January 2021 (volume 30, issue 1)

Giant Hornets Could Decimate Raspberry Pollinators

Author’s Note: On December 27, 2020,  funding was finally secured through the “Murder Hornet Eradication Pilot Program,” which was signed into law by as part of the government’s massive 2021 omnibus spending package. The program, introduced by the Secretary of … Continue reading

Drinking Water Harmed by Invasive Species and Pollution

We all have a lot on our minds these days, and the quality of our water might not be at the top of the list. But Lake Whatcom, the drinking water source for 100,000 Whatcom County residents, including Bellingham, faces … Continue reading

Birding in the New Year

After a tumultuous 2020, things can only get better in 2021 … at least that’s the hope of everyone on planet Earth. The Covid-19 pandemic dictated that we change our habits and canceled traditional gatherings for most of the big … Continue reading

Time for Fish-Killing Dam to Go

It’s time to get rid of the Electron Hydroelectric Dam on the Puyallup River that has been killing salmon, steelhead, bull trout and other fish for more than a century. The dam is so old that it escapes most regulatory … Continue reading

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at November 9, 2020 Meeting Mayor’s Report: The mayor announced two appointments to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. The board provides recommendations on plans and programs designed to enable the Department of Parks and Recreation to maintain … Continue reading

Port of Bellingham Commission

Action Taken at November 3, 2020 Meeting Shall the commission: 95. Authorize the executive director to sign an agreement with Sanitary Service Company for a remedial design investigation at the Central Waterfront site? The contract to perform the work was … Continue reading

Whatcom County Council

Action Taken at November 10, 2020 Meeting Shall the council: 210. Authorize the executive to sign a 1,000 contract (amendment #1) to reimburse the Whatcom Family YMCA? The Whatcom Family YMCA operates 22 childcare sites within the county, providing all-day … Continue reading

How Cascadian Corporations Stack Up on Climate

Rating the Climate Claims and Actions of Albertsons Amazon, Boeing, Costco, Intel, Microsoft, Nike, Nordstrom, PACCAR and Starbucks This article was first published at sightline.org. https://www.sightline.org/2020/09/21/how-cascadian-corporations-stack-up-on-climate/ Last month in Part I, the article gave an overview of the environmental aspirations … Continue reading

Providing a Safe Haven for the Homeless

Editor’s Note: There are over 100 organizations in Whatcom County working to provide supportive services to those experiencing chronic poverty and its associated effects: addiction, homelessness, incarceration, mental illness, and unemployment. Whatcom Watch believes these organizations often labor unnoticed by … Continue reading

General Election Results—2020

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Washington Reporters Get Free Legal Help

Microsoft and Davis Wright Tremaine Protect Journalists Freelance journalists and small newsrooms that lack funds to hire lawyers can get pro bono legal representation from Microsoft and Seattle law firm Davis Wright Tremaine. The two companies joined forces in 2020 … 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

Lummi Fishes Whatcom Creek for First Time in a Century

Lummi tribal fishermen harvested salmon from Whatcom Creek in August, for the first time in at least 100 years. The Chinook salmon were released as juveniles in 2017 from the Bellingham Technical College’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Science program’s hatchery, which … Continue reading

Salmon Now Free to Swim Upstream

Two fish-blocking dams were torn down in the North Sound region over the summer, opening up pristine habitat for threatened salmon populations. The Tulalip Tribes worked with the city of Snohomish to remove a dam on the Pilchuck River, while … Continue reading

Salmon Habitat Restoration Completed in Nooksack River

The last of 127 engineered logjams were placed in the Farmhouse Reach of the North Fork Nooksack River this summer, completing an extensive multiyear salmon habitat restoration project. The reach is between Maple Falls and Deming (closer to Maple Falls). … Continue reading

WWU Emerges as a National Leader in Innovative Car Design

Since January 2014, Whatcom Watch has been rerunning articles from issues printed 20 years ago. The below article appeared in the January 2001 issue of Whatcom Watch. Editor’s Note: For a history on Viking series cars ,go to: https://vri.wwu.edu/viking-series-cars-history.  The … Continue reading