Check the Protect Bellingham Parks Website

Permalink +

Wed, Feb 06, 2013, 10:42 pm  //  John Servais

If you are still considering how to vote on the Chuckanut Park issue, please check over at the website of the official opposition.  They have added more information on why a vote NO is the most common sense action.  The link to their website is also in the right column, but can be easily missed. 

Protect Bellingham Parks

This special factional Chuckanut Park ballot measure sends a negative message of not trusting our Greenways and Parks Departments.  If we love our green environments then a vote NO is the better action.  Passage of this will hurt future Greenways levy ballot measures.  Check out the opposition website and be fully informed before voting.

Update:  If you have decided to vote NO, then you might want to help the cause.  Email Bill Geyer at:


and join in these last days to help turn out the No vote.  

Hue Beattie  //  Wed, Feb 06, 2013, 11:00 pm

too bad you didn’t devote this much space and energy on the 3 to 5 for the port last year. It only went down by a small amount.

John Erickson  //  Thu, Feb 07, 2013, 7:45 am

I just knew that you could not let a day go by without fanning the flames! Looking forward to the 12th, maybe then we can talk about something else.

John Servais  //  Thu, Feb 07, 2013, 8:45 am

These pages have been open to the organizers of the petition - but they have chosen to not submit but one article.  This is an issue of my neighborhood - and it intends to tax me for what is folly.  I have walked Chuckanut Ridge for decades and used these pages as far back as 1996 to fight against the development of the 1,300 plus housing units on the sensitive areas.  And I have always - for decades - known that some of the dry and almost level land along Chuckanut Drive was perfect for 20 to 40 fine homes. 

Directly across the street are homes now - many owned by proponents of the park who would deny others to live just across the street from them.  Fan the flames?  You and proponents are meeting this Saturday morning to doorbell my neighbors.  You want me to give up and leave the final week to you?  Sorry, John and Hue, it does not work that way.  The tool I have is this website and I will use it. 

You proponents refuse to address the points we have raised.  Proponents prefer to repeat two false statements - that the forest needs to be saved and that this is our last chance.  In truth, the forest is already saved and owned by the city and we have five years to find a common community wide process for the city to repay the loan to itself.  This park tax is overkill and a waste of our money.  And will hurt future Greenways levy chances. 

David Marshak  //  Thu, Feb 07, 2013, 3:03 pm

Last week, John, you maligned the Greenways Advisory Committee by claiming that we had a “culture of secrecy.”

Today you say that the Chuckanut Community Forest initiative says that we don’t trust “our Greenways.”

Let me see if I understand. You want us to trust our Greenways projects but you don’t trust the people actually working on the projects?

By the way, John, what would you like to know about the Greenways Advisory Committee’s activities? I’d be happy to answer your questions to the best of my knowledge.

John Servais  //  Thu, Feb 07, 2013, 3:32 pm

We can be critical of our local agencies and should put our political action towards improving them.  Yes, in my opinion, the Greenways discusses too much in executive sessions.  More than one current member agrees with me and says they are working for more transparency. 

A citizen criticizing their government agencies is not maligning them.  It is called speaking out and I practice it.  However, I also treasure our legitimate local governments and do not want to see their roles displaced by factional agencies.  This Park District is an example of a factional agency.

I urge those voting NO on this issue to also vote for Anna Williams.  She is also against this Park District but realizes that if it is formed then we need at least one representative on the board to represent us.  Anna has a good grasp of financial affairs and is conservative in the classic sense.

Delaine Clizbe  //  Thu, Feb 07, 2013, 3:39 pm

Ok let me get this straight.  The proponents want us to believe the the “sky is falling” and that if we do not do something the land will be sold.  The COB has made it clear that the loan from the Greenways Endowment has to be paid back by 2017.  The Proponents are proposing that this little MPD will charge a .28/1000 tax starting in 2014 and that the tax will need to run for 10 years.

By 2017 they will have only collected three years of tax.  How on earth are they going to pay off the loan in time? 

One other thing.  The proponents claim that they are doing this to pay off the land and they want a “conservation easement” in return.  The last Conservation Easement that I saw in negotiation was between Whatcom County Parks Director Mike McFarland and Rand Jack of Whatcom Land Trust over the Lake Whatcom Reconveyance land.  The going rate at that time, about a year ago, was $50,000 for 8000+acres ($6.25 per acre)and would cover the land into perpetuity. 

