Proposed over-water walkway is dead

Sat, May 21, 2016, 4:32 pm   //   John Servais

It can now be reliably reported that the long planned over-water walkway, running from the north end of Boulevard Park to the Cornwall Avenue landfill, has been cancelled by…
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Latte Republic: gas pipelines by schools

Fri, May 20, 2016, 1:25 pm  //  John Servais

Elisabeth Britt has posted a good article on her Latte Republic website.  It concerns the safe locating of our public schools.  The new Options High School is to be build over a 10 inch high pressure natural gas pipeline.  The Bellingham School District says it is not "over" it but offset to the pipeline.  At the Hearing Examiner meeting the other night, the school district did not say how far from the pipe the school will be - but it seems it is less than 10 feet.  That by most definitations is over the pipeline.  Elisabeth writes of her research into state codes about pipelines and schools.  California has good guidelines.  Our state does not.  

Her article, "Why the location of our public schools is important to our children’s health and well-being" is a good read and one that makes us aware of the casual manner our local schools are placed in dangerous locations.  The school staffer responsible for the past 30 years setting school locations defended the Options HS location on the basis that he has located several schools near or over potentially explosive pipelines.  Hmmm.

We need common sense to be exerecised by our local powers.  They may be able to sneak their projects through the permit hoops, but that does not make their decisions good ones.  Common sense needs to come into play.  In this instance, the school district did not even mention the existence of the pipeline in their SEPA check list and environmental determination of non-significance form.  At the hearing, the school district poohed staffer poohed any danger, saying gas pipelines do not explode.

Needed: part-time freelance PHP programmer

Thu, May 19, 2016, 4:43 pm  //  John Servais

Are you a PHP programmer?  (If you're not sure, then you are not.)  The NWCitizen website runs on a content management system called Expression Engine.  It uses PHP code for customizing and features. I am looking for a programmer who has a job, is located in Bellingham, and wants to pick up a bit more paid programming. This is probably not beginning level coding. There is already a solid base of PHP code behind this website from my previous programmer, John Meloy, who would be available for transition information. Although NWCitizen started in 1995 with my hand coding of static html pages, Meloy installed the present system in January of 2008 and has tweaked it since. His business is now keeping him too busy for this part-time tweaking. Hence, this shout out.

You can do the work on your own schedule and at off times. I would send my change requests via email and would hope you could get to them within a week.  If you are interested, contact me at john at nwhouse.com  Not only is it paid programming, but you will be helping the community benefit from a solid website for news and commentary.  


Options High - what is going on?

Tue, May 17, 2016, 8:32 pm  //  John Servais

Just posted is an article by Pat McKee on the need for a traffic study before building the new Options High.  The Bellingham School District basically cheated on filling out their non dertermination form for city planning.  And our Bellingham Planning Department has helped to sneak this process through.  

Sneak?  Yes.  Since we approved the levy in November of 2013 for a new Options High School building, the school district has communicated they planned to build a 200 student building.  Until they could no longer keep the wraps on it at a hearing in late March of 2016.  They were planning a 400 student school.  The neighbors were shocked.  The notices had not been clear on what was planned.  Sort of like the KPLU radio sale charade where the Fight Club rule prevails.  (Don't talk about it)  

Now, tomorow on Wed, May 18, the Bellingham Hearing Examiner, Sharon Rice, will hear the school district request for a conditional use permit - without a traffic study.  McKee's submitted statements (updated) will make the plea to the hearing examiner that a traffic study is needed.  One reason is the school district feels only 67 parking spaces are needed - an absurdly low number considering students, staff and teachers.  Let us hope she turns them down and asks for a proper traffic study with plans to accomodate the increased traffic and parking.

The school district assumes they will get not only the conditional use permit, but a green light to vacate the bicycle trail and half of Franklin Street.  Assumes?  Yes.  Without permits, they have let out the construction bids, and on May 12 they opened them.  Construction is scheduled to start in June. Oh - and they expect the city council to approve the street vacation on June 6.  

