Karen Steen

Citizen Journalist • Member since Jan 11, 2020

A native of New Orleans, Karen has now lived most of her life in the PNW. She worked for 30+ years as a RN/FNP, mostly in community and public health settings; she supports using public health indicators to frame community, social, and economic concerns. She is also a lifelong student of astrology and practiced professionally for six years; her priority astrological interests are geopolitical and historical. Her most recent calling was to provide business administration for an open source hydroponic gardening initiative and regenerative economy.

Articles by Karen Steen

Base Camp: Sheltering Our Homeless or Importing Problems?

By Karen SteenOn Oct 06, 2021

During a recent online discussion about the planned 5-fold expansion of Lighthouse Mission Ministries (LMM), I received this message from a Bellingham resident: “Karen two years ago I was [...]

Who’s Running Your Neighborhood Association? And Why Care?

By Karen SteenOn Jan 14, 2020

When I moved to Bellingham from a rural community in 2012, I was delighted to learn of the City’s designated neighborhoods and the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission (MNAC). I [...]

Recent comments

"I agree with Liz and Dick!  The national crisis of homelessness is a truism that begs for national level solutions. Also true is that liberal coastal cities are inordinately [...]

Oct 09, 2021 on
Base Camp: Sheltering Our Homeless or Importing Problems?

"Martens arrived in Bellingham only three years ago with a media background. Her agenda is ideological and she openly declares her intentions for a career of higher elected office. Ideology, [...]

Oct 08, 2021 on
High-paid Campaign Consultants Quench More Than a Thirst for Bellingham Brews

"I see that all politics are local, and if we get it right locally - especially at this critical juncture in American society and national politics - we’ll [...]

Oct 08, 2021 on
Vote Russ Whidbee For The At-Large Seat Of The Bellingham City Council

"Thank you, Liz, for your observations about the 5/26 meeting and chronic lack of responsiveness to pressing citizen concerns by City Hall. Indeed, the 5/26 “Neighborhood Meeting” was “polite&[...]

Oct 07, 2021 on
Base Camp: Sheltering Our Homeless or Importing Problems?

"Thank you, Thomas, for detailing the unfortunate consequences to our city and county of a low barrier homeless shelter that solicits, and/or accepts without qualification, unhoused people from distant [...]

Oct 07, 2021 on
Base Camp: Sheltering Our Homeless or Importing Problems?