April 2019 (volume 28, issue 4)

Orca Survival Status Quo No Longer an Option

L-Pod orca blowing bubbles, as seen from San Juan Island’s Westside Preserve Land Bank                                                      … Continue reading

When the Spirit Rebels

It would have been a strange vision for any one of our great grandparents, if they had tried to imagine one day the emergence of something called Extinction Rebellion. “What? A rebellion against the end of life itself?” Yes, I … Continue reading

From Bellingham to Port Townsend

It’s the time of year when you might have the urge or itch to get outside and sample the freshness of the season. That widespread phenomenon is usually referred to as spring fever, but you should never feel that you’re … Continue reading

Reply by Author

Dear Watchers: I thank Mr. Richardson for his correction and comments on my recent article on the Nooksack River. His comments are always welcome, as he is an authority on Nooksack language, and literally wrote a book on the subject, … Continue reading

Native Languages and Names for Mt. Baker

Dear Watchers: The article “The Nooksack River: A Treasure to Preserve: Part 1” in the March 2019 issue of Whatcom Watch provides an excellent overview of the Nooksack watershed. The author uses my book “Nooksack Place Names” as his primary … Continue reading

Puget Sound Is Not a Sewer

We must stop treating Puget Sound like a sewer if we are going to restore the fish, shellfish, wildlife and other natural resources it supports. That’s why we are urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stand strong in … Continue reading

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at February 11, 2019 Meeting Shall the council: 23. Spend 0,000 to purchase a three-quarter acre property located in the Lake Whatcom Watershed? The Rosalie A. Anderson property is approximately three-quarters of an acre located off Lake Whatcom … Continue reading

Port of Bellingham Commission

Action Taken at February 5, 2019 Meeting Shall the commission: 15. Implement the Intergovernmental Framework (agreement #2) with the Lummi Nation? At the 8/4/2009 meeting, vote #124, the commission approved agreement #1. That agreement set up goals and objectives aimed … Continue reading

Whatcom County Council

Action Taken at January 15, 2019 Meeting Shall the council: 1. Authorize the executive to sign a 6,939 contract (amendment #2) with Pioneer Human Services? At the 12/6/2016 meeting, vote #234, the council voted to enter into a contract with … Continue reading

Bellingham’s Climate Action Task Force Meeting

On February 6, I attended the city’s monthly Climate Action Task Force meeting. It had been moved from the Mayor’s Board Room to City Council chambers, as three experts were scheduled to make presentations using PowerPoint slides. I wondered if … Continue reading

Members of Bellingham Climate Action Plan Task Force

The final report on recommended actions and resources needed to achieve greenhouse gas reductions will be delivered in the last quarter of 2019 with the task force terminating on December 31, 2019. Members – Terms Expire 12/31/2019 Charles Barnhart Don Goldberg … Continue reading

Rescuing ALL of the Homeless

I interviewed Markis Dee and JC Mansfield, who helped find and transport homeless people to shelter in Bellingham during the weeks of freezing weather in February, and going into March of 2019. So many were escorted to shelter by the … Continue reading

Surviving a Winter Storm

During the two weeks of snow cover in February, it was a welcome sight to find winter-hardy flowers and frost-resistant vegetables surviving our mild martime version of a “polar vortex.” The saving grace for the plants was the absence of … 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 Do … Continue reading

The Nooksack River The History and Current State of the River

Part 2 In part 1 of this series, I described the Nooksack River from its headwaters and contributing forks in the North Cascade Mountains through its course to the Salish Sea. (1) I made the case that this river, along … Continue reading

9,014 Dubious Claims in 773 Days in Office

This section is devoted to studying the impacts of the Trump Administration. What can we say? Shocking! Terrible! How could this happen? When will it end? That’s the question for all of us when we examine data from The Washington … Continue reading