As a member of the recently unemployed, I decided to check out our local WorkSource center, where I interview Gary Smith, regional director. Check it out:
A Worm's Eye View
As a member of the recently unemployed, I decided to check out our local WorkSource center, where I interview Gary Smith, regional director. Check it out:
A Worm's Eye View
Citizen Journalist • Member since Aug 10, 2009
Riley Sweeney, raised in the Pacific Northwest, moved to Bellingham during the Bush years, worked on a cross-section of political campaigns during the Obama years, and then fled to the [...]
A writer has a conversation with an article about police unions.5 comments, most recent 3 weeks ago
John and Janet Crews guest write how the Public Market building is in the middle of small downtown businesses. The mayor, after a secret process, now rushes this issue to the council on Tuesday.1 comment, most recent 1 month ago
A developer’s meeting with Samish neighbors sheds more light on the Samish View Development.7 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Opponents of this project await a public meeting before the city’s Planning Commission, possibly in June.
Our guest writer takes us through an explanation of inflation and deflation in the time of COVID-193 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Our guest writer makes a case for the minting of one or more trillion dollar coins as a funding mechanism in the time of COVID-19 and a collapsing economy.18 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Hotspots like the one in the Benton county in Washington may prove to have a higher level, chronic COVID-19 infection rate as the governor attempts to re-open the economy.
David Swanson continues to keep us informed of the progress of the COVID-19 spread in Whatcom County.4 comments, most recent 3 months ago
With his modelling skills David Swanson continues to keep us apprised of the COVID-19 spread in Whatcom County and its likely trajectory.5 comments, most recent 3 months ago
An analysis of the COVID-19 situation in Hanford County on the eastern side of the state. We are all in the same boat, the Pacific Northwest.
Various topics discussed at the neighborhood meeting but renters’ complaints dominated the agenda.4 comments, most recent 4 months ago
State Senator Hasegawa continues to push for legislation creating a public bank in Washington.7 comments, most recent 4 months ago
Installing that RING video doorbell may have a cost…your privacy.3 comments, most recent 5 months ago
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 8 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 9 months ago
California becomes the second state to enact public banking legislation. And the Evergreen State? Quo vadis?
Sen Hasegawa returns to Bellingham to address the topic of public banking before the Whatcom County Council on Tuesday, 24 September
The ban against the sale and possession of consumer fireworks in Bellingham is more than is apparent.
Iris Maute-Gibson submitted her letter of resignation to the mayor on June 1st.
Senator Bob Hasegawa brought information to the citizens of Whatcom County about the benefits of public banks and his bill to establish one in Olympia.8 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Messaging by anecdotes, not facts, is becoming the watchword of creating ordinances in Bellingham8 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Myopic leadership in the NFL is the problem.
After 20 some years of owning and managing Northwest Citizen, I am retiring - and hopeful that some person or group will take ownership and go forward.7 comments, most recent 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago
Peter Gigante of Fairhaven says Donald Trump will take action on the USA’s trade imbalance with China. This action should come soon.2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Outlining our Bellingham need for a complete broadband Internet solution based on a public owned fiber-optic cabling system.4 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Rental inspections in Bellingham performed by private inspection services should be audited immediately.4 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Trump has been criticized for softening his stance on China. But Peter Gigante, who became Washington’s largest Trump donor largely because he supported the candidate’s trade policies, says “wait and see.”11 comments, most recent 2 years ago
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 3 years ago
Right now - this week - a freight train is on its way from London to China - reopening the ancient land trade trail between China and Europe.2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
We need to pay more attention to the wage side of housing affordability.1 comment, most recent 3 years ago
A continuation of the conversation about neighborhood character and infill proposals.19 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Rental inspections have been taking place in Happy Valley. Results similar to York and Sehome Neighborhoods
The newest members of the commission do not come from the development industry.5 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Public banks are the answer to low cost financing and divestment from the private banking casino.4 comments, most recent 3 years ago
The state of rental registrations and inspections after six months.
Trump supporter: America must fight back against China3 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Rental inspections are providing a window into the condition of rentals and the view is outrageous.3 comments, most recent 3 years ago
How much have we ceded our rights in the workplace? David Ellerman tells us…a lot!9 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Wherein citizens snooze, they lose1 comment, most recent 3 years ago
How a grinch - and maybe two of them - are callously causing the post office of over 100 years to close in Fairhaven, an historic community on the south edge of Bellingham.
Today the city council unanimously approved an amendment to the Planning Commission ordinance to avoid group bias by limiting (to three) appointments of those with ties to development.2 comments, most recent 3 years ago
While the push is for ever greater economic acceleration, deceleration is the counter-intuitive solution for the future.
