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  Oct/Nov 2021

Ranked Choice Voting Won in New York

by Stoney Bird And Is on Its Way to Washington State And not just ranked choice voting (RCV). The voters won, too. New York City just conducted the biggest ranked choice voting election ever in the United States. The bumble … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2021

Harcourt Falls Short on Condo Project

by Giovanni Roverso After Two Missed Deadlines, Will Harcourt Meet Third?  You should have been able to see three condominiums rising up from behind the graffiti wall along Granary Avenue by now.  The original contracted called for condominium occupancy to begin … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2021

Harcourt Timeline

The Puget Sound Pulp and Timber Company operated at the downtown waterfront site from 1926 until 1963, when the Georgia-Pacific Corporation purchased it. The Georgia-Pacific Corporation shut down pulp mill operations in 2001 and tissue plant operations in 2007, closing … Continue reading

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  September 2021

European Green Crabs Invade Whatcom County

by Faith Owens The invasive species was found in a Squalicum Harbor trap. It’s not news that European green crabs have been residing in Whatcom County for at least two years. However, the Port of Bellingham has confirmed the discovery … Continue reading

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  September 2021

County Council Protects Cherry Point

by Eddy Ury New Restrictions on Fossil Fuel Industries Passed Unanimously Part 3 Editor’s Note: For more background and context, read Part 1 in the February 2019 issue and Part 2 in the January 2020 issue.* Cherry Point has long … Continue reading

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  August 2021

Harris Avenue Shipyard Cleanup Project

by Luisa Loi The Port of Bellingham and the Washington state Department of Ecology are working together to clean up the Harris Avenue Shipyard, located at the foot of Harris Avenue in Fairhaven. The shipyard is one of 12 cleanup … Continue reading

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  August 2021

Local Refineries Affect Southern Resident Orcas

by Faith Owens The impacts of Whatcom County refineries stretch beyond local waters … Western Whatcom County is nuzzled by the Salish Sea at the broad intersection of the Strait of Georgia and Strait of Juan de Fuca. It is … Continue reading

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  July 2021

Plasmodial Slime Molds Are Not Molds

by Fred Rhoades What’s in a name? That which we call a [slime mold] By any other name would [look] as sweet. Of all the cryptogams (plant-like life forms that produce spores), perhaps the slime molds are the least well … Continue reading

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  July 2021

Mysterious Disease Wreaks Havoc on Sea Stars

by Luisa Loi The causes that lead to the disease are still unknown and recovery is inconsistent. A mysterious illness that appeared eight years ago and nearly wiped out sea star populations along the Pacific Coast is continuing to leave … Continue reading

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  June 2021

Whatcom’s Recyclers Face Uncertainty

by Giovanni Roverso Old Town Prepares for Redevelopment Whatcom County’s curbside recycling system went through a bit of a shakeup recently. Sanitary Service Company Inc. (SSC) trucks still collect recycling from customers in Bellingham, Ferndale, Blaine, and much of unincorporated … Continue reading

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