Watching Government

  March 2017

Port of Bellingham Commission

Action Taken at January 3, 2017 Meeting Shall the commission: 1. Reaffirm Chmelik, Sitkin, & Davis as the port’s legal counsel for 2017? The firm’s hourly rate will remain at the capped rate of $250.00, through 12/31/2017, for principals, and … Continue reading

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  March 2017

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at January 9, 2017 Meeting Shall the council: 1. Relinquish a portion of a utility easement located within vacated “G” Street? (Public hearing held.) Sanitary Service Company, the site’s current owner, has requested the partial relinquishment to develop … Continue reading

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  March 2017

Whatcom County Council

Action Taken at January 10, 2017 Meeting Shall the council: 1. Appointments to council-appointed boards, commissions and committees? Planning Commission, County Council District 2: Andrew Rowlson (incumbent), County Council District 3: Atul Deshmane (incumbent); Portage Bay Shellfish Protection District Advisory: … Continue reading

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  March 2017

Shelly Grant, Dominick Manetti and Cascadia Volunteer Advocacy

  Shelly Grant, a Washington native, moved to Bellingham to attend WWU. She graduatedwith a degree in communication and a minor in creative writing. She stayed after graduation because she feels at home here, likes the people, the culture and … Continue reading

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  March 2017

Don’t Just Watch

To the Editor, We need to do more than Just Watch: be done with the entertainment. The Trump Administration is an enlarging, stinking Caecum of Lies, constipating the guts of the U.S. Government; while the media is gorging itself on … Continue reading

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  March 2017

Lummi Island and the Comprehensive Plan

Editor’s Note: Lummi Island has been spared the wrecking ball. In 2015, the Lummi Island Heritage Trust secured a deal to purchase the 105-acre Lummi Island quarry property. The April issue of Whatcom Watch will have an update on the … Continue reading

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  March 2017

Storm Waters Run Deep: Bellingham’s Solution to Toxic Stormwater

Editor’s Note: This article, first published in the December 2016 issue, has been revised and expanded. Annual rainfall is rising in Whatcom County, bringing with it big storms and increased water pollution in the form of heavy runoff from roads … Continue reading

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  March 2017

Salmon Management Process Underway Earlier

The 2017 state and tribal salmon season-setting process got an earlier start this year. Nobody wants a repeat of last year’s North of Falcon process that required a month of overtime negotiations and led to a delay in opening some … Continue reading

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  March 2017

More than 11,000 Votes by Elected Officials

Whatcom Watch is the only entity that presents comprehensive coverage of the Bellingham City Council, Whatcom County Council and Port of Bellingham Commission votes. We’re committed to continuing with our reports; we feel they’re a valuable contribution to our community … Continue reading

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  March 2017

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 Boris … Continue reading

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