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Alex Ramel appointed as 40th District state representative

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​Alex Ramel, a well known and respected local environmental activist, was selected today to fill the vacant seat as 40th District state representative to Olympia. Alex was chosen by a vote of three county governments at a special meeting this afternoon. The 40th stretches over southern Whatcom County, western Skagit County, and all of San Juan County.

He will serve the last year remaining on the two-year term of Jeff Morris, who resigned suddenly within less than a year of being reelected. [earlier term length error has been corrected] Alex will no doubt run next fall for the full two year term. He ran in November, 2018, for the seat held by Kris Lytton when she retired at the end of her term - an honorable departure. That seat was won by Debra Lekanoff. Alex will join her in Olympia next week to help represent the 40th.

Michael Lilliquist also applied for the vacant seat and was a finalist along with Marco Morales and Alex. For years, Michael has had his sights set on being elected mayor of Bellingham. With that possibility now removed for perhaps the next 8 or 12 years, he has signaled a turn to Olympia for his future. We must ask him about this if he chooses to run for reelection on our City Council. For the past few years, we have had a bad record of elected officials looking for other jobs even as they run for office. Rud Browne is the poster boy for this practice and, yes, he also applied for this vacant 40th District seat but was eliminated weeks ago when the field was pared down to three candidates.

My congratulations to Alex Ramel. He has the skills, experience, and attitude to be a good, progressive representative in Olympia of our interests here in Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan counties.

Alex Ramel appointed as 40th District state representative

By John ServaisOn Jan 06, 2020

​Alex Ramel, a well known and respected local environmental activist, was selected today to fill the vacant seat as 40th District state representative to Olympia. Alex was chosen by a [...]

We Have Failed to Adequately Protect Bellingham’s Great Blue Herons

By Jamie K. DonaldsonOn Jan 02, 2020

As an avid amateur bird watcher and conservationist, I was deeply alarmed, saddened and shamed by an article in the September 19, 2019 issue of Science magazine reporting that since 1970, three billion [...]

Unity Village Tiny Home Community Requests Permit Extension

By Lisa E. PappOn Dec 30, 2019

The search for a permanent location for Unity Village, Bellingham’s first tiny home community for our homeless neighbors, is ongoing. Leased or owned land, a minimum of 1/4 acre (1/2 acre [...]

Senator Bob Hasegawa to Speak to City Council on Public Banking - 16 December

By Dick ConoboyOn Dec 09, 2019

Update - Dec 18: Video of Sen. Hasegawa’s presentation to the Bellingham City Council on Monday, Dec 16. Bob speaks for 15 minutes and then answers questions from council members for another 20 [...]

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HomesNOW Thrives Despite Setback

By Lisa E. PappOn Nov 25, 2019

I never imagined I would be writing the following type of article, period. I never imagined I’d be writing this article as a result of actions by James Lee ([...]

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Yet Another Shiny Thing - Motorized Scooters

By Dick ConoboyOn Nov 23, 2019

Bellingham just loves shiny new things. The Infill Tool Kit to solve our housing woes. Detached Accessory Dwelling Units to provide affordable housing. The green painted bike lanes to assist [...]

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Dinner, Anyone?

By Guest WriterOn Nov 06, 2019

[Our Guest Writers today: A native of Alaska, Laurel Cook is a 38 year resident of Bellingham where she and her husband, Cactus, raised their 4 children. They enjoy gathering with family [...]

Dick’s Picks For November 2019 Election

By Dick ConoboyOn Oct 27, 2019

Here are my choices for some of the races within Whatcom County. Bellingham Mayor: Seth Fleetwood is by far the superior candidate. Alan Rhodes got it right recently in the [...]

The Jail - Pentagon Hammers and Brick Walls

By Tip JohnsonOn Oct 25, 2019

There is so much more voters should know about the County’s continuing quest for a new jail. But ballots are out and life is too short to chase through [...]

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Chanan Suarez’s Local Base Is Grassroots—We’re Just Too Poor To Buy Elections

By Guest WriterOn Oct 24, 2019

Sage Jones, co-chair of the Whatcom DSA, submitted this article as a counter to Dick Conoboy’s article of Oct 14. - - - - When I asked Chanan Suarez to [...]

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Sink, Swim, or Divorce – Options Narrow for our Relationship with Harcourt

By Alex McLeanOn Oct 23, 2019

First, we’ll want to peer inside the Granary Building and ponder the spectacle of the world’s loneliest yoga studio ensconced within the world’s emptiest building. Then we’[...]

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Seth Fleetwood for Mayor

By Tip JohnsonOn Oct 15, 2019

I’m a little baffled by the claim that single family zoning is exclusionary and therefore racist. Zoning is a government police power and was always intended to be exclusionary. [...]

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Chanan Suarez – Grass Roots Candidate?

By Dick ConoboyOn Oct 14, 2019

Hardly grass roots. Chanan Suarez does not have broad local support in the race for Ward 5. He has raised an equal amount of campaign funds as his opponent, Lisa Anderson, [...]

DEROS + 50 Years

By Dick ConoboyOn Oct 12, 2019

Date of Expected Return from OverSeas. DEROS is a military acronym. If, as a soldier, you had one or more hostile-fire tours overseas, those dates are seared into your brain. [...]

4 comments, most recent 1 year ago

California Adopts Public Banking

By Dick ConoboyOn Oct 03, 2019

Hooray for California! Hooray for public banking! North Dakota did its ground-breaking work by establishing a public bank 100 years ago. California, usually leading the pack in progressive pursuits, comes in [...]

Whatcom County Council Briefed On Public Banking By State Senator Bob Hasegawa

By Dick ConoboyOn Oct 02, 2019

Senator Bob Hasegawa of Seattle, presented his thoughts on public banking before the Whatcom County Council’s Finance Committee (all council members were present however) on September 24th. You can [...]

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Whatcom Justice Reform: The Big Fib

By Tip JohnsonOn Sep 30, 2019

A LITTLE BACKGROUND A proposed tax for a new jail has failed twice at the polls, the second failing by a ten times greater margin than the first. Yet the [...]

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Mayoral Candidate Barker Has Some Explaining To Do

By Dick ConoboyOn Sep 23, 2019

What does candidate April Barker have in common with the following other far-right candidates from Whatcom County? Ben Elenbaas - County Council Kathy Kershner - County Council Tony Larson - [...]

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Senator Hasegawa To Speak On Public Banking Before the County Council - 24 September

By Dick ConoboyOn Sep 19, 2019

Washington State Senator Bob Hasegawa from Seattle will again speak on the issue of public banking, this time before the Finance and Administrative Services Committee of the Whatcom County Council [...]

What’s Going on with the Herons, Council?

By Jamie K. DonaldsonOn Aug 31, 2019

We need to press Bellingham City Council members to step up their game to protect the Great Blue Heron colony at Post Point—once and for all. Heron advocates have [...]

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