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  October-November 2019

Bitter Invader

A bitter invader — Marasmiellus peronatus “fuzzy foot” The subject of this column is a common local mushroom that hasn’t always been in Whatcom County. This mushroom has roundish (convex) yellow to light-brown caps, yellowish gills producing cream-colored spores and … Continue reading

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  October-November 2019

Recent Attacks on the Environment

September 2019, Week one: Trump administration announces plans to undo energy-efficient lightbulb standards first set in motion by George W. Bush. Week two: The Environmental Protection Agency repeals Obama-era definitions of “Waters of the United States,” cutting U.S. Clean Water … Continue reading

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  September 2019

5G Is Coming to Bellingham

5G, the fifth generation of cellular technology, is headed to Bellingham. From July through December of 2018, the city of Bellingham went through the process of creating regulations for the deployment of small cell telecommunication facilities in the city rights-of-way. … Continue reading

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  September 2019

Whatcom Transit Authority Is Losing Riders: What Could We Learn From Kingston, Ontario?

How Kingston Transit Doubled Its Ridership in 10 Years Part 1 The Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) is a transit provider whose ridership has been stagnant or in decline in recent years after a dramatic growth of ridership between 2005 and … Continue reading

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  August 2019

How Is Whatcom Dealing With Recyclables?

In 2018, the United States became suddenly aware of how ill-equipped we are for handling our own waste. Without much advance notice, China stopped accepting the world’s garbage. Shipping containers were turned away at the port and told to take … Continue reading

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  July 2019

More Than 10,000 Expected at Lummi Stommish Grounds

Part 2 Imagine a young person telling you they have no direction, purpose, or sense of belonging within their own community. It’s something that’s been heard repeatedly and it’s exactly the kind of thing Paddle to Lummi Tribal Canoe Journey … Continue reading

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  July 2019

This Year We Could Really Use Ranked Choice Voting

And here is a chance to try it out! This year Bellinghamsters and their neighbors have a huge array of contested elections and the candidates to go with them. Of nine elections total, we have eight — yes, eight! — … Continue reading

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  July 2019

How Ranked-Choice Votes Are Counted

For both single-winner elections (like mayor or county executive) and multi-winner elections (like the state legislature or the county council), the voters vote for as many candidates as they favor and rank their choices. If the election is for a … Continue reading

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  June 2019

Tribal Canoe Journey Ends at Lummi

Part 1 The annual Tribal Canoe Journey (Paddle to Lummi 2019) will be held on July 24-28, 2019, at the Lummi Reservation. Community Connections Committee member Betsy Pernotto interviewed Freddie Lane, the director of Paddle to Lummi 2007, and currently … Continue reading

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  June 2019

What Is 5G and Why Should You Care?

Maybe you know, maybe you don’t. Somewhat quietly, the next generation of wireless technology called 5G, for 5th Generation, is sprouting up in cities around the globe. The lineage of technology generations started in the early 1980s when 1G was … Continue reading

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