July 2023 (volume 32, issue 7)

Lake Whatcom Watershed Advisory Board Replaced by New Board

Timeline for Property Purchases Around Lake Whatcom by Bill McCallum 1998 In the spring, three local residents — Marian Beddill, Tim Paxton and Larry Williams calling themselves The Initiative Group — begin meeting to explore ways to protect the city’s … Continue reading

Climate Change Threatens North Cascades Snowpack

by Sally Vaux Climate change is shaping how residents of the Pacific Northwest interact with our environment as heatwave, flood, drought, and wildfire occurrences become increasingly frequent. May 2023 was marked by extreme climatic events in the Pacific Northwest, including … Continue reading

Back to the Eastside

by Joe Meche *Author’s note: We are in the process of relocating our base camp after 25 years. If you’ve ever moved, you can understand the logistics involved … the least of which is shutting down and reconnecting with the … Continue reading

Whatcom County Council

Compiled by Barry MacHale Action Taken at May 9, 2023 Meeting Shall the council: 116. Send a letter to Hilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands regarding the Brokedown Palace timber sale? The letter recommends the timber sale be paused until … Continue reading

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at May 8, 2023 Meeting Shall the council: 83. Authorize the mayor to award the low bid of ,545,977 to IMCO of Ferndale for the Roeder lift station? The engineer’s estimate was ,047,679. The lift station, located near … Continue reading

Port of Bellingham Commission

Compiled by Bill McCallum Action Taken at May 2, 2023 Meeting Shall the commission: 39. Approve a release agreement with Boathouse No. 1 located in Blaine Harbor? The Blaine Moorage No. 1 Association is the owner of Boathouse No. 1. … Continue reading

Mayor of Bellingham

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Whatcom County Executive

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Articles You Might Have Missed

Around the world people are taking the initiative to mitigate climate change. Here are some good news briefs compiled by the Climate Issue group of the LWV of Bellingham/Whatcom. Everything Old Is New Again: Using ancient practices to mitigate Climate … Continue reading

Picnicking in an Environmentally Responsible Way

by Annika Sampson Dear Sasquatch, This time of year is amazing! The longer days and gorgeous sunshine make me want to get outside and gather with people I love. I know Whatcom County is full of awesome picnic spots, but … Continue reading

Moldy Rotters

by Fred Rhoades Part 2:   Mushrooms That Specialize in Decomposition In last month’s article (June 2023), I introduced decomposition as being an important ecological role of mushrooms and talked about some of the species that help decay small plant … Continue reading