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What tighter federal PFAS mandates mean for local contaminated communities

May 14, 2024
Sam Fletcher

Lowering the maximum allowed levels means that many local well tests are now close to or over the federal limit.

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Intalco restart: can ‘green’ aluminum get ‘clean’ power?

July 21, 2022
Eric Scigliano

Options for a clean-power source are narrowing for a buyout firm with a sustainability ethos that wants to restart and upgrade the Intalco aluminum plant near Ferndale.

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Schools assess safety protocols after shootings, threats

June 17, 2022
Kenneth Duncan

Recent school shootings and threats have renewed concern over safety — and impact on students’ mental health.

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Confrontations, demands for parents’ rights challenge local school boards

March 4, 2022
Matt Benoit

Impassioned conversations are occurring nationwide as sometimes large groups of parents show up at once sparsely attended school board meetings — including in Whatcom County — with local issues including COVID-19 mask mandates, critical race theory and sexual health education.

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

March 3, 2021
Matt Benoit

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.

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photo: Kimberly Cauvel © 2020

Intalco’s closure brings pain for now — what may the future bring?

October 30, 2020
Kimberly Cauvel

After 54 years in operation, the Intalco smelter near Ferndale this summer stopped producing aluminum, put hundreds out of work and sent shockwaves through the community. The pain cut deep but may point a way to cleaner, more competitive heavy industry.

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