Wanted: nurses — and nursing educators — as shortage persists

September 29, 2022
Zach Kortge

Local hospitals and clinics are struggling along with others across the nation to find enough nurses — as schools look for ways to train more nursing educators.

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Flood survivors face next flood season while awaiting long-term fixes

September 15, 2022
Kai Uyehara

Flood season is coming faster than housing solutions, as recovery from November 2021 flooding continues in Whatcom County.

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Some progress but gaps remain in mental health care for Whatcom adolescents

August 24, 2022
Matt Benoit

Summer services in the Bellingham and Nooksack Valley school districts aimed to fill gaps with a new option this year: mental health therapy.

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Leaded aviation fuel fires decades-long complaint

July 26, 2022
Sadie Fick

A Cliffside neighborhood resident is challenging federal, state and local officials including the Port of Bellingham over the use of leaded airplane fuel.

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Local policing at recruitment crossroads

July 7, 2022
Kai Uyehara

Local police departments are adapting to staff and applicant shortages in ways as multifaceted as the reasons behind the trend. 

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Roe v. Wade reversal prompts questions locally

July 1, 2022
Sadie Fick

With bans on abortion rolling out in many states after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, it can be difficult to know what to do and what to expect when seeking reproductive health care.

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photo: Matt Benoit © 2022

Flood recovery continues in Sumas, seven months on

June 24, 2022
Matt Benoit

With both optimism and anxiety about what may lie ahead, Sumas is still in recovery from November’s devastating flooding.

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Schools assess safety protocols after shootings, threats

June 17, 2022
Kenneth Duncan

Recent school shootings and threats have renewed concern over safety — and impact on students’ mental health.

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Managing waste: what’s in your bins?

May 18, 2022
Clifford Heberden

China’s 2018 steps back in accepting the world’s throw-aways have resulted in better local systems for managing our millions of tons of waste and recyclables—but more needs to be done.

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Masks off, vaxxed, ready to go out … what’s next with COVID-19?

March 11, 2022
Kenneth Duncan

Washington residents won’t be required to wear masks inside many public areas starting March 12. But experts advise not to throw out those masks yet and caution that vulnerable groups are still at high risk of infection from COVID-19.

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Skagit sheriff-social-worker partnership is a game-changer in mental health calls

February 4, 2022
Lauren Gallup

A different approach to how first responders in Skagit County address mental health crises is changing the outcome of behavioral health emergencies and helping people stay out of the hospital or jail.

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Blockbuster year for power outages pushes need to plan

February 2, 2022
Kenneth Duncan

Electrical power was out due to severe weather almost three times more hours in 2021 than in 2020 for customers of one of the state’s largest utilities, prompting some customers to look at fallback plans — and for insights as to how outages are managed.

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Hope isn’t a strategy: Bellingham again seeks a new police chief

February 2, 2022
Mike Sato

The City of Bellingham has renewed its search for a new police chief, and aims to choose from a short list of finalists by this summer.

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Eldercare crisis inspires ‘life-changing’ innovation on San Juan Island

December 10, 2021
Heather Spaulding

Faced with a looming crisis in long-term eldercare, voters approved a tax increase levy for San Juan Island Hospital District 1 to buy the Village at the Harbor, a privately owned assisted-living center in Friday Harbor. The hospital district’s innovative solution — one of few similar programs in the country — could provide a new model for assisted living.

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Businesses open but not ‘as usual’ as pandemic continues to affect restaurant staff, management

December 9, 2021
Mallory Biggar

Restaurants are open for business but definitely not back to normal, as management and staff work their way through post-pandemic-shutdown changing realities. While federal support dollars helped many owners to carry on and stay in business, the industry is seeing a trend toward workers leaving, prompted by concerns for their physical and mental health as well as newly difficult social interactions in an already stressful work environment.

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Devastated after flooding, north Whatcom County moves into recovery mode

December 3, 2021

Well over 700 homes have been reported damaged in Whatcom County after the area endured three atmospheric rivers in less than three weeks. While cleanup is underway, the impacts on lives and livelihoods will continue for some time.

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