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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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Feb. 8th, 2018 – Whatcom County Conservation District Regular Meeting

In Farming, News by commonnw

Meeting Summary: Doug Allen -Director of the Bellingham Office for State Department of Ecology (DOE)- introduced two new field inspectors and discussed starting to draft a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Whatcom County Conservation District (CD) and State DOE to delegate responsibility of which department is responsible for what tasks in Whatcom County when completing Agriculture field inspections. A …

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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 …

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Local Dairy Farms threatened by RE Sources for Sustainable Communities and Other Environmental Groups

In Farming, News by commonnw

Today’s Farming Show with Dillon Honcoop highlighted the dangers to the future of farming in Whatcom County. Local nonprofit, RE Sources for a Sustainable Community, continue to claim that local farms and especially dairy farms are polluting the environment and continue to push for regulations that will seriously harm dairy farming in Whatcom County. The claims within their lawsuit were disproven …

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WWU – Hart Hodges on Local Economic Forecast

In Common Voices, Information Sources by commonnw

Last Thursday, Nov. 8th, 2017, at the Northwest Business Club, Professor Hart Hodges of Western’s Business Economics gave a great presentation to the members and their guests. There should be a video available of Prof. Hodges presentation on their website soon. We’ll link to it once it becomes available. Prof. Hodges brought a local 3rd quarter economic forecaster from Western …