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Apr. 3, 2018 – Port of Bellingham Meeting

In Common Voices, Local Government, News by commonnw

Citizen Journalist Report for: Port of Bellingham Board Meeting, April 3, 2018 Meeting was called to order by Port Commissioner President, Ken Bell, at 4:30 pm.  Also present were Vice President Bobby Briscoe and Secretary Michael Shepard. During the public comment session, a retired physician, Dr. Bergholz, (sp) presented for the 5th time to the Commission his concerns regarding the naming of …

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The Rising Costs to Live Here: Bellingham City Council Passes Climate Action Plan Update

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

On Monday evening, March 26, the Bellingham City Council passed Agenda Bill 21905, a resolution to enact an updated 119-page City of Bellingham Climate Protection Action Plan. Among other provisions, the plan policy would impose serious future limitations on use of fossil fuels. Reconsideration of a companion proposal for a task force to establish the extent to which it is …

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Wanted: Citizen Journalists to Report on Local News

In Common Voices, Information Sources, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw

When the dealing with local issues the best information comes from the firsthand reports of the people who are there. Common Threads NW’s mission is to focus on the common issues facing Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan and Island counties. These four areas are served by the 40th and 42nd Districts in Olympia and have similar leadership in place, with common …

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Long-term Democrat Sends Message to the Party

In Common Voices by commonnw

Gary Hagland shared a message from a Skagit County Democrat to be forwarded and shared to the Democrat Party of Washington State. This is his message to them. FYI:  CAPR is a nonpartisan organization, but it supports property rights without fear or favor.  The WA Democrat Party’s record on Skagit’s water problems is pretty clear and the party is not …

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Skagit CAPR Chapter: Disappointed Local Environmental Activists Now Want to Change County’s Structure

In Common Voices, News by commonnw

This article was published and read in the Skagit Valley Herald (SVH) in Friday’s paper. Please be advised the following is my analysis after reading between the lines and recognizing the same names of people who were angered over the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) decision to oppose the introduction of grizzly bears into North Cascades National Park and Snoqualmie …

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The Push for “Legal” Trespass

In Common Voices, Information Sources by commonnw

There was a significant push during the latest Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) review process to make Whatcom County Farm Plan information part of the public record. In the council review workshop on July 11, 2017, former councilman Carl Weimer proposed the following amendment regarding farm plan disclosure ITEM 13 (Originally Issue 146) (Weimer) 16.16.870 Limited Public Disclosure Amend subsection (B) to …