Whatcom County Archives - Salish Current

Child care crisis requires creative thinking, new ideas

July 10, 2024
Leah Wainman

Commentary: Investing in working families will improve the future for Whatcom County

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Green invasion hits Orcas Island’s Cascade Lake

July 10, 2024
Toby Cooper

Eurasian milfoil threatens domestic water source and state park’s aquatic gem

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When ‘lock ’em up’ doesn’t make sense

June 25, 2024
Matt Benoit

Whatcom pursues diversion aimed at healthy outcomes as an alternative to incarceration

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Time to rethink our county health board?

June 17, 2024
Marian Exall

Commentary: Whatcom County is out of step with the majority of Washington counties whose boards of health consist of members with public health expertise, and career and consumer experience with the populations served by their health departments.

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Update: Alaska-bound Team Juvenile Delinquents pushes up the strait

June 14, 2024
Toby Cooper

Friday midmorning tracker shows Team JD at north end of Georgia Strait

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Fewer Canadians getting to the Point: do Point Roberts trends signal long-term change?

May 20, 2024
Tom Banse

Worker visa exemption request for ‘unique’ peninsula split by international border goes nowhere.

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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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The complexity of water rights adjudication

May 3, 2024
James Davenport

Commentary: The court has conflicting principles to resolve in determining rights to water in the Nooksack Basin.

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Sikh community’s worship and gatherings are open to all

March 4, 2024
Kamalla Kaur

The Chardi Kala Project — created as a bridge between Whatcom County Sikhs and the greater community to combat hate crimes against Sikhs and others via education — is cohosting an art event and open house this month.

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Tyler Schroeder to lead Port of Bellingham economic development

February 29, 2024
Matt Benoit

Whatcom County’s top administrative director is moving to the Port of Bellingham after 10 years serving two county executives.

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Cultivating a resilient regional ‘seed to sandwich’ food system

February 12, 2024
Adam M. Sowards

A “seed to sandwich” approach to addressing hunger — ensuring access by all to nutritious food — is the goal of local food plans.

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Planning for less water in Whatcom

January 30, 2024
Eric Hirst

Commentary: All of us in Whatcom County will have less — perhaps much less — water for our homes, businesses and farms in the future.

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Power of community resonates at Storming the Sound

January 26, 2024
Amy Nelson

Environmental educators and students celebrated a milestone this week and considered grief over lost treasured spaces — while looking into the future.

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Winter shelters help the unhoused while reckoning with capacity limits

January 10, 2024
Matt Benoit

After a mild December, winter conditions are in store for Whatcom County into the weekend. For those experiencing homelessness, these conditions can be a matter of life and death if they cannot find space at the county’s few winter shelters.

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Issues to watch in 2024

January 4, 2024
Dan Raas

Commentary: Keep an eye on the six initiatives to the legislature, Nooksack water rights adjudication, child care initiative grants, new Bellingham Mayor Kim Lund and new sheriff in town Donnell “Tank” Tanksley.

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Remember Prop 5, the Healthy Children’s Fund?

December 18, 2023
Aria Nguyen
What’s the progress toward funding child care, early learning programs and increased support for vulnerable children in Whatcom County?
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