Votes are in, early results out for general election
Update: Preliminary general election counts are in for Whatcom, San Juan and Skagit counties.
State-mandated tree clearings will not improve wildfire resiliency
Commentary: The State Building Code Council’s proposed wildfire defensible space rules should be withdrawn.
Counties prepare winter shelter plans amid the homelessness crisis
With winter approaching, counties are working with local organizations to address the needs of vulnerable community members.
As San Juan County workers switch to 32 hours a week, some are taking second or third jobs
Some San Juan County workers are taking second — or even third — jobs, after the county voted to move most County employees to a 32-hour work week.
Watch, listen, judge, vote
Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan county forums kick off the final campaign dash.
Signs of a hidden threat: preparing for the really big one
New signs around the Salish Sea raise awareness in areas that might be inundated by tsunami.
Primary’s done: on to the general election
Who will make the cut? Auditors in Whatcom, San Juan and Skagit counties have updated primary election vote counts that determine which two candidates will face off in November’s general election.
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.
Island schools avoid perfect storm menacing budgets
School districts in San Juan County have steered away from a perfect storm of budget cuts, while districts in Whatcom and Skagit counties are feeling the squeeze.
Shortage of mental health care providers hits home locally
“Not a pretty picture”: Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties — like elsewhere across the country — are seeing a shortage of mental health care providers, and not enough are in the training queue.
Home Trust selected to build San Juan affordable housing
Lack of transparency dooms Favor 34 private financing proposal.
Food banks and visitors struggle during food and funding scarcity
Video: Food banks are traditionally food rescuers and distributors, but with stocks, funding and donations dwindling, resources are spread thin.
Is Whatcom County ready for the next pandemic?
Three years after COVID-19 upended society, are state and local organizations ready for the possibility — however unlikely — that another pandemic could strike?
Island waste: can’t burn or bury it, so best to manage it
Islands in San Juan County present unique challenges in waste management and have found solutions meeting each island’s needs.
Bulkheads: protecting property at what cost to the environment?
Jane Fuller readies to tackle county priorities
New San Juan council member sworn in, forming county’s first all-woman governing body.