There is renewed interest in yet another large student dormitory project in the Puget Neighborhood.
Neoliberalism: A political theory of the late 1900s holding that personal liberty is maximized by limiting government interference in the operation of free markets.5 comments, most recent 3 years ago
The Bellingham Planning Commission lacks broad representation from the community. A simple fix is to limit the number of members involved with the building and development industries.4 comments, most recent 3 years ago
In case you are looking for some good news in the face of the appalling spectacle of The Clinton V. Trump Reality TeeVee Show, here's some good news from [...]
Also to all U.S. Representative candidates in the 1st and 2nd U.S. Congressional districts for the election in 20161 comment, most recent 4 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 4 years ago
Accelerating efforts across the U.S. to install a $15 minimum wage are playing into the hands of big business and codifying enormously insufficient wages for years to come.2 comments, most recent 4 years ago
To borrow phraseology from candidate Bill Clinton and at the risk of again being characterized as Chicken Little, here is some information that may make your teeth itch and your [...]
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
After 126 years in business, Fairhaven Pharmacy closes for the last time at 6 p.m. today. Historic Fairhaven Association to do Halloween photos.1 comment, most recent 4 years ago
Wendy DeFreest, of Avenue Bread, will open a new “burger joint” called The Filling Station by late October in Fairhaven. It will not be a sandwich cafe.
Moves to set the minimum wage to $15, even if successful, are woefully insufficient. And why aren’t people speaking out about abusive work scheduling?2 comments, most recent 4 years ago
The fight to keep Point Roberts from becoming a Radio Tower Farm is not over.3 comments, most recent 5 years ago
Tani Sutley writes a second article on the increasing number of vacation rentals - and the County Council bill to let them expand dramatically.4 comments, most recent 5 years ago
One part of the environmental study for the proposed Cherry Point mega coal terminal has been completed and released. It deals with ship collisions - they call it “vessel traffic.”2 comments, most recent 5 years ago
Bellingham Public Works shows how tone deaf they can be to business concerns. They insisted on street work that takes away up to 80 parking spaces in Fairhaven during the biggest shopping week of the year.
Sandy Robson guest writes of the need for real prosperity at Cherry Point, not a destructive short term coal port that destroys the fishing grounds.5 comments, most recent 5 years ago
Landlords are so caught up opposing a licensing and inspection ordinance, they cannot see the upside for them in ridding the city of bad rentals.19 comments, most recent 6 years ago
The old empty Reid Boiler Works industrial building in Fairhaven burned to the ground Saturday night.
New York Times columnist, Paul Krugman, has a masterful short article that explains why austerity is not working.3 comments, most recent 7 years ago
Riley details upcoming merger between PeaceHealth and a much more conservative entity1 comment, most recent 7 years ago
Wherein artists have to eat, too!
Riley looks into Ericksen’s legislative efforts this session1 comment, most recent 7 years ago
Wherein citizens must hold their representatives’ feet to the fire6 comments, most recent 7 years ago
Hoss Unplugged, November 30 will Honk the York Neighborhood’s Tonk
Bellingham Business Journal breaking story - Lummi’s to hold meeting today at noon to speak against the Cherry Point project.7 comments, most recent 7 years ago
Riley sits down with Matt Petryni with Power Past Coal to get the latest scoop
The Mayor’s Negotiations With Costco Undercuts City Permit Procedures And Public Process4 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 8 years ago
Riley visits the local WorkSource center and interviews the regional director
Riley questions Pike’s timing, and Occupy’s choice of tactics2 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Local blogger Shane Roth files ethical complaint over Crawford’s sweetheart deals3 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Wherein the sooty prospect of economic necessity rears its ugly head2 comments, most recent 8 years ago
More on the city employee moonlighting issue
The Political Junkie breaks a story of employee moonlighting within city of Bellingham7 comments, most recent 8 years ago
The Padden Trails rezone effort is a misuse of the Infill Tool Kit on the outskirts of Bellingham.8 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Occupy Bellingham is already creating jobs for the 99% - but this raises some interesting questions.8 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Bob Ferris of Re-Sources takes a values based perspective on our community and a possible coal port.9 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Riley continues his examination of Ericksen’s anti-working people values1 comment, most recent 8 years ago
Riley reports on the Occupy Bellingham Rally11 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Look at the title, it spells it out.6 comments, most recent 8 years ago
The Gateway Pacific coal port appears to be under construction now - secretly and w/o permits.36 comments, most recent 9 years ago
The Political Junkie interviews Christina Maginnis4 comments, most recent 9 years ago
Riley rants about the economy, and the solutions to our ills6 comments, most recent 9 years ago
Proposed landlord licensing for Bellingham is on today’s city council agenda.10 comments, most recent 9 years ago
A running update of links and info on the Coal Port and Trains of proposed Gateway Pacific at Cherry Point.15 comments, most recent 9 years ago
Guest writer Mark Flanders’ call to action for June 1 flash mob at coal port meeting7 comments, most recent 9 years ago
Patti Brooks’ war on gophers shows how she is a socialist3 comments, most recent 9 years ago
Elisabeth Marshall explains that Washington is one of several states looking at the advantages of a state-owned Public Bank1 comment, most recent 9 years ago
Coal trains will probably pass Lynden on their way from Sumas to Cherry Point, after coming across on the Canadian rail roads.16 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 9 years ago
Some questions on health care reform to our Congressional delegation.
