September 2016 (volume 25, issue 9)

Pushing the Cart Before the Horse: Construction Before Cleanup on the Bellingham Waterfront

  by Robert Johnson The Port of Bellingham and the Washington state Department of Ecology have expedited the cleanup of toxic industrial chemicals embedded in the soil and groundwater of the Waterfront District under pressure from one of the port’s … Continue reading

The Bromance Between the Mogul and the Senator

by Michael Riordan          Donald Trump shaking hands with Sen. Doug Ericksen at the Lynden rally.                                                                 Photo: Ericksen Facebook page Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not represent the … Continue reading

Summer Surprises

by Joe Meche Following more traditional patterns, the season of courtship, breeding and nesting for most bird species occurs in early spring. This is the time when our resident birds and new arrivals begin the cycle anew. Factors like weather … Continue reading

Treaty Rights Aid Salmon Habitat Recovery Effort

by Lorraine Loomis   Despite their unbreakable connection, salmon harvest and habitat restoration continue moving down separate roads in Western Washington. Many people either don’t see or choose to ignore the fact that habitat determines harvest, and that we continue … Continue reading

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at July 11, 2016 Meeting Shall the council: 107. Authorize the mayor to sign a four-year (2014-2017) collective bargaining contract with the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 106S? IAFF wages will increase by 2 percent on 1/1/2014, … Continue reading

Port of Bellingham Commission

Compiled by Andrew S. McBride Addendum At the 6/21/2016 meeting, vote #113, the commisson approved a five-year contract with SP Plus Corp. of Chicago, Ill, for management of the Bellingham airport parking lots beginning on 7/1/2016 and ending on 6/30/2021. … Continue reading

Whatcom County Council

Compiled by Barry MacHale Action Taken at July 12, 2016 Meeting Shall the council: 110. Appoint Whatcom County Corrections Deputy Mark Holst to serve on the Jail Stakeholder Workgroup? He has served on the Corrections Bureau — it operates the … Continue reading

poetry watch

“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 Boris … Continue reading

Bicycle Advocacy Slideshow Presented to Bellingham City Council

by Nicole Oliver To celebrate 25 years of publishing Whatcom Watch, we will be printing excerpts from 20 years ago. The below excerpts are from the September 1996 issue of Whatcom Watch. Susie Stephens of the Northwest Bicycle Federation made … Continue reading

Jeni Miller and the Bellingham Food Bank

by Kathryn Fentress Jeni Miller moved here in August 2010 from Seattle for a smaller town experience. She loves the beauty of the Northwest and the more open and progressive mindset. She is 55 and has her own business providing … Continue reading

A Wild Buffalo Program To Be Presented in Bellingham

by Mike Mease The Buffalo Field Campaign Road Show will visit Bellingham on September 15, 2016, a program that will be presented at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. at 7:30 p.m. The Yellowstone buffalo population is the last … Continue reading