December – 2019

Combating Climate Change on a Local Level

by Jayne Freudenberger Climate change is already impacting our health, environment and economy in Whatcom County, and its effects will only accelerate in the future. Meanwhile, cities and counties across the country are coming to grips with what they must do to mitigate and adapt to the changes that are [Read More...]

By |2022-03-11T14:19:43-08:00December 9, 2019|Climate|

The EPA’s War On Science Continues

The Donald artist: Khalil Bendib/ by Jill Richardson The EPA wants to ban research that doesn’t violate the privacy of its subjects. That means less science — and fewer rules for polluters. by Jill Richardson Distributed by The Trump EPA wants to introduce a new rule: Its [Read More...]

By |2022-03-11T14:23:27-08:00December 9, 2019|Uncategorized|

Port of Bellingham Commission

Compiled by Bill McCallum Action Taken at October 8, 2019 Meeting Shall the commission: 117. Authorize the executive director to renew the port’s liability and auto insurance coverage? The coverage includes terrorism; for the airport it includes terrorism and war. The premium from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020 will be $197,067. Alliant [Read More...]

By |2022-03-11T14:18:04-08:00December 9, 2019|Watching Government|

Bellingham City Council

Compiled by Boris Schleinkofer Action Taken at September 23, 2019 Meeting Shall the council: 163. Authorize the mayor to sign a mutual aid agreement with the Washington [state] Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network? Emergencies may require aid or assistance in the form of personnel, equipment, and supplies from outside the area [Read More...]

By |2022-03-25T09:04:16-07:00December 9, 2019|Watching Government|

Whatcom County Council

Compiled by Barry MacHale Action Taken at September 24, 2019 Meeting Shall the council: 198. Authorize the executive to sign an agreement with the city of Bellingham? The agreement will permit the city of Bellingham radio shop to provide installation, maintenance, and repair services for communications equipment used by the [Read More...]

By |2022-03-11T14:17:12-08:00December 9, 2019|Watching Government|

Gardening in Autumn

Peter HeffelfingerPhoto: Evelyn Adams by Peter Heffelfinger Garlic and Shallots Just before Halloween, the early fall rains finally ceased and the clay soil in my garlic and shallot patch on the Skagit Flats dried out enough to be worked into raised beds. The dikes on the nearby Samish [Read More...]

By |2022-03-11T14:20:45-08:00December 9, 2019|Northwest Gardening|

Our Tax System Rewards Polluters

by Charlie Simmons Last year, the biggest fossil fuel companies paid zero dollars in taxes — and actually received billions in rebates. Distributed by Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who sparked student protests across the globe, had this to tell the U.N. General Assembly in New York: [Read More...]

By |2022-03-11T14:22:09-08:00December 9, 2019|Uncategorized|
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