March 2024 (volume 33, issue 3)

Little Squalicum Pier Will Open Up the Bay

by Meghan Fenwick The only thing currently keeping residents and visitors from experiencing a one-of-a-kind view of Bellingham Bay is a gate, a lock and a year’s worth of refurbishing. This summer, the City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation department … Continue reading

Single-Bin Recycling Won’t Fix Upstream Issues

by Tori Lehman This story originally appeared in the Fall 2023 issue of The Planet, a WWU student publication dedicated to environmental awareness and advocacy through responsible journalism. Say goodbye to the colorful bins lining Bellingham’s neighborhood roads. Bellingham City … Continue reading

Spring Is on the Way

Beaks and Bills by Joe Meche The vernal equinox occurs when the sun crosses towards the relevant hemisphere ending winter one more time. Even though it’s just another notch on the calendar it’s often cause for celebration amongst the winter-weary … Continue reading

Statue of Billy Frank Jr. Reminds Us to Tell Our Story

Being Frank by Ed Johnstone Family, friends, and tribal and state leaders recently witnessed the unveiling of a model of the Billy Frank Jr. statue in a ceremony at the state Capitol. The 4-foot-tall model—depicting Billy sitting on the banks … Continue reading

25th Anniversary of We Watch for You

Whatcom Watch began reporting votes in 1999.  We’re committed to continuing to report on votes; we feel they’re a valuable contribution to our community — and subscribers affirmed in a recent survey that the votes are valuable to them. Our … Continue reading

Whatcom County Council

Action Taken at January 9, 2024 Meeting Shall the council: 1. Authorize the executive to accept a ,125 federal grant (amendment #1 and #2) to promote border security? Amendment #1 extends the expiration date and amendment #2 is for grant … Continue reading

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at January 8, 2024 Meeting Swearing-in ceremonies: Bellingham Municipal Court Judge Debra Lev conducted two ceremonies. One for City Council members Jace Cotton, At-Large; Hannah Stone, First Ward; Daniel Hammill, Third Ward; Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward and one … Continue reading

Port of Bellingham Commission

Compiled by Bill McCallum Action Taken at January 9, 2024 Meeting Shall the commissioners: 1. Amend administrative powers and duties delegated to the executive director or designees? The commission approved Resolution 1106-Z at the 1/10/2023 meeting, vote #10. This vote … Continue reading

New Puppy Leads to Greenways Passion

Sarah Gardner became aware of the Greenways Program after adopting an Australian Shepherd puppy. “I thought he was going to kill me because his energy level was off the charts,” said Gardner. “So I ended up using all of these … 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. Are Mussels the Beef of the Future? … Continue reading

Serving County Residents With Limited Financial Resources

by Heidi Bode In the tapestry of Whatcom County’s diverse communities, where struggles with basic needs often intersect with legal challenges, LAW Advocates stands as an ally for those in need. For nearly four decades, LAW Advocates has served Whatcom … 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