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  December 2021

Post Point Renovations

Editor’s Note: This  is an excerpt from an article about anaerobic digesters and the Post Point plant that appeared in the September 2020 issue of Whatcom Watch. Anaerobic digesters are projected to replace a pair of aging incinerators at Bellingham’s … Continue reading

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  December 2021

Orcas Visit Bellingham Bay

Tucked into the west side of the central Salish Sea by several islands, Bellingham Bay is a rare destination for whales. However, several orcas decided to pay a visit on July 23. (1) Four members of the Bigg’s orca population … Continue reading

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  December 2021

Bellingham Will Process Sewage Into Fertilizer

If you have lived in Whatcom County for more than a few months, you’ve probably experienced the “odeur de manure” that periodically wafts through our air — reminding us that we are a very agricultural community. Spreading animal manure on … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2021

Ranked Choice Voting Won in New York

And Is on Its Way to Washington State And not just ranked choice voting (RCV). The voters won, too. New York City just conducted the biggest ranked choice voting election ever in the United States. The bumble of the test … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2021

Harcourt Falls Short on Condo Project

After Two Missed Deadlines, Will Harcourt Meet Third?  You should have been able to see three condominiums rising up from behind the graffiti wall along Granary Avenue by now.  The original contracted called for condominium occupancy to begin in October 2019, … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2021

Harcourt Timeline

The Puget Sound Pulp and Timber Company operated at the downtown waterfront site from 1926 until 1963, when the Georgia-Pacific Corporation purchased it. The Georgia-Pacific Corporation shut down pulp mill operations in 2001 and tissue plant operations in 2007, closing … Continue reading

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  September 2021

European Green Crabs Invade Whatcom County

The invasive species was found in a Squalicum Harbor trap. It’s not news that European green crabs have been residing in Whatcom County for at least two years. However, the Port of Bellingham has confirmed the discovery of the city’s … Continue reading

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  September 2021

County Council Protects Cherry Point

New Restrictions on Fossil Fuel Industries Passed Unanimously Part 3 Editor’s Note: For more background and context, read Part 1 in the February 2019 issue and Part 2 in the January 2020 issue.* Cherry Point has long been one of … Continue reading

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  August 2021

Harris Avenue Shipyard Cleanup Project

The Port of Bellingham and the Washington state Department of Ecology are working together to clean up the Harris Avenue Shipyard, located at the foot of Harris Avenue in Fairhaven. The shipyard is one of 12 cleanup sites that are … Continue reading

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  August 2021

Local Refineries Affect Southern Resident Orcas

The impacts of Whatcom County refineries stretch beyond local waters … Western Whatcom County is nuzzled by the Salish Sea at the broad intersection of the Strait of Georgia and Strait of Juan de Fuca. It is centrally located in … Continue reading

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