September 2017 (volume 26, issue 9)

Finding a Home for Farmworkers

Regulators and Non-profits Work to Improve Housing Conditions The air hung heavy with wildfire smoke and a muggy 83 degrees on August 2, the day Honesto Ibarra started feeling ill while working in the blueberry fields at Sarbanand Farms in … Continue reading

Prepping for Doomsday

Many people in the Northwest are expecting the Big One. The Cascadia Subduction Zone, stretching 700 miles from California to Vancouver, British Columbia, releases a major earthquake approximately every 300 – 400 years. The last one occurred in 1700, estimated … Continue reading

Late Summer Birding

I’ve written before about the dog days of birding and this summer has proven beyond a doubt that they exist. These are the times that try a birder’s soul because birds are painfully scarce in most habitats, and finding them … Continue reading

What Government is Governing?

Quest lab debacle raises question: If not to protect citizens from harm by fellow citizens, natural disasters or business interests, what is government for? In particular, what are the state’s attorney general’s office and the health department’s purpose if not … Continue reading

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at July 10, 2017 Meeting Shall the council: 115. Conditionally approve the Jail Facility Financing and Use Agreement? Council will approve the interlocal agreement if the JFFUA is approved by the City Council with the mayor’s signature dependent … Continue reading

Whatcom County Council

Action Taken at July 11, 2017 Meeting Shall the council: 129. Approve a memorandum of agreement with the the city of Bellingham? At the 6/9/2015 meeting, vote #108, the County Council created the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force to … Continue reading

Port of Bellingham

Action Taken at July 5, 2017 meeting Editor’s Note: Commissioner Bobby Briscoe participated via a communications link from his fishing boat in Alaskan waters. Shall the commission: 88. Modify a harbor land lease (amendment #2) with The Landings at Colony … Continue reading

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A Winter Fortress

September is the turn of the year from expansive heat and sun to the oncoming cool rains and cloudy days. I often think of the oncoming fall season as the slow start of a gradual siege that begins in the … Continue reading

Violence in Virginia

As a First Amendment warrior, I fight for your right to speak all things hateful to my values. As a victim of malicious slander, I know the need for restraint. There are two sides to the freedom of speech on … 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 Poetry … Continue reading

Lisa Voigt, Tutor with Whatcom Literacy Council

Since 1978, the Whatcom Literacy Council has been helping adults in Whatcom County improve their literacy skills and learn English. Through customized individual tutoring and focused, small group classes, adult learners acquire critical skills needed to become more self-sufficient. Each … Continue reading

Time to Call Out the Hypocrites

This section is devoted to studying the local impacts of specific issues the Trump Administration or Republican Congress will propose. “The Bible insists that the best test of a nation’s righteousness is how it treats the poorest and most vulnerable … Continue reading

“History Is Watching Us All”

Even before the tragic events in Charlottesville in which Heather D. Heyer was killed when white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. rammed his car into a group of protestors, two Republican senators, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of … Continue reading

Death Takes Death Café Founder

Life asked Death, why do people love me but hate you?
 Death responded:
Because you’re a beautiful Lie and I’m painful Truth! Francis Bacon I’ve told my children that when I die, to release balloons in the sky to celebrate that … Continue reading