Port of Bellingham Commission

Action Taken at July 10, 2018 Meeting Shall the council: 97. Authorize the executive director to sign a $44,998 contract with DH Environmental of Seattle to manage the Environmental Compliance Assessment Program? The port began the program in 1992, when it started looking more closely at the impact of tenant [Read More...]

By |2019-03-18T09:22:55-07:00March 18, 2019|Watching Government|

Whatcom County Council

Action Taken at July 10, 2018 Meeting Shall the council: 107. Make initial appointments to the Whatcom County Business and Commerce Advisory Committee? The committee was created at the 5/22/2018 meeting, vote #86. It will advise the County Council on regulations and policies that impact local businesses, industry and/or economic [Read More...]

By |2019-03-18T09:18:42-07:00March 18, 2019|Watching Government|

Bellingham City Council

Compiled by Boris Schleinkofer Action Taken at July 9, 2018 Meeting Shall the council: 94. Docket amendments to the 2018-2019 Bellingham Comprehensive Plan? (Public hearing held) State law allows cities to amend their comprehensive plans once a year. The first step in the amendment process is to establish the list [Read More...]

By |2022-03-23T14:53:01-07:00March 18, 2019|Watching Government|

Return of the Shorebirds

Greater yellowlegs          photo: Joe Meche by Joe Meche Just like clockwork, and further to my last column, by late July the shorebirds that passed through on their northbound migration had begun heading south. The great thing about it is that birding activity in general [Read More...]

By |2022-03-14T15:05:00-07:00September 8, 2018|Beaks and Bills|

Confounding Health Care

Artwork by Hilary Cole by Robert A. Duke Humor Man goes into Doctor’s office. “Doc, I have pain in my right shoulder.” Doc consults, examines and orders ultrasound and X-rays. Man gives X-ray order to imaging Reception and follows Tech to X-ray machine. “Why are you here?” Tech [Read More...]

By |2022-03-14T15:13:39-07:00September 8, 2018|Whatcom: Chronic & Acute|

Tribes Support Sea Lion Removal Legislation

Lorraine Loomis by Lorraine Loomis Federal legislation allowing lethal removal of more sea lions in the lower Columbia River is a good step toward reining in out-of-control populations that are hurting salmon and orca recovery efforts throughout the region. Treaty tribes in western Washington support U.S. Rep. Jaime [Read More...]

By |2022-03-14T15:05:44-07:00September 8, 2018|Being Frank|


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 Do [Read More...]

By |2022-03-14T15:09:35-07:00September 8, 2018|poetrywatch|

The Autumn Turn of the Year

Peter HeffelfingerPhoto: Evelyn Adams by Peter Heffelfinger With the coming of fall, the garden enters its third major seasonal shift. After the plantings of early and late spring, and the harvest of summer, autumn is the time of final plantings before the onset of winter. In late August [Read More...]

By |2022-03-14T15:08:55-07:00September 8, 2018|Northwest Gardening|
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