Recreation Archives - Salish Current

Team JD completes R2AK on after week’s sailing from Victoria

June 21, 2024
Toby Cooper

Four island teens rang the traditional brass bell in triumph

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Update: Alaska-bound Team Juvenile Delinquents pushes up the strait

June 14, 2024
Toby Cooper

Friday midmorning tracker shows Team JD at north end of Georgia Strait

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Four island kids chase an ‘impossible’ dream

June 11, 2024
Toby Cooper

750-mile boat-without-engine R2AK Race to Alaska set to start

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Little Squalicum Pier will open up Bellingham Bay

April 9, 2024
Meghan Fenwick

Once rebuilt, a 1,200-foot pier on Bellingham Bay will be open to the public for the first time since when it was built in 1912.

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Lopez pool project moves toward construction

January 17, 2024
Nancy DeVaux

Permits for revised design of proposed Lopez Island swim center received in December.

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Design, permit delays stymie Lopez pool construction

September 29, 2023
Kathryn Wheeler

Water use, operating cost still contentious issues for anticipated Lopez Island pool.

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R2AK: North by Northwest

June 9, 2023
Ross Anderson

The annual wind- or human-powered — no engines — Race to Alaska is becoming a quintessential Northwest experience.

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Lopez pool plan is making waves

October 21, 2022
Kathryn Wheeler

An $8 million campaign to build a swimming pool on Lopez Island for its 2,800 residents has brought out donors, supporters—and opponents.

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What’s life without a future?

December 30, 2021
Salish Current readers

What awaits us in the new year? Salish Current asked our readers and writers to take us there by sharing one thing they look forward to doing in 2022.

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Community Voices / Is time running out? Streamflow trends in the Nooksack watershed

December 15, 2021
Eric Hirst

Given the high volume of rain and flooding during the past few weeks, it may seem strange to talk about water scarcity in the Nooksack River system. Although the watershed has ample water in the winter (often too much water), it holds too little in the summer to support healthy salmon. Complicating the water supply issue are the adverse effects of climate change.

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Lummi Island’s original Willows Inn was a local-food hotspot — 100 years before ‘locavore’ was trending

July 1, 2021
Matt Benoit

Today’s Lummi Island in Whatcom County is home to permanent and vacationing residents, local businesses — and a historic resort known for more than 100 years as The Willows.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2021

Little estuary to see big restoration investment

April 25, 2021
Alex Meacham

A small city park on Bellingham Bay will soon include a valuable asset for the local aquatic ecosystem, as the City of Bellingham identifies funding needed to establish an estuary at Little Squalicum Park.

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photo: Jack Finley © 2021

Skaters, business, Port collaborate for Bellingham waterfront skate park

April 2, 2021
Jack Finley

A local business owner and rag-tag group of skaters have cleaned up an abandoned parking lot under the Chestnut Street bridge on the Bellingham waterfront with the goal of establishing a skatepark, as the City and Port of Bellingham look at expanding the area’s current agreement to include that use.

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photo: Matt Benoit © 2021

‘Crazy’ high school sports seasons arrive … better late than never

March 26, 2021
Matt Benoit

High school athletics have finally returned in Whatcom County after being delayed through the first half of academic calendars by COVID-19 restrictions.

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photo: Monika Wieland Shields © 2015

Rescue tug stationed in islands is best bet to avoid oil spills in San Juan – Gulf waters, study says

March 12, 2021
Kimberly Cauvel

With increased vessel traffic around the San Juan Islands, some worry that the risk of oil spills may be rising as well. A new study makes the case that an emergency response tug stationed in the islands would be money well-spent.

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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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