Cover Story

  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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  April 2018

Yes on Initiative 1631

Last summer, Whatcom County saw firsthand the consequences of a changing climate: Wildfire smoke shrouded and choked the region while salmon died in shallowing rivers. Yet Washington State’s legislature failed to pass meaningful climate legislation this year, despite strong and … Continue reading

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  April 2018

Washington Becomes 14th State To Pass New Voices Law

The New Voices Bill Preserves and Protects Students’ Freedom of Speech and the Press “We have to be the check on their power. If we don’t hold them accountable, who will?” – Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee, editor of The … Continue reading

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  March 2018

State Proposes Adding “Motorized Trail Systems” in Whatcom County

News Update: As of 2/27/18, the Whatcom County Council voted 7 – 0 to remove from the 2018 Planning Commission Docket the DNR suggested amendment to the Commercial Forestry zone. That suggested amendment would have permitted ORV trails on DNR … Continue reading

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