Jane Fuller readies to tackle county priorities

January 5, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

New San Juan council member sworn in, forming county’s first all-woman governing body.

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Local legislators set housing, public safety, education and climate as priority

January 5, 2023
Salish Current editors

All-Democrat delegation identifies top issues they will pursue when the legislative session begins on Jan. 9.

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‘Surprisingly interesting’: local observers do local reporting on local government

December 22, 2022
Nancy DeVaux

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans has begun observing and reporting on local government.

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San Juan County voters reject ranked choice voting, spending measures

November 9, 2022
Nancy DeVaux

Turnout plummeted, charter amendments failed and the challenger leads the incumbent sheriff in San Juan County’s midterm election.

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Vigilance! Security against cyberthreat is a 24/7 need

October 28, 2022
Matt Benoit

While cybersecurity is a daily concern for individual users, it reflects the ever-growing threat to local municipalities and agencies that rely on increasing amounts of online information.

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What do ‘community policing’ and ‘police reform’ mean … in the islands?

October 28, 2022
Kathryn Wheeler

Island-style policing in the San Juans may be an embodiment of real police reform—or it may fall victim to changing times.

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From the Editor’s Desk: Fact-checking 42nd District campaign mailers

October 21, 2022
Mike Sato and Salish Current Staff

Political mailers to 42nd Legislative District addresses—timed to arrive with ballots—carry a variety of assertions and arguments; Salish Current fact-checks the claims.

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Fact-checking what’s being said around Whatcom’s Proposition 5

October 21, 2022
Kai Uyehara

Whatcom voters will decide Nov. 8 on the Healthy Children’s Initiative, a property tax measure to fund child care and early-learning programs.

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From the Editor’s Desk: Fact-checking the House candidates

October 7, 2022
Mike Sato and Salish Current Staff

Committed to accuracy and fighting misinformation, the Salish Current fact-checked some candidate statements made in a recent Bellingham City Club online forum.

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Voters asked to approve child care support as demand exceeds supply

September 29, 2022
Matt Benoit and Sadie Fick

Whatcom County voters will decide in November whether they will fund change for an overburdened child care system: Part 2.

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From the Editor’s Desk: Fact-checking state Senate candidates

September 2, 2022
Mike Sato and Salish Current Staff

Fact-checked: Salish Current reviewed comments made in an online form by candidates for the 42nd District Senate seat.

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Court rules: San Juan County to vote on charter amendments

August 18, 2022
Nancy DeVaux

San Juan County will vote on ranked choice voting and other proposals forwarded by its charter review commission, after a court ruling overturned a county council decision.

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From the Editor’s Desk: Fact-checking the candidates

July 15, 2022
Mike Sato and Salish Current Staff

A 42nd District forum presented by the League of Women Voters of Bellingham-Whatcom County offered an opportunity for fact-checking candidate statements.

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Women who lead: San Juans to have first all-woman county council

June 28, 2022
Nancy DeVaux

San Juan County is on track to have its first all-woman county council next year.

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New parking rules on as Bellingham struggles with enforcement

April 28, 2022
Matt Benoit

New parking rules—and fees—take effect May 1, but enforcement resources are low.

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Age scrutiny aside, state’s youngest senator looks after business in the 42nd

March 12, 2022
Clifford Heberden

It was an abrupt and unplanned career start for Simon Sefzik when he was selected in January to fill the vacant state Senate position for the 42nd District. Now, at the end of the legislative session, he looks back at what made it work, and what’s next.

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