A 12-minute video actually worth watching. Interesting and informative.
A 12-minute video actually worth watching. Interesting and informative.
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An opinionated review of how the novel coronavirus struck Skagit, San Juan and Whatcom Counties, with a focus on the lessons learned.
Our guest writer takes us through an explanation of inflation and deflation in the time of COVID-192 comments, most recent 1 week 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.
To remember the victims of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Dr. Swanson leads us through some of the issues involved in pandemic modeling, especially with insufficient data.5 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Data reporting on COVID-19 from Benton County is a mess, making a forecast impossible at the moment.2 comments, most recent 1 month 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 1 month 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.
What to expect with COVID hospitalizations in Whatcom County and a preview of the hospitalization situation in other counties in Washington.13 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Van Werven, Ericksen play electoral politics with children’s health. Republican state representatives and senators pretend outrage as Governor Inslee prepares to sign sex education bill.5 comments, most recent 2 months ago
State Senator Hasegawa continues to push for legislation creating a public bank in Washington.7 comments, most recent 1 month ago
MADA (Make America Dinner Again) Invites You to Dinner… Across the Aisle
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
Fragrances cover up odors that should be eliminated by cleaning, not chemicals.
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 10 months ago
Unprincipled Whatcom County State Senator Doug Ericksen is urged to resign. Britt and Riordan first broke the news of his Cambodia hijinks on NW Citizen.8 comments, most recent 1 year ago
An interesting city- and state-oriented strategy to solve the national corruption crisis.
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 1 year ago
We need immediate action to save the canaries in our coal mine, the Southern Resident Orca and Salmon. Take down obsolete salmon-blocking dams before it’s too late.7 comments, most recent 1 year 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 1 year ago
Officials from Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties met Tuesday in Mount Vernon to appoint Liz Lovelett as state senator.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Alex Ramel sent an email to his political acquaintances on the racism in Michael Petrish’s campaign in the 40th district. We reprint it with his permission.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Updated Oct 23… Initiative 1631 creates a carbon tax, which is good, but gives the money to private political organizations and even exempts the biggest polluters from the tax.18 comments, most recent 1 year ago
A brief essay on the dangerous lie at the heart of I-1639, which purports to regulate “assault” weapons.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Four excellent Democratic Party candidates are in the primary election for the 40th District House seat vacated by Kris Lytton. Browne goes negative at the last minute.2 comments, most recent 1 year 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 1 year ago
Factors to consider in incorporating an organization where the primary purpose is civic and profit is a secondary factor.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Myopic leadership in the NFL is the problem.
Since 1917, Washington’s water laws have become increasingly complicated and counterproductive. Eric explains the major problems and suggests an alternative for a sustainable future.5 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 2 years ago
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 2 years 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 2 years ago
Where did Doug Ericksen spend thousands of dollars in surplus campaign funds in Washington, DC, and what did he spend them for?
40th state legislative representative, Kristine Lytton, not seeking reelection. South half of Bellingham is in 40th.4 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Highlights the pros and cons of the recently passed telecom bills allowing our ports to more easily serve rural areas and protect net-neutrality: HB-2664, SHB-2664-S and SHB-22824 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Late Thursday evening, Gov Inslee vetoed the bill - but he he has been busy this week putting together a compromise between the legislature and the news media - in secret.4 comments, most recent 2 years ago
We ask governor Inslee to veto ESB 6617 and let the legislators reconsider their panic driven secrecy bill.1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
Why did state legislators pass a measure, Senate Bill 6617, at breathtaking speed late last week denying public access to all previous records of their activities?6 comments, most recent 2 years 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 2 years 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.
A critical look at the state legislature’s lame and deceptive effort to halt sexual harrassment and assault in - in the state legislature.2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Truckers are protesting in three states - and the news media is pretending it is not happening.
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
IN praise of the sheer propagatory genius of the Himalayan blackberry.
Doug Ericksen and Anthony Scaramucci were ill cast in the role of communications directors.
The author of “The Mushroom Hunters” takes on the Pacific Northwest’s signature environmental issue.1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
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
Rental inspections in Bellingham performed by private inspection services should be audited immediately.4 comments, most recent 2 years ago
The Bellingham Bells should honor the fireworks ban in Bellingham.3 comments, most recent 2 years ago
The President’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement flies directly in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence for human-caused climate change. It calls into question his ability to lead this great nation.2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
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 3 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 3 years ago
We need to pay more attention to the wage side of housing affordability.1 comment, most recent 3 years ago
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 3 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 3 years ago
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 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
Over at the Latte Republic, Elisabeth Britt examines State Senator Doug Ericksen’s attendance in Olympia and compares that to state laws.
