Beaks and Bills

  June 2018

An Eastside Retrospective

As winter has finally loosened its grip we are currently making preparations for another departure to signal the beginning of our own camping season. After last month’s look back over the past sixteen years of Beaks and Bills, I’ve been … Continue reading

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  June 2018

Initiative 1600: Single-Payer Health Care in Washington State

Bernie Sanders had many great ideas on how to reform public policy so that all Americans could be served equally by a just and fair system of government. And now here in Washington State we have the opportunity to begin … Continue reading

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  June 2018

Missing Streams, Uncounted Fish and Ubiquitous Pipes

To celebrate 27 years of publishing Whatcom Watch, we will be printing excerpts from 20 years ago. The article below appeared in the June 1998 issue of Whatcom Watch. Editor’s Note: In 2013, federal court Judge Richardo Martinez ordered the … Continue reading

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  June 2018

About Lake Whatcom

  It is the primary drinking water source for about 100,000 residents in Bellingham and Whatcom County. The lake is comprised of three sub-basins from which samples are collected in October through December, in February and April through September each … Continue reading

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  June 2018

Gardening With Wildlife

One of the first chores of spring is to let a few winter-hardened brassicas, such as kales or collards, go to seed. The early flowers attract native bees and the cultivated honey bees, as well as the now commonly over-wintering … Continue reading

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  June 2018

Climate Challenges: Lake Whatcom Update

  Lake Whatcom, our community’s primary drinking water source, is already showing the effects of climate change as evidenced by increasingly common summer temperature extremes. The most recent occurrence was in 2015, followed by warmer than usual, but less extreme … Continue reading

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