Watching Government

  September 2018

Port of Bellingham Commission

Action Taken at July 10, 2018 Meeting Shall the council: 97. Authorize the executive director to sign a $44,998 contract with DH Environmental of Seattle to manage the Environmental Compliance Assessment Program? The port began the program in 1992, when … Continue reading

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  September 2018

Whatcom County Council

Action Taken at July 10, 2018 Meeting Shall the council: 107. Make initial appointments to the Whatcom County Business and Commerce Advisory Committee? The committee was created at the 5/22/2018 meeting, vote #86. It will advise the County Council on … Continue reading

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  September 2018

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at July 9, 2018 Meeting Shall the council: 94. Docket amendments to the 2018-2019 Bellingham Comprehensive Plan? (Public hearing held) State law allows cities to amend their comprehensive plans once a year. The first step in the amendment … Continue reading

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  September 2018

The Danger of Trump’s Threats to the Press

“I don’t carry an AR (automatic rifle) but once we start shooting you f—ers you aren’t going to pop off like you do now. You’re worthless, the press is the enemy of the United States people and, you know what, … Continue reading

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  September 2018

Return of the Shorebirds

Just like clockwork, and further to my last column, by late July the shorebirds that passed through on their northbound migration had begun heading south. The great thing about it is that birding activity in general will see a noticeable … Continue reading

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  September 2018

Confounding Health Care

Humor Man goes into Doctor’s office. “Doc, I have pain in my right shoulder.” Doc consults, examines and orders ultrasound and X-rays. Man gives X-ray order to imaging Reception and follows Tech to X-ray machine. “Why are you here?” Tech … Continue reading

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  September 2018

Tribes Support Sea Lion Removal Legislation

Federal legislation allowing lethal removal of more sea lions in the lower Columbia River is a good step toward reining in out-of-control populations that are hurting salmon and orca recovery efforts throughout the region. Treaty tribes in western Washington support … Continue reading

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  September 2018

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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  September 2018

Bellingham Citizens Propose Protecting Lake Whatcom

Since January 2014, Whatcom Watch, has been rerunning articles from issues printed 20 years ago. The below article appeared in the September 1998 issue of Whatcom Watch. An initiative created by input from a large group of Bellingham citizens is … Continue reading

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  September 2018

The Autumn Turn of the Year

With the coming of fall, the garden enters its third major seasonal shift. After the plantings of early and late spring, and the harvest of summer, autumn is the time of final plantings before the onset of winter. In late … Continue reading

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