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Whatcom County Council Creates COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, by Interfund Loan of Money from the County’s EDI Fund

In Local Government, News, Whatcom County Council by CTNW News

The Whatcom County Council has established a special revenue fund that will give them the cash flow to quickly respond to the coronavirus pandemic crisis. The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will track and account for revenues used for the county’s rapidly expanding response to the virus which has already infected thousands and killed hundreds of people statewide. The county council …

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Bellingham City Council Requests Constitutional Review of Mayor’s Emergency Powers

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The Bellingham City Council has asked the city attorney to provide a legal review of the constitutionality of the mayor’s emergency powers to prohibit sales or possession of firearms in the event of disaster. The request was made March 23, 2020, as the council approved “procedural” updates to the city code outlining the emergency powers of the mayor — hours …

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Whatcom County Prepares for Coronavirus Emergency

In News, Whatcom County Council by CTNW News

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has reached Whatcom County and the County Council has allotted a quarter-million dollars for an emergency response. County Executive Satpal Sidhu declared a public health emergency on March 10, 2020 after the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) confirmed a case of COVID-19 in a Whatcom County resident. The individual is a woman in her 60’s …

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Local Lawmakers Hope to Revive Phillips 66 Joint Venture for the Green Apple-Renewable Diesel Project

In Cherry Point Industrial Area, Local Government, News, Whatcom County Council by CTNW News

How long should it take to determine the environmental
impacts of environmentally-friendly renewable energy projects?
The sudden cancellation of the Green Apple Project left Whatcom County leaders and legislators surprised and disappointed but determined to somehow bring the project stakeholders back to the table.