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See no evil – speak no evil – hear no evil

By Elisabeth BrittOn Jan 21, 2018

Regarding House Concurrent Resolution 4413, now in progress in our state legislature. I’ve been waiting seventeen years for the Washington state Legislature to address incidents of sexual harassment and workplace [...]

One year in, Trump’s biggest Wash. donor has no buyer’s remorse

By Ralph SchwartzOn Jan 21, 2018

I was reminded recently of Peter Gigante, the Fairhaven resident who has the distinction of being Washington state’s single largest donor to the 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign. I interviewed [...]

YIMBY Leader Scherrer Receives Realtor Award - What Significance for the City?

By Dick ConoboyOn Jan 21, 2018

Talk about irony. The Whatcom County Association of Realtors( WCAR) has awarded Wendy Scherrer its “Partner of the Year” award for all her hard work to effect a “pilot project” [...]

Pigs in a Poke for Residents on Land Issues and Zoning

By Dick ConoboyOn Jan 20, 2018

The recent Determination of Non-significance (DNS) on the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance now before the Bellingham Planning Commission raises a profound problem in the current review of land issues [...]

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 [...]

A Heartfelt Thank You to the Community

By Larry HorowitzOn Jan 17, 2018

We did it! The Bellingham Neighborhood Coalition (BNC) exceeded our goal of 300 signatures on the Community ADU Comment Letter. The letter, with 365 signatures, was submitted this afternoon to the Council, [...]

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 [...]

Racism Is Still With Us In Whatcom County

By John ServaisOn Jan 15, 2018

Timothy Ballew, II, is one of three leading applicants for the vacant Whatcom County Council seat, along with Natalie McClendon and Seth Fleetwood. He is a leader of the Lummi [...]

N’Oprah

By Dick ConoboyOn Jan 11, 2018

N’Oprah…that is… NO to Oprah. The January 11th Guardian announced boldly that none other than Steven Spielberg has come out for Oprah for president, a sure sign that [...]

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 [...]

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