May 2023 (volume 32, issue 5)

Updating Lake Whatcom Water Quality

by April Markiewicz Editor’s Note: This is the 20th article April Markiewicz has written about the Lake Whatcom Monitoring Project for Whatcom Watch. The Lake Whatcom Monitoring Project was initiated in the 1980s to measure and track long-term lake data … Continue reading

Charging Ahead

How to facilitate and avoid the pitfalls of the clean car transition by Stevan Harrell and Ray Kamada Climate change is here. The world must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, and fast. In the United States, where people get around … Continue reading

Make Way for the Migrants

by Joe Meche The Nesting Season Is Here! After what seems to have been a winter that would never end, there are signs everywhere that we might be on the way to better weather. Tulips and crocuses are peaking in … Continue reading

Hatchery Salmon Hold the Ecosystem Together

by Ed Johnstone Salmon are a keystone species in the Pacific Northwest — a central part of the food chain and our way of life. Throughout the region, salmon runs are imperiled by the cumulative effects of habitat degradation and … Continue reading

Port of Bellingham Commission

Compiled by Bill McCallum Action Taken at March 7, 2023 Meeting Shall the commission: 19. Transfer a lease from Fathom Seafood 2 LLC to Alaska Ice Seafoods, d/b/a Fathom Seafood? On 6/18/2021, Dominion Fisheries signed a two-year lease for 207 … Continue reading

Whatcom County Council

Compiled by Barry MacHale Action Taken at March 7, 2023 Meeting Shall the council: 56. Authorize the executive to accept a 6,000 state grant to provide disaster case management and housing assistance to households impacted by the December 2022 storms? … Continue reading

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at March 13, 2023 Meeting Mayor’s Report On 4/26/2023, National Library Week was celebrated with the grand opening of the Bellis Fair Branch.  Shall the council: 43. Authorize the mayor to sign a ,500 settlement agreement with Terrie … 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. EPA Sets New Standards for Drinking Water The Environmental Protection Agency … Continue reading

The Bellingham Peace Vigil

by Kerry Johnson “Peace, Vigilers! , Last Friday was a good day to stand a Vigil for Peace, Justice, and Earthcare.” Thus begins the weekly email that some folks have asked to receive, giving a brief report of the previous … Continue reading

Locally Owned Businesses Are Largest National Employers

Dear Sasquatch, I can’t help but notice how many small businesses there are in Bellingham and Whatcom County. It seems like every street I turn down, I encounter a new delightful place to explore — whether that’s a bakery, a … Continue reading

Removing Local Barriers to Fish Passage

by Luisa Loi In 2007, the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Washington determined that barriers to salmon passage contributed to greatly reduced salmon runs. Thus, these obstacles represented a violation of tribal fishing rights granted by … Continue reading