January 2024 (volume 33, issue 1)

Scrap Metal Meeting Spurs Opposition

by Bill Craven   ABC Recycling is the Canadian scrap metal company with eyes on Bellingham for its expansion plans. It already has a lease on the waterfront from a docile and submissive Port of Bellingham where unsightly stacks of … Continue reading

What’s Next for Lake Whatcom?

by Franny Vollert A moratorium on development, intended to protect Bellingham’s primary source of drinking water, has been extended, leaving developers scrambling for faster options.  The Silver Beach moratorium was initially put in place in July of 2022 for one … Continue reading

A Look Back at the Year That Was

by Joe Meche Here we are once again, in the heart of winter and over the year-end cluster of celebrations, waiting for the season’s holiday dust to settle so we can dive into 2024. It’s the time of year when … Continue reading

Salmon Recovery Is Working, but We Can’t Stop Here

by Ed Johnstone  After decades of work and millions of dollars of restoration work, one of our region’s threatened salmon runs is showing encouraging signs of recovery—summer chum that return to the Hood Canal and Strait of Juan de Fuca. … Continue reading

Successful Co-Management Requires Renewed Commitment

by Ed Johnstone As the 50th anniversary of the Boldt decision nears, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has room to improve as co-managers with treaty tribes. Judge Boldt’s 1974 ruling in U.S. v. Washington affirmed tribal fishing rights and … Continue reading

Whatcom County Council

Compiled by Barry MacHale Action Taken at November 8, 2023 Meeting Shall the council: 303. Fill vacancies on the Whatcom County Ferry Advisory Committee? At the 10/10/2023 meeting, vote #283, the council voted to amend the committee that was originally … Continue reading

Port of Bellingham Commission

Compiled by Bill McCallum Action Taken at November 7, 2023 Meeting Shall the commission: 96. Reallocate 5,000 in the 2023 budget from the I&J Waterway cleanup to the Westman Marine site in Blaine? The 2023 budget for the I&J Waterway … Continue reading

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at November 6, 2023 Meeting Shall the council: 220. Appropriate ,681,203 for payroll checks issued from October 1 through October 15, 2023? (AB23918) Approved 7-0 221. Appropriate ,980,214 for goods and services checks issued from October 20, 2023 … Continue reading

Articles You Might Have Missed

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. We hear a lot about switching to electric cars, but anyone … Continue reading

Advocates for Renters

Editor’s Note: There are over 100 organizations in Whatcom County working to provide supportive services to the general population and to those experiencing chronic poverty and its associated effects: addiction, homelessness, incarceration, mental illness, unemployment and civic engagement organizations. Whatcom … Continue reading

2,000 Acres of Forests Designated for Conservation

The state forestland parcels are spread across five counties — Clallam, Jefferson, King, Snohomish, and Whatcom. Two areas in Whatcom County, totaling 650 acres are included in the proposal. The larger area includes an estimated 575 acres southeast of Lake … Continue reading

Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project Is a Looming Environmental Disaster

Editor’s Note: Whatcom Watch has entered a cooperative agree- ment with Salish Current. When possible, we will share each oth- er’s content. Salish Current, an online-only news organization, covers the North Sound area and Whatcom Watch mainly covers Whatcom County … Continue reading

Whatcom Conservation District  Seeking Candidates 

Conservation District supervisors are public officials who serve without compensation. Their role is to set policy and direction for the district. An individual interested in becoming a candidate must be a registered voter in Whatcom County who is an operator … Continue reading

General Election Results–2023

General Election Results 2023, pages 9-13,  pdf: Election Results    

Lummi Nation Opposes Sale of Cherry Point Site to British Petroleum

The Lummi Nation opposes an attempted purchase of the site, known by Lummi people since time immemorial as Xwe’chi’eXen. BP’s interest in purchasing the site came as a surprise when the oil company presented it to Lummi for the first … Continue reading