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Whatcom County

Both Councils Ignore Jail Studies

By Juliette DanielsOn Jul 15, 2017

On Monday, July 10, The Vera Institute presented its preliminary data findings on the Whatcom County justice system at a special meeting of the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force (IPRTF). [...]

Clayton Beach Vandalism - Again

By John ServaisOn Jul 13, 2017

Yes, the park ranger at Larrabee State Park has been notified and sent some of these photos. Tim Paxton, a contributor to this site, enjoys strolls on the beach and [...]

Whatcom 3: Evidence? What Evidence?

By Tim PaxtonOn Jul 12, 2017

Editor note: A 3rd pretrial hearing will be held tomorrow, Thursday, July 13, 1:30 pm in the courthouse. We hope to post a report on it before the scheduled beginning of the [...]

Repair the Jail!

By Juliette DanielsOn Jul 08, 2017

The Fiscally-Responsible Alternative: Renovate the Existing County Jail A scant majority of County and City Council members currently support compelling voters to a second vote (in as many years) on [...]

Doug Ericksen’s Use of Surplus Campaign Funds

By Michael RiordanOn Jul 05, 2017

State Senator Doug Ericksen recently came under fire in the Seattle Times for his possible abuse of surplus campaign funds to pay for expenses unrelated to official Washington state business [...]

Hit the Jail Reset - Again

By Juliette DanielsOn Jun 22, 2017

Walla Walla County Assumed Management of its County Jail in 2015 and became A Leader in Criminal Justice Reform On June 1, 2015, Walla Walla County Commissioners voted unanimously to create a new [...]

Hit the Reset Button on the Jail

By Juliette DanielsOn Jun 17, 2017

The Chelan County Jail was built in 1982, when state grants were available to assist cities and counties with construction of jail facilities. It had an original bed count of 200. The [...]

Demonizing Satpal Sidhu

By Elisabeth BrittOn Jun 16, 2017

In the blood sport we have come to recognize as partisan politics, public exchanges among political opponents often deteriorate into verbal abuse, character assassination, vilification and smear campaigns. Smear campaigns, [...]

Burping Tankers Spread Sulfurous Fumes

By Michael RiordanOn Jun 14, 2017

The smelly cloud of sulfurous fumes that wafted over Bellingham Saturday evening, June 3, was apparently not that unusual an occurrence. It happened due to an overpressure on the Italian oil [...]

Evidence-Based Jail Planning Processes

By Juliette DanielsOn Jun 13, 2017

There are 39 counties in the State of Washington. Many of them took advantage of State and Federal funds to build city and county jails in the 1970s and 1980s. Whatcom [...]

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