Watching Government

  January 2018

Port of Bellingham Commission

Action Taken at November 7, 2017 Meeting Shall the commission 141. Authorize the executive director to sign a $558,446 contract with Razz Construction of Bellingham for the installation of a shared heating system in the Waterfront District? The source of … Continue reading

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  January 2018

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at November 6, 2017 Meeting Shall the council: 187. Approve the 2018 legislative objectives? The city of Bellingham in partnership with Whatcom County and the Port of Bellingham, has a shared Washington State Legislature agenda. The 2018 agenda … Continue reading

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  January 2018

Whatcom County Council

Action Taken at October 24, 2017 Meeting Shall the council: 195. Authorize the executive to sign a $25,000 contract (amendment #1) with the Cascadia Law Group of Seattle to conduct a study and make recommendations related to the exports of … Continue reading

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  January 2018

Washingtonians Can Step Up on Climate in 2018

This past year, Whatcom County has seen firsthand the consequences of a changing climate: wildfires that black out the sky, snowless mountain tops, and over-heated, dead salmon in our rivers. We have a mess that we know we have to … Continue reading

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  January 2018

General Election Results – 2017

General Election Results: Turn-out, Winners, Ballot Measures. General Election Results 2017

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  January 2018

Chlorine Being Phased Out of Pulp-Bleaching – GP Plant to Be Affected

Editor’s Note: Georgia-Pacific closed the chlorine plant in 1999. In 2001, it closed the chemical plant, and laid off 420 workers. In 2003/2004 there were cutbacks at the tissue mill; 44 workers were paid off. In 2004, the rest of … Continue reading

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  January 2018

Accord Fosters Cooperation

A 28-year-old investment in cooperation and government-to-government relations between Indian tribes and the state of Washington is still paying off today. Through the 1989 Centennial Accord the tribes and state committed to work together for the common good of everyone … Continue reading

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  January 2018

poetrywatch

Do You Enjoy poetrywatch? Want to see it continue? Then please, send your poems to us and let the Whatcom Watch share them with our readership! Seriously, we really do want your roughly 25-line poems (though length is by no … Continue reading

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  January 2018

Rogues Gallery of Doctors

Allan Pinkerton of detective fame devised the first Rogues Gallery in 1855. It was a compilation of descriptions, methods of operation, hiding places and names of criminals and their associates. My rogues’ gallery doesn’t feature criminals but rather a collection … Continue reading

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  January 2018

Three for the Winter Road

Fellow watchers often ask me to provide a list of my favorite places to see birds in winter, without having to spend half the day getting there! That’s easy to do because I go to the same three places throughout … Continue reading

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