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Feb. 27th, 2018 – Interim Moratorium AB2018-077: Imposing an Interim Moratorium on the Acceptance & Processing of Applications & Permits for New or Expanded Facilities

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The Whatcom County Council approved introduction of AB2018-077, an interim moratorium on the issuance of permits for projects related to the exportation of fossil fuels. This action was approved by Councilmembers Buchanan, Ballew, Browne, Donovan, and Sidhu. Voting against the introduction of this item were Councilmembers Byrd and Brenner. The industries at Cherry Point continue to face a County Council …

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Feb. 7th, 2018 – #WakeUpWhatcom Update

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In this update: Last chance to request mail-in ballot for Conservation Dist. Election Whatcom County Planning update on permit exempt wells Realtors’ Association weighs in on County reactions to Hirst fix Growth Mgmt Hearings Board – new ruling on County Hirst compliance Just in – Well Owners meeting scheduled URGENT – URGENT -URGENT Last chance to request a mail-in ballot …

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Jan. 24th, 2018 – Planning Unit Meeting Report

In Hirst Decision, News, Organizing for Whatcom County, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw2 Comments

Subject: 1/24 Planning Unit Meeting The Planning Unit met on January 24th, 2018. The meeting was packed with interested people, including Eric Hirst, Carl Weimer, and an array of people who supported the Washington State Supreme Courts, Hirst decision. There was a large number of private well owners and supporters of the work being done by the Planning Unit (PU), …

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Jan. 23rd, 2018 – Detailed Summary of Whatcom County Surface Water Meeting

In County Council, Hirst Decision, News, Organizing for Whatcom County, Wake Up Whatcom, Whatcom County Council by commonnw

Here are a few of the many “takeaways” from the Surface Water Work Session held at the Garden Room this morning. The title of these regular, monthly meetings is sometimes misleading, as they are essentially nothing but a regularly-scheduled Special Council Committee of the Whole meeting for the County Council, as are their “Health Board” meetings. Both are held on …

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2018-Jan 23: Organizing for Whatcom County – Citizen Journalist Report

In News, Organizing for Whatcom County, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw

Subject: Report on Surface Water Meeting The Surface Water Work Session, (County Council) met today, Executive Jack Louws and his Executive Assistant, Tyler Schroder, gave a lengthy presentation on ESSB 6091, the ‘Hirst Fix’.  The County has one year, February 2019, to come up with a plan which addresses how ‘ exempt wells’ now and future ones will not impair …

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Assessing The Local Economy

In Economy, News, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw

You’ve probably heard news reports about the “Bellingham” economy, reports stressing pretty good jobs growth figures, rising wages, or a fairly-low unemployment level. At the same time, the nation’s Bureau of Labor Statistics demonstrates Whatcom County’s wages are essentially in the bottom 20% (20.06) of average weekly wages in the United States among large counties . Locally, a smaller percentage of …