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Transportation

WTA diesel bus purchase prompts questions re zero-emission progress

May 19, 2022
Whatcom Transportation Authority’s decision to purchase eight diesel-powered buses has gotten pushback from some who find the move at odds with the county’s emissions goals.
Matt Benoit
Housing

San Juans adopt island-by-island vacation rental cap

May 18, 2022
How much tourism is too much? San Juan County sets a cap on vacation rental permits.
Nancy DeVaux
Public Health

Managing waste: what’s in your bins?

May 18, 2022
China’s 2018 steps back in accepting the world’s throw-aways have resulted in better local systems for managing our millions of tons of waste and recyclables—but more needs to be done.
Clifford Heberden
Culture

Old is new again with early music festival

May 12, 2022
Salish Sea festival brings baroque music played on period instruments out of the past for local audiences.
Kenneth Duncan
Community Voices

Who are the homeless?

May 11, 2022
Our concept of the “deserving poor” needs to expand past attitudes mirroring 17th and 18th century mores that drive today’s ambivalent response to homelessness.
John Dunne
Education

Tribal sovereignty education comes—slowly—to school curriculum

May 5, 2022
Public school districts are working with tribes to develop a crucial new curriculum on tribal sovereignty and treaty rights.
Sarah Reeves
Culture

‘A Precarious Edge’ evokes climate change truths

May 4, 2022
Climate change and global warming are front and center in the Museum of Northwest Art’s latest installation, “A Precarious Edge.”
Chris O’Neill
Community Voices

Raising awareness of missing, murdered Indigenous women

May 3, 2022
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day is observed on May 5, and in an installation at the Lightcatcher Building through May 15.
Terri Thayer
Natural Resources

Can Southern Resident killer whales have legal rights?

April 28, 2022
Ecosystem conference: Advocates are promoting ‘rights of nature’ as orca numbers dwindle.
Olivia Palmer
Governance

New parking rules on as Bellingham struggles with enforcement

April 28, 2022
New parking rules—and fees—take effect May 1, but enforcement resources are low.
Matt Benoit
Housing

Funds secured for affordable housing on Port waterfront

April 28, 2022
State funds have been secured for The Millworks, a multi-partner affordable housing project in Bellingham.
Lauren Gallup
Social Justice

Voting for a judge: does it matter?

April 21, 2022
A Whatcom District Court judgeship will be contested in the primary for the first time in 24 years—prompting the question of why some judges are elected.
Matt Benoit
Natural Resources

Mother Earth Day celebration will look to the future, through the vision of Indigenous youth

April 20, 2022
Messages from Indigenous youth with eyes on environmental justice and the future will be featured at a Mother Earth Day celebration presented by Children of the Setting Sun Productions at Bellingham’s Maritime Heritage Park on April 22.
Clifford Heberden
Natural Resources

Grant to fund collaboration plan for solutions to Nooksack Basin water issues

April 15, 2022
Interested parties hope Solutions Table funding approved by the Whatcom County Council this week will spark collaborative work toward holistic solutions for water availability in the Nooksack River basin.
Clifford Heberden
Culture

Tech entrepreneur’s path winds from solar cars to bleeding-edge art

April 15, 2022
Entrepreneur and artist Shawn Kemp’s path has wound from designing and racing solar cars in high school to creating computer-generated art — with loops through the worlds of gaming and social media.
Chris O’Neill
Community Voices

City of Bellingham police chief hiring process — success or flop?

April 14, 2022
A local civic action group is hoping Bellingham’s next police chief will work to strengthen community cohesion and be transparent and accountable to the public.
Riveters Collective Justice System Committee