I have been working hard on another story these past couple weeks and have not been able to write more about this school project.  There is much that seems very wrong with this school plan. It appears the school district is warehousing poor students and those it expels from the three high schools.  They do not have organized access to any outside recreation areas.  No access to the Bellingham High fields.

I hope to post more articles about this Options High School.  We all desire for all our young to get a good education.  But it appears the Options High process is not that.  


KPLU needs and deserves our donations

Sun, May 15, 2016, 2:26 pm  //  John Servais

Yes, I am soliciting for another news outlet - but it is quite special.  KPLU public radio is based in Tacoma but via repeater antennas is present throughout Western Washington. That includes Whatcom County and Bellingham.  KPLU has outstanding news reports daily - with jazz music between. It is independent, factually trustworthy, and comprehensive.  No dumbed-down news with absurd and exaggerated lead-ins. It is a Pacific Northwest news treasure and has been on the air for decades.

Last November, we learned of a threat to dismantle it in a most nefarious manner. It was to be acquired and integrated into the other FM public radio station. The University of Washington owns KUOW and it competes, in a sense, with KPLU.  KUOW worked secretly to purchase KPLU from its owner, Pacific Lutheran University of Tacoma.  Its intention was to subsume it under KUOW and own public radio news for our area.

In the opinion of many, KUOW news is biased and controlled by the UW.  Or to put a positive spin on it, KPLU is considered much more independent and trustworthy in its news reporting than is KUOW. KPLU does not ignore important issues that are awkward for local governments and public institutions.  

Today the Seattle Times has an expose article on how the University of Washington and Pacific Luthern University conspired to keep secret their intention for UW to acquire KPLU and fold it into KUOW - and thus effectively kill its independent news coverage.  Cliff Mass, the popular NW weather blogger, has been informing us on this issue for months. Indeed, Mass has helped lead the effort to raise funds and buy KPLU from Pacific Lutheran University and make it independent.  

I am donating to that cause. Maybe only $10, but something. I hope many reading this may choose to also donate - and spread the word about this effort. We each have our own charities and causes to support and my words are not intended to suggest this cause shoud be everyone else's.  But I want you to know about it.  To donate, just go to the KPLU website

Locally, we can pick up the KPLU FM station at 88.7 from Bellingham, or 88.9 from Sedro Woolley. Out of Seattle it is at 88.5.


Bellilngham Comprehensive Plan Udpate Moves to Council for Action

Sat, May 07, 2016, 10:18 am  //  Dick Conoboy

Consideration of changes to Bellingham's Comprehensive Plan now migrates to the city council for a series of work sessions, hearings and eventual approval, most likely in September. But now is the time to get involved. The city council's committee of the whole will get a briefing from city staff on May 16th and a public hearing will be held by the council on June 6th. The planning commission's recommendations have been added to the draft comprehensive plan posted on the city's website (click here) You will also find a public comment tracker that has been updated as of May 4th to give you an idea of those issues that have already surfaced during the planning commission process.  Not all comments carried over to changes in the updated draft.

The comprehensive plan covers policies in the following areas that are surely to affect our neighborhoods for the next 5-6 years and not always in a positive manner:
Land Use
Community Design
Housing
Transportation
Economic Development
Environment
Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Capital Facilities and Utilities

Pass this information to your neighborhood association board of directors for discussion and action. Otherwise someone else will decide what your neighborhood looks like in the future.


The Insurers Protection and Unaffordable Care Act

Wed, May 04, 2016, 12:57 pm  //  Dick Conoboy

Three years ago I wrote a piece here entitled Obamacare and the Coming (Not Again?) Wealth Transfer that provided a resume of the then current, reality based take on the obomination called Obamacare. What was obvious then about the future of the Unaffordable Care Act has played out in its realization. The cruel, repetitive, neoliberal joke has been played on the American public, leaving the fat cats laughing all the way to their offshore accounts.  The excerpt below comes from a wonderfully comprehensive look at the Unaffordable Care Act written by Howard Waitzkin and Ida Hellander in a piece for the Monthly Review entitled The Neoliberal Model Comes Home to Roost in the United States—If We Let It

