The Importance of Our Public Fiber Optic Infrastructure
A resume of the internet infrastructure issues now being discussed in Bellingham
Here are links to the articles about the threatened development in the buffer trees by the Great Blue Heron colony on the south side of Bellingham. This is the only colony in Bellingham and the herons grace our shorelines, trails, streams and wetlands for us all over our city. This is a reference or index page for these articles by Jamie K Donaldson on NW Citizen - and perhaps by others elsewhere.
The herons need a good lawyer. To contribute to the legal effort to protect them, click here:
July 27, 2019. We have temporarily disabled donations to the GoFundMe campaign because there are funds available to pay final invoices to the herons’ lawyer, and to challenge any further building applications on Shorewood Drive. Please stay turned for further developments regarding the campaign. And thanks so much for your financial and other support. Jamie K.
Links to Jamie K’s articles:
Saturday, July 27 - Huge Victory toward Creation of the Post Point Great Blue Heron Reserve
Tuesday, July 16 - Good News for the Post Point Herons… For Now
Tuesday, May 21 - All Hands on Deck to Help Protect the Great Blue Herons
Saturday, May 18 - Herons Continued: A Response to a Reader’s Comments
Thursday, April 4 - Bellingham Heron Colony Threatened by Development - Again
Wednesday, July 24 - Cascade Weekly - Op-Ed View on page 6 - A Win for the Birds
Wednesday, May 29 - Letters to the Editor in Cascadia Weekly - 3rd letter down the page. The Plight of the Heron, by Michael Botwin
Monday, May 13 - Bellingham Herald - Drone users asked to give these birds space
A resume of the internet infrastructure issues now being discussed in Bellingham
Part of a series of articles on the progress of a public banking cooperative in Washington.1 comment, most recent 13 hours ago
With a recent dispute between the newspaper’s reporters and management over, the real work can begin.1 comment, most recent 1 day ago
Bellingham can learn from successful programs for the homeless elsewhere and would do well to abandon ineffectual approaches.3 comments, most recent 1 day ago
City council and planning commission meetings were poor arrangements to begin with, and with Zoom it is very much worse.2 comments, most recent 1 week ago
Irene Morgan writes a public letter to Governor Inslee about a new director of prisons
A substitute bill for the original SB 5188 was accepted and moved to the Ways and Means Committee for further consideration.2 comments, most recent 2 weeks ago
Current legislation, moving forward in Olympia, would permit localities to adopt ranked-choice voting as an upgrade to their currently mandated top-two system.1 comment, most recent 2 weeks ago
The monumental, pre-COVID levels of cruise ships and world tourism were not sustainable.4 comments, most recent 2 weeks ago
Ray Kamada guest writes on how to have your cake and eat it too.5 comments, most recent 1 week ago
The city has instituted unnecessary restrictions on the Broadband Advisory Group’s discussion and outside input.3 comments, most recent 3 weeks ago
Brian Martel on the issue of Internet broadband service to our homes and pending bills in Olympia.
The Whatcom Human Rights Task Force has sent an open letter to the Community regarding the sweep of Camp 210.
Marii Herlinger writes on this past Thursday’s clearing of the homeless camp by city hall.
For the first time in a decade a hearing on a public banking bill found more supporters than detractors.
Bellingham started clearing 24 hours earlier than announced days ago. Antifa has showed up in numbers to provoke. Heavy police presence2 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Regulatory standards in SB-5511 offer nothing but give the appearance of doing something.
New Roberts Bank container-ship terminal proposed by the Port of Vancouver would generate additional vessel traffic that will impact endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales.2 comments, most recent 1 week ago
Mayor Fleetwood and outgoing council members could not handle the truth at last night’s Bellingham City Council meeting. Homeless people and their advocates spoke truth to power.25 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Tip Johnson makes the case that the City’s cozy relations with developers and its neighborhoods-be-damned attitude is costing us all.3 comments, most recent 1 month ago
A public bank in Washington is sorely needed for infrastructure projects and more especially with COVID-19 and the resultant severe economic downturn.5 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Statement by County Executive Satpal Sidhu in response to attack on Capitol2 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Gene Knutson today announced he will not run for reelection this year and is retiring from the Bellingham City Council.5 comments, most recent 1 week ago
While McClatchy appears ready to accept unionization among the Herald’s content creators, it would be on their terms.5 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Mark Ashworth writes about Trump and our current national situation.
There are no excuses remaining.13 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Two photos of the same door, one taken about 2 p.m., the other six hours later at about 8 p.m., on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.10 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Public Works Director, Eric Johnston and Council Member Michael Lilliquist hand-picked their “perfect members” to determine our internet future.14 comments, most recent 1 month ago
A shift in housing policies is needed to avoid an escalation of our housing crisis.4 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Frozen resistance in some quarters against public banking may find a thaw in 2021.3 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Something is amiss regarding the BNSF oil-train wreck in Custer on Dec 22, 2020. Why, after a week, are there no answers and a cause?11 comments, most recent 1 month ago
WWU, Western Washington University has a “Culture of Fear”. No, NW Citizen is not saying that - the Seattle Times is.
Even as our military veterans are dying at twice the rate of the general population, plans are being made to provide vaccinations through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
After a takeover by a hedge fund with a history of decimating newspapers, The Bellingham Herald’s news staff is taking a stand.2 comments, most recent 1 month ago
COVID changed everything; let’s make policing better for everyone.1 comment, most recent 15 hours ago
Councilman Lilliquist tries to rewrite history in Bellingham’s war over internet fiber.
A conjunction occurs when two astronomical objects appear to line up. A great conjunction is when that happens with Jupiter and Saturn.
Olivia Hobson gives us a reprise of the last year under COVID-19 from the point of view of a WWU student.1 comment, most recent 2 months ago
Whatcom county - and Benton County - did better than expected in terms of the Covid-19 Post Thanksgiving surge5 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Comcast inflicts $3/mo rate hike, data caps, and overage fees4 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Current flux in the composition of the Planning Commission means the group is overloaded with development-oriented members.4 comments, most recent 2 months ago
With encouragement from the city of Bellingham, in 1994 Daniel Kirkpatrick organized dozens of Happy Valley neighborhood residents to build a trail on a city right of way.3 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Proposed Elimination of the Douglas Avenue Trail10 comments, most recent 2 months ago
A “clinical trials geek” speaks up4 comments, most recent 2 months ago
How Bellingham Schools fail the poor.
Bellingham’s homeless have no place to go. They need shelter now.4 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Republicans who are silent during this disaster of a transition should be held to account in the next elections: county, state, and national. Here’s one example of their hypocrisy.2 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Stay home for the holidays in 2020 so that you and yours will be around for the holidays in 2021
Chuck Robinson provides his knowledgeable perspective on Christmas and Holiday shopping. We asked Chuck, who is now retired, to write this for all of us.
In the three Whatcom County school districts carried by Trump-Pence the covid-19 infection rate is 1.4 times higher than found in the 4 districts carried by Biden-Harris.3 comments, most recent 3 months ago