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Commerce, Community Voices, Culture

Community Voices / Trouble in paradise: Lummi Islanders react to a national expose of its famous restaurant

May 20, 2021
A historic inn on Lummi Island made national news lately when a story focused world attention on problematic operations. Locally, the report stirred mixed reactions from island residents
Jean Godden
Climate, Commerce, Community Voices, Natural Resources, Public Health

Community Voices / Local team launches innovative approach to help curb climate change

May 12, 2021
We must act, not just worry, and use as many solutions as possible to curb climate change as we can, say a team of professors, graduate fellows, student interns and sustainability professionals working on one solution for Whatcom County — that can be replicated anywhere.
Allison Roberts with reporting by Kiahna White-Alcain
Community Voices, Culture, Social Justice

Community Voices / Acknowledge, learn — and transform, during Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 6, 2021
America continues to struggle to recognize the contributions of all to the building of this nation. In May — Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month — we have an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the resilience and voices of these communities.
Terri Thayer
photo: Amy Nelson © 2016
Community Voices, Governance, Social Justice

Community Voices / Clyde Ford on speaking up and raising eyebrows

March 25, 2021
Change happens when you speak up, and speak out. Drawing the attention of politicians and ordinary citizens to the need for change often helps bring it about … to shine light on the work that remains to be done in this great state, particularly with regard to racial equity and social justice.
Clyde W. Ford
Community Voices, Culture, Editor’s Desk, Public Health

From the Editor’s Desk / Young adults weigh risks in choosing to mask, distance in COVID-19 fight

March 6, 2021
To help stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, young adults are making choices that range from the hard decision to curtail visits home to see family, to feeling safely unmasked with family or select friends.
Salish Current readers
Community Voices, Governance, Natural Resources

Community Voices / Thoughts on the Puget Sound Partnership and recovering Puget Sound

February 17, 2021
An apparent focus on reducing the ongoing costs of recovery of Puget Sound rather than recovery efforts themselves worries some who are concerned about the health of the ecosystem.
Al Bergstein
Community Voices, Culture, Education, Social Justice

Community Voices / Powerful stories bring understanding, in celebration of Black History Month

February 5, 2021
The study and knowledge of Black history bring understanding to race and racism in the United States.
Terri Thayer
photo: Amy Nelson © 2021
Community Voices, Culture, Governance

Community Voices / Understanding the importance of the Point Elliott Treaty

January 28, 2021
An understanding of the elements of sovereignty of the Lummi Nation and the significance of the term “treaty” is integral to understanding the importance of these agreements then — and now.
Terri Thayer
Community Voices, Governance

Community Voices / Democracy in America

January 15, 2021
We live in tumultuous times. Last weekend Salish Current asked people of various political persuasions to write about the state of our country’s democracy in advance of the inauguration.
Salish Current readers
Community Voices, Culture, Governance

Community Voices / Religious freedom in pandemic times

January 12, 2021
The complex issue of religious freedom as it relates to the gathering of believers during our pandemic times has been in the news these past months as certain religious groups reject the State’s role in limiting events to certain numbers and locations.
Ron Polinder
Community Voices, Culture, Public Health

Community Voices / COVID be damned — if you could be anywhere in the world on the Winter Solstice, where would you choose?

December 18, 2020
Readers were invited to share their ideal locations for marking December’s Solstice this year … if it weren’t for COVID-19. Read on, for a travelogue of cherished spots around the globe.
Salish Current readers
photo: Amy Nelson © 2020
Community Voices, Governance

Community Voices / Election reforms are key to restoring public confidence

December 18, 2020
Community Voices: “Restoring public confidence in elections is a concern for every one of us, regardless of party.”
Doug Ericksen
photo: Amy Nelson © 2020
Community Voices, Governance

Community Voices / ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident’

December 18, 2020
While we as citizens may chafe at what seems like an inordinately slow process, this waiting period offers an opportunity to reflect on the brilliance of our elections system.
Allison Aurand and Michael Jay
photo: Amy Nelson © 2020
Community Voices, Journalism

Community Voices / Erosion in local news threatens democracy

November 27, 2020
Local dailies in Northwest Washington are turning into ghosts — ghost newspapers, existing in name but no longer having the staff or the commitment to cover local and regional news. The trend is part of a national crisis that’s been accelerating at warp speed since 1990.
Bill Dietrich
Agriculture, Commerce, Community Voices, Culture, Governance, Natural Resources

Community Voices / Nooksack water rights adjudication is an existential threat to farming’s future

November 13, 2020
Whatcom County farmers say they view water rights adjudication as an existential threat to their future, in their long-term battle to maintain farming as part of the local economy and culture.
Henry Bierlink
Community Voices, Culture, Governance, Journalism

Reporter’s Notebook / Pursuing the story of the ‘Freedom to Worship Protest’

October 23, 2020
As a reporter for Salish Current, I reached out to WA3%’s website in September, looking to speak with a Whatcom County chapter member. I wanted to know who these members were in our community, how they had come to believe what they believe and how they see themselves.
Matt Benoit
photo: Amy Nelson © 2020