At that rate, the easement on 82 acres should be about $512.50 The proponents are suggesting we pay 3.2 million plus whatever the interest adds up to be for a conservation easement on 82 acres of land.  It seems to me that they are going to pay at least $3,199,487.50 too much!



Tip Johnson  //  Fri, Feb 08, 2013, 4:37 pm

What a cheerful little project!

Alex McLean  //  Fri, Feb 08, 2013, 9:59 pm

The “legitimate rape” aspects of this MPD, whereby proponents presume that Happy Valley’s density and fleeting college students were “just asking for it,” tends to knock the harmonious good cheer off of this otherwise worthy cause.

If these folks had found a way to pony up ANY MONEY AT ALL—such as the $1 million they used to be committed to raising—then this would feel a lot more like good date proposed by an ardent suitor. As it stands, however, my neighborhood is getting hornswoggled by a massive campaign effort which aims to perfume the stench of economic injustice that radiates from these presumptuous and demanding charmers. Once clobbered into submission to this overbearing proposal, we’ll be asked to effectively codify, through the ball-n-chain of our tax dollars, that we cannot flirt with any of the other cute forests or environmental causes in and around the District. “Save OUR forest!” therefore elevates to law the already extraordinary privilege and attention that we have showered upon this one, dumb, noisy, belligerent hunk of handsome but poorly-mannered property.

After getting knocked up, after getting forced into marriage to this lummox, we only have to wait 10 years for a chance to start initiating our divorce papers. Given how pushy and greedy the proposal already is, I have no doubt that the greed and malice behind sucking dollars from the densest neighborhood in town (we may be “dense”, but that doesn’t make us “easy!”) will entice further bludgeoning and abuse from proponents who have proven, beyond doubt, that they care about nothing but themselves and their own gratification.

When I CHOOSE to give money to a cause, I want it to be a cheerful occasion.

As “our” purchase of this small slice of absurdly expensive forest will benefit such precious and few people, I gain no joy from having this uninspired proposal kicked down my throat. If this issue was somehow not divisive in the past, as some folks ambitiously like to believe, then I can promise that 10 years (or 20, or 30, 40 ...) of paying my dowry to the rich and fanatical in this town will, assuredly, cement the bitterness of the rift that others, somehow, claim does not exist between us.

Dan Pike  //  Sat, Feb 09, 2013, 11:16 am


Disappointing to see this level of invective and hyperbole thrown at proponents and the MPD.  I’m sure John will be along shortly to chastise you.

There are good arguments to be made on both sides of this issue.  You’ve made some good anit points yourself, in earlier postings.  My own perspective is that, on balance, the MPD makes good sense.  The City has been clear that future Greenways funds are not available; I know from education and experience that TDRs are extremely unlikely to work as a funding mechanism; and I know that selling a significant piece of Chuckanut Ridge remains the viable alternative to this plan.

Many are okay with selling some part; I gather you are among them.  That is a legitimate perspective.  If you want to save all the property, a Yes vote is the right vote.

At the end of the voting, we will all still be neighbors.  It would be nice if we could not feel inflamed about each other over this vote, and because of excessive invective.


Alex McLean  //  Sat, Feb 09, 2013, 4:36 pm


As your neighbor, as a member of this community, I greatly look forward to marching beside you as you continue your efforts to thwart the coal trains that threaten our city and lifestyles here.

As chastening as it is to get scolded by a former mayor, however, I have to take issue with the use of the word “hyperbole” in describing my diatribes.

It is an absolute fact that Dan Remsen, the lead proponent for this MPD, visited both the Greenways Advisory Committee and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. When he did so, and when asked why the district’s boundaries were drawn to engulf the hinterlands of Happy Valley, he very calmly explained that this was an economic calculation, pure and simple, to flatten the financial impacts of this tax and spread it to thousands of people who, geographically, are clearly not the prime beneficiaries of saving this bit of land from development. The proponents might want Happy Valley’s votes—assuredly they do—but they are mostly interested in our dollars. I find that outright fact of this proposal to be both crass and revolting, divisive by definition, and I don’t see how the proponent’s silence and piety (class warfare is too icky to discuss, but it is just fine to wage?) empowers you or anyone else to label my gripes as “invective.”

