State Senator Hasegawa continues to push for legislation creating a public bank in Washington.3 comments, most recent 2 weeks ago
A superb update of where we are as a community on protecting Bellingham’s only Great Blue Heron colony.
Bellingham to revise and update its codes to control motorized bikes, scooters and skateboards. Motorized scooter rentals are also on the docket…but beware.3 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Why the Port selected Harcourt to be “master developer” should be an inquiry submitted through bullhorns and accompanied by clacking pitchforks.18 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Jamie Donaldson urges us to contact the Bellingham City Council again as it appears there is foot dragging on acquiring the buffer woods by the heron colony nests.1 comment, most recent 4 months ago
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.
In meeting with Jamie K, Mayor Kelli commits to the city purchasing the land for the heron reserve.3 comments, most recent 6 months 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 6 months ago
Re-imagining Bellingham’s Waterfront14 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Toward a more comprehensive approach to human health and the environment6 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Candidates gave back a donation and did not seek the party’s endorsement.1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
Public banks are the answer to low cost financing and divestment from the private banking casino.4 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Jim Dickinson writes: Why the surplus Washington State ferry Hiyu should replace the Whatcom Chief for our Whatcom County ferry service to Lummi Island.6 comments, most recent 3 years ago
The Greenways Advisory Committee meets this evening and may reverse their May decision to purchase the heron colony buffer woods.10 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Bellingham’s only heron colony needs forested buffer - and the land owner is willing to sell. Greenways has voted to buy it, but our city council must act.5 comments, most recent 3 years ago
The planned concrete walkway from Boulevard Park to the Cornwall landfill, using millions in Greenway funds, has been abandoned by Bellingham. We again thank the Lummi.11 comments, most recent 3 years ago
At Clayton Beach, we have tracked increasing erosion under railroad tracks and written to the railroads and federal inspectors. To no avail.2 comments, most recent 3 years ago
The Coast Guard has levied $30,000 in fines on two Bellingham climate activists. They will fight to have the fines dropped.16 comments, most recent 4 years ago
Shell Polar Pioneer floating oil drill rig left the Pacific Northwest for Norway today. Nice holiday gift for all of us.2 comments, most recent 4 years ago
Beware walking RR tracks on the Fairhaven waterfront in the event of unexpected encounter with a high speed train2 comments, most recent 4 years ago
Young Chiara spent 3 nights hanging from the anchor chain of Shell Oil’s Arctic Challenger as a protest to arctic oil drilling.
The port’s latest bone-headed deal calls for the good citizens of Whatcom County to consider the options…unless we’re enjoying our Groundhog Day.3 comments, most recent 4 years ago
Port of Bellingham today sold out our public waterfront to a foreign shell company formed 6 days ago. Sold it cheap and with a screwy arrangement.32 comments, most recent 4 years ago
Add your thoughts and remembrances. Robyn du Pre` was a stalwart and true environmental advocate for Bellingham and Whatcom County. She died this week.9 comments, most recent 4 years ago
The public needs to support city council and request that a waterfront habitat assessment include terrestrial species and habitat connectivity.
The old empty Reid Boiler Works industrial building in Fairhaven burned to the ground Saturday night.
Do we actually need to say that we, as citizens, want accurate information from government officials?1 comment, most recent 6 years ago
A Port of Bellingham internal memo tries, but fails, to justify changes in cost estimates for alternative marina sites.5 comments, most recent 6 years ago
Local activist calls on Bellingham City Council to table the unpopular waterfront plans and engage in meaningful public process2 comments, most recent 6 years ago
The Political Junkie has posted a 3 minute video showing Bellingham City Council members explaining their idiocy for all of us to watch.2 comments, most recent 6 years ago
Bellingham City Council and Port of Bellingham finalize the waterfront plan. In his weekly Gristle, Tim Johnson blasts the corrupt public process.4 comments, most recent 6 years ago
Beach reconstruction is done at Boulevard Park on the Bellingham waterfront. Paths along shore are again open - and it looks good.6 comments, most recent 6 years ago
The city staff considers the overwater walkway a done deal before official approval or resolution of treaty right conflicts4 comments, most recent 6 years ago
The city and port have not addressed wildlife impacts from waterfront development and this should be done before a waterfront plan is enacted.
Riley Sweeney examines Sen. Ericksen’s legislative methods
The City Planning Department has included a technical document in the waterfront proposal without disclosing important impacts.1 comment, most recent 6 years ago
Wendy Harris writes about the proposed $8 million concrete bridge along the Bellingham waterfront - using Greenways funds to build.3 comments, most recent 6 years ago
An “Updated Preferred Alternative” reduces the number of waterfront jobs and expands the boundary of the waterfront district.
