BC mega container terminal questions answered

November 8, 2023
Ginny Broadhurst

Commentary: National focus narrows consideration of potential environmental damages.

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Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut celebration is a call to action

August 28, 2023
Richard Arlin Walker

A celebration of life for Southern Resident orca Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut was a call to action as well as a remembrance.

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Lummi Nation prepares for Sk’aliCh’elh’tenaut’s return home

August 25, 2023
Richard Arlin Walker

The remains of captive Southern Resident orca whale Sk’aliCh’elh’tenaut (Tokitae/Lolita) will be laid to rest in the waters where her orca pod still resides much of the year.

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Ocean-to-table journey of uniquely tasty oysters takes work

January 31, 2023
Alexi Guddal

Commentary: It takes a community to raise and harvest an oyster.

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Listen, and support Indigenous voices

November 16, 2022
Terri Thayer

Commentary: Knowledge and awareness of the challenges Indigenous peoples face are good; what matters is action.

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‘Salmon People’ dives deep into the past to save the salmon

August 5, 2022
Chris O'Neill

Inspired to keep alive the work of past generations and influenced by care for future generations, a nonprofit video production group’s current project focuses on the “Salmon People.”

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Tribal sovereignty education comes—slowly—to school curriculum

May 5, 2022
Sarah Reeves

Public school districts are working with tribes to develop a crucial new curriculum on tribal sovereignty and treaty rights.

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Raising awareness of missing, murdered Indigenous women

May 3, 2022
Terri Thayer

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day is observed on May 5, and in an installation at the Lightcatcher Building through May 15.

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Mother Earth Day celebration will look to the future, through the vision of Indigenous youth

April 20, 2022
Clifford Heberden

Messages from Indigenous youth with eyes on environmental justice and the future will be featured at a Mother Earth Day celebration presented by Children of the Setting Sun Productions at Bellingham’s Maritime Heritage Park on April 22.

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Streamside shade: fish and farm advocates struggle to find common ground

February 24, 2022
Lauren Gallup

Salmon recovery is a priority for many in Washington who see vegetated streamside buffers as important to salmon-friendly habitat. But some in the state’s agricultural community see the threat of loss of productive farmland from proposals such as the Lorraine Loomis Act discussed earlier in this year’s legislative session.

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2021: A look back at some stories from the first full year of Salish Current

December 31, 2021
Salish Current Editorial Staff

2021 was a year like no other, with themes such as public health vis-à-vis COVID-19 and opioid addiction; social justice in the courts, the arts, housing and policing; and climate change and natural resources including water rights management. Salish Current offers a look back via articles published during the nonprofit newsroom’s first full year.

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Whatcom farmers face manure management challenges after flooding

December 22, 2021
Lauren Gallup

Flooding in Whatcom and Skagit counties in November put major stress on local dairies, including lost animals and lost revenues for some. Now there’s another hurdle: With storage lagoons overtopping, where can they store all that manure? Farmers and county and state agencies are stepping up to the challenge, to prevent pollution downstream and restore infrastructure.

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Vigil calls for more urgency to save endangered salmon, orcas

November 22, 2021
Jacqueline Allison

A vigil in support of endangered salmon in the Pacific Northwest drew environmental advocates and members of the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Indian Tribe to the Bellingham waterfront on Nov. 20. The event commemorated the 30th anniversary of the original declaration of Snake River sockeye salmon as endangered, and was held in conjunction with several similar events around the region.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2021

Clock starts on Nooksack basin water rights inventory; stakeholders yet to discuss solutions

July 9, 2021
Mike Sato, Managing Editor

Weeks of sparse rainfall and a historic heat wave marked the end of June — and the start of a process to establish water rights among various users in Whatcom County’s Nooksack River basin.

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photo: Teya Heidenreich © 2021

Local Juneteenth event celebrates diversity, freedom, challenge

June 21, 2021
Teya Heidenreich

Black Lives Matter signs waved over the Maritime Heritage Park amphitheater and booths lined the concrete walkway on Saturday, June 19 — the fourth annual Juneteenth celebration in Bellingham.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2021

House of Tears Carvers visit Bellingham with totem pole bound for DC

May 27, 2021
Amy Nelson, Publisher

Several hundred people in Bellingham visited a totem pole created by Lummi carvers from a 400-year-old cedar log — the latest stop in the Red Road to D.C. tour of the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere across the U.S. toward its final destination in Washington, D.C.

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