Books under scrutiny: censorship and cancel culture in a changing society

April 1, 2021
Ella Banken

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?

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photo: Matt Benoit © 2021

‘Crazy’ high school sports seasons arrive … better late than never

March 26, 2021
Matt Benoit

High school athletics have finally returned in Whatcom County after being delayed through the first half of academic calendars by COVID-19 restrictions.

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Masked young adults key to beating COVID in the long term

February 26, 2021
Alex Meacham

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.

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Internet connectivity has improved in Whatcom County, but many gaps remain

February 25, 2021
Jacqueline Allison

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.

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Community Voices / Powerful stories bring understanding, in celebration of Black History Month

February 5, 2021
Terri Thayer

The study and knowledge of Black history bring understanding to race and racism in the United States.

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Economy, environment, social justice, COVID recovery, housing: legislators anticipate the 2021 session

January 8, 2021
Salish Current editors

Salish Current asked 40th and 42nd District legislators a few questions about how they see the legislative session that convenes on Monday, Jan. 11; their answers follow.

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San Juan school districts face big budget shortfalls due to levy cap

January 7, 2021
Hayley Day

A law to make state education funding more equitable has had the opposite effect in the San Juan Islands. While San Juan property owners are paying more in state education taxes, less funding is going towards local schools.

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‘Your life can’t stop’: class of 2020 faces the ‘real world’ during COVID-19

September 25, 2020
Stella Harvey

This year’s graduates are entering a “real world” disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite challenges, they’re moving forward — even when it means changing long-held plans.

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Students, teachers step up to remote-learning challenges — with help — as school year begins

September 4, 2020
Matt Benoit

School districts have worked since spring to ensure they’re adequately prepared for the 2020-2021 school year. Many, including here in Whatcom County, are receiving local, state and federal funding to help build infrastructure for remote learning.

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Back to learning, back to school to happen in the shadow of COVID-19

August 20, 2020
Genevieve Iverson

Coronavirus has this fall replaced the excitement of starting a new school year — new books and pens, new lesson plans, and, most of all, classes and classmates — with an air of uncertainty.

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Local schools seek parent, student feedback before announcing fall plans

August 2, 2020
Genevieve Iverson

As fall school start dates approach, many local districts are waiting to release detailed back-to-school plans amid uncertain COVID-19 health concerns.

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Port, County race to bridge Whatcom’s digital divide

July 23, 2020
Mike Sato

The COVID-19 shutdown of businesses and schools revealed a stark digital divide as many local businesses and households faced working, teaching and learning at home whether equipped and ready, or not.

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Fate of fall sports remains uncertain in haze of COVID-19 pandemic

July 17, 2020
Matt Benoit

After a spring of no sports for students across the region, summer is giving school districts a chance to plan for what may happen come fall.

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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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Suciasaurus rex, moss piglet lose bids to represent state — but provide lessons

March 18, 2020
Kimberly Cauvel

Two creatures — one massive and extinct, one microscopic and thriving — were recently penned into bills with state legislators from the 40th and 42nd districts among the sponsors.

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