Whatcom County Archives - Salish Current

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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Racial equity commission picks up speed toward March milestone

December 14, 2023
Matt Benoit

With slightly more than three months remaining, a deadline nears to hire an executive director and filling the long-anticipated commission.

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Wildfire fighting is on a year-round cycle

December 13, 2023
Adam M. Sowards

As wildfire seasons get longer due to climate change, the off-season to prepare for the next fire season gets shorter.

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Homeless student numbers trend up; agencies, school districts respond with support

November 17, 2023
Matt Benoit

Myriad reasons for youth homelessness include fleeing domestic violence, abuse and uncomfortable foster care situations as well as becoming a teenage parent or being estranged from family based on sexual orientation.

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So we had an election: a few comments

November 15, 2023
Dan Raas

Commentary: Lessons from this year’s general election results suggest attention to strategic campaigning and messaging are needed to win in “light-blue” Whatcom County.

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Votes are in, early results out for general election

November 9, 2023
Salish Current Editorial Staff

Update: Preliminary general election counts are in for Whatcom, San Juan and Skagit counties.

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State-mandated tree clearings will not improve wildfire resiliency

November 7, 2023
Michael Feerer

Commentary: The State Building Code Council’s proposed wildfire defensible space rules should be withdrawn.

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School districts confront mental health crisis

November 2, 2023
Aria Nguyen
Funding, additional mental health counselors and the potential for telehealth services are elements of the county-district partnership in ensuring youth are living safe and healthy lives.
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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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