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Jail, behavioral health, community policing challenge new Whatcom County sheriff

May 16, 2024
Matt Benoit

Donnell “Tank” Tanksley is Whatcom’s 38th sheriff — and the first African American in the role.

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So we had an election: a few comments

November 15, 2023
Dan Raas

Commentary: Lessons from this year’s general election results suggest attention to strategic campaigning and messaging are needed to win in “light-blue” Whatcom County.

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Votes are in, early results out for general election

November 9, 2023
Editorial Staff

Update: Preliminary general election counts are in for Whatcom, San Juan and Skagit counties.

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Pro and con viewpoints on Whatcom’s Public Health, Safety and Justice Sales and Use Tax proposition

October 4, 2023
Peter Frazier and Mike McAuley

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.

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Whatcom candidate forum was a study in styles

August 25, 2023
Mike Sato

Commentary: A Whatcom County candidates forum revealed differences in style if not policy.

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Bellingham mayoral candidates field forum questions in primary quest

July 14, 2023
Editorial Staff

What should be the way forward for downtown Bellingham vitality, a new jail, waterfront development and housing? Bellingham mayoral primary candidates offered responses in an online forum this week.

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Jail needs to change, community agrees; but how?

January 3, 2023
Riley Weeks

An advisory committee for the Justice Project aims to ensure that voters’ priorities are considered in the next Whatcom County Jail ballot measure.

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Skagit sheriff-social-worker partnership is a game-changer in mental health calls

February 4, 2022
Lauren Gallup

A different approach to how first responders in Skagit County address mental health crises is changing the outcome of behavioral health emergencies and helping people stay out of the hospital or jail.

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