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  January 2023

Bellingham Bay’s Dirty Dozen Sites

by Luisa Loi On a late October afternoon, Stephen Zylstra sat on a washed up tree trunk on the little pocket beach located at the northern end of Boulevard Park in Bellingham, as his dog played and greeted strangers.  Between … Continue reading

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  January 2023

Recycling Changes Probable

by Emma Bjornsrud Bellingham recycling and garbage company staff sorted through a mountain of cans, bottles, cardboard and paper to evaluate whether the company could offer the city a more efficient way to recycle. The answer? Yes, we can, said … Continue reading

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  December 2022

Accelerating Solar and Wind Energy in Whatcom County

by Karen Dalenius and Judith Akins Climate change has reached our doorstep: summer droughts, hazardous air quality, Nooksack River floods, coastal storm surges worsened by sea level rise, this year’s wildfire in eastern Whatcom County. We were grateful when rains … Continue reading

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  December 2022

South Fork Chinook Recovery Is in Peril

An Interview with Tom Chance, manager of the Lummi Nation Salmon Enhancement Program Updated November, 2022 by Claire Johnston In September, the Whatcom Land Trust received a call from the Lummi Nation’s Salmon Enhancement Program Manager, Tom Chance. He called … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2022

Whatcom County Uses WasteWise Tool

by Tyler Brown Simply put, WasteWise (www.whatcomcounty.us/wastewise) is an interactive database tailored to Whatcom County that allows residents to quickly find out how and where to safely get rid of unwanted items. Some of them can go into the trash … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2022

Post Point Project Abandoned

by Luisa Loi After five years of study, discussion and planning, the Bellingham City Council abandoned its Post Point project in light of new cost projections — more than $1.1 billion to fund the project over the span of 15 … Continue reading

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  September 2022

Court Decision May Alter DNR Practices

by Tyler Brown The Washington State Supreme Court unanimously voted at the end of July to reaffirm a lower court ruling backing the Department of Natural Resources’ right to regulate timber sales for the public good while providing lawmakers more … Continue reading

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  September 2022

Creating an Equitable Local Food System

by Luisa Loi  Many Whatcom residents — 30,000, according to the Whatcom County Health Department — don’t have access to healthy and affordable food, the local freshwater supply is limited, high demand is making farmland more expensive to buy, and … Continue reading

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  September 2022

Saving Bessie Timber

by Tyler Brown Less than a mile southeast of Lake Whatcom stands a 46-acre commercial timber parcel called Bessie Sorts. It contains a near old-growth forest resting on a large watershed with trees as wide as four feet, reaching up … Continue reading

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  August 2022

What’s With Our Train Horn Quiet Zones?

by Preston L. Schiller and Agnes Isabelle Sleep disrupted in the middle of the night by train horns? Annoying even in a Whatcom Community College dormitory a few miles away from the railroad tracks? Had to cover your ears at … Continue reading

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