Oct/Nov 2020

Bellingham Food Bank

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 |2022-03-10T10:12:15-08:00November 9, 2020|Community Service Providers|

poetrywatch

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 |2022-03-10T10:14:21-08:00November 8, 2020|poetrywatch|

Port of Bellingham Commission

Compiled by Bill McCallum Action Taken at August 11, 2020 Meeting Shall the commission: 62. Renew a lease with Mount Baker Products? The tenant produces plywood products on 6.7 acres at 2929 Roeder Avenue. The rent for the five-year renewal period (8/1/2020 through 7/31/2025) will be $929,612 plus state leaseholder [Read More...]

By |2022-03-10T10:09:46-08:00November 8, 2020|Watching Government|

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at August 24, 2020 Meeting Announcements: The mayor recently signed a letter from Washington state leaders that urge Congress to extend the census deadline. At this time, about 70 percent of Washington state has been counted. The newest portal for gathering public feedback is called Engage Bellingham, and [Read More...]

By |2020-11-08T09:12:41-08:00November 8, 2020|Watching Government|

Whatcom County Council

Compiled by Barry MacHale Action Taken at August 5, 2020 Meeting
 Shall the council: 133. Authorize the executive to sign a $239,047 contract (amendment #22) with Washington State University? At the 1/29/2019 meeting, vote #20, council voted to jointly share costs for faculty positions and support for various WSU Extension [Read More...]

By |2022-03-10T10:10:36-08:00November 8, 2020|Watching Government|

A Win for Press Freedom

Washington has one of the strongest reporter shield laws, as depicted in this map from the RCFP. RCW 5.68.010, which went into effect in 2007, “provides the news media with absolute protection for confidential sources and qualified protection for other journalistic materials and information.” Source: https://www.rcfp.org/reporters-privilege/. by Jennifer Karchmer Seattle [Read More...]

By |2022-03-10T10:13:18-08:00November 8, 2020|Journalism|