public health Archives - Salish Current

Now is the time for a Washington state green amendment

February 19, 2024
Mimi Margulies

Commentary: A constitutional amendment is needed in Washington state to promote and protect the health and well-being of every Washingtonian, now and for future generations.

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Lopez pool project moves toward construction

January 17, 2024
Nancy DeVaux

Permits for revised design of proposed Lopez Island swim center received in December.

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CAST is a hidden gem needing help, to help

December 11, 2023
John Dunne

Commentary: Starting in 1999, CAST volunteers have been feeding the unhoused and food-insecure four days a week in downtown Bellingham.

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‘An ounce of prevention,’ to address Type 2 diabetes

November 6, 2023
Sandhya Manivannan Gelou

Commentary: Preventive actions are urgently needed, advocates emphasize with November’s National Diabetes Awareness Month.

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Counties prepare winter shelter plans amid the homelessness crisis

October 18, 2023
Aria Nguyen

With winter approaching, counties are working with local organizations to address the needs of vulnerable community members.

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How Growler jets are impacting our region

October 5, 2023
Christine Kerlin

Commentary: Jet noise brings loss of hearing, increased blood pressure, sleep disturbance, stress and interference with childhood learning— in addition to impacts on orca whales, birds and other animals.

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Four of six Whatcom executive candidates respond in forum

July 14, 2023
Editorial Staff

Responses in a candidates forum from four (of six) vying for Whatcom County Executive sketched out four differing perspectives on how to serve.

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Use unleaded fuel at Bellingham International Airport

June 9, 2023
Bert Webber

Commentary: “Lead emissions from aircraft engines that operate on leaded fuel cause or contribute to air pollution that may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health and welfare.” — EPA

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Loss of palliative care is a community’s loss

May 19, 2023
Margaret Jacobson

Commentary: More than 100 current patients and all possible future eligible patients stand to lose palliative care when PeaceHealth closes its outpatient palliative program.

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Outpatient palliative care program unfortunately unsustainable

May 19, 2023
Bryan Stewart

Commentary: Insurance reimbursement levels and rising costs across all service lines led to PeaceHealth’s decision to end its comprehensive outpatient palliative program and restructure to continue to “provide the essential components of the program.”

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Donating a kidney is a life-affirming experience

March 24, 2023
Helene Fellows

Commentary: Kidney donation was simply “the right thing to do”: a donor tells her story.

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Island waste: can’t burn or bury it, so best to manage it

February 2, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

Islands in San Juan County present unique challenges in waste management and have found solutions meeting each island’s needs.

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Thanks for the memories, 2022; what’s next, 2023?

December 29, 2022
Editorial Staff

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.

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A most interesting job

November 22, 2022
John Dunne

Commentary: Meet Sandy Hart, who may have one of the most interesting jobs in Bellingham.

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Lopez pool plan is making waves

October 21, 2022
Kathryn Wheeler

An $8 million campaign to build a swimming pool on Lopez Island for its 2,800 residents has brought out donors, supporters—and opponents.

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‘I was one of the lucky ones’

September 29, 2022
Jack Westford

Commentary: On the verge of homelessness at a crucial time, Jack Westford considers himself to be “one of the lucky ones.”

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