Homeless student numbers trend up; agencies, school districts respond with support
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.
So we had an election: a few comments
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.
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Commentary: The State Building Code Council’s proposed wildfire defensible space rules should be withdrawn.
School districts confront mental health crisis
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.
Who to vote for? Read what the candidates have to say
November’s general election will decide who will lead Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham in 2024. Ballots will be mailed on Oct. 20 for the Nov. 7 election. In collaboration with Salish Current, Whatcom Watch queried candidates for their stances on crucial issues, to help voters make their choices.
Keep our waterfronts working
Commentary: A coalition of businesses, organizations and individuals is against changes to regulations as a solution to issues related to water-reliant commercial activity on Whatcom’s waterfronts.
Reducing food waste: part of the food insecurity solution
Food insecurity is a multifaceted issue with more than one cause — but managing food waste may be part of the solution.
Pro and con viewpoints on Whatcom’s Public Health, Safety and Justice Sales and Use Tax proposition
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.
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.
Whatcom candidate forum was a study in styles
Commentary: A Whatcom County candidates forum revealed differences in style if not policy.
One Whatcom forms local network to counter violence and racial intolerance
Commentary: In a gathering last Saturday, the human rights group One Whatcom supported the local Jewish community against rising antisemitism.
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.
Four of six Whatcom executive candidates respond in forum
Responses in a candidates forum from four (of six) vying for Whatcom County Executive sketched out four differing perspectives on how to serve.
Homeless by choice
Commentary: Bobby Joe, the Singing Hillbilly, has stories, songs and jewelry to share.