If it comforts you any, I am well aware that my kicking sand upon the picnic of well-respected environmentalists in this town will make a pariah of me for years to come. I’ve painted this bulls-eye on my back in neon and it gets bigger every day.

Still, that doesn’t make me—or my vituperative defense of my neighborhood—worthy of your or anyone else’s long-term inflammation. I can vote no, as you said, or I can shut up for 10 years and dutifully pay the tax.

What I can’t do is simply sit here and benignly agree with you and other proponents as you attempt to rinse your hands of a hastily-cobbled-together purchase, and all of its lingering impacts, with an even more slap-dash effort to pay off the debt to Greenways that this purchase has incurred.

I’d like to agree with you.
But then we would both be wrong.

Delaine Clizbe  //  Sat, Feb 09, 2013, 6:45 pm

I appreciate your standing up to a situation that is wrong!  You are the better man!

I almost didn’t come to your door the other day due to your “no coal” sign out front.  Truth is that although folks label themselves and others, we are very rarely just one thing.  I call myself a conservative and yet I like wind power…..gasp!

Besides that, your writing is awesome!  Not sure why Pike continues to try to out write and out debate you!

Keep up the good work!

Delaine Clizbe  //  Sun, Feb 10, 2013, 9:01 am

Check out the article in today’s Herald about the community gardens in Happy Valley.  That may very well answer your question: “why include Happy Valley?”.

+ Link

How much you want to bet that the MPD, if put into place will take on the management fees and possibly even purchase these gardens.

Here is another “project” the MPD could possibly fund.  + Link

Scroll down to the post on June 2, 2010.  To find Hue Beattie’s little pet project:

The second pocket park of Happy Valley is located on the corner of 21st Street and Larrabee Avenue. This park has a pond that is about 40 feet in diameter for runoff water coming from parking lots nearby. Beattie said residents of Stanford Apartments use this area as a permaculture landscape, or edible landscape. The area provides food such as nuts and berries for the people and wildlife around it. The Happy Valley Neighborhood Association, + Link tried to propose a plan for this area to become a community garden, but the Parks and Recreation Department decided it was too small.

Yes, someone came and cleared the blackberry patch out and then left the land to be overgrown again with blackberries.  There are no nut trees on the property.  The “pond” is a retention pond for the Adrik Place apartments, surely now critical habitat!  Yes the racoons and the rats use the blackberry patch to build “freeways” from the pond to peoples trash cans. 

How much will this little pet project cost the taxpayers?

John Servais  //  Sun, Feb 10, 2013, 10:31 am

Delaine, your prediction or assessment of some probable actions if the mini park district is voted into being is correct.  The new commissioners, regardless of verbal commitments, are wonderful uber enviros who will suddenly realize they have the power to increase the tax and right any number of old wrongs and “do good” where they have been stymied in the past. 

There is absolutely no doubt they will come under pressure from many of their supporters to do more.  The cry will be they have a mandate to do more - that now is the time and again we will hear the words “last chance” to save this and that and that over there.  And the tax will go up. 

I have lived in Happy Valley and Fairhaven for over well over 30 years.  And go back to the 1960s in knowing some of the strongest proponents.  They are good people who intend the best but are slaves to a uber green enviro belief system that is religion to them.  They do not even understand how asking many poor families in Happy Valley to fund excessive park land is cruel.  They do not understand asking the rest of us to buy land right next to their own properties is selfish on their part.

I am a lifelong enviro and they all know that.  I have fought for preventing the gross development of over 1,400 condo units on Chuckanut Ridge for far longer than many of them.  I warned them in the 1990s and they took no urgent action when we could have had the property much cheaper.  Now the sensitive Chuckanut Ridge is saved and they are greedy for excessive park so as to have nothing but forest next to their homes.  This is the sad truth of their mini Park District.  They are not satisfied with saving the ridge, wetlands, trail connection corridors and stream beds. 

And this greed for more and more will result in them saying yes to more projects that will increase the property tax on those who cannot afford higher taxes.  The proponents gerrymandered their tax district, avoiding the wealthy Samish neighborhood that is close to the park because they knew that neighborhood would vote resoundingly no.  Yet parts of Happy Valley neighborhood are much further from Chuckanut Ridge than are parts of the Samish neighborhood.  A revealing example of the unfair and deceitful nature of this ballot measure.

