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Gov Inslee Signs Rural Water Fix Legislation

By Elisabeth BrittOn Jan 19, 2018

Editor note: Governor Inslee signed legislation this morning, Friday, Jan 19, to break the impasse that has frozen new water permits for over a year in rural Whatcom County. Here is [...]

Why all the Hyperventilating Over Granny Flats?

By David CampOn Jan 16, 2018

Under current zoning laws, Bellingham homeowners are permitted to build Attached Accessory Dwelling Units (AADU’s) in their yards. The unit must be connected with a wall and a common [...]

Dick Conoboy awarded Paul deArmond Citizen Journalism Award

By John ServaisOn Jan 10, 2018

​For over ten years now, Dick Conoboy has been researching and writing on Bellingham housing and city hall’s approach to neighborhoods, rentals, zoning, safety and planning. His efforts to [...]

Whatcom Water Resources: A Major Problem and a Reasonable Solution

By Eric HirstOn Dec 18, 2017

Streamflows in the Nooksack River and its tributaries are very low almost every summer. These low flows hurt salmon, trout, and other fish because they contribute to high water temperatures, [...]

City’s First Step to Rezone/Upzone Single Family Neighborhoods

By Dick ConoboyOn Dec 07, 2017

The public process for amending the accessory dwelling unit (ADU) ordinance has been compromised by poor planning and lack of transparency in notifying the public. The city canceled a public [...]

Self-Determination or Self-Defeat?

By Larry HorowitzOn Nov 17, 2017

“Is it ignorance or apathy? Hey, I don’t know and I don’t care.” - Jimmy Buffett, in a moment of joyful clarity after a few margaritas. [IMPORTANT UPDATE: [...]

Don’t Ballardize Bellingham

By Anne MackieOn Nov 13, 2017

The Bellingham Neighborhood Coalition (BNC), an alliance of neighborhood advocates, will host a documentary video, “Don’t Ballardize Bellingham,” which chronicles the developer-driven demolition of homes in Seattle’s Ballard [...]

Most Cost-Effective Way to Save Water for Homes

By Eric HirstOn Jul 31, 2017

When asked why he robbed banks, Willie Sutton supposedly said “because that’s where the money is.” In the same vein, programs intended to save water should focus on those [...]

Water for Whatcom Irrigation

By Eric HirstOn May 02, 2017

Whatcom County farmers use a lot of water every summer to irrigate their pastures and berry fields. But the public never knows just how much water irrigation uses. This means [...]

Character - The Content of Bellingham’s Neighborhoods Part II

By Dick ConoboyOn Apr 11, 2017

For the February issue of Whatcom Watch I wrote an article entitled, Character - The Content of Bellingham’s Neighborhoods. In the April issue of the same newspaper, Shannon Maris, [...]

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