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2018-Feb & Mar: Organizing for Whatcom County – Citizen Journalists Report

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

This week, Feb 27th – March 1st, has been brutal with meetings! Tuesday Feb. 27th: We started the day on Tuesday Feb. 27th, at the PUD meeting at 8:00 am -9:30 am, discussion centered on ESSB 6091; Whatcom County Council daytime and evening meetings ran from 10:30 am until 1:15 am Wed. morning; the Whatcom County Council (WCC) included a …

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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 …

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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

In Local Government, News, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw

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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Jan. 16th, 2018 – Port of Bellingham Meeting

In News by commonnw

The Port of Bellingham held it’s second meeting for 2018 of the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 4:30 PM.  Location was their Conference Room – Harbor Center Building, 1801 Roeder Avenue, Bellingham, Washington.  These meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month, usually at this time and location.  This meeting was preceded …

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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 …