Neighbors - as a strong enviro and one who has fought to save Chuckanut Ridge since 1996, I urge you to vote NO on the misguided parks district.  Chuckanut Ridge is already saved.

Alex McLean  //  Sun, Feb 10, 2013, 6:06 pm

I’ve been aware that the “Happy Valley Community Garden” was on private land for some time and have brought this to the attention of Greenways. My question, which applies also to the commercial zoning of virtually all of the Waterfront District’s proposed parks, is why these areas appear green—as in public/open space—on our maps when, in reality, they have potentially fleeting use as a public resource. The City may address this through map inventories in coming months to provide better information about potential long-term uses and impacts to connectivity, secured non-motorized transportation corridors, and overall functionality of our trails and open space.

The Happy Valley Community Garden provides the only contiguous trail connection to 32nd St., from East to West, to our neighborhood’s only significant trail corridor, the Connelly Creek Nature Area. While there is another portal buried down on MacKenzie, the difference between walking through a developed cul de-sac and directly into someone’s backyard vs. a designated trailhead is psychologically significant; one feels inviting and could encourage use, the other feels like trespassing and has a buried trailhead at an imposing dead-end street. Although the Herald article implies there is no crisis of immanent development, it is noteworthy that there is no permanent easement or any other arrangement for public access through this privately owned garden.

As I noted in my manifesto encouraging garden plots atop the Downtown Bellingham Parkade, our local parking garage with a perpetually vacant top floor, it is a fact that the only regions in this nation where agriculture acreage is expanding are located in our urban areas. Gardening, especially in dense cities, has taken off exponentially in the past decade. This is not so much a hippie thing as just a practical reality of hobbyists and dabblers latching onto (or forcing) access to food security, local production, and a new-found desire to know where our food comes from.

It would be a drag if the Happy Valley garden is developed some day as it seems to be a wildly popular resource for this community.

What this sidebar discussion illustrates most, however, is that Happy Valley is about to pump all of its park and open space resources into acquiring a few winsome and undefined acres three miles away from our densest population centers at WWU’s housing cores and Sehome’s apartment and condo blocks. Besides living under an acquisition moratorium for much of this current Greenways levy, imposed for the sake of enshrining the sacredness of Chuckanut Ridge over all other worthy properties, we now will be taxing ourselves twice to secure the same plot of land which will benefit us not barely a bit.

Those who vote yes for this MPD, I contend, will also be voting to ensure that no resources—for at least 10 years, 20, or 30—will be allotted to our Happy Valley neighborhood, the densest neighborhood in Bellingham, and its trails and open space needs. Although I have little doubt that the powerful juggernaut of publicity, campaign flyers, yard-signs, door-belling, and gibberish-laden speeches will prevail during Tuesday’s vote, I still want to carve a spot on the record where, decades from now, we can point to this vote as being the moment where the ghettos in Happy Valley gave their political voice to THREE commissioners whose sole fixation is to lard further fat upon their narrowly defined Park District and its even narrower group of beneficiaries.

I’d vote yes if this proposal were less selfish and greedy.

Since it is not, I will retain my own selfishness and greed by voting NO and hoping that a better proposal will arise to protect my neighborhood and its taxpayers from future Ponzi schemes and manipulations of this sort.

Hue Beattie  //  Sun, Feb 10, 2013, 8:51 pm

The student blog article is not correct. I said it “could” be planted.Just trying to make more gardens.This has nothing to do with the M.P.D.

Planning Commission Opening Calls for Neighborhood Rep

Mon, Nov 30, 2015, 5:29 am  //  Dick Conoboy

The Planning Commission has a vacancy. Now is the time for the appointment of a member who represents the interests of the neighborhoods.


Update on Lincoln Street Student Housing Project

Mon, Nov 23, 2015, 5:41 am  //  Dick Conoboy

The student housing project for 648 individuals called NXNW (North by Northwest) on Lincoln Street is moving forward briskly. This is an update.

