Cover Story

  July 2020

Fighting for Everyone’s Right to Carcinogen-Free Seafood

Environmental groups, regional tribes and fishing organizations defend community health and critical protections for the consumption of Puget Sound fish. On June 11, RE Sources alongside regional tribes, environmental groups, water quality advocates and fishing organizations announced we are going … Continue reading

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  July 2020

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 Do … Continue reading

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  July 2020

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at May 4, 2020 Meeting Presentation: Bellingham Emergency Management update on Covid-19. Of the 954 city employees, 851 are working on-site or remotely. The I.T. Department has provided instruction, resources, and support to employees so they can work … Continue reading

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  July 2020

Whatcom County Council

Action Taken at May 5, 2020 Meeting Shall the council: 70. Authorize the executive to accept two federal grants totaling $459,700 for county projects? One grant is for preliminary engineering, environmental permitting and right-of-way acquisition (federal funding: $360,000, county funding: … Continue reading

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  July 2020

Untangling the Wires Understanding Tech, Recognizing Fiber

This article is based on an ongoing conversation with Jon Humphrey, who has been a Bellingham resident for 10 years. Jon built his first computer when he was 12, and has been deeply involved in technology ever since. Holding a … Continue reading

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  July 2020

Washington State Issues Another Wolf Pack Kill Order

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife issued a new order on June 19 authorizing the killing of up to two members of the Togo wolf pack in Ferry County. This may leave the pack with just one or two … Continue reading

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  July 2020

A Bold Move on Salmon Habitat

The greatest obstacle to salmon recovery in western Washington is that we continue to lose salmon habitat faster than it can be fixed and protected. Until that changes, salmon populations will continue to decline. That’s why we are encouraged by … Continue reading

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  July 2020

As Light as a Feather

One of Nature’s True Marvels As long as we’ve coexisted, humans have been fascinated by and even envious of birds and their ability to fly. We’ve been equally enthralled by their most prominent features … feathers. We’ve incorporated feathers into … Continue reading

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  July 2020

Five Solutions to Whatcom County Water Issues

At the February 2020 City Club meeting, Whatcom County Executive Satpal Sidhu asked us to offer five solutions to the problems we think are most significant for the county. Here are my suggestions to deal with our water-supply problems. Background … Continue reading

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  July 2020

Opportunity Council’s Housing Programs

Editor’s Note: There are over 100 organizations in Whatcom County working to provide supportive services to those experiencing chronic poverty and its associated effects: addiction, homelessness, incarceration, mental illness, and unemployment. Whatcom Watch believes these organizations often labor unnoticed by … Continue reading

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