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Voting for a judge: does it matter?

April 21, 2022
A Whatcom District Court judgeship will be contested in the primary for the first time in 24 years—prompting the question of why some judges are elected.
Matt Benoit
Environment

Mother Earth Day celebration will look to the future, through the vision of Indigenous youth

April 20, 2022
Messages from Indigenous youth with eyes on environmental justice and the future will be featured at a Mother Earth Day celebration presented by Children of the Setting Sun Productions at Bellingham’s Maritime Heritage Park on April 22.
Clifford Heberden
Environment

Grant to fund collaboration plan for solutions to Nooksack Basin water issues

April 15, 2022
Interested parties hope Solutions Table funding approved by the Whatcom County Council this week will spark collaborative work toward holistic solutions for water availability in the Nooksack River basin.
Clifford Heberden
Culture

Tech entrepreneur’s path winds from solar cars to bleeding-edge art

April 15, 2022
Entrepreneur and artist Shawn Kemp’s path has wound from designing and racing solar cars in high school to creating computer-generated art — with loops through the worlds of gaming and social media.
Chris O’Neill
Community Voices

City of Bellingham police chief hiring process — success or flop?

April 14, 2022
A local civic action group is hoping Bellingham’s next police chief will work to strengthen community cohesion and be transparent and accountable to the public.
Riveters Collective Justice System Committee
Social Justice

Review: ‘Of Blood and Sweat’ traces role of Black labor in building white wealth and power

April 12, 2022
Bellingham author Clyde Ford meshes storytelling talents with meticulous skills as a historian in tracing how Black labor built the structures and systems creating white wealth and power, notes “Of Blood and Sweat” reviewer.
Mary Kinser
Social Justice

Leaning into ‘treatment over punishment’: jail diversion programs show potential

April 8, 2022
Amid calls to reform policing and criminal justice — and an aging, crowded jail — Whatcom officials, residents and law officers are looking to diversion programs for detainees with serious mental health or substance abuse issues.
Matt Benoit
Commerce

Fire damages historic downtown Friday Harbor buildings

April 7, 2022
No one was injured in an early-morning blaze on lower Spring Street in Friday Harbor that was reported when it drew the attention of a passing driver at 3:43 am. At least four businesses sustained damage.
Nancy DeVaux
Social Justice

Refugee resettlement in Whatcom works to meet growing needs

April 1, 2022
In barely six months of existence, the Whatcom County office of World Relief Western Washington has assisted 30 Afghan refugees in building new lives — and its staff expect to resettle 75 more refugees by September.
Kenneth Duncan
Community Voices

A second chance

March 31, 2022
Sharing the story: A rough road from abuse during an upper-middle-class childhood to an adult life of “camping out,” estrangement from loved ones and time in prison have led one man to the Light House Mission, a new sense of purpose and a better time of life.
John Dunne
Community Voices

Making community whole again during a time of plagues

March 30, 2022
Salish Current’s recent Trust 2022 forum on media and democracy highlighted ongoing challenges the news industry faces — but also charted a pathway for how local newsrooms can potentially revitalize our civic life and institutions, notes Community Voices contributor Derek Moscato.
Derek Moscato
Commerce

Reuse, repurpose, re-imagine: mall properties are in transition

March 25, 2022
What’s next for once-major shopping malls in Skagit and Whatcom counites that are among others nationwide seeing vacant storefronts on the rise? Some are empty shells possibly facing demolition, while others seem to be in the process of reinventing their roles in real-life brick-and-mortar.
Matt Benoit
Community Voices

Reflecting on International Women’s Day

March 25, 2022
Much change has happened since 1910 when the idea of an International Women’s Day was proposed by Clara Zetkin at the International Conference of Working Women. A lot still needs to change, notes a Community Voices contributor.
Terri Thayer
Housing

Affordable housing—however defined—is in short supply in Skagit County

March 24, 2022
Everyone’s versions of “affordable” housing are in high demand—and short supply—in steadily growing Skagit County.
Lauren Gallup
Culture

Farmer-artist counters food, fuel uncertainty — through permaculture

March 23, 2022
The past two years since the outbreak of COVID-19 have been turbulent and uncertain times for many. As fuel and food prices rise, the drive to become more self-reliant is also on the increase. A Whatcom farmer and glass artist suggests the path to that is permaculture.
Chris O’Neill
Agriculture

Seed swaps strengthen community — and improve produce

March 18, 2022
Gardening strengthens community ties, along with providing people with access to nutritious, homegrown food. Recently, more and more local gardeners are gravitating to seed swapping to enable access to the best plants for the particular microclimates of this region, yielding the tastiest produce.
Sarah Reeves

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