Pack a lunch, don a mask: kids go back to school in person as COVID-19 persists

September 8, 2021
Ella Banken

In the midst of the ongoing pandemic, students are dusting off backpacks, packing lunches — and picking out masks to accompany their back-to-school outfits.

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No new reservations, for now: Living and working around ferry delays, cancellations in the San Juans

September 2, 2021
Heather Spaulding

This year’s peak-season summer Washington State Ferries sailing schedule has been plagued by delayed and canceled sailings, some due to a shortage of crew and some to mechanical problems. For the long Labor Day weekend, things are not looking much brighter for the San Juan Islands runs.

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Skagit fair sates longing for fun and ‘normalcy’ in face of COVID-19

August 19, 2021
Teya Heidenreich

After a year’s hiatus, the Skagit County Fair resumed Aug. 11-14 with an increased attendance over past years — despite COVID-19 infections spiking in the county.

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Whatcom director among public health leaders stressed by threats, resistance re pandemic management

August 11, 2021
Stephen S. Howie / Crosscut.com

Email threats, irate officials and dealing with misinformation have become part of the job for stress-filled public health workers, including the director of Whatcom County’s health department.

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Local courts work to catch up on COVID-backlog delays in delivering justice

July 23, 2021
Matt Benoit

Courts in Whatcom County are trying to regain the flow of delivering justice that was in play prior to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown — and the recovery is proceeding differently at each level of the court system.

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Whatcom council axes young adult social media COVID campaign despite vaccination success

July 15, 2021
Ella Banken

In January, Whatcom County began an awareness campaign to engage young adults with information about COVID-19 safety. On June 29, a tie vote by the county council nixed an extension of the campaign.

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Who’s getting their shots? Whatcom develops a new strategy for COVID-19 vaccinations

May 12, 2021
Alex Meacham

Whatcom County health officials are now reporting COVID-19 vaccine rates in the county by school district, enabling a new, more strategic approach to making vaccine opportunities available to reach the largest number of people and those with access problems.

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Community Voices / Local team launches innovative approach to help curb climate change

May 12, 2021
Allison Roberts with reporting by Kiahna White-Alcain

We must act, not just worry, and use as many solutions as possible to curb climate change as we can, say a team of professors, graduate fellows, student interns and sustainability professionals working on one solution for Whatcom County — that can be replicated anywhere.

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Late data delays Whatcom County districting; US Census blames COVID-19

April 26, 2021
Kenneth Duncan

A months-long delay in the delivery of 2020 U.S. Census data has compelled the 2021 Whatcom Districting Committee to postpone updating county voting district maps, despite the county charter’s strict May 1 deadline on map generation and submission.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2021

Pandemic job loss, quarantine, anxieties fuel opioid use surge

April 16, 2021
Heather Spaulding

The physical and emotional toll wreaked by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures has been accompanied by an increase in opioid use and related deaths over the past year — after five years of decline — in Washington state. At the same time, use of even more dangerous synthetic opioids is becoming more prevalent, making the increased use even more hazardous.

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photo: Matt Benoit © 2021

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

March 26, 2021
Matt Benoit

High school athletics have finally returned in Whatcom County after being delayed through the first half of academic calendars by COVID-19 restrictions.

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

March 6, 2021
Salish Current readers

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.

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Masked young adults key to beating COVID in the long term

February 26, 2021
Alex Meacham

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.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2012

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

February 12, 2021
Mike Sato

A month into the 2021 state legislative session, it’s time to review the legislation introduced by our elected representatives as of this week.

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Local food banks have been addressing a hunger crisis — even before COVID

February 5, 2021
Heather Spaulding

Even before the pandemic lockdowns caused unemployment to skyrocket, food banks worked to help millions of Americans who were not able to feed their families.

 

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2021

Business has been good — if not better — for some local enterprises, despite pandemic

January 15, 2021
Matt Benoit

Not all businesses are struggling during the pandemic, as some have seen upticks in business as people navigate the “new normal” nearly a year into the pandemic.

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