Public Health Archives - Salish Current

A noticeable difference in downtown Bellingham

April 5, 2024
Matt Benoit

City of Bellingham’s actions to address drug use and safety concerns in Downtown are showing early results.

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In Lynden, faucets turn amid a water fluoridation debate

March 22, 2024
Matt Benoit

The City of Lynden has fluoridated its water supply since 1959. A group of citizens is now petitioning the city council to do away with it.

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Update: Findings released re November hunting fatality on Lopez

March 8, 2024
Nancy DeVaux

Report finally released: November hunting fatality on Lopez Island is determined to have been an accident.

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Wait for information about Lopez Island hunting fatality nears an end 

March 5, 2024
Nancy DeVaux

Response to a Public Records Act request about a Nov. 18 hunting fatality on Lopez Island is promised by March 7.

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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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