First they came for the Muslims and I did not speak out…1 comment, most recent 3 years ago
Unintended consequences of corporate control of the food chain. And government.3 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Michael Riordan guest writes about state senators Doug Ericksen and Don Benton being appointed by President Trump to bring his changes to the Federal Environmental Protection Agency.5 comments, most recent 3 years ago
There is no Gort to save us.2 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Trump supporter: America must fight back against China3 comments, most recent 3 years ago
A brief expose of who our Senators actually work for.2 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
Eric Hirst writes an overview of seasonal water use in Whatcom County - and supports his views with a well researched report that he also wrote.7 comments, most recent 3 years ago
This blather about Trump is not getting done what needs to be done to take the country back from the oligarchs.2 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Both lanes of I-5 northbound are fully open this morning past the rock slide area. It does not look like they will close again. See article for more info.1 comment, most recent 3 years ago
Banks are loosening their lending standards again. Just the ticket for a collapse.1 comment, most recent 3 years ago
A counter to Hirst’s position. An insightful overview of the current situation with Whatcom County’s exempt water wells and the unfair building moratorium the council has put on rural property owners.3 comments, most recent 3 years ago
A rainy autumn is worsening the Swift Creek landslide, and a long-term fix seems nowhere in sight.
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.
In the 1944 play “Huis Clos” (No Exit) by Jean-Paul Sartre, two women and a man find themselves in hell, a room with no exit. One of the women is attracted [...]
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
President Obama’s signature accomplishment, the corporatist version of universal healthcare, is going to be “repealed and replaced” under the Trump administration. Obamacare, aka Romneycare, is already a Neocon plan- [...]
Initiative 732 may be the most important issue on our ballot. The pro and anti campaigns were instructive - until the last minute anti ad blitz. Time to call out the anti folks.
An update on the legal marijuana business in Washington State including financial data and commentary.
Here is a brief list of recommendations from John Servais, the publisher. These represent the values and perspective of an independent progressive, as I perceive myself.1 comment, most recent 3 years ago
Living in a left-leaning state with a top-two primary, liberal voters in Washington sometimes must look for finer shades of distinction between the candidates who make it to the general [...]
The Lummi Island ferry is a very old and decrepit vessel. The state ferry system wants to give us a newer one in great condition. Whatcom County says no. Tip tells the tale.6 comments, most recent 3 years ago
The March Point protestors this weekend will hopefully show serious concern and not disturb the heron colony near the refineries.2 comments, most recent 4 years ago
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
As a veteran, I am a more than a bit sensitive about those who would profit over the condition of veterans in the US especially since those who send those [...]
Whatcom group plans meeting workshop to submit comments to Washington Dept of Ecology against Skagit/Bakken oil trains.6 comments, most recent 4 years ago
Christopher Brown guest writes how traditional communal warrior reintegration practices could help our returning combat veterans.
Bruce Radtke, a retired Bellingham librarian, reported to be assaulted by police for handing out leaflets5 comments, most recent 4 years ago
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 5 years ago
While smearing Seth Fleetwood over a common tax arrangement, we discover Doug Ericksen also has a benign tax lien - one he denied.6 comments, most recent 5 years ago
Part 1: Introduction to the Bellingham Basin’s Potential for Fracking, Earthquakes, and Earthquakes Due to Fracking3 comments, most recent 6 years ago
Why Washington must step in and assume lead agency status in Skagit County for the Shell crude by rail proposal.6 comments, most recent 5 years ago
Riley posted this morning that Seth Fleetwood has decided to challenge Doug Ericksen for state senate in the 42nd District.1 comment, most recent 6 years ago
Ferndale Mayor Gary Jensen has decided not to file for the 42nd state Senate seat currently held by Doug Ericksen.5 comments, most recent 6 years ago
Riley Sweeney examines Sen. Ericksen’s legislative methods
Marian Beddill provides a general guide for the public, with a look at the history of water rights in Washington state.4 comments, most recent 7 years ago
Help fund a scientific study looking for links between diesel locomotives, coal trains and unhealthy air.
Riley details upcoming merger between PeaceHealth and a much more conservative entity1 comment, most recent 7 years ago
Riley Sweeney has posted a great video clip of Sen. Doug Ericksen flouting rules and legal procedures at a Senate hearing in Olympia.
