Pearrygin Lake 2021

California quail photo: Joe Meche by Joe Meche Washington Pass on State Highway 20 was opened for cross-state travel in mid-May, triggering our traditional itch to spend a few days on the drier and typically warmer side of the Cascades. On a nice west side Sunday morning, we [Read More...]

By |2022-03-09T16:21:12-08:00July 30, 2021|Beaks and Bills|

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at May 10, 2021 Meeting Update on COVID-19 Response Erika Lautenbach, Whatcom County Health Department Director, provided an update on Washington state’s Roadmap to Recovery. She explained that as a whole, Whatcom County is not seeing a slowing in the Covid-19 case count. In the past two weeks, [Read More...]

By |2021-07-30T16:23:44-07:00July 30, 2021|Watching Government|

Whatcom County Council

Compiled by Barry MacHale Action Taken at May 4, 2021 Meeting Shall the council: 107. Authorize the executive to a sign a $240,000 four-month contract (amendment #3) with G6 Hospitality Property? The county leases Motel 6 at 3701 Byron Ave. in Bellingham for the purposes of providing Covid-19-related quarantine and [Read More...]

By |2022-03-09T16:23:13-08:00July 30, 2021|Watching Government|

Port of Bellingham Commission

Compiled by Bill McCallum Action Taken at May 4, 2021 Meeting Shall the commission: 56. Add certain administrative powers and duties to the executive director position? At the 1/19/2021 meeting, vote # 11, the commission authorized the executive director to manage all personnel matters for port employees and staff, which [Read More...]

By |2022-03-09T16:24:02-08:00July 30, 2021|Watching Government|

Supporting Those Living With Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

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 |2022-03-09T16:26:08-08:00July 30, 2021|Community Service Providers|

High Levels of Biotoxin Found in Wiser Lake

Recent sampling at Wiser Lake detected microcystin, a toxin produced by algae, at levels that may be harmful to people and pets. Toxin levels are more than 20 times the maximum safe level established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Residents are advised to avoid water contact at Wiser Lake [Read More...]

By |2021-07-30T16:21:24-07:00July 30, 2021|Water|

City of Bellingham Candidates

Background: Lake Whatcom is the drinking water source for Bellingham and surrounding areas, such as Sudden Valley. Many activities – from logging and development, to pesticides and invasive mussels hitching rides on uninspected boats – threaten the quality of our drinking water source. While much attention is devoted to reducing [Read More...]

By |2021-08-27T10:54:48-07:00July 30, 2021|Uncategorized|
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