6 comments; last on Nov 27, 2015

Tax incentives proposed for Fairhaven apartments - Updated

Mon, Nov 16, 2015, 10:41 pm  //  John Servais

Council to allow three weeks for written comments on tax exemption proposal for high density buildings in quiet Fairhaven neighborhood

9 comments; last on Nov 19, 2015

Accessory Dwelling Units - There Is No Rush

Mon, Nov 16, 2015, 4:30 am  //  Dick Conoboy

There is no reason to rush an updated ordinance on ADUs when we do not even know what the current number is or where existing illegal units are…

8 comments; last on Nov 25, 2015

Bellingham Updating Accessory Dwelling Laws

Sat, Nov 14, 2015, 5:33 pm  //  Guest writer

By Shannon Maris. Detached ADUs - the 'mother in law' mini cottages - are being considered by the city of Bellingham. This impacts every home owner.

3 comments; last on Nov 19, 2015

Veterans Day and Thanking Veterans

Wed, Nov 11, 2015, 4:23 am  //  Dick Conoboy

Some personal thoughts on thanking our veterans for their service

1 comments; last on Nov 11, 2015

Whatcom Co.: Voting and Vote-Counting with Integrity

Sun, Nov 08, 2015, 9:25 pm  //  Guest writer

An overview of Whatcom County's method of processing ballots and counting votes.

2 comments; last on Nov 14, 2015

Final Election Returns: Jail Tax Rejected

Fri, Nov 06, 2015, 4:37 pm  //  John Servais

Satpal Sidhu wins council seat. Virtually all the ballots are now counted. Challenges and a few special are left.

1 comments; last on Nov 06, 2015

Thursday Voting Update

Thu, Nov 05, 2015, 9:17 pm  //  John Servais

Jail sales tax is being rejected - and the NO vote is increasing. Sidhu - Kerschner still undecided. Props 2, 3, 9 and 10 all should pass.

1 comments; last on Nov 06, 2015

Wednesday Vote Changes

Wed, Nov 04, 2015, 6:45 pm  //  John Servais

Second tally of 10,000 more ballots is in. Jail sales tax is now being rejected. Probably 15,000 or more ballots to go.

2 comments; last on Nov 05, 2015

Important Election Issues Undecided

Wed, Nov 04, 2015, 12:05 am  //  John Servais

The first returns - probably 60% of the final vote - shows contradictory propositions passing and most candidate races decided.

7 comments; last on Nov 04, 2015

Growing Veterans

Mon, Nov 02, 2015, 8:04 am  //  Dick Conoboy

Growing Veterans was created to empower military veterans to grow food, communities, and each other.

2 comments; last on Nov 04, 2015

More on Propositions 1 and 9

Sun, Nov 01, 2015, 9:31 am  //  John Servais

Where more substantial evidence is presented against proposition 9 - and why you should vote REJECTED on it.

24 comments; last on Nov 04, 2015

NWCitizen Publisher’s Voting Choices

Sat, Oct 31, 2015, 2:02 am  //  John Servais

As an independent citizen and political junkie, here is how I am voting - with brief reasons for my choices.

8 comments; last on Nov 03, 2015

NAMI Whatcom Opposes Prop 2015-1

Tue, Oct 27, 2015, 6:56 pm  //  Tip Johnson

The latest addition and the issue in review


Dwindling Information Makes Voters Susceptible to Spin

Mon, Oct 26, 2015, 11:39 pm  //  Whatcom Citizen

A perspective on the our changing news system, the consequences, and the challenges for the future. With a suggestion of the solution.

5 comments; last on Oct 28, 2015

Info Slowmo

Mon, Oct 26, 2015, 3:32 pm  //  Tip Johnson

When they feel you just don't need to know

4 comments; last on Oct 28, 2015

The Mysterious State of the Whatcom County Jail

Mon, Oct 26, 2015, 1:57 pm  //  Tip Johnson

Wherein the operative information is $$$ECRET

3 comments; last on Oct 29, 2015

Effort to Stop Bakken Oil Trains

Sat, Oct 24, 2015, 1:26 pm  //  John Servais

Whatcom group plans meeting workshop to submit comments to Washington Dept of Ecology against Skagit/Bakken oil trains.

6 comments; last on Oct 26, 2015

Fairhaven Pharmacy Closes Today - For Real

Tue, Oct 20, 2015, 2:53 pm  //  John Servais

After 126 years in business, Fairhaven Pharmacy closes for the last time at 6 p.m. today. Historic Fairhaven Association to do Halloween photos.

