Watching Government

  June 2017

Port of Bellingham Commission

Action Taken at April 4, 2017 Meeting Shall the commission: 42. Modify a lease and a surplus personal property transfer agreement with Bitter End Boatworks and authorize the executive director to sign a certificate for surplus port property? Bitter End … Continue reading

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  June 2017

Whatcom County Council

Action Taken at April 4, 2017 Meeting Shall the council: 58. Authorize the executive to accept a $18,375 state grant for water safety patrols? The grant will fund patrols by the sheriff’s office during the peak boating period in order … Continue reading

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  June 2017

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at April 10, 2017 Meeting Shall the council: 63. Send letters to Senator Patty Murray, Senator Maria Cantwell and Representative Rick Larsen regarding the federal budget? The letter addresses a proposal to zero out Housing and Urban Development … Continue reading

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  June 2017

Trump’s Budget Dumps on the Struggling

This section is devoted to studying the local impacts of specific issues the Trump Administration or Republican Congress will propose. “Words may show a man’s wit, but actions his meaning.” — Benjamin Franklin “Actions speak louder than words. Words cost … Continue reading

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  June 2017

Trump’s Adversary — Truth

The president has no clothes. David Brooks, the respected conservative columnist for The New York Times, wrote that Trump has the “dangerousness of an immature man” under the headline, “When the World is Led by a Child.” Then a Washington … Continue reading

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  June 2017

Eelgrass Meadows, Our Tidelands Nursery

Part 1 If you have ever been to Whatcom County beaches during a minus tide you have likely seen eelgrass — the long green slender blades that drift in the tide. It turns out these marine grasses are pretty important … Continue reading

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  June 2017

Our Environmental Future Depends on Viable Local Farms

In the April 2017 issue of Whatcom Watch, one of the leaders of RE Sources effectively presented the environmental group’s position on dairy farming. Simply put, their position is that most of our 90-some dairy farmers represent industrial agriculture, which … Continue reading

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  June 2017

Maru Mora Villalpando and Latino Advocacy

Maru Mora Villalpando was born and raised in Mexico City. She first came to the United States in the early 90s for economic reasons. She returned to the United States in 1994 for political reasons. She lived for many years … Continue reading

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  June 2017

Birding the Olympic Coast South by Southwest

Part 1 Every year when March and April come around, the first shorebirds begin showing up on local beaches. At the same time I think about the Washington coast and the large-scale migration of these unique birds. The end of … Continue reading

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  June 2017

9th Circuit Refuses to Hear 
Culvert Case Appeal

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier today (May 19, 2017) refused to hear the state of Washington’s most recent appeal of the culvert case. The U.S. government filed the case in 2001 on behalf of the tribes. The decision … Continue reading

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Culvert Case Appeal