WWU Campus is Closed And Should Stay That Way
Bringing thousands of students back to campus in the fall is a recipe for a disastrous spread of COVID-19. Restart in the fall of 2021.
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Bringing thousands of students back to campus in the fall is a recipe for a disastrous spread of COVID-19. Restart in the fall of 2021.23 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Along with potential “super-spreader” venues, rates of interaction, and other factors, “being Republican” also could represent a COVID-19 risk factor.6 comments, most recent 1 year ago
With this year’s crop about to fly the coop, it’s time to contact Mayor Fleetwood to seal the deal and create a permanent, protected wildlife reserve — the first of its kind in Bellingham.1 comment, most recent 1 year ago
Guess what? Nobody has a corner on the use or abuse of the U.S. flag.15 comments, most recent 11 months ago
Authors find that their method produces estimates of unconfirmed cases consistent with an announcement by the CDC that there are ten times more cases than reported.
Consumer fireworks are prohibited in Bellingham but already the sounds of fireworks are noticeable as the 4th of July nears.2 comments, most recent 11 months ago
State St roundabout will earn its keep with all the new neighbors.3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Where in Washington are the COVID-19 case increases higher? Republican-leaning counties or Democratic leaning counties?12 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Deep cuts are likely coming to our state universities. The financial storm has arrived.6 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Are politics driving new COVID-19 infections as Whatcom and Skagit counties reopen from the shutdown?5 comments, most recent 1 year ago
John and Janet Crews guest write how the Public Market building is in the middle of small downtown businesses. The mayor, after a secret process, now rushes this issue to the council on Tuesday.1 comment, most recent 1 year ago
Hong Kong freedom protestors are against Black Lives Matters protestors?? Our USA corporate media have not told us that. Ho See-wing links us to more news sources.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Mayor Seth Fleetwood staff has fumbled their secretive effort to provide a replacement shelter to replace the Bellingham High School use.11 comments, most recent 1 year ago
A developer’s meeting with Samish neighbors sheds more light on the Samish View Development.7 comments, most recent 1 year ago
How and why we can change the use of many urban streets to activities other than exclusive use for cars and trucks. They are our public spaces for use as we see best.5 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Summer visitors are likely to bring COVID-19 to previously unaffected or lightly affected seasonal communities requiring a model for risk evaluation and adaptive responses.6 comments, most recent 1 year ago
How the Herald reports Bellingham news by reprinting articles from the Seattle Times - but cannot even do that honestly.1 comment, most recent 1 year ago
With three apartment complexes (about 700 tenants ) added to the congested area around the Samish/I-5 bridge, the situation is about to get “interesting”.4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
The ACLU this morning filed a lawsuit for wrongful termination of Dr Lin, the emergency room doctor who spoke out about lack of safe procedutes at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Having certainty about one’s water rights would allow users to negotiate with greater confidence than they now have.
Opponents of this project await a public meeting before the city’s Planning Commission, possibly in June.
Elwood Edge Apartments at Elwood and Lincoln will add 154 to 186 tenants to the already congested area at the Samish Way overpass. But don’t go away. There is more.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
An opinionated review of how the novel coronavirus struck Skagit, San Juan and Whatcom Counties, with a focus on the lessons learned.
An analysis of the emerging China bashing for political purposes and why it is so misplaced. A Chinese-American, who grew up in Hong Kong and lived many years in Texas, gives us his perspective.6 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Our guest writer takes us through an explanation of inflation and deflation in the time of COVID-193 comments, most recent 1 year ago
A straightforward assessment of the CityView dormitory apartment complex proposal.5 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Our guest writer makes a case for the minting of one or more trillion dollar coins as a funding mechanism in the time of COVID-19 and a collapsing economy.18 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Senicide is a term not oft used but it is making a resurgence in this time of pandemic.3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
A comprehensive overview of the CityView private dormitory complex proposed for the Puget Neighborhood.9 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Western Washington University seems to hate trees as they remove 48 more beautiful fir trees this week from the campus.9 comments, most recent 1 year 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.
Dr. David Swanson gives us his final report on the trajectory of COVID-19’s rise in the county.4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
The developer has submitted a complete application for a 106 unit dormitory apartment complex with 318 residents.5 comments, most recent 1 year ago
To remember the victims of the COVID-19 epidemic.
We have all encountered people in grocery stores not wearing masks. Including the employees. Jane makes a valiant attempt to get through to those folks. And to the store managers.17 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Dr. Swanson leads us through some of the issues involved in pandemic modeling, especially with insufficient data.5 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Data reporting on COVID-19 from Benton County is a mess, making a forecast impossible at the moment.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
This is a personal and professional look at the topic of delayed action on the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S.16 comments, most recent 1 year ago
David Swanson continues to keep us informed of the progress of the COVID-19 spread in Whatcom County.4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
The hits just keep coming as Whatcom County is now also a hot-spot in the state for giant hornets.1 comment, most recent 1 year ago
The authors present their case for nearly 2,000 unconfirmed, positive COVID-19 cases in Whatcom County.10 comments, most recent 1 year ago
A realistic, statistics-based analysis of our options moving forward, and out, of COVID-19.9 comments, most recent 1 year 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 year 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.
Wherein we pick our way through the evolving versions of the PeaceHealth letter/ad in Sunday’s Bellingham Herald. And cover their obsessive efforts to marginalize Dr Lin.5 comments, most recent 1 year ago
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 year ago
Updated: Immediate action needed to avoid overwhelming peak of COVID-19 cases by April 25th in Whatcom County12 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Dr. Anna Dowling, chief of staff at St Joseph Hospital, is asking all doctors to sign a letter for public release, generally stating the hospital is doing everything correctly.7 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Ho See-wing brings a world traveler perspective to our national and local response to the Coronavirus and the Covid-19 pandemic.6 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Immediate action needed to avoid overwhelming peak of COVID-19 cases by April 25th in Whatcom County8 comments, most recent 1 year ago