April 2024 (volume 33, issue 4)

Wildlife Network Rescues Marine Mammals

by Meghan Fenwick In November of 2023, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service responded to calls concerning a harbor porpoise. The adult male was seen struggling in shallow waters, where the species is rarely found. After assessing his condition and … Continue reading

Lummi Island Community Tackles Ferry Problems

by Meghan Fenwick In the early evening of Thursday, Feb. 15, about 20 community members gathered in a room strained to capacity at the Lummi Island Public Library. A large banner stretching the length of one wall read “Whatcom Chief … Continue reading

Port Townsend and the Triangle of Fire

Beaks and Bills by Joe Meche The big getaway to celebrate our 28th Anniversary was all set, reservations were made and we were packed and ready to roll … and along came the weather! I awoke with a start at … Continue reading

Port of Bellingham Commission

Action Taken at February 6, 2024 Meeting Shall the commission: 14. Approve a five-year lease with Zaremba Paxton P.S.?  The first three months for suite 102 in the Bayview Center Building are rent- free to allow the certified public accounts … Continue reading

Whatcom County Council

Compiled by Barry MacHale Action Taken at February 6, 2024 Meeting Shall the council: 35. Confirm the executive’s appointments of Charlie Heggem, Becca Shew, and Pete Sharp to the Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee? The committee assists the county in the planning, … Continue reading

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at February 12, 2024 Meeting Mayor’s Report: The mayor appointed Scott Pratschner to a partial term on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board . The board consists of 11 members appointed by the mayor; membership is three years … Continue reading

Articles You Might Have Missed

Climate Good News Around the world people are taking the initiative to mitigate climate change. Here are some good news briefs compiled by the Climate Issue Group of the LWV of Bellingham/Whatcom __________________________ Could Wild Horses Be the Answer to … Continue reading

Kulshan Community Land Trust

Community Service Spotlight by Molly McKinney-Holcomb Ask any group of people about the biggest challenges facing Whatcom County, and you’ll hear about the housing affordability crisis. There is a 0,000 gap between what the average Whatcom County family can afford … Continue reading

Cybersecurity Education in Whatcom County

by Nichole Schmitt In an era where cyber-attacks have become an evil and lucrative industry, Whatcom County must remain on guard and intensify efforts to secure local businesses. Such attacks jeopardize public access to healthcare, disrupt business operations, and impede … Continue reading

“Boldt at 50” – Event Talking Points

by Jeff Riedinger Editor’s Note: An acquaintance of mine, Jeff Riedinger, told me when we were kids his grandfather was Judge George Boldt, an esteemed judge in the Tacoma area. When the Boldt Decision occurred in 1974, I remembered my … Continue reading

The Boldt Decision 50 Years On

by Dan Raas Editor’s Note: Whatcom Watch has entered a cooperative agreement with Salish Current. When possible, we will share each other’s content. Salish Current, an online-only news organization, covers the North Sound area. The 50th anniversary of the landmark … Continue reading


“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