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  August 2018

Protecting Blanchard Forest

The chair of the Mount Baker Group of the Sierra Club, Randy Walcott, took up the cause of protecting Blanchard State Forest and Blanchard Mountain from ongoing logging. In December 1998, he formally petitioned the Washington State Department of Natural … Continue reading

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  August 2018

What Is Happening to the Sea Stars?

As a child in the 1980s, I loved clam digging and oyster picking with Dad and Grandpa. Because Grandpa had a hard time walking the tide flats, we launched a small boat from Blaine Harbor and rowed over to the … Continue reading

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  August 2018

Protecting Blanchard Mountain

“Dad, is it true that Blanchard Mountain might be logged?” It hurt to hear those words from my daughter almost two years ago, reflecting the buzz among her high school friends and so many in Northwest Washington who love and … Continue reading

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  July 2018

A Pipeline Controversy Explained

Is Washington Now in the Tar Sands Crosshairs? Editor’s Note: Shortly before the July issue was scheduled to be sent to the printer, I learned the following article from Sightline.org was reprinted in the Cascadia Weekly. That paper only printed … Continue reading

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  July 2018

Bellingham’s Mental Health Court Reduces Crime and Victimization

“Acting strangely” in public can result in being arrested and possibly charged with a crime, for the many people with mental illness who find themselves living on the street. But a Bellingham Municipal Court program to divert mentally ill detainees … Continue reading

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  June 2018

Kinder Morgan’s Oil Spill Problem

This article originally appeared on the Sightline Institute website sightline.org and is reprinted with permission. Firm Faces Steep Costs and “Unlimited Liability” for a Trans Mountain Spill For Kinder Morgan, the decision made by Canada’s National Energy Board has a … Continue reading

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  June 2018

About Lake Whatcom

  It is the primary drinking water source for about 100,000 residents in Bellingham and Whatcom County. The lake is comprised of three sub-basins from which samples are collected in October through December, in February and April through September each … Continue reading

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  June 2018

Climate Challenges: Lake Whatcom Update

  Lake Whatcom, our community’s primary drinking water source, is already showing the effects of climate change as evidenced by increasingly common summer temperature extremes. The most recent occurrence was in 2015, followed by warmer than usual, but less extreme … Continue reading

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  May 2018

Alternatives to Jail Save Money

Defining “Fair” and Maintaining Public Safety With capacity set at just over 200 inmates and an actual daily average population closer to 400, Whatcom County’s jail is beyond crowded. Since 2016, whenever the jail has reached capacity, both pre-trial inmates … Continue reading

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  May 2018

How Much Water Do Salmon Need in the Nooksack River?

In so many ways the Nooksack River basin is the lifeblood of our county, and the quality and quantity of the water it carries is crucial to sustaining our high quality of life. Of critical importance is the flow in … Continue reading

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