Watching Government

  December 2018

Port of Bellingham Commission

Action Taken at September 18, 2018 Meeting Shall the commission: 133. Small Works Roster. Contracts under $300,000 fall within the executive director’s spending authority; they only require commission notification. Re-stripe Bellingham Cruise Terminal lots, $149,424. (7851/Consent Agenda B) 134. Authorize … Continue reading

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  December 2018

Whatcom County Council

Action Taken at September 25, 2018 Meeting Shall the council: 141. Authorize the executive to accept $13,223 in federal grant funds from the city of Bellingham? (Public hearing held.) The city of Bellingham will administer the $35,780 in grant funds … Continue reading

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  December 2018

Bellingham City Council

Roxanne Murphy resigned at the September 10 meeting. The at-large position will be vacant until the October 8 meeting. Action Taken at September 24, 2018 Meeting Shall the council: 143. Spend $990,000 to purchase 160 acres of open space from … Continue reading

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  December 2018

Tribes Reclaim Stolen Lands

Since January 2014, Whatcom Watch has been rerunning articles from issues printed 20 years ago. The below article appeared in the December 1998 issue of Whatcom Watch. Editor’s Note: This story of the transformation of Indian country was written by High … Continue reading

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  December 2018

poetrywatch

“When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.” — John F. Kennedy Poetry … Continue reading

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  December 2018

Feeding One-Fifth of Ferndale

“Just inches away from homelessness and hunger.” Anyone in our community could end up here according to Sandy (not her actual name). I met Sandy in the line outside the Ferndale Food Bank. A dozen of us huddled under the … Continue reading

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  December 2018

Ancient Violence Is Still With Us

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Those words, attributed to Abraham Lincoln, are as pertinent today as they were 160 years ago. And are … Continue reading

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  December 2018

Shopping for Anesthesia? I Did

Author’s Note: We are grateful to the physicians who contributed to this article under the condition of anonymity and the understanding that they “… obviously do not speak for PeaceHealth or their profession, but have the right to speak for … Continue reading

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  December 2018

Winter Waterfowl

For most of my life I’ve had a strong affinity for one of the most visible groups of birds — the ducks, geese, and related species that comprise the greater family of waterfowl. Some of my earliest bird-related memories are … Continue reading

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  December 2018

Need Two or More Candidates

Dear Watchers, Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), the method described in the October/November 2018 Whatcom Watch article, would not have been useful for all races in the recent midterm elections because RCV is only appropriate when more than two candidates are on … Continue reading

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