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Current Issue: December 2021 (volume 30, issue 12)

Orcas Visit Bellingham Bay

Lime Kiln Lighthouse on San Juan Island is known as one of the top spots in the world to view whales and other marine mammals from Faith Owens by Faith Owens Tucked into the west side of the central Salish Sea by several islands, Bellingham Bay is [Read More...]

by |December 31, 2021|Categories: Cover Story|Issue: |

Post Point Renovations

This lagoon is located between the Post Point plant and Bellingham Bay. photo courtesy: Coastal Geologic Services of Bellingham Editor’s Note: This  is an excerpt from an article by Giovanni Roverso  about anaerobic digesters and the Post Point plant that appeared in the September 2020 issue of Whatcom [Read More...]

by |December 31, 2021|Categories: Cover Story|Issue: |

Port of Bellingham Commission

Compiled by Bill McCallum Action Taken at September 7, 2021 Meeting Shall the commission: 103. Approve a terminal services agreement (amendment #6) with the state of Alaska? The original terminal service agreement began in 1989. The agreement with the Alaska ferry (Alaska Marine Highway System) includes staffing for ticketing, reservations, [Read More...]

by |December 31, 2021|Categories: Watching Government|Issue: |

Habitat Is the Largest Nonprofit Builder in the World

Editor’s Note: There are over 100 organizations in Whatcom County working to provide supportive services to those experiencing chronic poverty and its associated effects: addiction, homelessness, incarceration, mental illness, and unemployment. Whatcom Watch believes these organizations often labor unnoticed by citizens — this column is designed to add daylight to [Read More...]

by |December 31, 2021|Categories: Community Service Providers|Issue: |

Hatchery Fish Are Treaty Fish

by Lisa Wilson Lisa Wilson Tribal treaty rights are being attacked by so-called conservation groups that threaten legal action against our hatcheries. Hatchery production is an essential part of salmon recovery. Along with harvest, habitat and hydropower, it is one of the four Hs that fisheries managers keep [Read More...]

by |December 31, 2021|Categories: Being Frank|Issue: |

Alexandra Morton’s Latest Book

by Kathleen Grimbly   Not on My Watch  How a Renegade Whale Biologist Took on Governments and Industry to Save Wild Salmon   by Alexandra Morton Random House Canada, 2021 384 pages, hardcover, $26.00 ISBN-13: 978-0735279667 Northern Vancouver Island — mid-1980s: On a kayak trip in the orca-rich Broughton Archipelago/Johnstone [Read More...]

by |December 31, 2021|Categories: Book Review|Issue: |


“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 You Enjoy poetrywatch? Artwork by Hilary Cole Want [Read More...]

by |December 31, 2021|Categories: poetrywatch|Issue: |

Tree Stumps in Fairhaven

Since January 2014, Whatcom Watch has been rerunning articles from issues printed 20 years ago. The below article appeared in the December 2001 issue of Whatcom Watch. by Ken Wilcox It’s now been six months, as I write this, since the Harris Avenue tree-nappers made off with our sweet gums. [Read More...]

by |December 31, 2021|Categories: Twenty Years Ago|Issue: |

A Future with Affordable Housing Choices

by Washington State Department of Commerce Funding for housing action plans and transit-oriented development helps communities address years of underbuilding that left middle- and lower-income residents priced out of housing as state’s population boomed. A 2020 report tagged Washington state with one of the 10 worst housing shortages in the [Read More...]

by |December 31, 2021|Categories: Housing|Issue: |

Nooksack Basin Salmon Habitat Restoration Project

Surrounded by local farmers’ fields, the rebuilt landscape features state-of-the-art technology to restore salmon access to miles of stream habitat. Local farmers are unveiling a just-completed fish habitat restoration project that has re-opened miles of salmon stream on a tributary of the Nooksack River. The project installed a state-of-the-art fish-friendly [Read More...]

by |December 31, 2021|Categories: Salmon Streams and Tributaries|Issue: |

Whatcom County Council

Compiled by Barry MacHale Action Taken at September 28, 2021 Meeting Shall the council: 212. Designate four wildlife species as “Species of Local Importance?” (Public hearing held.) The Wildlife Advisory Committee recommended the Western toad also known as boreal toad (Anaxyrus [formerly Bufo] boreas), the coastal tailed frog (Ascaphus truei), [Read More...]

by |December 31, 2021|Categories: Watching Government|Issue: |

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at September 27, 2021 Meeting Mayor’s Report The mayor appointed Raymond Dellecker to a partial term on the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board. The board advises the City Council, mayor, Department of Parks and Recreation director, and other city departments, and provides recreation programs for the general welfare [Read More...]

by |December 31, 2021|Categories: Watching Government|Issue: |
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