1 comments; last on Oct 20, 2015

Louws Regrets Jail Mailer

Tue, Oct 20, 2015, 9:25 am  //  John Servais

County Executive - and candidate for reelection -Jack Louws has written county officials with his regrets over jail mailer.

8 comments; last on Oct 24, 2015

Let’s not squander the next 30 years

Sun, Oct 18, 2015, 11:37 am  //  John Servais

The jail sales tax proposition is a road to perdition for our county. It is a waste and has been deceptively promoted.

4 comments; last on Oct 20, 2015

Making a Jail: Bamboozle!

Fri, Oct 16, 2015, 4:52 pm  //  Tip Johnson

With a smarmy October Surprise

9 comments; last on Oct 19, 2015

Court: No Radio Towers in Point Roberts

Thu, Oct 08, 2015, 7:14 am  //  John Lesow

A Canadian radio station is trying to install huge radio towers in Point Roberts for a Canadian audience. Citizen movement has fought them.


James King Resigns as Bellingham Parks Director

Sat, Oct 03, 2015, 2:47 pm  //  John Servais

James King to return to Alaska and take job with U.S. Forest Service. Mayor will appoint a new parks director.

1 comments; last on Oct 04, 2015

Just Say No - to the Incarceration-Industrial Complex

Fri, Oct 02, 2015, 10:48 am  //  David Camp

The "... new jail just doesn't pencil out", writes a well qualified accountant. A look at the future costs of the proposed jail.

11 comments; last on Oct 09, 2015

Alternative Jail Proposal for City Center

Tue, Sep 22, 2015, 4:54 pm  //  John Servais

There is a good alternative for a decent jail - but we first must vote down the jail sales tax proposal in November.

5 comments; last on Sep 24, 2015

Wendy DeFreest is Opening a ‘Burger Joint’

Sat, Sep 19, 2015, 3:37 pm  //  John Servais

Wendy DeFreest, of Avenue Bread, will open a new "burger joint" called The Filling Station by late October in Fairhaven. It will not be a sandwich cafe.


That Louwsy Jail Deal

Tue, Sep 15, 2015, 5:26 pm  //  Tip Johnson

FEMA camp or new county seat?

13 comments; last on Oct 15, 2015

A Learning Moment - Hopefully

Sun, Sep 13, 2015, 8:42 am  //  John Servais

Beware walking RR tracks on the Fairhaven waterfront in the event of unexpected encounter with a high speed train

2 comments; last on Sep 18, 2015

Second Water Main Break on Donovan in a Year

Mon, Sep 07, 2015, 8:06 pm  //  Tip Johnson

Mains a' bursting - Avast!


Homeowner to city: Please buy me out

Wed, Aug 26, 2015, 9:17 am  //  John Servais

Padden Creek daylighting project strays far from city promises to homeowner that his property would remain intact.

4 comments; last on Sep 05, 2015

How Our Community Can Welcome Our Troops Home

Mon, Aug 24, 2015, 4:11 am  //  Guest writer

Christopher Brown guest writes how traditional communal warrior reintegration practices could help our returning combat veterans.


Black Lives Matter, Occupy WS & Whatcom Jail

Wed, Aug 19, 2015, 6:55 pm  //  Whatcom Citizen

A Whatcom Citizen writes of protest movements and how our proposed county mega jail is related to them.

15 comments; last on Sep 04, 2015

$15/hr Minimum Wage - Seriously?

Wed, Aug 19, 2015, 4:00 am  //  Dick Conoboy

Moves to set the minimum wage to $15, even if successful, are woefully insufficient. And why aren't people speaking out about abusive work scheduling?

2 comments; last on Sep 17, 2015

Local retired librarian injured by police

Mon, Aug 17, 2015, 11:17 pm  //  Guest writer

Bruce Radtke, a retired Bellingham librarian, reported to be assaulted by police for handing out leaflets

5 comments; last on Aug 27, 2015

Predictive Policing Comes to Bellingham

Sun, Aug 16, 2015, 2:39 pm  //  Guest writer

Is the tail wagging the dog? Edward Alexander guest writes on why predictive software for our police needs basic questions answered before purchase.