Riley looks into Ericksen’s legislative efforts this session1 comment, most recent 7 years ago
A comparison of U.S. and Canadian attitudes and policies for taxes and fiscal integrity. By a Canadian citizen.7 comments, most recent 7 years ago
The Tunnel Creek avalanche and three skiers’ deaths last February was a confusing tragedy. Experts killed. How did it happen?
Here’s your shot at fame and glory as a political pundit4 comments, most recent 7 years ago
Washington voters have wisely turned down three attempts to create charter schools in this state. They should replicate these defeats in 2012.1 comment, most recent 7 years ago
Riley talks about the Seattle Times, Newsweek and the future of Print Media
Riley pores through Rep. Jason Overstreet’s legislative record7 comments, most recent 7 years ago
Riley examines Rep. Vincent Buys’ legislative record1 comment, most recent 7 years ago
Riley patiently explains to the Whatcom Excavator what a flowchart should look like
Riley sits down with Matt Petryni with Power Past Coal to get the latest scoop
Riley attended the Whatcom GOP Convention and reports back1 comment, most recent 8 years ago
An illegal serial Port Commission meeting should be investigated by the State Auditor, and two commissioners should be made accountable for their actions.5 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Riley at The Political Junkie attends a forum of Congressional Candidates, and a town hall meeting in Lynden
Latest from the Political Junkie on a variety of subjects7 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Riley attends a public meeting on equality
Riley provides an update on the redistricting process
Riley finds an oddity in Republican plan3 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Riley examines the legislative and congressional redistricting.1 comment, most recent 8 years ago
Riley writes for the local Dems about Labor Day3 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Patti Brooks’ war on gophers shows how she is a socialist3 comments, most recent 9 years ago
Riley Sweeney endorses I-11491 comment, most recent 9 years ago
Citizens are denied access to the budget debate and evicted from the capitol while the media is blocked from the building
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
Riley Sweeney talks about why it is time for legalization of hemp1 comment, most recent 9 years ago
Riley Sweeney talks about his 2011 Legislative Wish List10 comments, most recent 9 years ago
David Camp writes on Prohibition and the American Way3 comments, most recent 10 years ago
It is time to restore integrity to the political process and it must begin with the process of running for office.2 comments, most recent 10 years ago
In case you missed it, Rob McKenna, our Republican attorney general, joined several other Republican attorneys general1 comment, most recent 10 years ago
By guest writer Marilyn Olsen. A Bill seeks to impose fees on those requesting access to public documents.2 comments, most recent 10 years ago
At the Bellingham City Club on Wednesday, Norman Rice, the former mayor of Seattle, spoke about public process. It was an enlightening conversation for all that were in the room, as a politici2 comments, most recent 10 years ago
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
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
The discussion on this issue has been insightful and I believe exactly what John Servais was looking for when he revamped the NWcitizen blog. The issue of transportation is a particularly thorny issu13 comments, most recent 12 years ago
Hue Beattie has announced he is going to run for the 40th District State Senate seat being vacated by Harriet Spanel. Hue is known to most, if not all, political junkies in Whatcom County. He has be2 comments, most recent 12 years ago
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
Something about Bellingham’s poverty brings out the worst, even in the best of us.
The Kulshan Land Trust ushered it’s presence into Happy Valley with the development
At the Ellen Murphy hearing yesterday virtually nothing happened and it lasted about a minute. Ellen’s attorney, Joe Pemberton, told judge Lev that in light of the changes in the charges by the city t
Rick Larsen’s attitude towards those citizens who are against the war in Iraq is exposed. In the case against Ellen Murphy by US Rep. Rick Larsen and the city of Bellingham, here is a statement from t
Congressman Rick Larsen has (so far) successfully avoided the process server who is waiting to hand him a subpoena to appear in the trial of war protester Ellen Murphy of Bellingham.
Ellen Murphy is now allowed to enter the Federal Building in Bellingham. With the court dismissal of the Oct. 20 trespass charge, the lifetime ban on entering the building was also dropped. (This took
City of Bellingham prosecutor was forced to dismiss the October 20, 2006 trespassing charge against Ellen Murphy in Municipal Court today. Ellen will still stand trial on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 9 am bef
Ellen Murphy has the courage to practice classic civil protest - to publicly bring her questions about the Iraq war to Rick Larsen, our US Congress Representative. And for daring to do that, it appear
… welcome to the correct side of the Iraq war issue. Rick spoke yesterday at Bellingham city hall and, according to the Bellingham Herald, he switched his stand and now favors a partial pullout of
In his speech tonight, Bush gave no specific time lines for expected results. The first words from news commentators referred to six months for results. But Bush can avoid any accountability in six mo
Zetta Bracher, President of the local Democratic Women’s Club, has an idea for getting consensus on our “new direction” in Iraq.
