May 2024 (volume 33, issue 5)

Lake Whatcom Update — Are We Making Progress?

by April Markiewicz In the Harry Potter world, all that is needed to summon fresh, clean water is a magical wand and incantating “aquamenti.” In our non-magical world, however, many of us just rely on turning on a water tap. … Continue reading

The Day Bellingham ‘Lost Its Innocence’

by Meghan Fenwick Longtime Bellingham residents remember it well: At 5:02 p.m. on June 10, 1999, the summer evening sky darkened. Across the city, residents stepped outside to witness the 30,000-foot-tall wall of smoke erupting from Whatcom Falls Park. On … Continue reading

Bluebirds, Avocets, and White-headed Woodpeckers

Beaks and Bills by Joe Meche My springtime loops over the mountains and through the woods the past two years left me wanting more so I did it again the first week in April. I have a plan to make … Continue reading

It’s Time to Warrior Up for Salmon

Being Frank by Ed Johnstone   Billy Frank Jr. walked on almost 10 years ago, but one of his most powerful lessons lives on — If we want to recover salmon, we must work together. All of us. The Billy … Continue reading

Port of Bellingham Commission

Action Taken at March 5, 2024 Meeting Shall the commission: 22. Authorize the executive director to sign a major modification with the City of Bellingham for facilities within the Waterfront District? At the 12/3/2013 meeting, vote #176, the commission approved … Continue reading

Whatcom County Council

Compiled by Barry MacHale Action Taken at March 5, 2024 Meeting Shall the council: 63. Authorize the executive to sign a 0,008 contract (amendment #4) with Julota of Colorado Springs, Colorado? The council approved the original contract for ,350 at … Continue reading

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at March 11, 2024 Meeting Mayor’s Report The mayor appointed Nick Leader to the Sehome Hill Arboretum Hill Board of Governors. The board was created under a cooperation agreement between the city of Bellingham and Western Washington University. … Continue reading

Articles You Might Have Missed

Climate Good News Coal Generation Dips to an All-Time Low in Texas Data from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) indicates that coal generation in the state has dropped to record lows, slumping to just over 9 percent of … Continue reading

Land Trust Announces Leadership Change

On Friday, February 9, Whatcom Land Trust announced the appointment of Jennifer Mackey as Interim Executive Director following the resignation of Gabe Epperson. Epperson served as the Land Trust’s Conservation Director from 2015-2020, before transitioning into the role of Executive … Continue reading

Sustainable Connections: Energy Club

Join Sustainable Connections at this month’s Energy Club — your go-to gathering for energy enthusiasts and professionals. We provide you with the tools, knowledge, and connections to drive energy efficiency in your workplace and beyond. Join us to network and … Continue reading

How “The Freedge” Supports a More Food-Secure County

by Sustainable Connections Staff Tucked behind The RE Store in Bellingham WA is a Freedge. What exactly is a Freedge, you might ask? It’s a community refrigerator packed with free, nutritious food — and it’s open to all. This particular … Continue reading

Forty Years of Conservation

by Claire Johnston                                        Community Service Spotlight Looking Forward to Forever Since 1984, Whatcom Land Trust (the Land Trust or the Trust) has worked to protect and steward Whatcom County’s special places for future generations of all species. Although thousands … Continue reading

Election Results

Below are results of the 2024 Presidential Primary Election and also the 2024 – 2023 Whatcom Conservation District Election. ___________________________________________


“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