Excerpt: "Abundant data substantiate that the failure of Obamacare has become nearly inevitable. Even after the ACA is fully implemented, more than one-half of the previously uninsured population will remain uninsured—at least 27 million people, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office—and at least twice that number will remain underinsured. Due to high deductibles (about $10,000 for a family bronze plan and $6,000 for silver) and co-payments, coverage under Obamacare has become unusable for many individuals and families, and employer-sponsored coverage is headed in the same direction. Private insurance generally produces administrative expenses about eight times higher than public administration; administrative waste has increased even more under Obamacare, and remains much higher than in other capitalist countries with national health programs. These administrative expenditures pay for activities like marketing, billing, denials of claims, processing copayments and deductibles, exorbitant salaries and deferred income for executives (sometimes more than $30 million per year), profits, and dividends for corporate shareholders. The overall costs of the health system under Obamacare are projected to rise from 17.4 percent of GDP in 2013 to 19.6 percent in 2022. A conservative projection shows that premiums and out-of-pocket expenditures for the average family will equal half of the average family income by 2019 and the full average family income itself by 2029."

All talk of somehow "building" on this terrible legislation is so much bunkum.  Put whipped cream and a cherry on a turd and you still have a turd. 


Proposed Options High will be on 10 inch gas pipeline

Tue, Apr 26, 2016, 2:20 pm  //  John Servais

Elisabeth Britt has just posted on her blog, Latte Republic, an article telling us there is a 10 inch gas pipeline running under the proposed site for the new Options High School on Franklin Street.  The present temporary buildings for the school are set adjacent to the pipeline. She points out that in California this school would not be permitted.  And in our county it is recommended against. 

She does not mention the high tension power lines running directly over the school.  With emmissions raining down, this is hardly the location for a school for kids with various hinderances to being in our conventional high schools.  

The more we learn of this school - the weirder it seems.  We are all in favor of matching facilities and curriculums to students in need.  But the planning of this school by our Bellingham School District appears to be slip-shod and intended to hide the facts from taxpayers, nearby residents and our City Council.  Thanks to Ms Britt for revealing yet another problem with this plan. 


Local news: an invitation

Thu, Apr 21, 2016, 1:05 pm  //  John Servais

Last evening, our county changed from three voting districts to five. In a single vote of a few seconds, it became law. It is a change that now dramatically changes how we citizens of Whatcom County will be represented in our local government. And perhaps in the Port of Bellingham government also. After the Districting Committee decision and dissolution of their committee, I rushed home to write the article of this news and post it here. And then....nothing.

No other local blog or webite posted the info last night. The Whatcom Hawk, which had been aggressively commenting on this issue for months, had nothing. It had become a non-issue.  No interest. The Bellingham Herald this morning, nothing, even though the vote was before their deadline. Today on the Herald website - nothing. Apparently it was not important for residents and citizens of Whatcom County to know this.

This morning Prince died. Within 30 minutes the Herald had three stories online about this - including graphics. Still nothing about important local political news.  

For years, I bashed the Herald for not reporting important local issues. It is why I started Northwest Citizen in 1995, to post what the Herald covered up, what it ignored, often to the benefit of a local government agency that was screwing up. For the past couple years, I've eased off as the Herald staff was decimated and austerity caused those remaining to just hope to keep their jobs for a while longer. Last summer the Herald noticeably stopped covering local government and started covering car accidents, minor crimes and weather events as major and even headline stories. These may be interesting reads, but such stories do not provide us with the information we need to act intelligently as citizens. Our local newspaper has stopped being our source of important local news.

As the Herald continues to deteriorate, I find I am even more committed to providing a forum for citizen journalists and reader comments at NWCitizen. Through donations I hope to pay the expenses of managing this site. Through advertising, I hope to make a modest living so I can devote full-time to this endeavor. 

We have several writers now who are knowledgeable in different public areas and are committed to informing their fellow citizens of important issues: planning that impacts how we live; politics that impact those who make our public and political decisions; corporate action that endangers us or compromises our environment; government processes that waste our money or lie about what they are doing with our tax dollars. And more.  

