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Citizen Journalism: Port of Bellingham May 1, 2018

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

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. No comments were made during the public comment period. Minutes for the April 17th meeting were approved. Seven consent items were approved without comment.  They included: The consent to assignment of fueling premises and assets including …

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Ignoring Costs to Community the Bellingham City Council Approves 100% Green Energy Agenda

In Common Voices, Information Sources, Local Government, News, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw

WHATCOM BUSINESS ALLIANCE NEWS UPDATE     City of Bellingham Passes Clean Energy Measure Industry warnings about costs, reliability overruled, by Brett Bonner, WBA Public Policy Director The Bellingham City Council has decided to move the city toward 100% renewable electricity, heating and transportation by 2035. The Council voted Monday night (5/7/18) in favor of a resolution that energy industry representatives say …

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Watershed Management Board Diminishes the Role of Stakeholders

In Hirst Decision, Local Government, News, Wake Up Whatcom, Whatcom County Council by commonnw

This recently released PDF document shows the plans being made by the Watershed Management Board to run meetings and exclude the legally authorized WRIA 1 – Planning Unit members from the process. In October 2017, the Washington State Legislature passed ESSB 6091, which redefined the need for an updated watershed plan and acknowledge that the lead agency is Whatcom County Council …

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Citizen Journalist Reporting: Planning Unit Meeting “Brainstorming Solutions”

In Common Voices, Information Sources, News by commonnw

Planning Unit Brainstorming and Solutions: The Planning Unit met for  solutions and brainstorming, led by Kasey Cycler, of the Department of Ecology (DOE). The meeting was well attended by the Planning Unit and 40-50 other people, including Councilmembers Tyler Byrd, and Satpal Sidhu. Eric Hirst, from the Hirst case was also among those from the public attending this meeting. John …

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Tribes Seek Ability to Have Co-Equal Rights to Govern States

In Common Voices, Economy, Farming, News, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw

The most important Washington lawsuit you have never heard of by NYNorthwest.com / posted Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 8:14 am http://mynorthwest.com/967315/washington-native-american-tribes-salmon-case/ Former Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna, says it’s the most important case Washingtonians have never heard about, yet its results could dramatically change how government works in the Pacific Northwest. “It really is breathtaking in its potential …