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  October-November 2018

Ranked Choice Voting: A Better Way to Conduct Elections

Americans across the political spectrum are increasingly dissatisfied with their elected officials. Voter turnout is dismally low. Many citizens feel that their votes don’t count. Despite having it drummed into us that we are a democracy, our country feels pretty … Continue reading

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  October-November 2018

Building Trust Between Journalists and the Public

 Steps reporters can take to build trust with the public: Be transparent — peel back the layers of reporting. Show readers where you found your information. Be clear where and how your interviews take place: in person, over the phone, … Continue reading

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  October-November 2018

Defending Freedom of the Press

“We’re in the truth business, and the knowledge business, not the entertainment business.” — Pete Hamill, longtime journalist and author of “News Is a Verb: Journalism at the End of the Twentieth Century.” With election season nearing, you’ve probably been … Continue reading

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  September 2018

Clues Emerging in Salmon Deaths

Editor’s Note: This series was originally published in the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound. An intensive research program in the U.S. and Canada is studying why so few salmon in the Salish Sea are returning home to spawn. Studies by more … Continue reading

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  September 2018

Governors Point: Working Together

The Whatcom Land Trust conserves special lands in Whatcom County by working with willing owners. For decades Whatcom Land Trust has sought a willing owner of Governors Point, an iconic 125-acre wooded peninsula separating Bellingham and Samish bays. In February … Continue reading

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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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