If we residents - we citizens - are informed about what is happening around us, we can participate in decisions about our future and vote intelligently. We can actually act as citizens and not subjects or pawns. But first of all, we need to know what the hell is happening.  

I am looking for a few more writers. If you are knowledgeable about some issue that impacts us locally and can write decently (we have an editor who can help smooth out your articles), and if you want to join us, please contact me. We can meet for coffee to see if we both feel it might work. We could start with some guest articles to see how it goes. If it works, then you can help your fellow citizens know more about important issues in our local communities. If you feel you are qualified and are interested, please write me: john@nwhouse.com  - John Servais, owner and publisher


Latte Republic: Move RR tracks away from coastline

Sun, Apr 17, 2016, 10:41 pm  //  John Servais

Over at the Bellingham Latte Republic, Elisabeth Britt has posted up a fine idea. Petition BNSF to move their railroad tracks away from our coastline. For safety reasons.  

Before you - or myself - think this idea is beyond the feasible or reasonable, you should read her article. Seems the city of White Rock in Canada, a mere 21 miles from Bellingham, is petitioning BNSF to reroute the railroad tracks away from their waterfront. The effort is several years along.  And it is now getting support from the Canadian government. They are serious and determined. 


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Singing the Comp Plan Blues

As the city council takes up consideration of the comprehensive plan, citizen input is critical. Otherwise in a few years and in response to housing and land use…

Dick Conoboy
Mon, May 23, 2016, 5:21 am
0 comments

Proposed over-water walkway is dead

The planned concrete walkway from Boulevard Park to the Cornwall landfill, using millions in Greenway funds, has been abandoned by Bellingham. We again thank the Lummi.

John Servais
Sat, May 21, 2016, 4:32 pm
8 comments; last on May 24, 2016


Breaking Free: A New Age Ghost Dance

Jay Taber, a strong environmentalist for decades, guest writes a harsh critique of the 350 org anti-fossil fuel demonstrations at the Anacortes oil refineries last weekend.

Guest writer
Wed, May 18, 2016, 4:46 pm
1 comments; last on May 20, 2016

Missing Options High School traffic study

Bellingham School officials expect a slam dunk by Hearing Examiner and city council on street vacation and conditional use permit. By Patrick McKee.

Guest writer
Tue, May 17, 2016, 7:45 pm
2 comments; last on May 18, 2016

Uber: Supporting the Troops?

Uber, the cheap ride taxi company, is targeting the troops to become drivers in ads disguised as articles in publications such as the Army Times.

Dick Conoboy
Mon, May 16, 2016, 5:20 am
0 comments

Herons or Oil: Which are long term?

The March Point protestors this weekend will hopefully show serious concern and not disturb the heron colony near the refineries.

John Servais
Sat, May 14, 2016, 9:34 am
2 comments; last on May 15, 2016

No Coal Terminal at Cherry Point - Final

The Seattle office of the Army Corps of Engineers has formally denied a permit for building a coal terminal at Cherry Point in Whatcom County. Updated at 4pm.

John Servais
Mon, May 09, 2016, 12:10 pm
4 comments; last on May 09, 2016

Boring, predictable Trump plays to conservative Lynden crowd

Supporters say he will beat Hillary Clinton.

Ralph Schwartz
Sat, May 07, 2016, 10:47 pm
2 comments; last on May 08, 2016

Citizens: BPD dismissive of people of color

Group cites failure to investigate assaults on anti-police-racism marchers

Ralph Schwartz
Tue, Apr 26, 2016, 7:04 pm
4 comments; last on May 03, 2016

An Open Letter to U.S. Representative Rick Larsen

Also to all U.S. Representative candidates in the 1st and 2nd U.S. Congressional districts for the election in 2016

David Camp
Tue, Apr 26, 2016, 3:46 pm
1 comments; last on Apr 27, 2016

Five districts pass; GOP incites conservatives to fight map in court

Republicans rolled over and approved the Democrats' map to set the stage for a legal challenge

Ralph Schwartz
Thu, Apr 21, 2016, 8:40 pm
3 comments; last on Apr 24, 2016

Unanimous Yes vote for 5 county council districts

GOP vote for Democratic plan to prevent locked committee and then county council becoming decision makers of districting boundaries

John Servais
Wed, Apr 20, 2016, 8:01 pm
1 comments; last on Apr 21, 2016

Report on City Council Retreat

The Bellingham City Council conducted a retreat on 16 April to discuss a number of issues, including a set of proposed strategies to ensure "sustainable services."

