Island waste: can’t burn or bury it, so best to manage it
Islands in San Juan County present unique challenges in waste management and have found solutions meeting each island’s needs.
Pollution cleaned up, Anacortes shoreline preps for development
MJB Properties proposes residences, retail businesses and restaurants, and an event center on the once pollution-contaminated shoreline of Fidalgo Bay.
Ocean-to-table journey of uniquely tasty oysters takes work
Commentary: It takes a community to raise and harvest an oyster.
San Juan waters remain at risk from oil spills
The August 2022 oil spill off San Juan Island was called a ‘wake-up call’ for more prevention and response. Was it?
Tune in! Local independent radio is alive and well
KMRE-FM and Whatcom Community College partner for new opportunities in radio resurgence.
Port promises to dampen loading noise in wake of complaints
Port of Bellingham officials responded to neighborhood complaints with promises to lower the noise level related to a new work contract.
Rising seas, high tides, storm surges and waterfront homes: does value outweigh the risks?
Predicted sea-level rising along with extremely high tides and storm surges pose increasing risk to coastal waterfront homes. How much are those trends affecting property values?
Rise Above 2020
Persistence paid off for Eve McCauley-Chomiak, when searching for a snowy owl amid snow-patched fields on the Skagit Flats.
Ship-loading noise tests Bellingham port’s neighborliness
Nighttime scrap metal activity at Port of Bellingham draws noise complaints from hillside residents.
Ice jams, snow melt, king tide combine in Marietta flood deluge
A small community along Marine Drive living mostly in RVs has braved seasonal inundation, ready to move at a moment’s notice — until caught by surprise.
Permission to work boosts local refugees in resettlement
Court decision accelerates process of securing work for Afghan and Ukraine “humanitarian parolees.”
Bulkheads: protecting property at what cost to the environment?
Jane Fuller readies to tackle county priorities
New San Juan council member sworn in, forming county’s first all-woman governing body.
Tacoutche Tesse, the Northwest’s great ghost river — Part 5: The bleeding Heart of the Fraser
Gravel beds in the Heart of the Fraser — called one of the “most productive stretches of river on the planet” for spawning fish — are threatened with large-scale wetland destruction.
Local legislators set housing, public safety, education and climate as priority
All-Democrat delegation identifies top issues they will pursue when the legislative session begins on Jan. 9.
Jail needs to change, community agrees; but how?
An advisory committee for the Justice Project aims to ensure that voters’ priorities are considered in the next Whatcom County Jail ballot measure.