Community Voices / Erosion in local news threatens democracy

November 27, 2020
Bill Dietrich

Local dailies in Northwest Washington are turning into ghosts — ghost newspapers, existing in name but no longer having the staff or the commitment to cover local and regional news. The trend is part of a national crisis that’s been accelerating at warp speed since 1990.

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Community Voices / Nooksack water rights adjudication is an existential threat to farming’s future

November 13, 2020
Henry Bierlink

Whatcom County farmers say they view water rights adjudication as an existential threat to their future, in their long-term battle to maintain farming as part of the local economy and culture.

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Community Voices / Religious freedom in pandemic times

January 12, 2021
Ron Polinder

The complex issue of religious freedom as it relates to the gathering of believers during our pandemic times has been in the news these past months as certain religious groups reject the State’s role in limiting events to certain numbers and locations.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Reporter’s Notebook / Pursuing the story of the ‘Freedom to Worship Protest’

October 23, 2020
Matt Benoit

As a reporter for Salish Current, I reached out to WA3%’s website in September, looking to speak with a Whatcom County chapter member. I wanted to know who these members were in our community, how they had come to believe what they believe and how they see themselves.

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photo: Washington State Department of Ecology © 2020

Community Voices / Whose water is it in Whatcom County?

October 9, 2020
Eric Hirst

This may surprise you: Water, even in wet Whatcom County, is a scarce resource.

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photo: Matt Benoit © 2020

Community Voices / Comic relief — laughter in the time of COVID

October 2, 2020
Matt Benoit

On the evening of March 5, I did a four-minute stand-up set at Bellingham’s Upfront Theatre

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Community Voices / The coronavirus pandemic adds new twists to the ‘good death’

June 4, 2020
Floyd McKay

In our time of pandemic, the hackneyed phrase, “a good death,” has come to have new meaning and, yes, a new life.

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photo: Whatcom County Library System © 2020

Community Voices / Busier-than-ever librarians connect people with books, job ads, even food during COVID shutdown

May 29, 2020
Christine Perkins

Whatcom County libraries have been closed to the public for over two months now. Despite the closures, staff have been busier than ever, working from home and pitching in wherever possible to provide services to the public.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Community Voices / Kids in the time of COVID

April 17, 2020
Salish Current editors

Very few kids would trade being able to see and hang out with friends, participate in football and other sports, go to restaurants now and then, and even go to school every day for being confined at home with their families, all day, every day. But that’s where they are for now, as the COVID-19 pandemic has closed schools around Washington state.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Community Voices / Business as usual not happening soon, per Whatcom’s Satpal Sidhu

April 10, 2020
Kimberly Cauvel

Family dairies, the annual Ski to Sea race and visitor and shopper traffic from Canada are just a few archetypal activities being disrupted in Whatcom County as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses. Business as usual is not due back in Whatcom County any time soon, said county executive Satpal Sidhu in an April 10 interview.

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photo: Bill Dietrich © 2020

Community Voices / Safe on a ‘plague’ ship in the time of COVID-19

April 6, 2020
Bill Dietrich

Our once-in-a-lifetime, 50th anniversary world cruise was sunk by a coronavirus somewhere in the Indian Ocean. Nobody had COVID-19, but our vessel was treated like a plague ship nonetheless.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Community Voices / Life in the time of COVID-19

April 1, 2020
Salish Current editors

We asked Salish Current readers and writers to share their stories about how the COVID-19 virus is affecting them in this time of the evolving “new normal” — virtual coffees and happy hours, worries about the vitality of the arts and cultural sphere, isolation and social-distancing rules, and more.

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