Supporting the proposed sales tax increase for the WTA - by new writer Riley Sweeney.3 comments, most recent 10 years ago
A novel approach to government monoplies
People and businesses have had to make changes in what they do, when will government do the same?1 comment, most recent 10 years ago
Contrasts business ethics and political ethics4 comments, most recent 10 years ago
It is always fascinating to watch the government budgeting process. With the recent reduction in revenue forecast, the Governor and other state politicians announced a severe cut in funding to
If you are interested in saving Chuckanut Ridge, there is some glimmer of hope for preserving this ecologically-rich and environmentally-sensitive property. If you are willing to make a single phone3 comments, most recent 10 years ago
The Associated Press (AP) has created an interesting interactive chart measuring the economic stress by County.
According to the AP, Whatcom County has a Stress Index of 9.86 for March 2009, wi
“At present, we are stealing the future, selling it in the present, and calling it gross domestic product.” So says renowned entrepreneur and visionary Paul Hawken at his May 3rd commenc1 comment, most recent 11 years ago
Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, asks, “What do you suppose it is like to be elected president of the United States only to find that your power is restricted to t4 comments, most recent 11 years ago
This week a study suggested that one of the most important issues in Whatcom County is the preservation of farmland. The Whatcom County Council has talked for years about the importance of agricultur1 comment, most recent 11 years ago
“I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.”
Have you ever wondered how truly livable cities become undesirable hell holes? Do the people who run these highly attractive areas into the ground merely fail to comprehend the distinction between <b2 comments, most recent 11 years ago
If you happen to find yourself in the market for an 82-acre hilly swamp wholly encumbered by critical areas like steep slopes and mature-forested Category 1 wetlands in southwest Bellingham, here are
I really pity Horizon Bank’s CEO Rich Jacobson. His predecessor, Laury Evans, sure left him a bad hand to play. Not only is Mr. Jacobson faced with the same loan portfolio problems plaguing mo2 comments, most recent 11 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
Another day another bailout by our government. After facing fierce opposition from regular people, our federal government decided to bail out banks, now the latest effort is to save the auto industry7 comments, most recent 11 years ago
When it comes to planning for the future of our county and cities, must we be victims of the past or can we become masters of our own destiny?
Whatcom County will be adopting its population p
People everywhere like to use labels to compartmentalize things - as well as other people.25 comments, most recent 11 years ago
Over the past few years, I’ve written in other venues about profound impacts we can expect to our daily lives from fundamental changes in a rapidly evolving world. Some of the changes are subtle2 comments, most recent 12 years ago
On March 26, 2002, the US Patent Office issued Patent No. 6,362,718 B1, potentially altering the entire paradigm in our quest for the holy grail of unlimited clean energy. British journalist N11 comments, most recent 12 years ago
Ironically, on April Fools Day Congress held hearings with the oil and gas industry over profits and government subsidies. The reported bantering between politicians and oil executives missed the com8 comments, most recent 12 years ago
On this supposedly quiet Sunday afternoon in Bellingham, the world beyond us is in severe turmoil. Some of the world’s biggest bankers are in frantic meetings in New York all afternoon working with t
It looks like another legislative session and another missed opportunity to deal with transportation problems in the state, especially around Seattle. Both political parties seem to ignore some of th1 comment, most recent 12 years ago
I’m amazed at the response our Administration and Congress have taken toward news that the economy might be in trouble. Their idea is to write a bunch of checks to spur consumer spending. Tha1 comment, most recent 12 years ago
Heading into the last days of this election season, George Bush and his Neo-Con Republicans have been strumming a familiar tune to promote their candidates. Republicans, they say, will
Learn more about this issue and why it is very important to you.
Craig Newmark of Craigslist.org tells why his efficient classified pages could be hurt by the big-mega corps.