When it became apparent that there were no weapons of mass destr
Mail your ballot before Tuesday, Sept 19 (or by 5 pm that day if you want to take a chance).
Mary Kay Becker - re-elect her as a judge to the Appeals Court. Her opponent, Teichert, is ba
from the polls this November. And let the Democrats take over Congress. My wishful thinking? Not at all. Rather the wish and hope of Richard Viguerie, one of the most prominent and influential conserv
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
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
I don’t kid myself that these have much affect, as most who check this blog have their own strong opinions. But, for the record, and for those who ask me each election, here are some issues and candid
Robin Bailey is running to replace Doug Ericksen as state representative. Check her website and her positions. Whatcom County would benefit greatly if she wins. Ericksen has not represented even his c
Note. Tue, Oct 5 - I have tweaked this post to correct a confusing statement.
Rarely are we allowed a vote for real choice. And for real improvement in our government. If you value our environm
Larry is running for Congress. He wants to replace Rick Larsen as the 2nd District’s Representative. He is a Republican but prefers to call himself a ‘New Republican’ because he has a broader view of
I’ll be voting for Paul EveryHope over Dave Quall for State Representative in the 40th District. Quall willingly participated with the secret deal of giving us this horrible Primary Election process.
The Mercury Study by the U.S. Geological Survey has been released. It is available as a PDF file.
Today the Washington Department of Ecology released a report that says, basically, that mercury in the lake is less now than in the past. “Decreasing” is the operative word.
The following is from an email I received from Takhoman, the Internet news in Tacoma who first broke the story of their police chief Brame when the regular media would not touch it. Takhoman is reliab
Initiative 872 will allow us citizens to vote to have a ‘Top 2’ primary election process. The ‘Peoples Choice’ initiative is now launched by the Washington State Grange. You can order petitions at the
As scripted, a partial veto. Gov. Locke vetoed the ‘Top 2’ section of the primary election bill, SB6453. This gets the Republican and Democrat party bosses off the hook - a huge favor to t
Gov. Locke is not scheduled to act on the primary election bill today. This the 20th day since the legislature adjourned and supposedly the last day he can act on a bill. SB6453 is missing from his fu
For your morning entertainment. And for those who are in awe of the ‘experts’ in Olympia. Gov Locke vetoes three sections of a bill meant to streamline our bankruptcy laws. To wit:
Today’s Bham Herald editorial is well meaning but hopelessly ignorant of the process in Olympia. Naive may be a better word to describe their editorial board. Gee, goes the editorial - the legislature
The ‘Top 2’ primary election bill has a poison pill in it. Our legislators tonight have changed just three words that will allow the Republican and Democratic party bosses to successfully challenge th
We have Kelli Linville and Doug Ericksen voting against democracy and for the iron grip of the two political parties on our election process. Shame on them.
Quall and Morris voted for the ‘Top
SB6453 passed the House late this evening by a vote of 51 to 46. Now - if Gov. Locke will just sign it. More when we have more facts. The morning papers should cover it decently.
On Friday morning at 8 am, the WA House committee on government will hold a hearing on the “Top 2” primary election bill - Senate Bill 6453. This is the hot bill this legislative session. The House wi
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
Empty and rigged voting system or citizens choosing their representatives? Which will our state legislators choose? The US Supreme Court on Monday made final the requirement that our state legislature
Let’s hope the Democrats select Howard Dean at their caucuses tomorrow in Washington State. Let’s select the guy with the best potential to beat Bush. And let’s hope we get a Cajun primary from our St
Know how to stop Western Washington University from repeatedly trying to destroy the neighborhoods around it? By limiting its potential size and by starting a new university in Everett or Port Angeles
Am adding a link to the Evergreen Freedom Foundation down in the Reference section. They post fiscal information on government agencies, state and local. They are the folks who uncovered the hundreds
of some local developers is plain to see in this photo essay at the Lake Whatcom website. The WA Dept of Ecology has enforcement folks tooling around in their spiffy pickups, but no enforcement for th
St. Joe’s Hospital will probably be facing fines for venting toxic gas into the construction area of their new addition. Our Bellingham Herald has not reported a bit of this. Rumor has it that one or