Dick Conoboy
Tue, Apr 19, 2016, 5:14 am
0 comments

OregonLNG quits: Cherry Point may be new target

Liquid natural gas terminal is rumored to be in planning stages for Cherry Point as the Oregon proposed LNG plan is abandoned.

John Servais
Mon, Apr 18, 2016, 11:55 am
6 comments; last on Apr 19, 2016

Deck stacked against Republicans at Districting Committee hearing

Fate of new county five-district map remains uncertain.

Ralph Schwartz
Wed, Apr 13, 2016, 10:43 pm
5 comments; last on Apr 14, 2016

Don’t speak at tonight’s Districting Committee hearing

If you do, you better make sure you have something to say that's going to change someone's mind.

Ralph Schwartz
Wed, Apr 13, 2016, 9:09 am
3 comments; last on Apr 14, 2016

Bellingham Planning tries to sneak one through

The Sunnyland residents have just learned they have only today to comment on a huge impacting building project in their neighborhood.

John Servais
Mon, Apr 11, 2016, 1:06 am
11 comments; last on Apr 23, 2016

No sign of agreement as districting committee enters final phase

After a public hearing next week, the committee will be asked to vote on a five-district map for Whatcom County in two weeks.

Ralph Schwartz
Wed, Apr 06, 2016, 9:18 pm
5 comments; last on Apr 09, 2016

Proposed redistricting map for your review

The Districting Master (the official title) has submitted his map for review by the Districting Committee this evening. Here it is for your review.

John Servais
Wed, Apr 06, 2016, 1:14 pm
5 comments; last on Apr 07, 2016

BNSF: A casual approach to railroad safety

At Clayton Beach, we have tracked increasing erosion under railroad tracks and written to the railroads and federal inspectors. To no avail.

John Servais
Mon, Apr 04, 2016, 8:17 pm
2 comments; last on Apr 05, 2016

$15 Minimum Wage - Assured Debt Peonage

Accelerating efforts across the U.S. to install a $15 minimum wage are playing into the hands of big business and codifying enormously insufficient wages for years to come.

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Apr 04, 2016, 5:25 am
1 comments; last on Apr 05, 2016

Cherry Point coal port development put on ice

Work on EIS put on hold as coal companies wait for Army Corps of Engineers decision. Well, it was not in March. This is not an April 1…

John Servais
Fri, Apr 01, 2016, 3:49 pm
3 comments; last on Apr 02, 2016

Fuller calls on Coast Guard to ‘stand on the right side of history’

Activist contests $10,000 fine for climbing on a Shell oil vessel. Rob Lewis guest writes this report.

Guest writer
Wed, Mar 23, 2016, 2:37 pm
0 comments

Voting guide for Whatcom Conservation District

Updated Wed, Mar 16. Tuesday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., any registered voter of Whatcom County can vote in person at the conservation district office.

John Servais
Wed, Mar 16, 2016, 8:26 pm
0 comments

Will Cherry Point coal port be denied this week?

Updated 4:30pm. Helena, Montana newspaper says GPT may be denied this week by Army Corps of Engineers. US Rep Zinke panics and accuses Army of politics.

John Servais
Wed, Mar 16, 2016, 12:19 am
4 comments; last on Mar 24, 2016

Dems, GOP primed for legal fight over districts

Not even a letter from a coal terminal spokesman can save them now.

