September 2020 (volume 29, issue 9)

Post Point Treatment Plant Renovations

by Giovanni Roverso Big changes, namely anaerobic digesters, are in store for Bellingham’s wastewater treatment plant at Post Point, Fairhaven. The digesters would replace a pair of aging incinerators. They are the core features of the Resource Recovery project which … Continue reading

Another Year When Ranked-Choice Voting Would Make Our Votes Really Count and When the Top-Two Primary Cuts Us Off Short

by Stoney Bird Yikes! Thirty-six candidates for governor. Thirteen Democratic candidates for president. Eight candidates for Congress in the Second Congressional District. These numbers are welcome signs of political engagement. It’s too bad the electoral system that we have (the … Continue reading

Birding the Shorelines

by Joe Meche As we segue from August and the infamous dog days of birding into the first part of September, most of our birding hotspots are still quiet and far less productive than they were in spring and early … Continue reading

Pacts Offers Path to Streamside Habitat Protection

by Lorraine Loomis The most powerful actions we can take to recover our region’s salmon are to give our rivers and streams room to breathe while protecting the land and vegetation lining their banks. The Timber/Fish/Wildlife (TFW) Agreement and Forests … Continue reading

Whatcom County Council

Compiled by Barry MacHale Action Taken at July 7, 2020 Meeting Shall the council: 108. Authorize the executive to sign contracts with San Juan County and Skagit County for youth (ages 12-20) marijuana-use prevention? Whatcom County is the lead agency … Continue reading

Port of Bellingham Commission

Compiled by Bill McCallum Action Taken at July 14, 2020 Meeting Shall the commission: 53. Small Works Roster. Contracts under 0,000 fall within the executive director’s spending authority; they only require commission notification. Blaine webhouse No. 1 demolition project, ,056; … Continue reading

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at July 6, 2020 Meeting Presentation Update on Covid-19 Response. The Bellingham Municipal Court is following the Whatcom County Superior Court’s orders regarding Covid-19. Even though its doors are closed to the public, the court is fully operational … Continue reading

Supporting Individuals and Families Facing Crises

by Daniel Webster Many people know about the vitally important work Opportunity Council does to support individuals and families facing crises, such as housing instability, homelessness, addiction, domestic violence, unsafe housing conditions, and basic needs, including access to food, personal … 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 Do … Continue reading

State Receives More Than $11 Million in Federal Grants to Benefit Southern Resident Killer Whale and Chinook Recovery

The Washington state Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) today announced the award of more than million in grants to 11 Chinook salmon habitat and hatchery projects from a new grant program under the Pacific Salmon Treaty. NOAA Fisheries is … Continue reading

Asian Giant Hornets

by Anna Hoekman The Asian giant hornet, also known as Vespa mandarinia, is the world’s largest species of hornet. Originating from Japan and other Asian countries, these insects can measure anywhere from 1.5 inches to over 2 inches, and are … Continue reading