Public Health Archives - Salish Current

Water worries on the rise: Nooksack addresses increased flooding

February 16, 2024
Matt Benoit

Nooksack officials and homeowners are concerned about problematic drainage that appears to be getting worse.

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Cultivating a resilient regional ‘seed to sandwich’ food system

February 12, 2024
Adam M. Sowards

A “seed to sandwich” approach to addressing hunger — ensuring access by all to nutritious food — is the goal of local food plans.

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Strengthening local food ties in COVID’s wake

January 31, 2024
Adam M. Sowards

The pandemic’s disruption accelerated some positive trends in regional farming and hunger relief, demonstrating how food can be an agent of change.

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Expanded police pursuit authority may come up for initiative vote

January 26, 2024
Matt Benoit

Voters may have their say on police pursuit restrictions if an initiative that broadly widens police authority makes it onto the November ballot.

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Update: Skagit gasoline pipeline spill cleanup still underway

January 17, 2024
Dick Clever

By the numbers: 20-inch-diameter pipe; 3/8-inch pressure valve tube; 21,168 gallons gasoline spilled; 1,664 cubic yards of contaminated soil removed at spill site near Conway.

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Connecting Skagit’s food producers and food needs

January 15, 2024
Adam M. Sowards

Helping Hands and We Feed WA meet immediate hunger needs and seek long-term solutions for equitable, sustainable food systems in Skagit County.

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Winter shelters help the unhoused while reckoning with capacity limits

January 10, 2024
Matt Benoit

After a mild December, winter conditions are in store for Whatcom County into the weekend. For those experiencing homelessness, these conditions can be a matter of life and death if they cannot find space at the county’s few winter shelters.

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Remember Prop 5, the Healthy Children’s Fund?

December 18, 2023
Aria Nguyen
What’s the progress toward funding child care, early learning programs and increased support for vulnerable children in Whatcom County?
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Behind the uniform: first responder mental health challenges

December 5, 2023
Aria Nguyen

First responders have an elevated risk for mental health challenges due to the nature of their jobs, which involve repeated exposure to stressful situations and traumatic events or incidents.

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School districts confront mental health crisis

November 2, 2023
Aria Nguyen
Funding, additional mental health counselors and the potential for telehealth services are elements of the county-district partnership in ensuring youth are living safe and healthy lives.
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Hidden heroes: when family members serve as caregivers

October 23, 2023
Aria Nguyen

Family caregivers often are long-term, unpaid caregivers for loved ones living with cognitive diseases that impair memory, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s — a leading cause of death in Whatcom County.

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Reducing food waste: part of the food insecurity solution

October 8, 2023
Aria Nguyen

Food insecurity is a multifaceted issue with more than one cause — but managing food waste may be part of the solution.

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Measuring COVID-19 infections complicated by self-testing

September 29, 2023
Questen Inghram

Hospitalization rates and wastewater testing have become disease indicators when it comes to COVID-19.

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Who will solve the problems of downtown Bellingham?

September 15, 2023
Matt Benoit

Downtown businesses and civic leaders address downtown Bellingham’s problems of crime and safety.

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U.S., Canada make headway on cross-border Nooksack flood strategy

September 12, 2023
Catherine Skrzypinski and Clifford Heberden

As the two-year anniversary of a devastating Nooksack River flood approaches, cross-border strategy talks are beginning to take shape, taking community cooperation and climate change into consideration. Is it enough?

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Noise, toxins, traffic concerns with proposed metal shredding

September 7, 2023
Questen Inghram

Residents are concerned about noise, toxic dust, fire hazards and increased truck traffic if a proposed metal shredding facility along Marine Drive is built.

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