August – 2017

Port of Bellingham Commission

Action Taken at June 6, 2017 Meeting Shall the commission: 70. Authorize the executive director to accept a $782 state grant for costs associated with maintaining readiness for the oil spill response trailers at Blaine Harbor and the Bellingham Cruise Terminal? In 2006, the port received two oil spill response [Read More...]

By |2017-11-27T20:40:13-08:00November 27, 2017|Watching Government|

Whatcom County Council

Action Taken at June 13, 2017 Meeting Shall the council: 111. Solicit public comment on the size of the proposed Whatcom County jail? (Public hearing held) At the 5/30/2017 meeting, vote #109, the council set this meeting for a public hearing to address the size of the proposed jail. The [Read More...]

By |2017-11-27T20:37:28-08:00November 27, 2017|Watching Government|

Bellingham City Council

Compiled by Boris Schleinkofer Action Taken at June 5, 2017 Meeting Shall the council: 104. Grant a noise variance to the Washington State Department of Transportation for the I-5 cable barrier upgrade project? Construction work in residentially zoned areas between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. requires a noise variance.The variance [Read More...]

By |2022-03-25T09:30:35-07:00November 27, 2017|Watching Government|


Boris Schleinkofer, poetrywatch editor “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 Artwork by Hilary Cole Poetry [Read More...]

By |2022-03-16T18:10:46-07:00August 10, 2017|poetrywatch|

All of Us Must Take Action

This section is devoted to studying the local impacts of specific issues the Trump Administration or Republican Congress will propose. Artwork by Hilary Cole by Lyle Harris Ronald Reagan said this in 1983: “Since the founding of this nation, freedom of the press has been a fundamental tenet [Read More...]

By |2022-03-16T18:13:53-07:00August 7, 2017|Watch Out!!|

Improve Water-Use Efficiency: Focus on the Outliers

by Eric Hirst Whatcom County enjoys ample water supplies when averaged over the year, but summer conditions are quite different. Winter rains recharge groundwater and fill our streams, but summer’s hot, dry weather increases demand, especially for irrigation, and cuts stream flows. The discrepancy between summer supply and demand will [Read More...]

By |2022-03-16T18:14:32-07:00August 7, 2017|Water|
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