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Vigilance! Security against cyberthreat is a 24/7 need

October 28, 2022
While cybersecurity is a daily concern for individual users, it reflects the ever-growing threat to local municipalities and agencies that rely on increasing amounts of online information.
Matt Benoit
Agriculture

Who will farm to feed the people?

October 28, 2022
Whatcom and Skagit farm centers equip and empower a new generation of farmers. As their predecessors age, farmland prices increase while affordability of land decreases.
Kai Uyehara
Governance

What do ‘community policing’ and ‘police reform’ mean … in the islands?

October 28, 2022
Island-style policing in the San Juans may be an embodiment of real police reform—or it may fall victim to changing times.
Kathryn Wheeler
Natural Resources

Devastating wasting illness of influential, iconic sea stars still a mystery

October 21, 2022
Sea star wasting syndrome still threatens area sea stars, but community scientists and researchers are helping to shed light on the mysterious illness.
Rena Kingery
Recreation

Lopez pool plan is making waves

October 21, 2022
An $8 million campaign to build a swimming pool on Lopez Island for its 2,800 residents has brought out donors, supporters—and opponents.
Kathryn Wheeler
Governance

From the Editor’s Desk: Fact-checking 42nd District campaign mailers

October 21, 2022
Political mailers to 42nd Legislative District addresses—timed to arrive with ballots—carry a variety of assertions and arguments; Salish Current fact-checks the claims.
Mike Sato and Salish Current Staff
Governance

Fact-checking what’s being said around Whatcom’s Proposition 5

October 21, 2022
Whatcom voters will decide Nov. 8 on the Healthy Children’s Initiative, a property tax measure to fund child care and early-learning programs.
Kai Uyehara
Artist’s Corner

On Watch

October 19, 2022
Inspiration for carvings in stone may come from the stones themselves, but originates inside the artist as well, muses Tony Angell.
Tony Angell
Public Health

Schools aim to lessen concussion damage on and off the field

October 14, 2022
Athletes and other students are benefiting from new practices for school districts in assessing and dealing with concussions, although challenges still exist.
Matt Benoit
Climate

Rising seas, surging storms put many low-lying areas at risk

October 13, 2022
Sea levels are expected to rise by 1.5 to nearly 2 feet by 2100 along low-lying shorelines around the Salish Sea—including many areas where people live and recreate.
Kai Uyehara
Community Voices

Council votes to create Racial Equity Commission: reflections of a post-modern revolutionary

October 12, 2022
Commentary: A Whatcom County Council vote established a racial equity commission; now, the challenge for supporters is to engage others in the conversation, an organizer writes.
Vernon Damani Johnson
Community Voices

Economic mobility starts at birth

October 12, 2022
Commentary: Even though everyone wants to give their children more and better opportunities than they had, the deck is stacked in favor of babies born to families steeped in “social capital.”
Mauri Ingram
Education

‘Starving students’ no more, as campuses address food insecurity

October 7, 2022
Increasing food insecurity among college students is being answered with a variety of solutions by schools in Skagit and Whatcom counties.
Sadie Fick
Natural Resources

Can kelp farming help save our marine environment?

October 7, 2022
SEA2SEED, a Guemes Island nonprofit, sees multiple benefits from kelp, for land and sea.
Richard Arlin Walker
Governance

From the Editor’s Desk: Fact-checking the House candidates

October 7, 2022
Committed to accuracy and fighting misinformation, the Salish Current fact-checked some candidate statements made in a recent Bellingham City Club online forum.
Mike Sato and Salish Current Staff
Housing

Review: Geography, zoning, economy play into the ‘why’ of homelessness

October 5, 2022
Review: Homelessness has stubbornly resisted efforts of cities and nonprofits to find solutions; a new book analyzes the reasons why.
John Dunne

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