Seattle Judge Rules Against the Press

by Jennifer Karchmer Seattle Times and TV Stations Must Hand Over Footage to Police Despite Washington state’s reporter shield law that protects journalists from having to relinquish notes, documents or sources in most cases, freedom of the press was dealt a disturbing blow on July 23 when a Seattle judge [Read More...]

By |2022-03-10T13:57:13-08:00August 25, 2020|Journalism|

Environmental Organizations Question Secretary Bernhart’s Decision to Halt the Grizzly Bear Restoration Program in the North Cascades Environmental Organizations Question Grizzly Bear Decision

Grizzlies photo: Jeremy Williams by Jacob Pederson Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced a decision to halt grizzly bear restoration plans for the North Cascades of Washington state based on the concerns of rural citizens in the state as environmental organizations call this decision into question. Secretary Bernhardt [Read More...]

By |2022-03-10T14:01:28-08:00August 25, 2020|Wildlife|

It Takes Two to Tango

Figure 1. Old growth conifer forest with rich diversity of Fred M. Rhoades by Fred Rhoades Perhaps there is no other group of plants that typifies the Pacific Northwest west-of-the-Cascades forests more than the bryophytes. It is these simple plants that give our temperate rain forests their [Read More...]

By |2022-03-10T13:58:54-08:00August 25, 2020|Life Before Flowers|


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 Do You Enjoy poetrywatch? Artwork by [Read More...]

By |2022-03-10T14:00:02-08:00August 25, 2020|poetrywatch|

Safe and Stable Housing Should Be a Fundamental Right

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 |2022-03-10T13:56:10-08:00August 25, 2020|Community Service Providers|

Whatcom County Council

Compiled by Barry MacHale Action Taken at June 2, 2020 Meeting Shall the council: 87. Authorize the executive to sign a cost-sharing agreement (addendum #1) with the city of Bellingham? The agreement will formalize cost and revenue sharing related to the relocation of the Lighthouse Mission drop-in center shelter currently [Read More...]

By |2022-03-10T13:54:12-08:00August 25, 2020|Watching Government|
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