1 comments; last on Aug 22, 2015

Gunfight at Cornwall Park on Wednesday

Thu, Aug 13, 2015, 10:29 am  //  John Servais

Nothing in the Herald this morning, so NWCitizen is informing citizens of shootout at Cornwall Park.

1 comments; last on Aug 13, 2015

Whatcom Conservation District Elections

Sun, Aug 09, 2015, 10:52 am  //  Guest writer

Barbara Perry has been researching the secretive election processes of the Whatcom Conservation District. Really secretive. Probably fraudulent.

1 comments; last on Aug 12, 2015

Election Results - Aug 4 Primary

Tue, Aug 04, 2015, 7:09 pm  //  John Servais

9:52 - final post for tonight. A running blog about the election results on this August evening. Feel free to comment.

8 comments; last on Aug 06, 2015

The Hansen’s Giant Rental Megaplex - Part 2

Tue, Aug 04, 2015, 9:14 am  //  Dick Conoboy

While the city deals with permitting on the Hansen rental megaplexes, the council has asked for proposals from staff on design standards for historic areas.

9 comments; last on Aug 07, 2015

Whatcom Co.: 90 Million Gallons of Water a Day

Tue, Jul 21, 2015, 11:42 pm  //  Guest writer

Eric Hirst provides us all with a well researched report on Whatcom County water issues - rights, Lake Whatcom, ground water and more.

10 comments; last on Aug 12, 2015

Electromagnetic Radiation: Who’s Looking Out for You?

Tue, Jul 14, 2015, 3:13 pm  //  John Lesow

The fight to keep Point Roberts from becoming a Radio Tower Farm is not over.

3 comments; last on Jul 22, 2015

Kudos to Our Police

Mon, Jul 13, 2015, 4:38 am  //  Dick Conoboy

Bellingham police are obviously trained to de-escalate armed confrontations. This is the way it should be.

6 comments; last on Jul 14, 2015

Lois Garlick was our hero

Thu, Jul 09, 2015, 7:27 am  //  John Servais

Lois Garlick has died. For many decades, she and George served as environmental stewards and leaders in preserving wildlife and nature.

2 comments; last on Jul 10, 2015

Whatcom County Council adds ballot measure

Wed, Jul 08, 2015, 8:27 am  //  John Servais

Last minute political maneuvering by liberal council seeks to counter conservative review commission ballot proposals.

1 comments; last on Aug 12, 2015

Charter amendments approved

Tue, Jul 07, 2015, 8:13 am  //  John Servais

The Charter Review Commission made Monday evening's meeting their last - and forwarded 8 charter amendments to the County Council

3 comments; last on Jul 08, 2015

Family Home For Rent: $44,000/year

Tue, Jul 07, 2015, 4:34 am  //  Dick Conoboy

For Rent: York neighborhood, new, 7 bedroom single-family home, near WWU. Only $44,000 a year. City planning not paying attention.

6 comments; last on Jul 09, 2015

Charter Commission Tricks

Mon, Jul 06, 2015, 3:30 pm  //  John Servais

Two dirty tricks by the uber-conservative minority on the Charter Review Commission aimed to put their agenda before the council.

3 comments; last on Jul 07, 2015

Drought Tree Emergency!

Thu, Jul 02, 2015, 1:55 pm  //  David Camp

Trees are dying for lack of water! Only citizen action can save them.


Fireworks and Clay Butler

Thu, Jul 02, 2015, 6:47 am  //  Dick Conoboy

If your 4th of July holiday is much more quiet this year, you can thank Clay Bulter who passed away at the end of May.


A Tale of Three Rezones

Mon, Jun 29, 2015, 4:00 am  //  Dick Conoboy

The Samish Neighborhood Plan has been the subject of three undesired rezones in the last year. The city ignores its own guidelines to the detriment of all.


County prosecutor plays cruel games

Thu, Jun 25, 2015, 5:00 pm  //  John Servais

Updated at 6 pm. Our county justice system has spent 6 years trying to teach Luba Pekisheva that she should not defend herself. Justice denied and miscarried.

8 comments; last on Jul 22, 2015

Proposed New County Lockup - Financial Analysis

Mon, Jun 22, 2015, 4:00 pm  //  David Camp

A look at the proposal in historic financial context with projections and several questions for the proponents.

