Commerce, Governance, Natural Resources
North Fork Nooksack Forest project: thinning for habitat or harvesting for profit?
April 8, 2021
Following the comment period on a draft Environmental Assessment of a proposal to cut trees and manage vegetation to improve habitat and stand conditions and to harvest timber in the North Fork Nooksack area, next steps are up to Forest Service project managers.
Skaters, business, Port collaborate for Bellingham waterfront skate park
April 2, 2021
A local business owner and rag-tag group of skaters have cleaned up an abandoned parking lot under the Chestnut Street bridge on the Bellingham waterfront with the goal of establishing a skatepark, as the City and Port of Bellingham look at expanding the area’s current agreement to include that use.
photo: Jack Finley © 2021
Culture, Education, Social Justice
Books under scrutiny: censorship and cancel culture in a changing society
April 1, 2021
In a time of massive reevaluation of once widely accepted tropes, celebrities have been called out for past insensitivities and much worse, schools renamed and statues toppled. But what does it mean when books are brought into the discussion?
Education, Public Health, Recreation
‘Crazy’ high school sports seasons arrive … better late than never
March 26, 2021
High school athletics have finally returned in Whatcom County after being delayed through the first half of academic calendars by COVID-19 restrictions.
photo: Matt Benoit © 2021
Community Voices, Governance, Social Justice
Community Voices / Clyde Ford on speaking up and raising eyebrows
March 25, 2021
Change happens when you speak up, and speak out. Drawing the attention of politicians and ordinary citizens to the need for change often helps bring it about … to shine light on the work that remains to be done in this great state, particularly with regard to racial equity and social justice.
Clyde W. Ford
Commerce, Editor’s Desk, Governance, Natural Resources, Public Health
From the Editor’s Desk / Readers respond to why the San Juans need a rescue tug
March 19, 2021
Lopez Island readers of the article “Rescue tug stationed in islands is best bet to avoid oil spills in San Juan-Gulf waters, study says” responded to the article’s posting in Lopez Rocks.
Agriculture, Commerce, Governance, Natural Resources
A next step to resolve Nooksack water rights waits on legislative budget decision
March 19, 2021
The state Department of Ecology has announced its intent to resolve the contentious issues around water rights in the Nooksack Basin through the legal action of adjudication, and money to move that process forward is proposed in the budget under consideration by the Legislature.
photo: Amy Nelson © 2021
Commerce, Governance, Natural Resources, Recreation
Rescue tug stationed in islands is best bet to avoid oil spills in San Juan – Gulf waters, study says
March 12, 2021
With increased vessel traffic around the San Juan Islands, some worry that the risk of oil spills may be rising as well. A new study makes the case that an emergency response tug stationed in the islands would be money well-spent.
photo: Monika Wieland Shields © 2015
Removal of birdseed feeders advised to stem rising salmonellosis deaths
March 7, 2021
Recently, wild birds have been dying at a higher rate, and birdseed feeders are being blamed. A state advisory asks people to take down birdseed feeders until April 1 to protect pine siskins and other birds.
photo: Alan Fritzberg © 2021
Community Voices, Culture, Editor’s Desk, Public Health
From the Editor’s Desk / Young adults weigh risks in choosing to mask, distance in COVID-19 fight
March 6, 2021
To help stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, young adults are making choices that range from the hard decision to curtail visits home to see family, to feeling safely unmasked with family or select friends.
Salish Current readers
In Whatcom’s 42nd Legislative District, a series of changes is turning election tides
March 3, 2021
Gains in voter support made by local Democrats in recent years may be due to demographic shifts caused by a wide variety of trends in who lives here, how they work and how each political party gets its messages out.
Education, Public Health
Masked young adults key to beating COVID in the long term
February 26, 2021
With the number of COVID-19 cases in Whatcom County spiking among young adults, the county council has approved a public awareness campaign to influence young adults to adopt safer COVID-19 behaviors and help end the pandemic.
Education, Governance, Public Health
Internet connectivity has improved in Whatcom County, but many gaps remain
February 25, 2021
One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, many more students in Whatcom County are able to connect to the internet for remote learning, thanks to communitywide efforts, particularly in rural communities with limited or no internet options. Still, a clear digital divide remains.
Editor’s Desk, Journalism
From the Editor’s Desk / ‘We seek truth and report it accurately and fairly’
February 18, 2021
The proliferation of media platforms where facts, news and opinion swirl and mix often creates ideological divides and culture bubbles. In launching Salish Current, we thought it important to make clear distinctions between news and opinion.
Community Voices, Governance, Natural Resources
Community Voices / Thoughts on the Puget Sound Partnership and recovering Puget Sound
February 17, 2021
An apparent focus on reducing the ongoing costs of recovery of Puget Sound rather than recovery efforts themselves worries some who are concerned about the health of the ecosystem.
Doing the work of the people: legislation introduced by 40th and 42nd District legislators
February 12, 2021
A month into the 2021 state legislative session, it’s time to review the legislation introduced by our elected representatives as of this week.
photo: Amy Nelson © 2012
Artist’s Corner, Culture, Natural Resources
Artist’s Corner / Tailored to the task
February 11, 2021
The northern harrier is a regular presence along the outer fields, sloughs and dikes bordering the Salish Sea.