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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Local food banks have been addressing a hunger crisis — even before COVID

February 5, 2021
Heather Spaulding

Even before the pandemic lockdowns caused unemployment to skyrocket, food banks worked to help millions of Americans who were not able to feed their families.

 

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Oil train derailment in Whatcom County drives home transport risk concerns

January 17, 2021
Kimberly Cauvel

An oil train derailment spilling more than 29,000 gallons of Bakken crude in Whatcom County is prompting officials lobbying for state and federal oil train regulations in recent years to consider whether more can be done.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2021

Business has been good — if not better — for some local enterprises, despite pandemic

January 15, 2021
Matt Benoit

Not all businesses are struggling during the pandemic, as some have seen upticks in business as people navigate the “new normal” nearly a year into the pandemic.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

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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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Wanted: the ‘right’ dog — pet adoptions set records during the pandemic

December 28, 2020
Alex Meacham

During the social distancing and isolation of this year’s pandemic, many people have sought the companionship, unconditional love and friendship that comes from adopting a dog — and now, more than ever, people are having trouble finding the “right” dog because so many others are doing the same.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Community Voices / COVID be damned — if you could be anywhere in the world on the Winter Solstice, where would you choose?

December 18, 2020
Salish Current readers

Readers were invited to share their ideal locations for marking December’s Solstice this year … if it weren’t for COVID-19. Read on, for a travelogue of cherished spots around the globe.

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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: 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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Possible hospice sale sparks concerns in San Juans about changes in end-of-life care

November 13, 2020
Hayley Day

Hospice of the Northwest serves about 190 patients a day in San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Island counties. With a possible sale of the local nonprofit to a national for-profit, community members are worried about the potential impact on services.

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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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photo: Centers for Disease Control © 2020

Fighting COVID with a swab: testing remains a vital weapon in saving lives

October 16, 2020
Alex Meacham

What does it mean to get a negative COVID-19 test result? It means an unmasked sigh of relief, that once again, in a year fraught with worry, there’s one less thing to be actively worried about.

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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

‘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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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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