Oct/Nov 2021 (volume 30, issue )

Harcourt Falls Short on Condo Project

by Giovanni Roverso After Two Missed Deadlines, Will Harcourt Meet Third?  You should have been able to see three condominiums rising up from behind the graffiti wall along Granary Avenue by now.  The original contracted called for condominium occupancy to begin … Continue reading

Ranked Choice Voting Won in New York

by Stoney Bird And Is on Its Way to Washington State And not just ranked choice voting (RCV). The voters won, too. New York City just conducted the biggest ranked choice voting election ever in the United States. The bumble … Continue reading

Harcourt Timeline

The Puget Sound Pulp and Timber Company operated at the downtown waterfront site from 1926 until 1963, when the Georgia-Pacific Corporation purchased it. The Georgia-Pacific Corporation shut down pulp mill operations in 2001 and tissue plant operations in 2007, closing … Continue reading

October Miscellany

by Joe Meche Silver Lake Revisited It seems that Silver Lake Park has become an August tradition for us over the last few years. Actually, the appeal of this nearby retreat started 29 years ago in the dead of winter. … Continue reading

Book Review: What It’s Like To Be a Bird

by Joe Meche From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing — What Birds Are Doing, and Why by David Allen Sibley Alfred A. Knopf, 2020 203 pages; hardcover; .00 We’re all familiar with David Sibley’s excellent field guides, but, in my … Continue reading

We Have No Time to Slow Down Our Recovery

by Shawn Yanity Editor’s Note: Whatcom Watch first starting printing “Being Frank” — written by Billy Frank Jr. — with the April 2004 issue and continued running his column until May 2009, when The Bellingham Herald starting printing it. We … Continue reading

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at August 2, 2021 Meeting Mayor’s Report The mayor asked that all city staff and the public entering city offices wear face masks, due to the increase of Covid-19 Delta variant case counts and rise in infections in … Continue reading

Whatcom County Council

Compiled by Barry MacHale Action Taken at August 2, 2021 Special Meeting Shall there council: 179. Appoint committee members to prepare voters’ guide statements for two ballot measures? Andrew Reding and Cindy Madigan were appointed to write the pro statement … Continue reading

Port of Bellingham Commission

Compiled by Bill McCallum Action Taken at August 9, 2021 Meeting Shall the commission: 94. Authorize the executive director to spend ,000 to purchase a portable restroom from Portable Restroom Trailers of Lake Wylie, South Carolina? It will be used … Continue reading

Public Housing Offers Safe and Affordable Homes

by Brien Thane, Kate Donnelly, and Tony Casale Editor’s Note: There are over 100 organizations in Whatcom County working to provide supportive services to those experiencing chronic poverty and its associated effects: ad- diction, homelessness, incarceration, mental illness, and unemployment. … Continue reading

Salish Seed Guild

by Nichole Schmitt Since the dawn of human civilization, seed saving has been critical to the survival of humanity. Seeds were precious heirlooms to pass on to the next generation. In times of crisis when communities fled or relocated, seeds … Continue reading

The Mycorrhizal Connection

by Fred Rhoades Fall has arrived in the Pacific Northwest, and many people turn their attentions to searching for certain species of mushrooms that show up this time of year in our woods, fields and gardens. Mushrooms are just the … Continue reading


Boris Schleinkofer, poetrywatch editor “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.” — … Continue reading

State Awards Grants to Aid Salmon  Recovery

The grants went to 105 projects in 29 of the state’s 39 counties. The grants will pay for work to restore salmon habitat. Lummi Nation Grant Awarded: 0,000 The Lummi Nation will use this grant to study the feasibility and develop … Continue reading

Primary Election Results 2021

Primary Election Results: pages 12-13            

City of Bellingham Candidates and Whatcom County Candidates

  City and County Candidates pages 14-17: page 14-17.pdf