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  December 2018

“Brain on Fire” and Misdiagnoses

Dear Watchers: In reference to “Brain on Fire” by Susannah Cabalan … Looking at the medical profession from the point of view of a journalist, doctors are pretty good at answering the Who, When, and Where, but dismal at What, … Continue reading

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  December 2018

Whatcom Conservation District Election

An election for one seat on the Whatcom Conservation District board will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Registered voters that have participated in previous Whatcom Conservation District elections do not automatically receive a ballot. Ballots must be requested … Continue reading

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  December 2018

Plastic Pollution Comes Home to Our Beaches

Part 1 On a gray September morning, about 50 Bellinghamsters from infants to octogenarians trudged along Locust Beach under leaky skies carrying buckets, reusable plastic bags, grabbers and recording charts. All nonnatural items were picked up and recorded: cigarette butts, … Continue reading

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  December 2018

Could Anchovies and Other Fish Take Pressure Off Salmon and Steelhead?

Part 3 Editor’s Note: This series was originally published in the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound. An intensive research program in the United States and Canada is studying why so few salmon in the Salish Sea are returning home to spawn. … Continue reading

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  December 2018

Skookum Creek Conservation Corridor

The waters of Skookum Creek are so clear that at times they appear translucent. The major tributary of the lower South Fork of the Nooksack River has a 22-square-mile watershed made up of wooded areas relatively untouched by humans. For … Continue reading

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  December 2018

To Help Orcas, Eat Chinook

Don’t stop eating or serving chinook salmon if you want to help recover Southern Resident Killer Whales. It might make you feel better for a while, but it accomplishes little and makes recovering chinook even harder, by devastating the livelihoods … Continue reading

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  December 2018

Tribes Release Habitat Recovery Strategy

“As the salmon disappear, so do our cultures and treaty rights. We are at a crossroads and we are running out of time.” These words of the late tribal leader Billy Frank Jr. become more urgent every day. Despite massive … Continue reading

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