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Citizen Journalist: Report on the July 24, 2018 Council Meeting

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Tuesday was full! PUD: Mostly ordinary business; they are working on their ‘Strategic Plan’ update, held in Lynden, we did not attend; supposed to be ‘white paper’ explaining. They also retained RH2 Engineering, no purpose discussed.  RH2, has also hired, via Gary Stoyka WC Public Works and via WC Council; which may help explain PUD retaining RH2? Whatcom County Council …

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Whatcom County Council to Introduce New Interim Moratorium for Cherry Point

In Cherry Point Industrial Area, Common Voices, Economy, Local Government, News, Whatcom County Council by commonnwLeave a Comment

Whatcom County Council passes the introduction of a 5th interim moratorium on facilities at Cherry Point during their July 24th, 2018 meeting. Council members introduced ordinance (AB2018-077B) “Imposing an interim moratorium on accepting permits for new or expanded facilities in the Cherry Point urban growth area, the primary purpose of which would be the shipment of unrefined fossil fuels not …

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Citizen Journalist – WC Council Meeting and Planning Unit Meeting for July 10, 2018

In Cherry Point Industrial Area, Common Voices, Hirst Decision, Information Sources, Local Government, News, Whatcom County Council by commonnw

Whatcom County Council Evening Meeting, Tuesday, 7/10/2018. Whatcom County Council meeting had some ominous business, normal politics, and some enjoyable, humorous moments. The ominous is the anti-growth anti-Cherry Point crowd, directed by the leadership within RE Sources and their apparent control of five of the WC Councilpersons.  They have been working on the Cherry Point  Urban Growth Areas (UGA) Comprehensive …

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Citizen Journalism: Port of Bellingham Meeting Reports for July 10th

In Common Voices, Information Sources, Local Government, News by commonnw

Report for Port of Bellingham Board Meeting, July 10, 2018 The public meeting opened at 3:30 pm and immediately recessed to a closed. Executive Session. The meeting reconvened at 4:30 pm. Board President Ken Bell, Vice President Bobby Briscoe, and Secretary Michael Bell were all present, with Briscoe attending by phone. Bell said no action was taken during the closed Executive Session. …

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Labor shortage could lead to higher wages – and prices

In Common Voices, Economy, News by commonnw

No doubt about it, the U.S. economy (and the USA) is back! With the burden of excessive regulatory overreach at the Federal level on the decline and tax cuts and other business-friendly policies taking hold, businesses want to expand. For the first time in recent memory, there are more jobs to fill than there are qualified people seeking jobs. The …

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Citizen Journalism: Port of Bellingham Meeting Reports for June 5th & June 19th

In Common Voices, Local Government, News by commonnw

Report for Port of Bellingham Board Meeting June 5, 2018 The meeting was called to order by President Ken Bell at 4:30 pm.  Vice President Bobby Briscoe and Secretary Michael Shepard were in attendance. Editor missed the public comment period so have provided information from Port Agenda minutes report. PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD The following persons participated in the first public comment period. …