August 2022 (volume 31, issue 8)

What’s With Our Train Horn Quiet Zones?

by Preston L. Schiller and Agnes Isabelle Sleep disrupted in the middle of the night by train horns? Annoying even in a Whatcom Community College dormitory a few miles away from the railroad tracks? Had to cover your ears at … Continue reading

Bellingham Bans Single-Use Plastics

by Luisa Loi Next time you eat at a fast-food restaurant in Bellingham, your fork might be given another chance at life and end up in a dishwasher rather than in a landfill. Why? Because the City of Bellingham has … Continue reading

One If By Land, One If By Sea

by Joe Meche Silver Lake Revisited As the grandkids aged. part of our summer vacation ritual has been a big camping trip to points here and there. We ranged far and wide from Alta Lake and Pearrygin Lake State Parks … Continue reading

Whatcom County Council

Compiled by Barry MacHale Action Taken at the June 7, 2022 Meeting Shall the council: 150. Authorize the executive to sign a ,1245 contract with Lydia Place for provide funding for a new housing program known as Heart House? A … Continue reading

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at June 6, 2022 Meeting Mayor’s Report The mayor introduced Rebecca Mertzig the new Bellingham Police Chief. She has 18 years of law enforcement experience, had previously held the rank of lieutenant at the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office … Continue reading

Port of Bellingham Commission

Compiled by Bill McCallum Action Taken at June 7, 2022 Meeting Shall the commission: 71. Authorize the executive director to accept a ,340,000 state grant for the Whatcom Waterway cleanup? This project falls under the  Model Toxics Control Act, the … Continue reading

One Step Back, Two Steps Forward

by Jayne Freudenberger This photo initially appeared in the June 2012 issue of Whatcom Watch. It shows a Nissan LEAF at the Sehome Village charging station. The two-part article by Ken Carraso was about his first 8,000 miles in a … Continue reading

Bellingham Climate Fund on Hold

by Luisa Loi Editor’s Note: This is an update to the Climate Action Fund article printed in the July edition of Whatcom Watch. It reflects action taken by Bellingham’s mayor the day after the paper went to press. Bellingham Mayor … Continue reading

Ending Hunger One Meal at a Time

by George Mustoe As a diverse group of volunteers, CAST (which stands for Coffee and Sandwiches Together) has served free meals on the streets of Bellingham for more than 20 years. CAST originated in 2000 with the compassion and energy … Continue reading

Veggies and Fruits, Glyphosate, August Plantings, Northwest Washington Fair

by Elisabeth Marshall Our farm stand is chock full of vegetables, herbs, and flowers and now we can look forward to some early fruit, too. It is definitely raspberry time — they demand picking every day. Our sour cherries are … Continue reading


“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

Members of the Bellingham City Council

         Ward 1                                            At-Large                         … Continue reading