December 2018

Port of Bellingham Commission

Compiled by Bill McCallum Action Taken at September 18, 2018 Meeting Shall the commission: 133. Small Works Roster. Contracts under $300,000 fall within the executive director’s spending authority; they only require commission notification. Re-stripe Bellingham Cruise Terminal lots, $149,424. (7851/Consent Agenda B) 134. Authorize the executive director to sign a [Read More...]

By |2022-03-23T14:41:49-07:00March 23, 2019|Watching Government|

Whatcom County Council

Compiled by Barry MacHale Action Taken at September 25, 2018 Meeting Shall the council: 141. Authorize the executive to accept $13,223 in federal grant funds from the city of Bellingham? (Public hearing held.) The city of Bellingham will administer the $35,780 in grant funds from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice [Read More...]

By |2022-03-23T14:43:00-07:00March 23, 2019|Watching Government|

Bellingham City Council

Compiled by Boris Schleinkofer Roxanne Murphy resigned at the September 10 meeting. The at-large position will be vacant until the October 8 meeting. Action Taken at September 24, 2018 Meeting Shall the council: 143. Spend $990,000 to purchase 160 acres of open space from Western Pacific Timber for wetland mitigation [Read More...]

By |2022-03-23T14:45:19-07:00March 19, 2019|Watching Government|

Tribes Reclaim Stolen Lands

Since January 2014, Whatcom Watch has been rerunning articles from issues printed 20 years ago. The below article appeared in the December 1998 issue of Whatcom Watch. Editor’s Note: This story of the transformation of Indian country was written by High Country News staff writer Greg Hanscom after visits to reservations [Read More...]

By |2022-03-14T08:32:27-07:00December 9, 2018|Twenty Years Ago|


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 |2022-03-14T08:27:50-07:00December 9, 2018|poetrywatch|

Ancient Violence Is Still With Us

by Lyle Harris Sr. “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Those words, attributed to Abraham Lincoln, are as pertinent today as they were 160 years ago. And are we any different now from our [Read More...]

By |2022-03-14T08:33:28-07:00December 9, 2018|Watch Out!!|

Need Two or More Candidates

Dear Watchers, Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), the method described in the October/November 2018 Whatcom Watch article, would not have been useful for all races in the recent midterm elections because RCV is only appropriate when more than two candidates are on the ballot. Where appropriate, however, RCV has clear advantages as [Read More...]

By |2018-12-09T13:35:44-08:00December 9, 2018|Dear Watchers|
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