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Once Again, Short-Term Interests Beat Long-Term Solutions

By Eric HirstOn Jan 22, 2018

It’s okay to make a mess now because we’ll plan to clean it up later. That, in essence, is what the Washington State Legislature passed and Governor Inslee [...]

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 [...]

Operation Black and Blue Truckers Protest

By John ServaisOn Oct 07, 2017

Why is the news media ignoring this huge three state truckers protest? Well, it may be some back room bargains over advertising or corporate togetherness. I have only some scattered [...]

CNN: Salmon Emergency, Tacoma Detention Center and the Arch of Healing

By Cascade NewsOn Sep 07, 2017

Cascadia News Now is a weekly, hour-long civics program hosted by local journalists Stephanie Kountorous, Dave Willingham and Tim Johnson of the Cascadia Weekly, airing Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Sundays [...]

Blackberry: Half Plant, Half Critter, Half Devil

By David CampOn Aug 15, 2017

​This is a battle report. A battle against an enemy which is certainly unbeatable except within a localized zone of control. According to WIkipedia, the Himalayan blackberry, rubus armenaicus, is [...]

Two Communications Directors?

By Michael RiordanOn Aug 01, 2017

When State Senator Doug Ericksen of Ferndale didn’t last four weeks as communications director for the Environmental Protection Agency, I thought it would long endure as the record for [...]

‘Upstream’ book review: any hope for salmon?

By Ralph SchwartzOn Jul 20, 2017

​If you’re reading this article, chances are “Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table” by Langdon Cook (Ballantine, $27) won’t teach you too much you don’t [...]

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 [...]

Time to Audit Private Rental Inspections

By Dick ConoboyOn Jun 22, 2017

With the passing of the Bellingham rental registration and inspection ordinance, thousands of rental units have been inspected during the first year the law has been in effect. We saw [...]

Bellingham Bells - Stop The Fireworks

By Dick ConoboyOn Jun 16, 2017

Several years ago the Bellingham City Council banned the possession or use of consumer fireworks within the city limits (BMC 10.24.130). The ban was the result of a citizen push led [...]

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