Journalism

  March 2016

Freedom of the (Local, Independent) Press

by Jennifer Karchmer Sandra Robson (left) received the Paul deArmond Citizen Journalism Award on Feb. 12, 2016, at The 3rd Annual Paul deArmond Citizen Journalism Award dinner held at Soy House on W. Holly St. in Bellingham. John Servais (right), … Continue reading

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  March 2016

Poetry Watch

“When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry re­minds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.” — John F. Kennedy by … Continue reading

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  March 2016

Get the Scoop on the ‘90’s Biggest Menace to Small Business: Wal-Mart

To celebrate the 24th year of publishing Whatcom Watch, we will be printing excerpts from 20 years ago. David M. Laws has been generous enough to volunteer to review the Whatcom Watch for 20 years ago to find suitable material … Continue reading

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  March 2016

Whatcom County Council

Action Taken at January 12, 2016 Meeting  Shall the council: 1. Fill two vacancies on the Noxious Weed Control Board? Members must reside in District 3 and District 5. These are four-year terms. There were no applications for the two … Continue reading

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  March 2016

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at January 11, 2016 Meeting Shall the council: 1. Endorse the mayor’s letter to Governor Jay Inslee requesting the declaration of a State of Emergency on homelessness within the city of Bellingham? A declaration would make available additional … Continue reading

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  March 2016

Port of Bellingham Commission

Action Taken at December 15, 2015 Meeting Shall the commission: 165. Authorize the executive director to sign a $29,348 contract (amendment #1) with Bennett Engineering LLC of Bellingham to monitor the airport woodwaste landfill? It was operated by the Georgia-Pacific … Continue reading

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  March 2016

14th Annual Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival March 11-13, Blaine, Washington

The perfect activity to comple­ment winterspring is the Wings Over Water Festival in Blaine, the origin of which might require a little foreword. It was just over fourteen years ago that I hosted a meeting with members of the board … Continue reading

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  March 2016

Winterspring

There are certain times of the year that are particularly notable, especially those times that relate to seasonal changes. The change from spring into summer is often so subtle that we hardly notice the shift. Summer eases into fall and … Continue reading

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  March 2016

Padden Creek Update: Salmon Stream Sees Daylight After 120 Years

  Editor’s note: This article was originally published Jan. 27, 2016, on the Daily Kos (www.dailykos. com). It has been edited slightly to include updated information. After 120 years, a half-mile length of Padden Creek will once again see the … Continue reading

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  March 2016

Why Larger Farms in Whatcom County Are Needed for Small Farms to Survive

Editor’s Note: Writer Jennifer Moon recently published two articles about small farms in Whatcom Watch in January and February 2016 issues. She invited readers to respond to issues about farming. Rich Appel of Whatcom Family Farmers submitted this response. by … Continue reading

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