Twenty Years Ago

  February 2017

Winter Solstice Thoughts on Fairhaven Woods

To celebrate 25 years of publishing Whatcom Watch, we will be printing excerpts from 20 years ago. The below excerpts are from the February 1997 issue. Editor’s Note: In 1996, the Madrona Development Corporation of Seattle proposed the Chuckanut Ridge … Continue reading

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  January 2017

The Costs of Driving

To celebrate 25 years of publishing Whatcom Watch, we are printing excerpts from 20 years ago. The article  below is from the January 1997 issue of Whatcom Watch. Washington residents drove over 50 billion miles in 1995. It doesn’t take … Continue reading

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  December 2016

Expose of Gannett as Nasty, Unscrupulous Corporation

To celebrate 25 years of publishing Whatcom Watch, we will be printing excerpts from 20 years ago. The below excerpts are from the December 1996 issue of Whatcom Watch. Editor’s Note: When this article was written, the Gannett Corporated owned … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2016

Ballot Issue May Influence Future of County’s Natural Heritage

To celebrate 25 years of publishing Whatcom Watch, we will be printing excerpts from 20 years ago. The below excerpts are from the October-November 1996 issue of Whatcom Watch. Editor’s Note: In 1992, the Whatcom County Council passed the Conservation … Continue reading

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  September 2016

Bicycle Advocacy Slideshow Presented to Bellingham City Council

To celebrate 25 years of publishing Whatcom Watch, we will be printing excerpts from 20 years ago. The below excerpts are from the September 1996 issue of Whatcom Watch. Susie Stephens of the Northwest Bicycle Federation made a presentation to … Continue reading

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  August 2016

Ruling by Federal Judge Sends Whatcom County a Warning

To celebrate 25 years of publishing Whatcom Watch, we will be printing excerpts from 20 years ago. The below excerpts are from the August 1996 issue of Whatcom Watch. On June 17, 1996, Judge William L. Dwyer of the United … Continue reading

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  July 2016

Citizen Kayakers Investigate Discharges into Bellingham Bay

To celebrate 25 years of publishing Whatcom Watch, we will be printing excerpts from 20 years ago. The below excerpt is from the July 1996 issue of Whatcom Watch. “No one has a clear idea of actually how many storm … Continue reading

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  June 2016

Cherry Point Pier Settlement: Additional Protection for Marine Resources

by David M. Schmalz Editor’s Note: In 1993, Whatcom County issued a shoreline substantial development permit to Cherry Point Industrial Park/Joseph Sheckter. The permit allowed the construction of a fourth pier at Cherry Point. Five citizen groups appealed the decision … Continue reading

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  May 2016

Living in a Boom Town:

For centuries, Americans held an unquestioned belief that growth is good. From the founding of Jamestown, VA, in 1607 to the sudden fortunes of Silicon Valley in California, this nation was raised on the legend of El Dorado and the … Continue reading

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  May 2016

Do Convention Centers Live up to Their Touted Benefits?

Editor’s Note: In October 1994, the Bellingham City Council created the 17 member Convention Center Task Force. In December 1995, the task force recommended a 22-story complex be built in downtown Bellingham. The plan called for a 13,485 square foot … Continue reading

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