photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Be fine or get fined: how businesses are achieving (or ignoring) COVID compliance

December 11, 2020
Matt Benoit

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in shifting hours and sales, to comply with shifting state-ordered public health mandates to keep businesses and their customers safe from the virus. But not every business complies.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

New thinking, new technology needed for ‘transformation’ to a greener future

December 11, 2020
Heather Spaulding

For over a century, hydroelectricity has provided the Pacific Northwest with clean energy. Can we meet the challenge of living better electrically with greener energy?

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Vulnerable lands — and creatures — of San Juan Islands National Monument await management details

December 4, 2020
Genevieve Iverson

The one thousand unique and fragile acres of the San Juan Islands National Monument wait for a plan to outline the next 20 years of protection and recreation.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Unlikely partners’ compromise will halt new fossil-fuel development at Cherry Point

November 29, 2020
Kimberly Cauvel

An effort to steer future development at Whatcom County’s primary industrial center away from fossil fuels while providing regulatory certainty is inching closer to completion with the help of an unlikely partnership between environment and industry interests.

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photo: Alex Meacham © 2020

New report details action plan for fixing Padilla Bay fecal coliform sources, urges participation

November 20, 2020
Alex Meacham

The Padilla Bay Freshwater Tributary Fecal Coliform Total Maximal Daily Load (TMDL) Report is due to be submitted by Ecology to the Environmental Protection Agency at the end of 2020 and lists fecal coliform bacteria sources and strategies for cleanup.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Whatcom Arts Project brings local groups together — at a crucial time

November 20, 2020
Matt Benoit

Soon-to-be-realized funding reductions from the City of Bellingham, combined with the economic hardships of pandemic restrictions, have had a profoundly negative effect on the local arts community.

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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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photo: Kimberly Cauvel © 2020

Much more than a marina: Port of Bellingham drives economic recovery and growth

November 13, 2020
Kimberly Cauvel

When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, responsibilities of the Port of Bellingham Board of Commissioners changed, to focus on keeping local businesses afloat through the economic downturn.

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Laws banning private armies go unenforced in Washington

November 3, 2020
Katie Hayes / InvestigateWest

Paramilitary organizations are illegal in Washington and many other states. But laws meant to stop the formation of ad hoc armies are archaic and vague, so much so that police and prosecutors who have recently had the opportunity to use them describe them as unenforceable.

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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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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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At age 83, Orcas Islander votes for first time in Presidential election

October 23, 2020
Lin McNulty / The Orcasonian

Born in New York City, Tony Ayer moved to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, at age eight. After going to school in the States, he returned to St. Croix where he spent 75 years. Nnow 83 years old, this weekend, for the first time in his life, he cast his ballot in the U.S. Presidential election.

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From the Editor / About my first time … voting

October 16, 2020
Mike Sato

The first time I voted was in November 1968. What is your first-vote story?

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San Juan council candidates outline positions on vacation rentals, COVID rules and more

October 6, 2020
Salish Current editors

With issues ranging from strengthening the county’s economic base to balancing vacation rental inventory in an area inhabited year-round by tourists and second-home owners

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Ready to vote? 40th and 42nd district candidates tell where they stand on policing, COVID, more

October 2, 2020
Salish Current editors

Policies and funding decisions set at the state level have profound influence on our daily lives — and our long-term safety, health and well-being. Salish Current editors invited candidates for 40th and 42nd Legislative District House and Senate seats to answer questions on ten topics.

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photo: Taimi Dunn Gorman © 2020

As wildfire smoke endangers health indoors and out, questions arise about government response

September 21, 2020
Mara Kardas-Nelson / InvestigateWest
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