public safety Archives - Salish Current

Pipeline explosion: Part 1 — The day Bellingham ‘lost its innocence’

May 7, 2024
Meghan Fenwick
Late on a sunny June afternoon, Bellingham was shocked as a 30,000-foot-tall wall of smoke erupted from Whatcom Falls Park.
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Storm-battered county road on Lopez target of relocation efforts

May 2, 2024
Nancy DeVaux

Access to Iceberg Point National Monument and 80 properties at risk

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Another explosive year for gun bills in Washington Legislature

March 25, 2024
Jerry Cornfield, Washington State Standard

As Democrats push through new restrictions, Republicans push back on whether the changes would reduce crime and curb gun-related violence.

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Wait for information about Lopez Island hunting fatality nears an end 

March 5, 2024
Nancy DeVaux

Response to a Public Records Act request about a Nov. 18 hunting fatality on Lopez Island is promised by March 7.

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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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Design, permit delays stymie Lopez pool construction

September 29, 2023
Kathryn Wheeler

Water use, operating cost still contentious issues for anticipated Lopez Island pool.

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Local legislators set housing, public safety, education and climate as priority

January 5, 2023
Editorial Staff

All-Democrat delegation identifies top issues they will pursue when the legislative session begins on Jan. 9.

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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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From the Editor’s Desk: Fact-checking 42nd District campaign mailers

October 21, 2022
Mike Sato and Salish Current Staff

Political mailers to 42nd Legislative District addresses—timed to arrive with ballots—carry a variety of assertions and arguments; Salish Current fact-checks the claims.

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Retail theft surge prompts varied responses

June 3, 2022
Matt Benoit

As the presence of security guards grows in response to increased retail theft, some residents say de-escalation is a better strategy.

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Floods, COVID, retirements complicated December snow removal

February 10, 2022
Chris O'Neill

Clearing roads after December’s heavy snowfall was extra-challenging for local crews in Whatcom County, with over a foot of snow reported in some of the area’s microclimate zones.

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photo: Leta R. Sanchez © 2020

Justice delayed by COVID creates hardships, weakens protections

May 22, 2020
Matt Benoit

From local courts to federal ones, stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines have had a significant effect on the wheels of justice across the United States.

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