Port of Bellingham Commission

Compiled by Andrew S. McBride Action Taken at October 4, 2016 Meeting Shall the commission: 163. Authorize the executive director to renew the port’s liability and auto insurance coverage? The premium will be $183,426 (for the period 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017) and the broker is Alliant Insurance Services of Newport Beach, [Read More...]

By |2022-03-18T17:04:35-07:00December 28, 2016|Watching Government|

Whatcom County Council

Compiled by Barry MacHale Action Taken at September 27, 2016 Meeting Shall the council: 165. Authorize the public works department to spend up to $150,000 to purchase radios and related accessories on an as-needed basis from vendor Motorola Inc. of Redmond? The radio equipment will be used   for public works [Read More...]

By |2022-03-18T17:05:49-07:00December 28, 2016|Watching Government|

Bellingham City Council

Compiled by Boris Schleinkofer Action Taken at September 26, 2016 Meeting Shall the council: 155. Approve a request for sewer service at 3214 Locust Ave.? The single-family residence was constructed in 1934, the homeowner has been informed by the Whatcom County Health Department that the septic system serving the residence [Read More...]

By |2022-03-26T15:01:23-07:00December 28, 2016|Watching Government|

TPP is About Protectionism

To the editor: Those who favor the domination of multinational corporations claim that the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will be voted on soon, is about free trade. To the extent that there are some provisions about trade, the TPP is protectionist, quite the opposite of free trade. TPP will protect multinational [Read More...]

By |2016-12-07T09:22:16-08:00December 7, 2016|Letter to the Editor|

Cartoonist George Jartos

This illustration by George Jartos accompanied our first article by Preston Schiller on the proposed coal port at Cherry Point. It appeared on the front page of the April 2011 issue. George Jartos, a cartoonist who for years enlivened Whatcom Watch with his drawings and sense of humor, [Read More...]

By |2016-12-07T08:58:51-08:00December 7, 2016|Obituary|

US Recognizing Tribal Rights

Lorraine Loomis by Lorraine Loomis A wave of federal recognition of tribal sovereignty and treaty rights has reached a high-water mark in the closing days of President Obama’s administration. We hope President-elect Donald Trump will help push that wave even higher. Obama kept his campaign promise to meet [Read More...]

By |2022-03-18T17:12:30-07:00December 7, 2016|Being Frank|


“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 Boris Schleinkofer, poetrywatch editor Poetry has a voice in our community, [Read More...]

By |2016-12-07T08:49:26-08:00December 7, 2016|poetrywatch|
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