March 2022 (volume 31, issue 3)

Preserving a Sacred Trust

by Ken Brusic Gabe Epperson has two offices: a vast landscape that stretches eastward from the shores of the Salish Sea to the foothills of the Cascades, and a small room in a downtown Bellingham office along the banks of … Continue reading

Trouble in the Nooksack River Watershed

by Mariama Dryak For those of you who read Whatcom Watch, you will know that the North Cascades Glacier Climate Project (NCGCP), which has been tracking glacier change over the past 38 years, has recorded a significant loss of glacier … Continue reading

Marching Into Spring

by Joe Meche By the time you read this month’s Whatcom Watch, we will be a short three weeks away from the first day of spring. Given the weather events we’ve all experienced since November, it couldn’t come a day … Continue reading

Whatcom County Council

Compiled by Barry MacHale Action Taken at January 11, 2022 Special Meeting 1. Fill a vacancy in the Senate seat for the 42nd Legislative District? Senator Doug Ericksen died on Friday, December 17, 2021. He was initially elected in 1998 … Continue reading

Port of Bellingham Commission

Compiled by Bill McCallum Action Taken at January 4, 2022 Meeting Shall the commission: 1. Authorize the executive director to sign a ,118,399 three-year contract with SP Plus Corporation of Cleveland, Ohio, for janitorial services at 13 Bellingham airport buildings? … Continue reading

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at January 10, 2022 Meeting Shall the council: 1. Approve a pilot program for single-stream recycling? Over the past year, the City Council has had several discussions related to the collection and hauling of residential solid waste and … Continue reading

Thinking Inside the Package

by Lorene Lewis The pandemic and the end-of-year holidays have greatly increased the quantity of packages we send for and the packaging they come with. It is sobering that an estimated one-third of municipal waste comes from packaging and that … Continue reading

A Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy Clinic

  by Molly Thornton As I sit here typing up this article, I become aware that my muscles are holding my body upright without difficulty. My arms position my hands just right on the keyboard, and my fingers coordinate together … Continue reading

Bellingham’s Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center

by Joel Bergsbaken and James Christianson Hearing, Speech, & Deaf Center’s (HSDC) expertise is rooted in over 80 years of experience in serving the D/deaf (see sidebar), hard of hearing and those with speech differences in the Puget Sound Area. … Continue reading

The Difference Between d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing

You’ve probably seen numerous terms used to describe a person with hearing loss, including “Deaf” with an uppercase d, “deaf” with a lowercase d, and “hard of hearing.” But what do they all mean, and how are they different? “Deaf” … Continue reading

Whatcom Land Trust at a Glance

The Mission of the Whatcom Land Trust is to preserve and protect wildlife habitat, scenic, agricultural and open space lands in Whatcom County for future generations by securing interests in land and promoting land stewardship. Total Land Protected (through the … Continue reading

Whatcom Land Trust: History

In March, 1983, nearly 50 people gathered in the basement of the Dutch Mothers Restaurant in downtown Lynden, Washington, an agricultural community in the heart of Whatcom County. Together, they learned about ways a land trust might preserve Whatcom County’s … Continue reading

How to Get Involved

The Whatcom Land Trust offers several ways to join its conservation work. Here is a sampling: • Work Parties – Events generally held on Land Trust properties on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon in the spring and fall • Field … 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

Salmon Threatened by Pesticide Contamination

Since January 2014, Whatcom Watch has been rerunning articles from issues printed 20 years ago. The below article appeared in the March 2002 issue of Whatcom Watch. Editor’s Note: The Washington Toxics Coalition now goes by the name Toxic-Free Future. … Continue reading

Historic Flooding and a Housing Crisis Impacts Evicted Nooksack Members

Now, they’re left with nowhere to go. Faced with disenrollment and climate change, Nooksack tribal members are seeking human rights projections from the United Nations. by Joseph Lee, Grist In 2007, Michelle Roberts took an early retirement from Alaska Airlines … Continue reading