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An overview of the candidates for several energetic small towns in Whatcom County.
Finale update 10 pm Friday - Some news worthy filings - well, all are newsworthy - and some final pieces falling into place.
Canada continues to push forward on its Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion despit overwhelming opposition and damning evidence — as well as serious economic headwinds — against it.2 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Rud Browne’s antics during the selection of Liz Lovelett for state Senator was only the latest weird act during his first year of his second term on the Whatcom County Council.3 comments, most recent 5 months ago
The first of a set of articles outlining the process for a working-class family in Bellingham to try and fight our unfair housing values and the taxes linked to them.13 comments, most recent 6 months ago
Justice reform will only come with the election of James Erb. Because Eric Richey has been a leader in the oppressive prosecutors practices for 10 years.6 comments, most recent 8 months ago
Brief overview of Atul Deshmane for Public Utility District 1, Commissioner District 2.
Whatcom County Deputy Prosecutor’s mismanagement of criminal cases costs victims, law enforcement, taxpayers, defendants and the justice system13 comments, most recent 8 months ago
The Point Roberts Registered Voter’s Association hosts Whatcom County’s first Formal Candidates Forum of the 2018 Election Season. 10 Candidates attend.3 comments, most recent 8 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 9 months ago
Am delighted NW Citizen now has a solid future with its acquisition by a new LLC company3 comments, most recent 8 months ago
A brief essay on the dangerous lie at the heart of I-1639, which purports to regulate “assault” weapons.2 comments, most recent 10 months ago
Do we mail our ballots or find a drop box to put it in? Do we trust the U.S. Postal Service? Do we?1 comment, most recent 11 months ago
Doug Ericksen and Vincent Buys are in Cambodia as we post this. What are these two Washington State 42nd Legislative District elected officials doing in Cambodia? What indeed!11 comments, most recent 11 months ago
Voters have a choice of Richey or Erb for reform of our justice and jail mess. Who is saying what? Sounds like an echo chamber.5 comments, most recent 11 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 11 months ago
Myopic leadership in the NFL is the problem.
The Seattle Times provides an in depth article on our local Nooksack Indian tribe’s new chairman, Ross Cline Sr. Bob Kelly is out and no where to be seen.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Attendees at the campaign kickoff for Tim Ballew II, state Senate candidate, heard good things about Ballew, bad things about Doug Ericksen–and nothing about Pinky Vargas.7 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.
We take an early look at who is running for office this year in Whatcom County. Voters will elect a state senator, state representatives, a county councillor and prosecutor.2 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
An analysis of Senator Doug Ericksen’s alleged “double dipping” during early 2017 when serving as a senior adviser at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC.
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
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
Where did Doug Ericksen spend thousands of dollars in surplus campaign funds in Washington, DC, and what did he spend them for?
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
State Senator Doug Ericksen is alleged to have spent his excess campaign funds on his own personal endeavors, in violation of state law.3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Connor Leib’s Life and Death: Stop jailing those with mental illness and get them treatment instead.4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
James Erb and Eric Richey file to run for county prosecutor. McEachran will not run.1 comment, most recent 11 months ago
Sen. Doug Ericksen’s blind fealty to a deeply unpopular president and his profligate use of taxpayer funds are likely to cost him dearly as he vies to get reelected in November.8 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 first in a series on our Whatcom County justice system, with true stories from former jail inmates that highlight “touch-points” in the justice system in need of evaluation and reform.4 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
Eric’s perspective on the state wide new rural water fix legislation, ESSB 6091. Governor Inslee signed it last Friday, and it went into effect immediately.
Washington state Governor Jay Inslee signed bipartisan legislation today that resolves the rural water permits for homeowner uses.6 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Prominent local Republicans post a racist article on our local Lummi Indians.9 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Current County Council members will need to do their homework to separate the wheat from the chaff from the Eric Bostrom.1 comment, most recent 1 year ago
Irrigation, the use of huge field sprinklers, is the big user of unpermitted water in our county. Not family households. Eric presents a solution.10 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Nine men and two women so far seek a one-year appointment to the County Council.4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Appearing on the council agenda Tuesday, Nov. 21, is a proposed 2018 ballot measure to return Whatcom to countywide voting for council. Discussion is planned for Dec. 5.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
District-only voting for Whatcom Council is having its intended effect, as one conservative takes a seat.
One last Op-ed on the current Jail Tax proposal from the President of the Restorative Community Coalition
Saturday and Sunday, Nov 4 and 5, KMRE is hosting town hall meetings seeking ideas and help for the future of the radio station.
Whatcom County Prosecuting Attorney David McEachran must lead reform of our criminal justice system.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
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
Fossil-fuel loving climate-change deniers—including Doug Ericksen—who have taken over the federal government are seriously endangering our nation and planet.6 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Truckers are protesting in three states - and the news media is pretending it is not happening.
Numbers: construction costs, bond interest costs, annual county costs, and more - all by a qualified CPA who has studied this issue for months.7 comments, most recent 1 year ago
And several good reasons why you should.3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
CNN interviews Darell Hillaire of the Lummi Nation about the Salmon Emergency, Rosalinda Guillen about the Detention Center hunger strike and Satpal Sidhu about the Arch of Healing
Cascadia News Now interviews Mayor Linville about Pickett Bridge, hate crimes in Whatcom, homelessness and updates on the Sarbandan farmworkers1 comment, most recent 1 year ago
Candidates gave back a donation and did not seek the party’s endorsement.1 comment, most recent 1 year ago
Cascadia News Now explores the death of 28 year old farmworker Honesto Silva Ibarra, fresh perspectives on the Jail proposal, and interviews Rep. Rick Larsen.
