Current Issue: January 2018 (volume 27, issue 1)

Lake Whatcom’s Low Dissolved Oxygen (DO) – How did it Get that way and What WE can do to fix it?

Editor’s Note: This is the full scientific article that was abridged in our print issue. What a beautiful lake and great place to live. We who live around the lake, along with the City of Bellingham, Whatcom County and our … Continue reading

Abridged Article: Lake Whatcom’s Low Dissolved Oxygen (DO) How Did It Get That Way And What We Can Do To Fix It

Editor’s Note: The following is an abridgement of the full scientific article that can be found on the Whatcom Watch website. What a beautiful lake and great place to live. We who live around Lake Whatcom, along with the city … Continue reading

Three for the Winter Road

Fellow watchers often ask me to provide a list of my favorite places to see birds in winter, without having to spend half the day getting there! That’s easy to do because I go to the same three places throughout … Continue reading

Accord Fosters Cooperation

A 28-year-old investment in cooperation and government-to-government relations between Indian tribes and the state of Washington is still paying off today. Through the 1989 Centennial Accord the tribes and state committed to work together for the common good of everyone … Continue reading

Washingtonians Can Step Up on Climate in 2018

This past year, Whatcom County has seen firsthand the consequences of a changing climate: wildfires that black out the sky, snowless mountain tops, and over-heated, dead salmon in our rivers. We have a mess that we know we have to … Continue reading

Whatcom Conservation District Election

An election for one seat on the Whatcom Conservation District board will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Registered voters who have participated in previous Whatcom Conservation District elections do not automatically receive a ballot. Mail-in ballots must be … Continue reading

General Election Results – 2017

General Election Results: Turn-out, Winners, Ballot Measures. General Election Results 2017

poetrywatch

Do You Enjoy poetrywatch? Want to see it continue? Then please, send your poems to us and let the Whatcom Watch share them with our readership! Seriously, we really do want your roughly 25-line poems (though length is by no … Continue reading

Chlorine Being Phased Out of Pulp-Bleaching – GP Plant to Be Affected

Editor’s Note: Georgia-Pacific closed the chlorine plant in 1999. In 2001, it closed the chemical plant, and laid off 420 workers. In 2003/2004 there were cutbacks at the tissue mill; 44 workers were paid off. In 2004, the rest of … Continue reading

The Appeal to Emotions, Not Facts

This section is devoted to studying the local impacts of specific issues the Trump Administration or Republican Congress will propose. For an historical reflection on today’s Trump-GOP dominance, David Brooks, a conservative (of the old school) political writer, focused on … Continue reading

Rogues Gallery of Doctors

Allan Pinkerton of detective fame devised the first Rogues Gallery in 1855. It was a compilation of descriptions, methods of operation, hiding places and names of criminals and their associates. My rogues’ gallery doesn’t feature criminals but rather a collection … Continue reading

We’re Dying to Talk About Dying

It’s never too early, but it can be too late to prepare an advance care directive. Learn all about it: Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 6 to 8 p.m. St. Luke’s Health Education Center 3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham. To attract and … Continue reading