,” 31 January 2018) suggests he has gotten drunk on the Trump Kool-Aid and is [...]

Updatd: County Council May Try End Run on State Legislature

By Elisabeth BrittOn Feb 06, 2018

Updated January 31, 2018 On January 30th, the Whatcom County Council adopted Interim Ordinance 2018-057 - repealing emergency Ordinance 2017-001 (the County moratorium on drilling permit-exempt wells due to the WA Supreme [...]

Voices from the Inside: Part 1 - What’s next for the Whatcom County Jail and Justice System?

By Juliette DanielsOn Feb 05, 2018

The sheriff and corrections officers working at the Whatcom County Jail have described intolerable working conditions and inhumane housing for inmates. Based on first-hand accounts of former inmates, the jail [...]

Water, Water Everywhere, But ...

By Eric HirstOn Jan 29, 2018

Although we get lots of rain and snow in the winter, Whatcom County faces serious water-supply issues during the summer months. Here are the key issues I see and what [...]

News Briefs / Tue, Jan 23

By Northwest CitizenOn Jan 23, 2018

MV Columbia at Fairhaven terminal Alaska Ferry stuck in Bellingham ​The Alaska Ferry “Columbia” is stuck in Bellingham waiting for repairs. The Columbia did not sail last Friday at 6 pm [...]

Once Again, Short-Term Interests Beat Long-Term Solutions

By Eric HirstOn Jan 22, 2018

It’s okay to make a mess now because we’ll plan to clean it up later. That, in essence, is what the Washington State Legislature passed and Governor Inslee [...]

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