Past Columns

April 15, 2014

DRIP, DRIP, DRIP: In 2011, Lummi Nation and other tribal authorities requested a declaratory judgement by the federal government on their treaty-reserved water rights, concerned that the oversubscription of water… more »

April 8, 2014

DIET IN A TIME OF STARVATION: Parents and concerned residents thronged Bellingham City Hall this week to learn additional details of plans to improve pedestrian and traffic safety along Alabama… more »

April 1, 2014

STILLY WATERS RUN SLOW: A poorly engineered clear-cut appears to have been a catalyst in the slope failure and landslide along the upper Stillaguamish River that left dozens dead and… more »

March 25, 2014

DECONSTRUCTION:The Big Lie is the one that explains and gives cover to all the little lies that descend from it, and the Big Lie in Whatcom County for the past… more »

March 18, 2014

REANIMATORS: Like a trauma patient waking from a coma, the recently revived Whatcom County policy­makers struggle to pick up the broken pieces of a forgotten life. Earlier this month, County… more »

March 11, 2014

TONE DEAF: County Council this week was treated to a brief presentation on streamlining the regulations and permits required for wetlands… delivered by an architect of the worst, most costly… more »

March 4, 2014

FARMGATE: The U.S. Department of Agriculture released preliminary data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture, providing a snapshot of a rural America facing difficult times. The five-year update of the… more »

February 25, 2014

PLAN A.5: In a packed public meeting last week, the Port of Bellingham Commission approved an exclusive negotiating agreement (ENA) that would allow staff up to 120 days to draw… more »

February 18, 2014

FLUID MOTION: A well-attended forum over the weekend again laid out the central concepts of Western water law: “First in time equals first in right,” a construction that not only… more »

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