Graphics projected on building each night in effort to bring attention to threatened building3 comments, most recent 7 years ago
Where a planning staff desire for view corridors in the Fairhaven plan yields a view corridor that does nothing for views.1 comment, most recent 7 years ago
Bellingham Port Commissioner Scott Walker motioned for the port to ask Executive Director Charlie Sheldon to resign.5 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Riley interviews Clayton Petree about his view of Downtown Bellingham6 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Time is running out for public comment on the Port’s proposal to use toxic waste as a cap at waterfront re-development site.5 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Guest writer Doug Karlberg follows up with report from Tuesday’s Port Commission meeting7 comments, most recent 9 years ago
Why the price of moorage matters to all Whatcom County. A guest article by Doug Karlberg.5 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Wendy Harris writes about a multi million dollar planned city of Bellingham project.9 comments, most recent 9 years ago
Maybe NOAA knows the truth about our waterfront. Our Port of Bellingham pretends it is not toxic. But it is criminally toxic.2 comments, most recent 9 years ago
I’ve been to Los Angeles many times. I even remember the Red and Yellow electric street cars that served the city from after World War II until their demise in 1961. You
Seems like the offices of Frank Chmelik, the attorney for the Port of Bellingham, are becoming our defacto Port offices. Instead of conferences and meetings at the Port, the really important o2 comments, most recent 10 years ago
Dan Pike’s guest editorial in Sunday’s Herald is a direct result of an article on NwCitizen earlier this week. Indeed, on Wednesday, after the article had only been up for a couple hours, I go3 comments, most recent 10 years ago
We local taxpayers have contributed $20 million of our own tax dollars to AIG’s executives. Remember? A couple years ago the Port bought an insurance policy from AIG to cover possible over co3 comments, most recent 10 years ago
Coming to our Fairhaven waterfront - this magnificent floating drydock. The above aerial photo is of the Fairhaven Shipyard with the new drydock placed as a computer image at the end of the long dock1 comment, most recent 11 years ago
Tired of looking at a photo of geese when you check here? So am I. We have nine writers for this site but it has been rather slack lately. So - here is a new post. Written on the fly and with litt10 comments, most recent 11 years ago
TBL, or Triple Bottom Line, is a nifty concept that says we want to be evaluating and measuring projects on the basis not only of economic, but environmental and societal values as well. TBL i5 comments, most recent 12 years ago
When Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) are prepared, more than one development model might be evaluated. But a no-action alternative is always required as a baseline reference. Convention
It is not bad enough that the city council schedules the public hearing on our future Shoreline Master Plan for the middle of July - a plan many years in the making and one with two time extensions fr
The Herald does not even follow its own mandates. On Sunday, the editorial said the candidates “…must address 6 big issues.” Must. Then they sent out their own list of 8 questions to council candida
The Herald ran an ad for the State Department of Ecology informing us of the web site where we could find the Draft Consent Decree for our waterfront cleanup. Well, it isn’t there. Upon inquir
In a Bellingham Herald article dated May 4, Interim Mayor Tim Douglas “said it’s
Why the Log Pond cap won’t work
An article in a recent Bellingham Business Journal detailed the debate over whether the toxic muck in the Whatcom Waterway ought to be dredged or capped.
Independent media? Freedom of the press? Peoples friend, tyrants foe? It was a good idea while it lasted, educating the electorate and forming a mainstay of our democracy. Now, we’ve either elected Bu
According to the Bellingham Herald, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources has recently approved leaving tons of mercury buried in Bellingham Bay. The documents are not yet readily avail
New Whatcom Redevelopment Project - The City and Port of Bellingham will hold public information a meeting. Bellingham Cruise Terminal. 355 Harris Ave., Bellingham. WA Times: 6:00 PM.
Today’s Bellingham Herald editorial invites an answer. The editorial is good in that it reflects on past bad practices, like allowing GP to dump mercury into Bellingham Bay, and the editorial goes on
One of the more momentous public hearings in Bellingham’s history appears to be ready to pass with more than the ordinary confusion. We wrote about some of the mis/disinformation earlier.
Relative to the last post:
Ecology has rescheduled the public meeting for:
December 7th, 6:30 p.m. ñ 8:30 p.m., Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Avenue, Bell
or I lied (sort of!)
In the previous post I complained that the biggest rip-off in Whatcom County history was happening without even being discussed or making it into the news. Well, I lied. To
The good? We are no longer spewing forty+ pounds of mercury vapor every day into the local atmosphere. We are no longer dumping 20 to 40 tons of polluted solid waste into our bay, ravines and gravel p
If WWU gets their way, $20 million in state taxes will be spent on jack-hammering out good roads and building new ones a hundred yards away. No increase in safety nor traffic movement. A big in
Ginny Benton, seeking her third term as commissioner, stated this evening at the Rome Grange that she will not respond to the “mud slinging” being done against her. She will “not stoop” to dignify thi