Current Issue: August 2018 (volume 27, issue 8)

Protecting Blanchard Mountain

“Dad, is it true that Blanchard Mountain might be logged?” It hurt to hear those words from my daughter almost two years ago, reflecting the buzz among her high school friends and so many in Northwest Washington who love and … Continue reading

Protecting Blanchard Forest

The chair of the Mount Baker Group of the Sierra Club, Randy Walcott, took up the cause of protecting Blanchard State Forest and Blanchard Mountain from ongoing logging. In December 1998, he formally petitioned the Washington State Department of Natural … Continue reading

What Is Happening to the Sea Stars?

As a child in the 1980s, I loved clam digging and oyster picking with Dad and Grandpa. Because Grandpa had a hard time walking the tide flats, we launched a small boat from Blaine Harbor and rowed over to the … Continue reading

Seasonal Flux

While it might be difficult to imagine, the period between late July and early August is the time of year when birding seasons overlap to the point of — for lack of a better word — confusion. At one point … Continue reading

Cooperation Key to Salmon Recovery

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson didn’t have to take the culvert case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Instead of continuing the state’s shameful history of denying tribal treaty-reserved fishing rights, he could have chosen a path of … Continue reading

Sehome Hill Arboretum

    From July 2000 through April 2002, Whatcom Watch ran a 16-part series on Bellingham parks. Aaron Joy wrote the series based on his self-published book, “A History of Bellingham Parks.” The September 2000 issue contained the article about … Continue reading

Summer Sun

The sun has finally kicked in, with midday temperatures in the 90s in the outside air, not to mention escalating readings inside a tall grow tunnel, where I struggle to keep crops cool by opening all the side vents and … Continue reading

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

How Cars Affect the Lake Whatcom Watershed

Since January 2014, Whatcom Watch, has been rerunning articles from issues printed 20 years ago. The below article appeared in the August 1998 issue of Whatcom Watch. Recently, a concerned citizen wrote Whatcom Watch requesting an article on the environmental … Continue reading

“Fake News” Versus Facts — A Crucial Difference

This section is devoted to studying the local impacts of specific issues the Trump Administration or Republican Congress will propose. When a Trump supporter said that President Obama had pardoned more persons than any other president, my first reaction was … Continue reading

Back Door Open to Guided Health Care System Tour

Enter and Look Around — Free and Easy The front entrance to the doctor’s office is typically a patients’-only view of the health care system, but Whatcom offers a back door with a welcome mat inviting you to tour what … Continue reading

Photographs on the Street

I am a journalist with a passion for truth-telling. Through my four years enrolled in Western Washington University student publications, I have been taken down a road that has led me to some emotionally compromising situations. But as these situations … Continue reading