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Community Voices, Culture, Public Health

Community Voices / Comic relief — laughter in the time of COVID

October 2, 2020
On the evening of March 5, I did a four-minute stand-up set at Bellingham’s Upfront Theatre
Matt Benoit
photo: Matt Benoit © 2020
Education, Public Health

‘Your life can’t stop’: class of 2020 faces the ‘real world’ during COVID-19

September 25, 2020
This year’s graduates are entering a “real world” disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite challenges, they’re moving forward — even when it means changing long-held plans.
Stella Harvey
photo: Amy Nelson © 2020
Climate, Governance, Natural Resources, Public Health

As wildfire smoke endangers health indoors and out, questions arise about government response

September 21, 2020
Mara Kardas-Nelson / InvestigateWest
photo: Taimi Dunn Gorman © 2020
Agriculture, Climate, Natural Resources

Toxic tansy ragwort is having a boom year

September 14, 2020
Pernicious, invasive and even sometimes deadly for livestock, tansy ragwort has enjoyed a booming bloom this summer in Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties and across the rest of western Washington and Oregon.
Alex Meacham
photo: Ann Potter © 2020
Culture, Editor’s Desk

From the Editor / Are you better off now than you were four years ago?

September 11, 2020
Salish Current editors are taking a Presidential-election year look back and wondering what readers think: Are you better off now than four years ago?  
Mike Sato
photo: Amy Nelson © 2020
Education

Students, teachers step up to remote-learning challenges — with help — as school year begins

September 4, 2020
School districts have worked since spring to ensure they’re adequately prepared for the 2020-2021 school year. Many, including here in Whatcom County, are receiving local, state and federal funding to help build infrastructure for remote learning.
Matt Benoit
photo: TechNotes © 2020
Commerce, Governance, Natural Resources

Proposed Roberts Bank terminal will add cargo capacity — but at what cost to Salish Sea

August 25, 2020
A lesser-known yet major Canadian infrastructure project could bring major changes to shipping traffic in waters shared by British Columbia and Washington. If constructed, Roberts Bank Terminal 2, would enable Canada to move another 2.4 million shipping containers per year through its southernmost terminal about 1 mile from the Washington state border.
Kimberly Cauvel
photo: Port of Vancouver © 2020
Governance, Social Justice

Local law enforcement complaint procedures under scrutiny amid new calls for accountability

August 24, 2020
Local Black Lives Matter protests are calling for reduction of police budgets and re-examination of how police are held accountable to the communities they are sworn to serve.
Stella Harvey
photo: Amy Nelson © 2020
Education, Public Health

Back to learning, back to school to happen in the shadow of COVID-19

August 20, 2020
Coronavirus has this fall replaced the excitement of starting a new school year — new books and pens, new lesson plans, and, most of all, classes and classmates — with an air of uncertainty.
Genevieve Iverson
photo: Amy Nelson © 2020
Governance, Social Justice

‘Defund the police’ movement drives Whatcom racial justice discussions

August 14, 2020
Local activists are advocating for a 50% reduction in the Bellingham Police Department budget, even as BPD says it could use more resources for meeting the calls it routinely answers now — including a large number related to behavioral health and social welfare. While reformers would like to see change soon, community-wide conversations are just beginning, and the eventual direction and pace of change are as yet unknown.
Alex Meacham
photo: Mike Sato © 2020
Agriculture, Commerce, Public Health

Farming is more challenging than ever during the pandemic

August 7, 2020
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, farms are facing more challenges than ever during the busy season, with their workers among the most vulnerable to the virus and produce reaching fewer buyers through usual markets, festivals and tourism outlets.
Kimberly Cauvel
photo: Amy Nelson © 2020
Governance, Transportation

‘A very complex issue’: Ramel gives update on San Juan Islands ferry delays

August 5, 2020
The state-run ferry system linking Salish Sea communities has remained on a three-vessel winter schedule due to lower travel volume. As vehicle traffic has increased over the summer and loading and unloading times have taken longer, the result has been hour-long delays by the afternoon and evening.
Mike Sato
photo: Amy Nelson © 2020
Education, Public Health

Local schools seek parent, student feedback before announcing fall plans

August 2, 2020
As fall school start dates approach, many local districts are waiting to release detailed back-to-school plans amid uncertain COVID-19 health concerns.
Genevieve Iverson
photo: Amy Nelson © 2020
Culture, Public Health

Local music plays on — differently — with stages dark during pandemic

July 31, 2020
For performers and proprietors with fully booked schedules from outdoor concert series and private weddings to indoor venues, the COVID-19 pandemic struck suddenly in March, indefinitely altering the lives of anyone associated with live entertainment.
Matt Benoit
photo: Matt Benoit © 2020
Commerce, Governance

No Whatcom vote this November on increase in Port commission members

July 24, 2020
Port of Bellingham commissioners took no action at their July 14 meeting on allowing Whatcom County voters to decide whether to expand the commission to five members from the current three, effectively closing the issue for now.
Mike Sato
photo: Amy Nelson © 2019
Education

Port, County race to bridge Whatcom’s digital divide

July 23, 2020
The COVID-19 shutdown of businesses and schools revealed a stark digital divide as many local businesses and households faced working, teaching and learning at home whether equipped and ready, or not.
Mike Sato
photo: Lane Morgan © 2020