8 comments; last on Jul 10, 2015

Hansen-Iron Street Rental Megaplex Planned for York Neighborhood

Mon, Jun 01, 2015, 2:49 am  //  Dick Conoboy

Three extraordinarily large (7-bedroom) single family home rentals are proposed by developers Dave and Jon Hansen on Iron St. in the York Neighborhood.

7 comments; last on Jun 10, 2015

Chiara D’Angelo comes down from anchor chain

Mon, May 25, 2015, 7:17 pm  //  John Servais

Young Chiara spent 3 nights hanging from the anchor chain of Shell Oil's Arctic Challenger as a protest to arctic oil drilling.


Flash Mob Protests Arctic Drilling

Thu, May 21, 2015, 10:50 pm  //  Tip Johnson

Wherein we ponder the fate of humanity


Joy Gilfilen Declares for County Executive

Mon, May 18, 2015, 10:17 pm  //  John Servais

Joy Gilfilen is challenging incumbent Jack Louws for County Executive.

4 comments; last on May 20, 2015

85 County Single Candidate Elections

Fri, May 15, 2015, 5:10 pm  //  John Servais

Running update of who is filing for office in Whatcom County. Posts during day Friday and final update Friday evening.

4 comments; last on May 17, 2015

Updated:  Ski to Sea Tries to Bully Bellingham

Wed, May 13, 2015, 4:30 pm  //  John Servais

Updated | Ski to Sea race does not need to race through sensitive Chuckanut Community Forest Park for special mountain bike leg. City did not renege.

10 comments; last on May 15, 2015


Election Info

Auditor Election page

State Results - Nov 3
Whatcom Results - Nov 3

Coal, Oil & Trains

Coal Stop

Community Wise Bham
Powder River Basin R. C.

Local Blogs & News

Bellingham Herald

Bham Business Journal
Bham Politics & Econ
Cascadia Weekly
Ferndale Record
Friends of Whatcom
Get Whatcom Planning
Latte Republic
League of Women Voters
Lynden Tribune
Noisy Waters
Northern Light
Twilight Zoning
Western Front - WWU
Whatcom Watch

Local Causes

Chuckanut C. Forest

City Club of Bellingham
Conservation NW
Futurewise - Whatcom
Lake Whatcom
Lummi Island Quarry
N. Cascades Audubon
NW Holocaust Center
RE Sources
Salish Sea Org.
Save the Granary
Transition Whatcom
WA Conservation Voters
Whatcom Peace & Justice


- Whatcom County

Port of Bellingham
Skagit County
State Results - Nov 3
US House
US Senate
US Supreme Court
US The White House
WA State
Whatcom COG

NWCitizen 1995-2007

Early Northwest Citizen

Weather & Climate

Cliff Mass Weather Blog

Climate Audit
Nat Hurricane Center
NW Radar
Two day forecast
Watts Up With That?


Adventures NW

Bellingham Wins
Edge of Sports
Entertainment NNW
Famous Internet Skiers
Recreation Northwest
Sailing Anarchy

Good Web Sites

Al-Jazeera online

Alaska Dispatch
Arab News
Asia Times
Atlantic, The
Change The Mascot
Common Dreams
Crosscut Seattle
Daily Kos
Daily Mirror
Drudge Report
Foreign Policy in Focus
Guardian Unlimited
Gulf News
Huffington Post
Innocence Project
Irish Times
James Fallows
Jerusalem Post
Joel Connelly
Juan Cole
Julia Ioffe/New Republic
Le Diplo
Media Matters
Michael Moore
Middle East Times
Nation, The
New American Century
News Trust
Online Journal
Palestine Daily
Palestine News
Paul Krugman
Personal bio info
Portland Indy Media
Progressive Review
Project Vote Smart
Sea Shepherd
Stand for the Troops
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Talking Points Memo
The Crisis Papers
The Intercept
the Oatmeal
War and Piece
Washington Votes

Quiet, Offline or Dead

Bellingham Register

Bhm Herald Politics Blog
Bob Sanders
Carl Weimer
Chuckanut Mountains
Citizen Ted
Citizens of Bellingham
Cordata & Meridian
David Hackworth
Facebook Port Reform
Intrnational Herald Tribune
Jack Petree
N. Sound Conservancy
No Leaky Buckets
Northwest Review
Protect Bellingham Parks
Sweeney Politics
The American Telegraph
Wally Wonders