Collaborate, adjudicate to settle Nooksack water issues

August 4, 2022
Eric Hirst

Summer streamflows in the Nooksack Basin have been declining for decades, while the need for irrigation water grows as summers get hotter and rainfall diminishes.

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‘Be the Bridge’: RUN-Lynden marks 2nd anniversary of March for Black Lives

July 7, 2022
Vernon Damani Johnson

Racial Unity Now-Lynden’s approach of addressing racism under a Christian framework may indeed “be the bridge” for community engagement.

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A twisted path to homelessness

July 6, 2022
John Dunne

A community resident finds herself without long-term housing after a downward spiral into homelessness.

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Hope on the horizon

June 2, 2022
John Dunne

Despite a difficult start to a difficult life, a woman in her 60s looks forward to finding housing — and reconnecting with family.

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Who are the homeless?

May 11, 2022
John Dunne

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.

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Raising awareness of missing, murdered Indigenous women

May 3, 2022
Terri Thayer

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day is observed on May 5, and in an installation at the Lightcatcher Building through May 15.

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

April 14, 2022
Riveters Collective Justice System Committee

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.

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A second chance

March 31, 2022
John Dunne

Sharing the story: A rough road from abuse during an upper-middle-class childhood to an adult life of “camping out,” estrangement from loved ones and time in prison have led one man to the Light House Mission, a new sense of purpose and a better time of life.

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Making community whole again during a time of plagues

March 30, 2022
Derek Moscato

Salish Current’s recent Trust 2022 forum on media and democracy highlighted ongoing challenges the news industry faces — but also charted a pathway for how local newsrooms can potentially revitalize our civic life and institutions, notes Community Voices contributor Derek Moscato.

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Reflecting on International Women’s Day

March 25, 2022
Terri Thayer

Much change has happened since 1910 when the idea of an International Women’s Day was proposed by Clara Zetkin at the International Conference of Working Women. A lot still needs to change, notes a Community Voices contributor.

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Community Voices / MLK Day in Bellingham: looking backward, stepping forward

January 10, 2022
Clyde W. Ford

Community organizers of Bellingham’s 30-plus-year-old Martin Luther King Jr. Day event are refocusing this year from an in-person gathering to a call for voting rights action — and asking the community to urge Bellingham officials to commit to support for the community-based observance going forward.

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Community Voices / Nooksack flood, water solutions to protect families, fish and farms will require collaboration

January 5, 2022
Rich Appel

Whatcom farmers are calling for communitywide collaboration in pursuing solutions to flooding and water supply issues in the Nooksack River Basin.

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What’s life without a future?

December 30, 2021
Salish Current readers

What awaits us in the new year? Salish Current asked our readers and writers to take us there by sharing one thing they look forward to doing in 2022.

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Community Voices / Is time running out? Streamflow trends in the Nooksack watershed

December 15, 2021
Eric Hirst

Given the high volume of rain and flooding during the past few weeks, it may seem strange to talk about water scarcity in the Nooksack River system. Although the watershed has ample water in the winter (often too much water), it holds too little in the summer to support healthy salmon. Complicating the water supply issue are the adverse effects of climate change.

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Community Voices / How farmers can fight climate change

November 17, 2021
Stevan Harrell and Katherine Steensma

Farmers are in a powerful position to help curb climate change, and many locally already are taking steps to do so, note dairy farmer Katherine Steensma and author Stevan Harrell. While this bodes well for the future of agriculture here, there is more to be done to stop “wasting and poisoning the good and beautiful things of the world”: natural resources.

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Community Voices / East Whatcom parents say, ‘We want our youth to stay drug-free!’

November 11, 2021
Wa'Lynn Klein, Emma Giri, Kristi Slette and Matthew Thuney

East Whatcom County parents want their youth to stay drug- and alcohol-free. To that end, the Mount Baker Community Coalition engaged a local teen as a Summer Youth Prevention Fellow in a collaborative effort with alcohol and cannabis retailers, to increase safe storage and reduce youth access to those substances.

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