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Commentary: The State Building Code Council’s proposed wildfire defensible space rules should be withdrawn.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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Who to vote for? Read what the candidates have to say

October 17, 2023
Whatcom Watch in partnership with Salish Current

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.

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Keep our waterfronts working

October 10, 2023
Dan Tucker

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.

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Reducing food waste: part of the food insecurity solution

October 8, 2023
Aria Nguyen

Food insecurity is a multifaceted issue with more than one cause — but managing food waste may be part of the solution.

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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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Signs of a hidden threat: preparing for the really big one

September 6, 2023
Adam M. Sowards

New signs around the Salish Sea raise awareness in areas that might be inundated by tsunami.

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Whatcom candidate forum was a study in styles

August 25, 2023
Mike Sato, Managing Editor

Commentary: A Whatcom County candidates forum revealed differences in style if not policy.

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One Whatcom forms local network to counter violence and racial intolerance

August 4, 2023
Vernon Damani Johnson

Commentary: In a gathering last Saturday, the human rights group One Whatcom supported the local Jewish community against rising antisemitism.

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Primary’s done: on to the general election

August 4, 2023
Salish Current Editorial Staff

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.

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Four of six Whatcom executive candidates respond in forum

July 14, 2023
Salish Current Editorial Staff

Responses in a candidates forum from four (of six) vying for Whatcom County Executive sketched out four differing perspectives on how to serve.

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Homeless by choice

May 26, 2023
John Dunne

Commentary: Bobby Joe, the Singing Hillbilly, has stories, songs and jewelry to share.

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