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Update on public water systems and exempt wells in Whatcom County

In Common Voices, Hirst Decision, Local Government, News, Whatcom County Council by commonnw

Update on local efforts to comply with the State Legislature’s mandates for public water systems in the “Hirst Fix” bill passed in January, 2018. Land use consultant Roger Almskaar, also President of the Whatcom Chapter of Citizens Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR), presented documents to the Whatcom County Council on June 19th asking for a change to the Drinking Water …

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County Council Continues Discussion on Regulations to Cherry Point With Moratorium That Will Restrict Growth and Jobs

In Cherry Point Industrial Area, Common Voices, News, Whatcom County Council by commonnw

The Whatcom County Council continued their discussion of a “temporary” Cherry Point permit moratorium during its Special Committee of the Whole meeting, on June 19th. Councilmembers had asked staff to prepare Comp Plan amendments in an effort to write regulations that would interrupt Cherry Point-based industries to expand business growth and avoid a lawsuit for Whatcom County. Some ideas Council …

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Families struggle to get by in Whatcom County

In Common Voices, Economy, News by commonnw

More studies are confirming what we already know – that it’s getting harder for families to get by in Whatcom County. This article, published by the Lynden Tribune, speaks to the United Ways claim of how local families struggle to make it in Whatcom County. United Way 2016 analysis shows recession isn’t over for many working families… Almost two-fifths of …

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Whatcom County Council Studys How to Prevent Increased Train Oil Car Traffic. Will They Spend More to Study How to Prevent Increased Pipeline Traffic and Processing at Cherry Point, Too?

In Cherry Point Industrial Area, News, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw

In 2016 the Whatcom County Council passed a moratorium on permitting for new projects related to fossil fuels in the Cherry Point Industrial Zone. At the same time the Council also approved spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a study to stop the expansion (growth) or exports of fossil fuels from these facilities, too. The focus of that study was …

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Citizen Journalism: May 22nd through June 6, 2018, Whatcom County Council and Watershed Management Board Meetings

In Common Voices, News, Whatcom County Council by commonnw

Whatcom County like our State is better served when the ‘legislatures’ are on vacation or adjourned.   Our State Legislature is adjourned, so safe there for now; our Whatcom County Council is still in session and our County is still at risk. 5/22 Whatcom County Council County sales taxes are increased 12% thus far in 2018.  Preliminary County Capital Projects …

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Citizen Journalism: Current Status of Whatcom County’s Water Resource Planning Program

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

Minutes and opinion piece from the Whatcom County Planning Unit work over the previous month. This information has been submitted and provided to Common Threads NW from the combined works of Skip Richards and Roger Almskaar. Current Status of Whatcom County’s Water Resource Planning Program This report is the first in a monthly series. It will summarize the background and …