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
Agriculture, Public Health

Local food banks have been addressing a hunger crisis — even before COVID

February 5, 2021
Even before the pandemic lockdowns caused unemployment to skyrocket, food banks worked to help millions of Americans who were not able to feed their families.  
Heather Spaulding

Democracy in America: Are you a citizen? Let’s test that.

January 29, 2021
Naturalized citizens of the United States share some common knowledge about our country when they discuss, argue and vote. How much of that do you, as a citizen whether naturalized or born, share?
Mike Sato
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
Commerce, Governance

The future arrives on the Bellingham Bay waterfront

January 22, 2021
After more than a decade of discussion, planning and cleanup of an industrial waste site on Bellingham Bay, the city’s partnership with the port and a contract with a Dublin-based company are putting the waterfront’s future on the ground.
Alex Meacham
Commerce, Culture, Governance, Journalism

Community voices / Cascadia’s media ecosystem connects our cross-border bioregion

January 20, 2021
Journalism that embraces a larger vision of the international corridor will best serve the Cascadia bioregion’s constituents by setting up the region up to tackle the big challenges of the next century.
Derek Moscato
Commerce, Governance, Natural Resources, Public Health

Oil train derailment in Whatcom County drives home transport risk concerns

January 17, 2021
An oil train derailment spilling more than 29,000 gallons of Bakken crude in Whatcom County is prompting officials lobbying for state and federal oil train regulations in recent years to consider whether more can be done.
Kimberly Cauvel
Commerce, Public Health

Business has been good — if not better — for some local enterprises, despite pandemic

January 15, 2021
Not all businesses are struggling during the pandemic, as some have seen upticks in business as people navigate the “new normal” nearly a year into the pandemic.
Matt Benoit
photo: Amy Nelson © 2021
Culture, Governance, Social Justice

Local MLK Day events set the stage for new year of racial justice action

January 15, 2021
A combination of potent social and political turmoil made many people eager to close the book on 2020 and emerge into a fresh year.
Stella Harvey
Editor’s Desk, Governance

From the Editor’s Desk / Democracy in America

January 15, 2021
Last weekend I asked people of various political persuasions to write about the state of our country’s democracy in advance of the inauguration.
Mike Sato
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
Climate, Commerce, Education, Governance, Public Health, Social Justice

Economy, environment, social justice, COVID recovery, housing: legislators anticipate the 2021 session

January 8, 2021
Salish Current asked 40th and 42nd District legislators a few questions about how they see the legislative session that convenes on Monday, Jan. 11; their answers follow.
Salish Current editors
photo: Amy Nelson © 2020
Education, Governance

San Juan school districts face big budget shortfalls due to levy cap

January 7, 2021
A law to make state education funding more equitable has had the opposite effect in the San Juan Islands. While San Juan property owners are paying more in state education taxes, less funding is going towards local schools.
Hayley Day
photo: Amy Nelson © 2021
Culture, Public Health

Wanted: the ‘right’ dog — pet adoptions set records during the pandemic

December 28, 2020
During the social distancing and isolation of this year’s pandemic, many people have sought the companionship, unconditional love and friendship that comes from adopting a dog — and now, more than ever, people are having trouble finding the “right” dog because so many others are doing the same.
Alex Meacham
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