photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Back to learning, back to school to happen in the shadow of COVID-19

August 20, 2020
Genevieve Iverson

Coronavirus has this fall replaced the excitement of starting a new school year — new books and pens, new lesson plans, and, most of all, classes and classmates — with an air of uncertainty.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Farming is more challenging than ever during the pandemic

August 7, 2020
Kimberly Cauvel

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, farms are facing more challenges than ever during the busy season, with their workers among the most vulnerable to the virus and produce reaching fewer buyers through usual markets, festivals and tourism outlets.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Local schools seek parent, student feedback before announcing fall plans

August 2, 2020
Genevieve Iverson

As fall school start dates approach, many local districts are waiting to release detailed back-to-school plans amid uncertain COVID-19 health concerns.

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photo: Matt Benoit © 2020

Local music plays on — differently — with stages dark during pandemic

July 31, 2020
Matt Benoit

For performers and proprietors with fully booked schedules from outdoor concert series and private weddings to indoor venues, the COVID-19 pandemic struck suddenly in March, indefinitely altering the lives of anyone associated with live entertainment.

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photo: Matt Benoit © 2020

Fate of fall sports remains uncertain in haze of COVID-19 pandemic

July 17, 2020
Matt Benoit

After a spring of no sports for students across the region, summer is giving school districts a chance to plan for what may happen come fall.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Former Public Market on fast track for refit as emergency shelter

July 9, 2020
Max Brunt

The City of Bellingham, Whatcom County and Lighthouse Mission Ministries are working to meet a July 15 deadline for refurbishing the former Public Market building at 1530 Cornwall Avenue into a “Base Camp” facility that can provide adequate care for area residents needing housing that enables following social distancing guidelines.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Stakes are high for restaurateurs and staffs as eateries open under COVID-19 Phase 2 rules

June 18, 2020
Stella Harvey

Restaurants and cafés in Whatcom, San Juan and Skagit counties are re-opening — to a profoundly changed environment — after weeks of being able to provide only take-out services due to statewide efforts to thwart the spread of COVID-19.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Community Voices / The coronavirus pandemic adds new twists to the ‘good death’

June 4, 2020
Floyd McKay

In our time of pandemic, the hackneyed phrase, “a good death,” has come to have new meaning and, yes, a new life.

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Economic recovery, shrinking local budgets, Cherry Point moratorium in the news for the week of May 29

May 29, 2020
Mike Sato

Economic recovery, a shrinking budget and the Cherry Point fossil-fuel shipping moratorium were among topics discussed by Whatcom County and City of Bellingham councils this week.

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photo: Island Adventures © 2020

Whale watch industry sits dockside during COVID-19 pandemic

May 16, 2020
Kimberly Cauvel

Like much else in the time of COVID-19, searches for black-and-white orcas, speckled grays and humpbacks were interrupted in early March. Dozens of whale watching boats, from Vancouver Island to San Juan Island, from Everett to Edmonds, bob in place dockside.

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photo: City of Bellingham © 2020

In-person comment is out, for now: local governments adapt to life under COVID

May 1, 2020
Stella Harvey

City and county councils and commissions across Washington state are finding new ways to conduct their public meetings since Gov. Jay Inslee issued the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order March 23, requiring local governing bodies to temporarily halt their in-person meetings.

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photo: Carlos Rexach © 2020

San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom nonprofits refocus to meet basic needs, uncertain future

April 27, 2020
Matt Benoit

For the 375,000 people living in San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties, community foundations and other nonprofits are adapting to provide the most essential services to people affected by COVID-19 and unemployment. Throughout the region, many organizations are seeing dramatic increases in demand. People need help ranging from mortgage and rent relief to mental health support to deliveries of food and medicine.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

The things we do for COVID: iconic local businesses change their ways

April 21, 2020
Kimberly Cauvel

At several local companies, trying new things has been essential for keeping dollars coming in and meeting their missions of serving the community.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Community Voices / Kids in the time of COVID

April 17, 2020
Salish Current editors

Very few kids would trade being able to see and hang out with friends, participate in football and other sports, go to restaurants now and then, and even go to school every day for being confined at home with their families, all day, every day. But that’s where they are for now, as the COVID-19 pandemic has closed schools around Washington state.

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photo: Bill Dietrich © 2020

Community Voices / Safe on a ‘plague’ ship in the time of COVID-19

April 6, 2020
Bill Dietrich

Our once-in-a-lifetime, 50th anniversary world cruise was sunk by a coronavirus somewhere in the Indian Ocean. Nobody had COVID-19, but our vessel was treated like a plague ship nonetheless.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Community Voices / Life in the time of COVID-19

April 1, 2020
Salish Current editors

We asked Salish Current readers and writers to share their stories about how the COVID-19 virus is affecting them in this time of the evolving “new normal” — virtual coffees and happy hours, worries about the vitality of the arts and cultural sphere, isolation and social-distancing rules, and more.

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