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  Oct/Nov 2020

Let’s Renew the Bellingham Transportation Fund

Vote Yes on Proposition 2020-14 Ten years ago, Bellingham voters adopted our local Transportation Fund. The fund is responsible for providing us with many of the repaving projects that we’ve been seeing in the last 10 years and nearly all … Continue reading

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  September 2020

Another Year When Ranked-Choice Voting Would Make Our Votes Really Count and When the Top-Two Primary Cuts Us Off Short

Yikes! Thirty-six candidates for governor. Thirteen Democratic candidates for president. Eight candidates for Congress in the Second Congressional District. These numbers are welcome signs of political engagement. It’s too bad the electoral system that we have (the winner-take-all system, coupled … Continue reading

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  September 2020

Post Point Treatment Plant Renovations

Big changes, namely anaerobic digesters, are in store for Bellingham’s wastewater treatment plant at Post Point, Fairhaven. The digesters would replace a pair of aging incinerators. They are the core features of the Resource Recovery project which will come online … Continue reading

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  August 2020

The Story Behind My 200 Columns in Whatcom Watch

Since I was informed this would be my 200th Beaks and Bills column, it seemed appropriate to trace the primary subject matter of the 199 columns that came before this one. And while we’re at it, maybe I can add … Continue reading

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  August 2020

Grant Protects California Creek Estuary and Drayton Harbor

A new $915,000 grant funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program will enable further protection and recovery of water quality and habitat through the purchase of coastal wetland properties along California Creek, a tributary of … Continue reading

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  July 2020

Fighting for Everyone’s Right to Carcinogen-Free Seafood

Environmental groups, regional tribes and fishing organizations defend community health and critical protections for the consumption of Puget Sound fish. On June 11, RE Sources alongside regional tribes, environmental groups, water quality advocates and fishing organizations announced we are going … Continue reading

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  July 2020

Untangling the Wires Understanding Tech, Recognizing Fiber

This article is based on an ongoing conversation with Jon Humphrey, who has been a Bellingham resident for 10 years. Jon built his first computer when he was 12, and has been deeply involved in technology ever since. Holding a … Continue reading

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  June 2020

About Lake Whatcom

Lake Whatcom is the primary drinking water source for about 100,000 residents of Whatcom County. The lake is comprised of three sub-basins from which water samples are collected in October through December, in February and April through September each year. … Continue reading

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  June 2020

Lake Whatcom Is in Decline

A Matter of Priorities The take-home message in the latest Lake Whatcom Monitoring Report is that our community’s primary drinking water source is continuing to decline (Matthews et al. 2020). The good news is we are supposedly on track to … Continue reading

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  June 2020

Climate Change and Public Health

Our world now faces two interrelated and simultaneous public health crises: the coronavirus pandemic and climate change. With the global death toll from Covid-19 already over 350,000 in less than six months, and so many essential workers risking their lives … Continue reading

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