January 2023 (volume 32, issue 1)

Bellingham Bay’s Dirty Dozen Sites

by Luisa Loi This is the chlor-alkali portion of the Georgia-Pacific West pulp mill site in 1969. These 36-acres are number eight on the dirty dozen list and where current cleanup efforts are focused.photo: Washington Department of Ecology On a … Continue reading

Recycling Changes Probable

by Emma Bjornsrud Bellingham recycling and garbage company staff sorted through a mountain of cans, bottles, cardboard and paper to evaluate whether the company could offer the city a more efficient way to recycle. The answer? Yes, we can, said … Continue reading

Of Birds and Bird-Watchers

by Joe Meche As fascinated as any behavioral anthropologist might be, I am always interested in origins and personal stories of how we all came to be and eventually evolved into who or what we are today. One special niche … Continue reading

Climate Change Forces Tribes to Leave Traditional Lands

by Ed Johnstone Native nations are on the front lines of climate change. The impacts have reached our shores and are forcing us to leave traditional lands behind. Sea level rise, flooding, erosion, intensity of storm surges and threats of … Continue reading

Whatcom County Council

Compiled by Barry MacHale Action Taken at November 9, 2022 Meeting Shall the council: 264. Fill the small forest landowner vacancy on the Forestry Advisory Committee? The committee provides review and recommendations to the County Council on issues that affect … Continue reading

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at November 7, 2022 Meeting Shall the council: 202. Agree with the city’s decision to deny Claim No. 2022-28? The following information was obtained from a Claim for Damages filed with the City of Bellingham. Claim Amount Requested: … Continue reading

Port of Bellingham Commission

Compiled by Bill McCallum Action Taken at November 1, 2022 Meeting Shall the commission: 124. Change the permitted repayment option on deferred compensation loans? Port employees can take loans from their individual retirement accounts. Resolution 1215 was passed at the … Continue reading

Consumer Food Choices and Voices Matter

by Judy Hopkinson One of the most powerful tools available for combatting climate change is the opportunity to transform current agricultural practices. Agriculture accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than several forms of transportation combined. (1) Yet, farmland could become a … Continue reading

The Fight to Save Washington’s Remaining Legacy Forests

by Brel Froebe and Rob Lewis Get on Google maps and take a satellite view of Whatcom County’s lowland forests. Not the uplands, the deep green carpet flanking the white dome of Mount Baker, which is National Forest land, but … Continue reading

General Election—2022

2022 General Election

Wash. Gets $39.8 Million to Remove Fish Barriers, Restore Salmon Habitat

Senators Cantwell, Murray celebrate NOAA grants aimed at boosting salmon and orca populations — including 6,206 for fish passage barrier planning around Whatcom County In December, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that the agency will award ,819,704 … Continue reading

Salmon and Orca Recovery Grants Awarded

The Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board recently approved nearly million in grants for four large restoration projects around the state. The grants will restore land along rivers in Kittitas and Okanogan Counties, conserve habitat next to a refuge … Continue reading

Good News

There is good news for people living near F Street and Roeder Avenue. At the 12/5/2022 meeting, the Bellingham City Council awarded a ,341,170 contract to Colarcuico Brothers Construction for a waterfront quiet zone. F Street will be brought up … Continue reading