January 2018 (volume 27, issue 1)

Lake Whatcom’s Low Dissolved Oxygen (DO) – How did it Get that way and What WE can do to fix it?

by EJ Ledet and Richard Bauman Editor’s Note: This is the full scientific article that was abridged in our print issue. What a beautiful lake and great place to live. We who live around the lake, along with the City … Continue reading

Abridged Article: Lake Whatcom’s Low Dissolved Oxygen (DO) How Did It Get That Way And What We Can Do To Fix It

by EJ Ledet and Richard Bauman Editor’s Note: The following is an abridgement of the full scientific article that can be found on the Whatcom Watch website. What a beautiful lake and great place to live. We who live around … Continue reading

Three for the Winter Road

by Joe Meche Fellow watchers often ask me to provide a list of my favorite places to see birds in winter, without having to spend half the day getting there! That’s easy to do because I go to the same … Continue reading

Accord Fosters Cooperation

by Lorraine Loomis A 28-year-old investment in cooperation and government-to-government relations between Indian tribes and the state of Washington is still paying off today. Through the 1989 Centennial Accord the tribes and state committed to work together for the common … Continue reading

Whatcom County Council

Compiled by Barry MacHale Action Taken at October 24, 2017 Meeting Shall the council: 195. Authorize the executive to sign a ,000 contract (amendment #1) with the Cascadia Law Group of Seattle to conduct a study and make recommendations related … Continue reading

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at November 6, 2017 Meeting Shall the council: 187. Approve the 2018 legislative objectives? The city of Bellingham in partnership with Whatcom County and the Port of Bellingham, has a shared Washington State Legislature agenda. The 2018 agenda … Continue reading

Port of Bellingham Commission

Action Taken at November 7, 2017 Meeting Shall the commission 141. Authorize the executive director to sign a 8,446 contract with Razz Construction of Bellingham for the installation of a shared heating system in the Waterfront District? The source of … Continue reading

Washingtonians Can Step Up on Climate in 2018

by Ahmed Gaya This past year, Whatcom County has seen firsthand the consequences of a changing climate: wildfires that black out the sky, snowless mountain tops, and over-heated, dead salmon in our rivers. We have a mess that we know … Continue reading

Whatcom Conservation District Election

An election for one seat on the Whatcom Conservation District board will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Registered voters who have participated in previous Whatcom Conservation District elections do not automatically receive a ballot. Mail-in ballots must be … Continue reading

General Election Results – 2017

General Election Results: Turn-out, Winners, Ballot Measures. General Election Results 2017


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 … Continue reading

Chlorine Being Phased Out of Pulp-Bleaching – GP Plant to Be Affected

by Robyn du Pré Editor’s Note: Georgia-Pacific closed the chlorine plant in 1999. In 2001, it closed the chemical plant, and laid off 420 workers. In 2003/2004 there were cutbacks at the tissue mill; 44 workers were paid off. In … Continue reading

The Appeal to Emotions, Not Facts

by Lyle Harris Sr. This section is devoted to studying the local impacts of specific issues the Trump Administration or Republican Congress will propose. For an historical reflection on today’s Trump-GOP dominance, David Brooks, a conservative (of the old school) … Continue reading

Rogues Gallery of Doctors

by Robert A. Duke Allan Pinkerton of detective fame devised the first Rogues Gallery in 1855. It was a compilation of descriptions, methods of operation, hiding places and names of criminals and their associates. My rogues’ gallery doesn’t feature criminals … Continue reading

We’re Dying to Talk About Dying

It’s never too early, but it can be too late to prepare an advance care directive. Learn all about it: Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 6 to 8 p.m. St. Luke’s Health Education Center 3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham. To attract and … Continue reading