Watching Government

  February 2017

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at December 5, 2016 Meeting Shall the council: 209. Authorize the mayor to award the low bid of $442,811 to Hytech Roofing of Lynden to re-roof the downtown Bellingham library? The engineer’s estimate was $387,429. The project involves … Continue reading

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  February 2017

Port of Bellingham Commission

Action Taken at December 6, 2016 Meeting Shall the commission: 195. Authorize the executive director to accept a property insurance settlement payment for Bellingham Shipping Terminal pier damage? On 12/9/2014, during a windstorm, the Horizon Fairbanks broke free of moorings … Continue reading

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  February 2017

Whatcom County Council

Action Taken at December 6, 2016 Meeting Shall the council: 226. Appoint Stephen Nyman to fill a vacancy on the Wildlife Advisory Committee? At the 7/7/2015 meeting, vote # 131, council created the Wildlife Advisory Committee, which advises the county … Continue reading

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  February 2017

Whatcom Conservation District Election

An election for one seat on the Whatcom Conservation District Board will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 6975 Hannegan Road, Lynden. Polls will be open between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. All registered voters residing within Whatcom … Continue reading

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  February 2017

Listen, Don’t Scream

To the Editor, I did not vote in this election since neither candidate gave my conscience enough comfort. I now feel a small elation that Donald Trump has blown a hole through the corruption of our present regimes, allowing fresh … Continue reading

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  February 2017

Seek Common Ground

To the Editor, I see the same facts as Michael Riordan, (front page, January 2017) but come away with a much different lesson. Based on the numbers in the same issue of Whatcom Watch, 37 percent of voters in Whatcom … Continue reading

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  February 2017

Climate Change is Damaging Treaty Rights

Climate change isn’t happening to some of us. It’s happening to all of us, and it’s going to take all of us to meet its challenges. A recent report from the treaty Indian tribes in western Washington brings the issue … Continue reading

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  February 2017

Repealing the Affordable Care Act

“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” — Albert Einstein Editor’s note: With the dawning of the Age of Trump, … Continue reading

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  February 2017

poetry watch

“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 Boris … Continue reading

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  February 2017

The Appeal of Birds

From a statistical point of view, the popularity of birds has never been higher. More people than ever participate in bird watching and bird feeding while citizen scientists add valuable data in tracking bird populations throughout the year. Organized monitoring … Continue reading

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