January 2017 (volume 26, issue 1)

To the Corps: Finish Court-ordered EIS

Please take action before the change of officeholders at the federal level, and ask our congressional delegation to demand the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers release the final Environmental Impact Statement for the BP pier for the reasons described by … Continue reading

Time for Cascadia?

Donald Trump and his alt-right supporters have driven a huge crimson stake through the rusting industrial heart of America. An unbroken swath of red, Republican states now stretches from Idaho to West Virginia. We no longer live in a unified … Continue reading

A Wintry Day Across the Border

Every year, I give myself a special birthday present. While it might not seem that special to many people, it is to me. I treat myself to a day at one of my favorite places. It’s not a luxurious spa … Continue reading

State Water Quality Standards Finally Updated

It took a long time on a rough road to get there, but today Washington has some of the most protective water quality standards in the nation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last month finalized updated state water quality standards … Continue reading

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at November 7, 2016 Meeting Shall the council: 181. Authorize the city attorney’s office to intervene in Whatcom County Association of Realtors, et al. v. Whatcom County? At the 8/9/2016 meeting, vote #150, the Whatcom County Council approved … Continue reading

Whatcom County Council

Action Taken at November 9, 2016 Meeting Shall the council: 197. Cancel accounts between 5/3/2002 and 4/1/2014 as uncollectible? There are 482 accounts totaling ,745 deemed uncollectible under state law by the Administrative Services finance department. The breakdown by department … Continue reading

Port of Bellingham Commission

Action Taken at November 1, 2016 Meeting Shall the commission: 176. Authorize the executive director to sign an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration to transfer million in airport improvement funds to Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport? The Bellingham airport does … Continue reading

How Electrifying Rails Can Be Accomplished and the Benefits

Solutionary Rail A people-powered campaign to electrify America’s railroads and open corridors to a clean energy future Bill Moyer, author Patrick Mazza, editor J. Craig Thorpe, illustrator Backbone Campaign, 2016 108 pages, paperback, .95 ISBN-13 978-09980963-0-8 Reviewed by Debbie Cantrell … Continue reading

It’s Time to Shake Off Our Shock and Fire Up!

The last election, and Trump’s cabinet nominees, promise wide-scale attacks on the many social and environmental programs and values that many of us have supported over decades. And even though many of these programs, including environmental protection, minority justice, universal … Continue reading

General Election Results: 2016

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Whatcom Conservation District Election

An election for one seat on the Whatcom Conservation District Board will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 6975 Hannegan Road, Lynden. Polls will be open between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. All registered voters residing within Whatcom … Continue reading

Moving East to West

Editor’s note: This is a new column, and the Watch welcomes Peter Heffelfinger, who will write monthly about gardening in the Pacific Northwest. Please feel free to submit questions and thoughts!!   Contact Peter at:   peterh.heffelfinger@gmail.com As a human transplant … Continue reading

Do You Enjoy poetrywatch?

Want to see it continue? Then please, send your poems to us and let the Whatcom Watch share them with our readership! Seriously, we really do want your roughly 25-line poems (though length is by no means a deal-breaker; it’s … Continue reading

The Costs of Driving

To celebrate 25 years of publishing Whatcom Watch, we are printing excerpts from 20 years ago. The article  below is from the January 1997 issue of Whatcom Watch. Washington residents drove over 50 billion miles in 1995. It doesn’t take … Continue reading

Larry Freeman, M.D. Physician Activist

Larry Freeman is a psychiatrist who moved here in 1995 from New Zealand. His wife is a social worker and they have two sons, a daughter and one grandchild. He has an active private practice and is a family systems … Continue reading