Current Issue: March 2017 (volume 26, issue 3)

A Short Chronology of County Water Shortages

Water shortages will increase as Whatcom County’s population grows. Climate change will also exacerbate the county’s water shortages, resulting in reduced water supply in the face of increasing water needs for farm irrigation, home landscape watering and wildlife habitat. Nonetheless, … Continue reading

Spring Is Upon Us

Spring will officially begin on March 20, at 3:29 a.m., PDT. For many of us, it can’t come soon enough. Given the climate, both physical and political, we need a break. The ice and snow over the Valentine’s Day holiday … Continue reading

Salmon Management Process Underway Earlier

The 2017 state and tribal salmon season-setting process got an earlier start this year. Nobody wants a repeat of last year’s North of Falcon process that required a month of overtime negotiations and led to a delay in opening some … Continue reading

More than 11,000 Votes by Elected Officials

Whatcom Watch is the only entity that presents comprehensive coverage of the Bellingham City Council, Whatcom County Council and Port of Bellingham Commission votes. We’re committed to continuing with our reports; we feel they’re a valuable contribution to our community … Continue reading

Mr. Ericksen Goes to (the Other) Washington

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not represent the views of Whatcom Watch or its directors. A storm of opprobrium has greeted state Sen. Doug Ericksen after taking a temporary job … Continue reading

Yes to Housing, Yes to People, Yes to Sustainability

It is no secret that working people and families are struggling to find safe, affordable and quality homes in Bellingham. As young renters in the community, we wish to share our stories and perspectives on the shared housing challenge we … Continue reading

Don’t Just Watch

To the Editor, We need to do more than Just Watch: be done with the entertainment. The Trump Administration is an enlarging, stinking Caecum of Lies, constipating the guts of the U.S. Government; while the media is gorging itself on … Continue reading

March Winds

As an early herald of spring, March usually blusters in with winds and cold temperatures, but then settles down at the end of the month into a bit warmer weather. The annual temptation is to start digging the soil and … Continue reading

poetrywatch

“When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.” — John F. Kennedy Boris … Continue reading

Apathy – The Eighth Deadly Sin

The name Red Wheelbarrow Writers is from the iconic poem by William Carlos Williams. They are a loose affiliation of Bellingham based writers. Meeting at least twice monthly to support, encourage and learn from one another — creating community, building … Continue reading

Waltzing My Piano

The name Red Wheelbarrow Writers is from the iconic poem by William Carlos Williams. They are a loose affiliation of Bellingham based writers. Meeting at least twice monthly to support, encourage and learn from one another — creating community, building … Continue reading

Storm Waters Run Deep: Bellingham’s Solution to Toxic Stormwater

Editor’s Note: This article, first published in the December 2016 issue, has been revised and expanded. Annual rainfall is rising in Whatcom County, bringing with it big storms and increased water pollution in the form of heavy runoff from roads … Continue reading

Lummi Island and the Comprehensive Plan

Editor’s Note: Lummi Island has been spared the wrecking ball. In 2015, the Lummi Island Heritage Trust secured a deal to purchase the 105-acre Lummi Island quarry property. The April issue of Whatcom Watch will have an update on the … Continue reading

Shelly Grant, Dominick Manetti and Cascadia Volunteer Advocacy

  Shelly Grant, a Washington native, moved to Bellingham to attend WWU. She graduatedwith a degree in communication and a minor in creative writing. She stayed after graduation because she feels at home here, likes the people, the culture and … Continue reading

Truth Matters

Lies are destructive to democracy. In the short time Donald Trump has been president, he and his aides have made a deliberate attack on fact, truth and honesty. The distortions and outright lies have been legion, and they are challenging … Continue reading