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A word about property rights and freedom

September 14, 2022
Commentary: Government, in balancing the peace, health and economic welfare of the people, has an interest when it comes to private property rights.
William Appel
Environment

Diesel oil from sunken Aleutian Isle ‘nonrecoverable’

September 9, 2022
A thin sheen of diesel oil — deemed nonrecoverable — remains on the surface of the water following the sinking of a fishing vessel last month off San Juan Island.
Zach Kortge
Environment

San Juan Islands National Monument: where’s the plan?

September 9, 2022
“Beyond slow” delays in developing a management plan for the San Juan Islands National Monument may resolve soon.
Nancy DeVaux
Governance

From the Editor’s Desk: Fact-checking state Senate candidates

September 2, 2022
Fact-checked: Salish Current reviewed comments made in an online form by candidates for the 42nd District Senate seat.
Mike Sato and Salish Current Staff
Housing

Got something to say about homelessness? Write it down, send it in

September 1, 2022
Salish Current and the Rotary Club of Bellingham want to hear your thoughts on homelessness — a reality for the well over 1,200 people in our area who lack housing.
Salish Current Editorial Staff
Public Health

Some progress but gaps remain in mental health care for Whatcom adolescents

August 24, 2022
Summer services in the Bellingham and Nooksack Valley school districts aimed to fill gaps with a new option this year: mental health therapy.
Matt Benoit
Climate

Will mitigation banking offset loss of valued wetlands?

August 24, 2022
Protection of sensitive Whatcom County wetlands may be enhanced, with approval of next steps toward a proposal for 608 acres in mitigation banking.
Kai Uyehara
Governance

Court rules: San Juan County to vote on charter amendments

August 18, 2022
San Juan County will vote on ranked choice voting and other proposals forwarded by its charter review commission, after a court ruling overturned a county council decision.
Nancy DeVaux
Water Supply

Islanders grapple with concerns over a finite resource: water

August 18, 2022
Aquifers around the Salish Sea are at risk from seawater intrusion, exhaustion and the concern that replenishment could become more and more difficult with the changing climate.
Clifford Heberden
Community Voices

From surviving to thriving — with help

August 17, 2022
A transformation from homeless heroin addict to thriving college graduate and co-occurring disorder specialist was made with help along the way.
Jodi Borrelli
Education

Will Kennedy decision change the religious landscape in public schools?

August 12, 2022
School officials in Whatcom County say policies regarding religious practices for all parties have not and will not change as a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District.
Kai Uyehara
Commerce

Local unionization efforts aim to raise wages, lower burnout

August 12, 2022
Unionization efforts in retail, healthcare and journalism have become more frequent since the pandemic heightened awareness of risks and hazards for workers.
Matt Benoit
Environment

Can trees save the Nooksack River?

August 5, 2022
The stronger positive effects of older forests on streamflows in the watershed are under study, as forest management practices are reconsidered in response to climate change impacts.
Clifford Heberden
Environment

‘Salmon People’ dives deep into the past to save the salmon

August 5, 2022
Inspired to keep alive the work of past generations and influenced by care for future generations, a nonprofit video production group’s current project focuses on the “Salmon People.”
Chris O’Neill
Community Voices

Collaborate, adjudicate to settle Nooksack water issues

August 4, 2022
Summer streamflows in the Nooksack Basin have been declining for decades, while the need for irrigation water grows as summers get hotter and rainfall diminishes.
Eric Hirst
Climate

Faith communities ally for climate justice; to hold Sacred Earth Fair

July 28, 2022
A grassroots multifaith network is seeking to increase awareness of — and action to address — climate change issues through its Sacred Earth Fair July 31.
Clifford Heberden

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