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Culture, Education, Social Justice

Books under scrutiny: censorship and cancel culture in a changing society

April 1, 2021
In a time of massive reevaluation of once widely accepted tropes, celebrities have been called out for past insensitivities and much worse, schools renamed and statues toppled. But what does it mean when books are brought into the discussion?
Ella Banken
Education, Public Health, Recreation

‘Crazy’ high school sports seasons arrive … better late than never

March 26, 2021
High school athletics have finally returned in Whatcom County after being delayed through the first half of academic calendars by COVID-19 restrictions.
Matt Benoit
photo: Matt Benoit © 2021
Community Voices, Governance, Social Justice

Community Voices / Clyde Ford on speaking up and raising eyebrows

March 25, 2021
Change happens when you speak up, and speak out. Drawing the attention of politicians and ordinary citizens to the need for change often helps bring it about … to shine light on the work that remains to be done in this great state, particularly with regard to racial equity and social justice.
Clyde W. Ford
Commerce, Editor’s Desk, Governance, Natural Resources, Public Health

From the Editor’s Desk / Readers respond to why the San Juans need a rescue tug

March 19, 2021
Lopez Island readers of the article “Rescue tug stationed in islands is best bet to avoid oil spills in San Juan-Gulf waters, study says” responded to the article’s posting in Lopez Rocks.
Mike Sato
Agriculture, Commerce, Governance, Natural Resources

A next step to resolve Nooksack water rights waits on legislative budget decision

March 19, 2021
The state Department of Ecology has announced its intent to resolve the contentious issues around water rights in the Nooksack Basin through the legal action of adjudication, and money to move that process forward is proposed in the budget under consideration by the Legislature.
Alex Meacham
photo: Amy Nelson © 2021
Commerce, Governance, Natural Resources, Recreation

Rescue tug stationed in islands is best bet to avoid oil spills in San Juan – Gulf waters, study says

March 12, 2021
With increased vessel traffic around the San Juan Islands, some worry that the risk of oil spills may be rising as well. A new study makes the case that an emergency response tug stationed in the islands would be money well-spent.
Kimberly Cauvel
photo: Monika Wieland Shields © 2015
Natural Resources

Removal of birdseed feeders advised to stem rising salmonellosis deaths

March 7, 2021
Recently, wild birds have been dying at a higher rate, and birdseed feeders are being blamed. A state advisory asks people to take down birdseed feeders until April 1 to protect pine siskins and other birds.
Ella Banken
photo: Alan Fritzberg © 2021
Community Voices, Culture, Editor’s Desk, Public Health

From the Editor’s Desk / Young adults weigh risks in choosing to mask, distance in COVID-19 fight

March 6, 2021
To help stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, young adults are making choices that range from the hard decision to curtail visits home to see family, to feeling safely unmasked with family or select friends.
Salish Current readers
Governance

In Whatcom’s 42nd Legislative District, a series of changes is turning election tides

March 3, 2021
Gains in voter support made by local Democrats in recent years may be due to demographic shifts caused by a wide variety of trends in who lives here, how they work and how each political party gets its messages out.
Matt Benoit
Education, Public Health

Masked young adults key to beating COVID in the long term

February 26, 2021
With the number of COVID-19 cases in Whatcom County spiking among young adults, the county council has approved a public awareness campaign to influence young adults to adopt safer COVID-19 behaviors and help end the pandemic.
Alex Meacham
Education, Governance, Public Health

Internet connectivity has improved in Whatcom County, but many gaps remain

February 25, 2021
One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, many more students in Whatcom County are able to connect to the internet for remote learning, thanks to communitywide efforts, particularly in rural communities with limited or no internet options. Still, a clear digital divide remains.
Jacqueline Allison
Editor’s Desk, Journalism

From the Editor’s Desk / ‘We seek truth and report it accurately and fairly’

February 18, 2021
The proliferation of media platforms where facts, news and opinion swirl and mix often creates ideological divides and culture bubbles. In launching Salish Current, we thought it important to make clear distinctions between news and opinion.
Mike Sato
Community Voices, Governance, Natural Resources

Community Voices / Thoughts on the Puget Sound Partnership and recovering Puget Sound

February 17, 2021
An apparent focus on reducing the ongoing costs of recovery of Puget Sound rather than recovery efforts themselves worries some who are concerned about the health of the ecosystem.
Al Bergstein
Governance

Doing the work of the people: legislation introduced by 40th and 42nd District legislators

February 12, 2021
A month into the 2021 state legislative session, it’s time to review the legislation introduced by our elected representatives as of this week.
Mike Sato
photo: Amy Nelson © 2012
Artist’s Corner, Culture, Natural Resources

Artist’s Corner / Tailored to the task

February 11, 2021
The northern harrier is a regular presence along the outer fields, sloughs and dikes bordering the Salish Sea.
Tony Angell
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