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  May 2021

Invasive Mussels Threaten Drinking Water

  The small mussel, about the size of a grain of rice, appeared on an aquarium moss ball sold at a Seattle Petco earlier this year. It sounded the alarm across the United States, prompting agencies to work with Petco … Continue reading

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  May 2021

Whatcom Conservation District 2021 Election Results

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  May 2021

poetrywatch

“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 Do … Continue reading

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  May 2021

Caspian Terns in Bellingham

In 2009, Caspian terns starting nesting on the former Georgia-Pacific property now called the Waterfront District. Approximately 250 birds produced about 100 chicks. The next year, between 2,500 and 3,000 birds produced over 1,000 young terns. The Port of Bellingham … Continue reading

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  May 2021

Lake Whatcom’s Decline Is Unabated

Editor’s Note: The Lake Whatcom Monitoring Project was initiated in the 1980s to measure and track long-term lake data for temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, turbidity, and nutrients, including nitrogen and phosphorus. The work is performed by WWU’s Institute for … Continue reading

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  May 2021

From Survival to Safety

Over 850 people are currently unsheltered in Bellingham, and these individuals often face a complex set of challenges that prevent them from accessing permanent housing. No one wants to live unsheltered, but many end up on the street due to … Continue reading

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  May 2021

Whatcom Community College Adjusts During the Pandemic

We often hear how the pandemic has uprooted students, parents and teachers among the K-12 schools. Parents of school-age children have experienced the upheaval first hand, and it’s been difficult. However, we’ve not heard as much about what has happened … Continue reading

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  May 2021

Preventing Incarceration: A Different Approach

Part 2 Whatcom County does not keep track of recidivism rates. When a formerly incarcerated person gets arrested again, they recidivate. This rate is used to keep track of people who have a history in the system and measure the … Continue reading

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  May 2021

Ocean Conditions, Lost Habitat Drive Salmon Concerns

Treaty tribes and our state salmon co-managers are looking ahead to another grim year of fishing because of poor ocean conditions that reduce marine survival, and the ongoing loss of freshwater habitat. Higher marine water temperatures, changing currents and a … Continue reading

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  May 2021

Spring Into Summer

As we transitioned from winter into spring, the seasons and the birds around us changed accordingly. Cherry blossoms greeted us in just about every part of town, along with scattered greenery here and there. Rain was still with us in … Continue reading

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