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Citizen Journalism: Port of Bellingham May 1, 2018

In Common Voices, Information Sources, Local Government, News by commonnw

The meeting was called to order by President Ken Bell at 4:30 pm.  Vice President Bobby Briscoe and Secretary Michael Shepard were in attendance. No comments were made during the public comment period. Minutes for the April 17th meeting were approved. Seven consent items were approved without comment.  They included: The consent to assignment of fueling premises and assets including …

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Watershed Management Board Diminishes the Role of Stakeholders

In Hirst Decision, Local Government, News, Wake Up Whatcom, Whatcom County Council by commonnw

This recently released PDF document shows the plans being made by the Watershed Management Board to run meetings and exclude the legally authorized WRIA 1 – Planning Unit members from the process. In October 2017, the Washington State Legislature passed ESSB 6091, which redefined the need for an updated watershed plan and acknowledge that the lead agency is Whatcom County Council …

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Citizen Journalist Reporting: Planning Unit Meeting “Brainstorming Solutions”

In Common Voices, Information Sources, News by commonnw

Planning Unit Brainstorming and Solutions: The Planning Unit met for  solutions and brainstorming, led by Kasey Cycler, of the Department of Ecology (DOE). The meeting was well attended by the Planning Unit and 40-50 other people, including Councilmembers Tyler Byrd, and Satpal Sidhu. Eric Hirst, from the Hirst case was also among those from the public attending this meeting. John …

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Tribes Seek Ability to Have Co-Equal Rights to Govern States

In Common Voices, Economy, Farming, News, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw

The most important Washington lawsuit you have never heard of by NYNorthwest.com / posted Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 8:14 am http://mynorthwest.com/967315/washington-native-american-tribes-salmon-case/ Former Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna, says it’s the most important case Washingtonians have never heard about, yet its results could dramatically change how government works in the Pacific Northwest. “It really is breathtaking in its potential …

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Citizen Journalism Report: Whatcom County Council Meeting Apr. 10, 2018

In Cherry Point Industrial Area, Common Voices, Information Sources, Local Government, News, Wake Up Whatcom, Whatcom County Council by commonnw

Last Tuesday, April 10th, 2017, Whatcom County Council addressed and acquiesced to taking public comments on the contentious moratorium placed on Cherry Point Industrial businesses back in September of 2016. This report on the meeting has been provided for public released to CTNW for our Citizen Journalism reporting, courtesy of the Whatcom Business Alliance. Temporary, Cherry Point Moratorium Could Remain in …