“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 |2021-12-31T08:37:17-08:00December 31, 2021|poetrywatch|

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 |2022-03-08T07:17:56-08:00December 31, 2021|Twenty Years Ago|

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 |2022-03-08T07:19:26-08:00December 31, 2021|Housing|

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 |2021-12-31T08:35:37-08:00December 31, 2021|Salmon Streams and Tributaries|

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 |2022-03-07T20:13:58-08:00December 31, 2021|Watching Government|

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 |2021-12-31T08:33:29-08:00December 31, 2021|Watching Government|

Washington State Refineries and Climate Change

by Zane Gustafson and Eric de Place In 2020, the Washington state legislature legally committed to reducing emissions by 95 percent by 2050. Decarbonization makes refinery transitions inevitable, even as the precise timeline cannot be known due to shifting market and political forces. With this shift from fossil fuels, there [Read More...]

By |2022-03-08T07:23:29-08:00December 31, 2021|Climate|
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