Ralph Schwartz
Tue, Mar 15, 2016, 12:04 am
2 comments; last on Mar 17, 2016

Districting maps E and F for reference

We post the next two maps to be discussed at the Districting Committee today, March 14. For the few who might study them and later contribute perspectives.

John Servais
Mon, Mar 14, 2016, 1:53 am
0 comments

Democrats threaten legal action on districting

Legally threatening letter sent by Seattle law firm retained by prominent leading Democratic Party leaders.

John Servais
Sun, Mar 13, 2016, 1:06 pm
1 comments; last on Mar 14, 2016

The state of citizen journalism is strong: Two receive deArmond awards

The third annual deArmond dinner celebrated the work of Sandy Robson and Neah Monteiro.

Ralph Schwartz
Fri, Mar 11, 2016, 11:28 pm
2 comments; last on Mar 13, 2016

Potential Oil Exports From Cherry Point—Something else to put on your radar

What almost happened on the coast of Maine could happen here at Cherry Point. Portland, Maine, stopped oil exports - and Whatcom County can also. If we act.

David Camp
Wed, Mar 09, 2016, 11:20 pm
0 comments

Durham, NH, - Surprise! - Rental Inspections Worked

Durham is an example of the efficacy of rental inspections, putting to bed the unsupported objections of landlords by presenting facts about conditions.

Dick Conoboy
Wed, Mar 09, 2016, 2:20 pm
1 comments; last on Mar 12, 2016

Dogged Pursuit of a Failed Vision?

Wherein, we correct some misassumptions but still ask the questions

Tip Johnson
Tue, Mar 08, 2016, 2:47 pm
0 comments

Districting Committee: GOP accuses Democrats of gerrymandering

The Republicans made concessions on their district map but took a final stand at Nooksack, Everson and Sumas.

Ralph Schwartz
Tue, Mar 08, 2016, 1:15 am
6 comments; last on Mar 12, 2016

Idea for Our Times: Puget Sound Repair Project

Could this address the real problem with Puget Sound?

Tip Johnson
Mon, Mar 07, 2016, 10:40 am
6 comments; last on Mar 08, 2016

Districting Committee: Republicans lack legal compass

Republicans and Democrats remain far apart. Democrats have the legal high ground, but Republicans would go to court to challenge that if necessary.

Ralph Schwartz
Sun, Mar 06, 2016, 11:39 pm
1 comments; last on Mar 07, 2016

Punishing the Wrong Guys

Wherein someone's gotta do the right thing

Tip Johnson
Tue, Mar 01, 2016, 3:40 pm
0 comments

D’Angelo undaunted by fine: ‘I had to make the moral choice’

Chiara D'Angelo comes across as emotionally intelligent and uncompromising in her high-stakes Coast Guard hearing.

Ralph Schwartz
Mon, Feb 29, 2016, 11:55 pm
1 comments; last on Mar 01, 2016

Elfo: Enforcement, Litigation or Risks?

Wherein inquiring minds want to know!

Tip Johnson
Sat, Feb 27, 2016, 1:24 pm
0 comments

‘Goodwill’ wanted but lacking on Districting Committee

Republicans focused their efforts on torpedoing the Democrats' five-district proposal at the second committee meeting.

Ralph Schwartz
Tue, Feb 23, 2016, 5:01 am
4 comments; last on Mar 01, 2016

Anchor-chain activists face hefty fines

The Coast Guard has levied $30,000 in fines on two Bellingham climate activists. They will fight to have the fines dropped.

Ralph Schwartz
Thu, Feb 18, 2016, 5:01 am
16 comments; last on Feb 22, 2016

Jail Reform: Music to My Ears

Wherein sanity may finally be approaching a nagging jail issue

Tip Johnson
Sun, Feb 14, 2016, 8:54 pm
2 comments; last on Feb 19, 2016

Redistricting: Democrats may have upper hand

Republicans and Democrats traded barbs on the first day of the Districting Committee, but Dems may have won the first battle.

Ralph Schwartz
Tue, Feb 09, 2016, 5:02 am
5 comments; last on Feb 10, 2016

Stop the Rental Fires Now!

