How new gun laws might make a difference

May 19, 2023
Kai Uyehara

A new firearms law addressing banning, waiting and training is aimed at aspects of safety and security. Will it work?

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City seeks balance: housing needs and forest benefits

May 5, 2023
Clifford Heberden

Bellingham faces the challenge of building homes to meet housing needs while preserving trees for public and environmental health.

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Shortage of mental health care providers hits home locally

April 28, 2023
Matt Benoit

“Not a pretty picture”: Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties — like elsewhere across the country — are seeing a shortage of mental health care providers, and not enough are in the training queue.

 

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Empty cupboards, new anxieties increase with rising food insecurity

April 7, 2023
Matt Benoit

Inflationary food prices and end of pandemic-era benefits bring added strain on lower-income residents facing food insecurity.

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Food banks and visitors struggle during food and funding scarcity

April 7, 2023
Kai Uyehara

Video: Food banks are traditionally food rescuers and distributors, but with stocks, funding and donations dwindling, resources are spread thin.

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Is Whatcom County ready for the next pandemic?

March 24, 2023
Matt Benoit

Three years after COVID-19 upended society, are state and local organizations ready for the possibility — however unlikely — that another pandemic could strike?

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No easy answers to Whatcom fentanyl health disaster

March 8, 2023
Matt Benoit

Fentanyl is involved in an increasing number of deadly overdoses and getting treatment for addiction to the synthetic opioid is a complex process — creating a local health disaster.

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Proposed changes to state’s Death with Dignity Act spark debate

February 16, 2023
Kai Uyehara

Amendments are being considered for Washington’s Death with Dignity Act, as patients continue to work through the complex process.

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Ice jams, snow melt, king tide combine in Marietta flood deluge

January 13, 2023
Kai Uyehara

A small community along Marine Drive living mostly in RVs has braved seasonal inundation, ready to move at a moment’s notice — until caught by surprise.

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Hamlet House: keeping seniors in the community

December 22, 2022
Gretchen K. Wing

Is nonprofit Hamlet House a model for maintaining connections and relationships through lifespans?

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After the flood: still rebuilding amid uncertainty, anxiety—and community

November 17, 2022
Kai Uyehara

A year after flooding devastated the Nooksack Valley, survivors continue working to recover from damages, prepare for future flooding—and wait for government funds and solutions.

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Schools aim to lessen concussion damage on and off the field

October 14, 2022
Matt Benoit

Athletes and other students are benefiting from new practices for school districts in assessing and dealing with concussions, although challenges still exist.

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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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