Who to vote for? Read what the candidates have to say
November’s general election will decide who will lead Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham in 2024. Ballots will be mailed on Oct. 20 for the Nov. 7 election. In collaboration with Salish Current, Whatcom Watch queried candidates for their stances on crucial issues, to help voters make their choices.
Pro and con viewpoints on Whatcom’s Public Health, Safety and Justice Sales and Use Tax proposition
Commentary: Supporters and opponents speak out on Whatcom County’s Public Health, Safety and Justice Sales and Use Tax ballot proposal to fund a new jail and behavioral health, supportive housing, public safety and other criminal justice facilities and services.
San Juan County permit woes result in director firing
Months of complaints of delays, discourtesy and interpretation led to a decision by the San Juan County council to “part ways” with the county’s Community Development director.
Back to the land in the islands — Part 2: Women who farm
Island farming is an experiment in sustaining a lifestyle — but much more, as young farmers look for ways to support and feed the community.
Can we prevent homelessness?
Commentary: There are many reasons people become homeless — can it be prevented? Unequivocally, yes, says one close observer. Housing and income play into the complex causes.
House-building is booming in Blaine
Who’s building, who’s buying and who’s left out as construction takes off?
Pollution cleaned up, Anacortes shoreline preps for development
MJB Properties proposes residences, retail businesses and restaurants, and an event center on the once pollution-contaminated shoreline of Fidalgo Bay.
Jane Fuller readies to tackle county priorities
New San Juan council member sworn in, forming county’s first all-woman governing body.
Local legislators set housing, public safety, education and climate as priority
All-Democrat delegation identifies top issues they will pursue when the legislative session begins on Jan. 9.
Thanks for the memories, 2022; what’s next, 2023?
We lived, we learned; now it’s time to get ready for what may be ahead in 2023, after a look back at what happened this year.
Hope has arrived
Commentary: Constant worries about being attacked or robbed are in the past for a woman who has found housing — for now — in a tiny home village.
Refugee resettlement in Whatcom works to meet growing needs
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.
‘Food hub plus’ part of ambitious collaboration to meet housing and food needs
A complex housing and food resources proposal for the Bellingham waterfront aims to employ a fusion of community and economic development in “a once in a lifetime opportunity” to meet local food supply needs — with the help of local farmers and suppliers.
Cherry Point development, solar, waterfront project more in the news for the week ending May 15
Port of Bellingham commissioners will vote May 19 on a pass-through agreement with Silfab Solar related to a $4,000,196 project proposal to expand the company’s facilities in Whatcom County and create between 20 and 40 new full-time jobs in five years, among local government business this week.
Plastic bags, clean water: local legislators vote on wide-ranging issues in 2020
Here’s how 40th and 42nd Legislative District officials voted on selected bills that were passed and sent to the governor for signing or veto by June 11, according to Washington Votes.