Inspections of rentals cannot begin too soon. Seven fires in rental units since 2011 and almost half with ONE landlord. No but the clock may be running out.

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Feb 08, 2016, 6:26 am
0 comments

Super Bowl 50 - Wretched Excess

From all the monumentally boring hoopla to the shameful rousting of the homeless Super Bowl 50 exceeds all expectations for greed and excess.

Dick Conoboy
Fri, Feb 05, 2016, 12:45 pm
4 comments; last on Feb 12, 2016

Harriet Spanel has passed on

Harriet Spanel was many years our representative in the state legislature and served Whatcom County and Bellingham very well.

John Servais
Wed, Feb 03, 2016, 5:49 pm
4 comments; last on Feb 04, 2016

Mayor Picks Lisa Anderson for City Planning Commission

Lisa Anderson will fill the remaining term of real estate broker, Cerise Noah. who left the Bellingham Planning Commission several months ago.

Dick Conoboy
Wed, Feb 03, 2016, 2:53 pm
0 comments

In White Skin

Talib Kweli played the Wild Buffalo a couple evenings ago and Ralph Schwartz was there. He writes a very personal take on the evening.

Ralph Schwartz
Mon, Feb 01, 2016, 4:00 am
2 comments; last on Feb 04, 2016

Say Nein to Uber

Uber has started a new type of public taxi service in many cities, including Bellingham. It is controversial.

Dick Conoboy
Sun, Jan 31, 2016, 12:04 pm
3 comments; last on Feb 04, 2016

WA State Minimum Wage Initiative - A Race To The Bottom

Raising the minimum wage to $13.50/hr by 2020 cements workers into permanent slave wages that cannot pay the bills.

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Jan 18, 2016, 6:35 am
1 comments; last on Jan 20, 2016

Eagles on the Nooksack

They are less famous than the eagles on the Skagit but closer to Bellingham, fewer people and still lots of eagles. A great January afternoon outing.

John Servais
Tue, Jan 12, 2016, 12:18 am
1 comments; last on Jan 13, 2016

Earthquake lightly shakes Bellingham

Earthquake near San Juan Island felt in Bellingham late Tuesday night

John Servais
Wed, Dec 30, 2015, 1:15 am
0 comments

Kremen & Weimer tell us of Clinton & Sanders

What the campaign styles of local politicians Pete Kremen and Carl Weimer tell us about presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

Whatcom Citizen
Tue, Dec 29, 2015, 12:06 pm
4 comments; last on Dec 31, 2015

Bye Bye

Shell Polar Pioneer floating oil drill rig left the Pacific Northwest for Norway today. Nice holiday gift for all of us.

John Servais
Fri, Dec 25, 2015, 11:31 am
2 comments; last on Dec 25, 2015

Unregulated vacation rentals on Lake Whatcom

Tani Sutley writes on the continuing issue of houses in residential zones that are used essentially as hotels and disrupt quiet neighborhoods.

Guest writer
Mon, Dec 21, 2015, 3:14 am
0 comments

Whatcom Farmers and Eric Hirst Dialog

Statement by Whatcom Family Farmers on “Eric Hirst and his water ideas” and Hirst's Reply

Guest writer
Sat, Dec 19, 2015, 12:11 pm
1 comments; last on Dec 20, 2015

Request for Citizen Evidence

Wherein inquiring minds just want to know!

Tip Johnson
Mon, Dec 14, 2015, 4:58 pm
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PDC - The Missing Documents

Wherof we cannot speak, thereof we must be silent?

Tip Johnson
Wed, Dec 02, 2015, 9:31 pm
3 comments; last on Dec 06, 2015

Planning Commission Opening Calls for Neighborhood Rep

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

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Nov 30, 2015, 6:29 am
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Update on Lincoln Street Student Housing Project

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

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Nov 23, 2015, 6:41 am
7 comments; last on Dec 27, 2015

Tax incentives proposed for Fairhaven apartments - Updated

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

John Servais
Mon, Nov 16, 2015, 11:41 pm
9 comments; last on Nov 19, 2015

 

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