IN praise of the sheer propagatory genius of the Himalayan blackberry.
In the confusing transition from 3 to 5 Whatcom County districts, a question arises: Who is eligible to replace Todd Donovan if he wins this fall and switches seats?5 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Cascadia News Now digs into the Primary Election Results, our state budget woes, BC fires and the cancelling of “The Joe Show”
Honesto Silva Ibarra died while toiling in Whatcom County berry fields. The Herald does not report it. The Weekly does. Oh, and Margaret Bikman is let go by the Herald.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Several primary contests of 3 candidates with only the 2 with the most votes going forward for the general election in November.7 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Doug Ericksen and Anthony Scaramucci were ill cast in the role of communications directors.
A study on how home water usage management can target those using the most water. This may be a step towards a solution of our perceived county water supply and usage challenges.7 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Ellen Murphy writes a requiem. The Joe Show on KBAI is being shut down. The noon every day show is the victim of a decision of large corporate media located 2,000 miles away.3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Todd Donovan promotes Republican opponent to squeeze out Amy Glasser in primary election.36 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Progressive Amy Glasser should be on the County Council.3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
The author of “The Mushroom Hunters” takes on the Pacific Northwest’s signature environmental issue.1 comment, most recent 1 year ago
Criminal justice reform took a hit this week as Bellingham and County councils ignored reports from the Vera Institute of Justice and the Incarceration and Prevention Task Force5 comments, most recent 2 years ago
The no-brains and no-values folks have spray-painted Clayton Beach sandstone rocks and natural stone formations again. Here are some photos.1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
Whereby the judge decides video the Washington State Patrol destroyed probably was not evidence anyway - so on with the process of conviction. Whatcom County justice system on display.
Analysis of the County Executive’s Proposal against Repair of the Existing Jail
Based on available evidence, it looks like Ericksen was using his surplus campaign account to help cover travel expenses incurred in connection with his involvement in the Trump regime.2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Walla Walla Shows the Way to the Future for local county jails. First, take it away from the sheriff and put it under a Department of Corrections.1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
Chelan County renovated its downtown Wenatchee jail rather than build a big new jail outside of town. We in Whatcom County can also restart our jail planning for a better solution.1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
Social Media exchanges among politically polarized groups often deteriorate into personal attacks, smear campaigns and verbal abuse.9 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Sulfurous gases released from crude-oil tankers anchored south of Bellingham appear to be a fairly common summer occurrence.2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Taking a look at jail planning in other communities. Can Whatcom County and Bellingham hit the reset button on the jail debate and learn from the mistakes of others?3 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Juliette Daniels continues her in-depth analysis of Law & Justice in Whatcom County2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Juliette Daniels continues her in-depth analysis of Law & Justice in Whatcom County4 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Former Whatcom County Councilmember Kershner asserts that Satpal Sidhu is unfit for public office.15 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Contributing Writer Juliette Daniels continues her in depth series on Law & Justice in Whatcom County2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Contributing Writer Juliette Daniels continues with Part Five of her in depth series on Law & Justice in Whatcom County
Whatcom 3 update: Ericksen will not be held in contempt for ignoring subpoena. Dismissal based on destruction of evidence also unlikely; ruling expected May 25. Dismissal based on4 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Contributing Writer Juliette Daniels continues with Part Four of her in depth series on Jaw & Justice in Whatcom County
Guest writer Juliette Daniels continues with Part Three of her in depth series on Law & Justice in Whatcom County.2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Contributing writer Juliette Daniels presents Part Two in the first segment of her in depth series on Law & Justice in Whatcom County2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Contributing writer Juliette Daniels presents Part One in the first segment of her in-depth series on Law & Justice in Whatcom County1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
Contributing writer Juliette Daniels introduces an in depth series on Law & Justice in Whatcom County
Rural Whatcom County farmers use a lot of water for irrigating their fields. How much is used? Eric Hirst tells us what is known and not known.10 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Along with Don Benton, State Senator Doug Ericksen appears to have no future with the Environmental Protection Agency—not in DC nor at its Seattle regional office.4 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Luba Pekisheva contributes this report on the court hearing for supoena of state senator Doug Ericksen’s communications with police prior to the arrest of protestors at Trump rally last summer
The Seattle Times has just posted an article on the Federal Government legal brief that strongly condemns the current Nooksack Tribal government as illegal.
The people facing trial for blocking Guide Meridian in Lynden on the day of Trump’s rally go after Sen. Doug Ericksen.1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
The state supreme court ‘Hirst Decision’ has a lot of false information swirling in our county. Eric Hirst takes on seven myths and tries to clarify the issues.5 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Our rural Whatcom County residents are being denied the right to have water for new homes, and this in a county that has no idea how much water it has, but has a lot.22 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Search warrant for facebook messages on the North Dakota Access Oil Pipeline has been withdrawn in face of ACLU court challenge
And an invitation to Langar!
An article on how the apprentice system is an essential institution in the economic rise of Europe.
At least Doug Ericksen showed up, but he didn’t say anything to reassure a largely hostile audience at Saturday’s town hall meeting.5 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Amy Glasser, a professional clinical social worker, weighs in on the question of how we should approach solving our jail challenge. She is running for a county council seat.4 comments, most recent 2 years ago