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Tribal right to fish in ‘usual and accustomed’ areas comes with complexity

February 23, 2024
Tribal treaty rights to fish in usual and accustomed fishing areas have had unintended consequences.
Richard Arlin Walker

Despite turmoil, Orcas fire commission adopts levy resolution for April ballot

February 23, 2024
Chief’s contract, volunteer dissatisfaction, commission tensions discussions continue.
Minor Lile

Wholesale horticultural closing ends local jobs, disrupts nursery supply

February 22, 2024
The closing of Skagit Horticulture is the last stop on a path from sales to merger, fraud and bankruptcy.
Dick Clever

Legislators throw a life ring to Washington’s ‘other’ ferries

February 21, 2024
Increased state aid for Guemes Island ferry replacement and a new Kitsap hydrofoil ferry comes with a catch: voters must reject climate act repeal initiative.
Tom Banse
Natural Resources

Canada approved a major port expansion in endangered orca habitat — now it’s going to court

February 20, 2024
Just north of the U.S.-Canada border, conservation groups say the feds contravened endangered species law when they approved Roberts Bank Terminal 2 in Metro Vancouver, which would double the capacity of Canada’s largest port.
Steph Kwetásel’wet Wood, The Narwhal
Community Voices

Now is the time for a Washington state green amendment

February 19, 2024
Commentary: A constitutional amendment is needed in Washington state to promote and protect the health and well-being of every Washingtonian, now and for future generations.
Mimi Margulies
Public Health

Water worries on the rise: Nooksack addresses increased flooding

February 16, 2024
Nooksack officials and homeowners are concerned about problematic drainage that appears to be getting worse.
Matt Benoit
Community Voices

The Boldt Decision 50 years on — much done, much to do

February 15, 2024
Commentary: A report from the two-day conference commemorating the landmark decision.
Dan Raas
Water Supply

Nooksack water rights adjudication is on track for April filing

February 14, 2024
State officials in the Legislature, courts administration and Ecology are preparing Whatcom courts and residents for pending historic water rights adjudication.
Clifford Heberden

Orcas Island’s Rosario Resort sale to close Feb. 29

February 13, 2024
Rosario Resort and Spa’s Moran Mansion facilities will have a new steward, and will be closed during an upgrade.
Salish Current Editorial Staff
Public Health

Cultivating a resilient regional ‘seed to sandwich’ food system

February 12, 2024
A “seed to sandwich” approach to addressing hunger — ensuring access by all to nutritious food — is the goal of local food plans.
Adam M. Sowards
Community Voices

In celebration of Black History Month

February 9, 2024
Commentary: We celebrate Black History Month and the heroic leaders and movements that have advanced racial justice by remembering that the struggle for justice for African Americans is only part of the history of movements for racial justice in this country.
Vernon Damani Johnson
Community Voices

Notes from an observer: our public officials

February 9, 2024
Commentary: How does sitting in on hundreds of local government meetings affect an observer’s perspective on local government — and how do local officials feel about being observed?
Necia Quast

San Juan County development department struggles to right its ship

February 8, 2024
While interim leadership seems to be making a difference, San Juan County’s development department is still struggling with a permit backlog and has renewed the search for a permanent director.
Nancy DeVaux

Is passenger-ferry service for the islands possible?

February 7, 2024
In San Juan County, years of service interruptions, cancellations and mechanical breakdowns have taught ferry-weary islanders to mistrust the WSF system upon which so many depend. Now, the possibility of passenger-only boats for interisland routes may spark reasons to cheer.
Toby Cooper
Community Voices

The monster of the deep

February 6, 2024
Commentary: A young man’s story from the late landscape architect and poet Grant Jones, shared eight years ago, for winter reading.
Grant Jones


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