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‘A Precarious Edge’ evokes climate change truths

May 4, 2022
Climate change and global warming are front and center in the Museum of Northwest Art’s latest installation, “A Precarious Edge.”
Chris O’Neill
Community Voices

Raising awareness of missing, murdered Indigenous women

May 3, 2022
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day is observed on May 5, and in an installation at the Lightcatcher Building through May 15.
Terri Thayer
Natural Resources

Can Southern Resident killer whales have legal rights?

April 28, 2022
Ecosystem conference: Advocates are promoting ‘rights of nature’ as orca numbers dwindle.
Olivia Palmer
Governance

New parking rules on as Bellingham struggles with enforcement

April 28, 2022
New parking rules—and fees—take effect May 1, but enforcement resources are low.
Matt Benoit
Housing

Funds secured for affordable housing on Port waterfront

April 28, 2022
State funds have been secured for The Millworks, a multi-partner affordable housing project in Bellingham.
Lauren Gallup
Social Justice

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
Natural Resources

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
Natural Resources

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

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