Fighting for Everyone’s Right to Carcinogen-Free Seafood

by Eleanor Hines and Ander Russell Environmental groups, regional tribes and fishing organizations defend community health and critical protections for the consumption of Puget Sound fish. On June 11, RE Sources alongside regional tribes, environmental groups, water quality advocates and fishing organizations announced we are going to court to fight [Read More...]

By |2022-03-10T14:48:37-08:00July 19, 2020|Cover Story|


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 |2022-03-10T14:58:17-08:00July 19, 2020|poetrywatch|

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at May 4, 2020 Meeting Presentation: Bellingham Emergency Management update on Covid-19. Of the 954 city employees, 851 are working on-site or remotely. The I.T. Department has provided instruction, resources, and support to employees so they can work safely from home. The operators at the drinking water and [Read More...]

By |2020-07-19T07:16:20-07:00July 19, 2020|Watching Government|

Whatcom County Council

Compiled by Barry MacHale Action Taken at May 5, 2020 Meeting Shall the council: 70. Authorize the executive to accept two federal grants totaling $459,700 for county projects? One grant is for preliminary engineering, environmental permitting and right-of-way acquisition (federal funding: $360,000, county funding: $90,000, total funding: $450,000) for the [Read More...]

By |2022-03-10T14:52:25-08:00July 19, 2020|Watching Government|

A Bold Move on Salmon Habitat

Lorraine Loomis USEPA Photo by Eric Vance. Public domain image by Lorraine Loomis The greatest obstacle to salmon recovery in western Washington is that we continue to lose salmon habitat faster than it can be fixed and protected. Until that changes, salmon populations will continue to decline. That’s [Read More...]

By |2022-03-10T14:51:00-08:00July 19, 2020|Being Frank|

As Light as a Feather

Great egretphoto: Joe Meche by Joe Meche One of Nature’s True Marvels As long as we’ve coexisted, humans have been fascinated by and even envious of birds and their ability to fly. We’ve been equally enthralled by their most prominent features … feathers. We’ve incorporated feathers into our [Read More...]

By |2022-03-10T14:49:57-08:00July 19, 2020|Beaks and Bills|

Five Solutions to Whatcom County Water Issues

by Eric Hirst At the February 2020 City Club meeting, Whatcom County Executive Satpal Sidhu asked us to offer five solutions to the problems we think are most significant for the county. Here are my suggestions to deal with our water-supply problems. Background The problems that motivate these suggested solutions [Read More...]

By |2022-03-10T15:00:22-08:00July 19, 2020|Water|

Opportunity Council’s Housing Programs

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 |2022-03-10T14:55:43-08:00July 19, 2020|Community Service Providers|
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