August 2018 (volume 27, issue 8)

Protecting Blanchard Mountain

by Mitch Friedman “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 … 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?

by Nichole Schmitt 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 … Continue reading

Seasonal Flux

by Joe Meche 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. … Continue reading

Cooperation Key to Salmon Recovery

by Lorraine Loomis 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 … Continue reading

Port of Bellingham Commission

Action Taken at June 5, 2018 Meeting Shall the commission: 80. Authorize the sale of one vessel for the nonpayment of moorage fees? An auction is scheduled to be held in the Squalicum Harbor office on June 28 for a … Continue reading

Whatcom County Council

Compiled by Barry MacHale Action Taken at June 5, 2018 Meeting Shall the council: 87. Authorize the executive to award the low bid of 7,549 to Iverson Earth Works of Custer for levee repairs? (Council acting as the flood control … Continue reading

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at June 4, 2018 Meeting Shall the council: 75. Direct staff to work with the Governors Point owner and move forward with a wholesale water agreement? At the 6/29/2009 meeting, vote #140, the council denied a wholesale/retail water … 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

by Peter Heffelfinger 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 … Continue reading


Boris Schleinkofer, poetrywatch editor “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.” — … Continue reading

How Cars Affect the Lake Whatcom Watershed

by Amy Kenna 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 … Continue reading

“Fake News” Versus Facts — A Crucial Difference

by Lyle Harris Sr. 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, … Continue reading

Back Door Open to Guided Health Care System Tour

by Robert A. Duke 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 … Continue reading

Photographs on the Street

by Katy Cossette 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 … Continue reading