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Rick Larsen voted against a free and open Internet. Below I write he voted for it - my error. I misread what “no” meant. Our US Representative voted with the Republicans again t
to rebuild New Orleans? Bush covered his FEMA failure last September. Nothing ever came of it. He later wimped out. Today Bush reversed his whole political life’s work and spoke for some modest change
Walls. So the Republicans - or the ruling faction - wants a wall between us and Mexico. And this is supposed to solve the problem? Well, this did not work for China nor Rome. And even 20 miles in Berl
“It is now clear that a challenge on this scale requires greater federal authority and a broader role for the armed forces – the institution of our government most capable of massive logistical opera
Apparently my name is on Larsen’s black list. He has replied to some others on his vote for the bankruptcy bill - but only, as he writes, because they support him. He explains that only 25 people emai
Still no answer from Rick Larsen’s staff. No answer to direct questions has been the process for the past couple years. His office probably responds the same day to questions from lobbyists, PR firms
Rick Larsen is voting with the conservative Republicans these days. Rick was one of the key few Democrats who voted FOR the harsh new bankruptcy law - and for the elimination of all estate taxe
Shock and awe was the strategy of the Bush government. Maybe we are in shock now as our kids continue to be killed and maimed. 1,500 dead and thousands with blown off limbs. We may soon be in awe of t
Maria Cantwell has voted to restrict class-action law suits - siding with the Bush administration to remove legal rights from working people. My Democratic friends seem to be silent on her voting reco
So - will the Bush government now seek a violent way to overthrow Chavez as president of Venezuela now that he has easily survived the recall referendum? Our CIA and other secret U.S. agencies have be
and we will suffer for it. Reagan did not win the Cold War. Communism was systemically fatal - just as all the conservatives kept saying. Reagan did do the right things to end the Cold War - and he de
and has hired a private fueling firm for the airport, according to today’s Bham Herald. Remember a couple years ago, summer of 2001, the port terminated Alpha Aviation, saying the Port would run fueli
Today’s Herald devoted much of the first section of the paper to promoting the levy tax for EMS services, under the guise of reporting the issues. They printed two big graphs showing increases of resp
The two differed strongly on several issues. The differences between them are becoming more apparent and this should continue for the next two weeks.
Brett continues to develop his Lake Whatcom
Port Commissioner by Sheri Ward
So what happened to all the heat among contenders for this race? It was only a few short weeks ago… (<a href=”http://nwcitizen.us/oldsite/elections/2003/ben
We need one to follow Asmundson during the next three weeks - and to nudge the Herald to do minimal checking of facts before publishing. I’m referring to Friday’s post below, where it was noted how St
Go pick up today’s issue of the Bellingham Weekly and read the Skinny. It reports on the Bellingham Police giving jaywalking citations to downtown merchants who have dared to criticize the police. The
If you like a good read then check The Door to War and the Futurist Markets article. The author takes the concept of a Terror Futures Market and looks at how the world works.
Tuesday afternoon, the Bush administration back peddled from the Terrorist Futures Market idea under fire from Senators from both sides and ridicule from news media. You should know this plan was not
They are proposing a future’s market on terrorism, assassinations, atrocities and war. These guys figure out a way to make money on most anything. So this is their vision of the future - war for profi
The Bellingham Herald has good reporting in today’s paper on the City Council’s stumbling into a $300,000-plus gift to a local business. The business happens to be owned by one of the best friends of
Just to finish the reporting on the carpenters, the union members approved the new contract, which retains their health benefits. The basic reason they went on strike was to avoid cuts in these health
A tentative agreement was reached last evening by the carpenter’s and the contractors associations. Construction will resume on all the sites Monday morning and and the agreement will go to a vote of
The Associated General Contractors and the Carpenter’s Union will meet tomorrow morning to try and settle the health benefits dispute and end the strike, which has stopped major construction projects
The carpenters’ strike continued all day Friday - at St. Joe’s Hospital and at several other large construction sites around Bellingham. Nada in the Herald, of course. All over Western Washington, sit
The carpenters’ strike at St. Joe’s Hospital continues. They are also striking several other construction sites around Bellingham. The dispute is over the construction industry association reducing th
For the record, the Herald today reported on yesterday’s story below. Reasonably accurate, if they did leave out some important information.
The Bellingham city council passed the Public Facilities District (PFD) agreement last night. What was passed was 100% what the mayor, last September, told the PFD board to propose. They obeyed. The b
One rumor proved false. Scott Walker will not run for mayor. He had heard the rumor also.
Not rumor is the fact that Port Commissioner Ginny Benton and her husband declared bankruptcy in Novemb
Waterfront Futures for Bellingham - nothing here. This is one of those processes t
The Bellingham City Council will finally hold its very first public hearing of the Public Facilities District (PFD) proposals next Monday, May 19, 7 pm at city hall. Really - the
The Bham Herald admits sitting on - covering up - for months the headline story today about developer Rick Westerop being a Canadian felon and being barred from entry into the US. This was one of the