About Charlie Crabtree

Long time observer of State and Local Politics. Charlie was born and raised in Whatcom County Washington. Served in the US Air Force in the 70's and served for 12 years on the Meridian School Board (north of Bellingham Washington) and a stint on the County Charter Review Commission. Retired except for Blogging and enjoying life.

See all endorsements AND School Board races in the Fourth Corner Show great Interest

Several issues have increased interest in local school board races. Make sure you know what the facts are. In the 5 counties in the Northwest Corner of the state there is more than average interest in the School Board Races. From Male/Female bathrooms to Sex Education to Critical Race Theory and the COVID pandemic schools are facing several challenges on keeping their focus on the traditional goals of Student learning and Teachers training to ...

WEA (Washington Education Association) document outlines teacher’s rights in the classroom

Do teachers have complete control over the content of everything in the classroom... There may be a majority of Union bosses that believe it is best to have equity instead of any accountability or transparency... Do you agree?  Leave your comments..   Vancouver Candidate for School Board WEA pick The WEA is heavily involved in political campaigns and activities they support candidates and even use their war chest to back local school ...

The Fourth Corner and Common Threads are Sponsors for 2021 Candidate Forum

All County Election Forum Replay this informative forum here! (click arrow) The is a streamed live and Live In-Person Event and will be in Compliance with all COVID restrictions. Ferndale Event Center professionals have been very helpful in setting up the center for the live event.  All candidates have been invited.  We look forward to a great evening of candidate information and outreach. During the COVID pandemic many of our candidates and officeholders; with the ...

Unemployment checks sent out dramatically reduced at end of Federal Aid

The Employment Security Department's weekly report shows a continuing drastic reduction of those receiving unemployment checks on a week to week basis.   Federal benefit programs, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) as well as the additional $300 per week for most claimants, expired the week ending Sept. 4, 2021 The week ending Sept 11, 2021... 180,372 people were receiving an unemployment Working in Construction check.  Because ...

Whatcom Auditor one of three sued in Washington for alleged election irregularities

Whatcom County Auditor faces Civil Suit Concerning 2020 Election Processes Diana Bradrick Whatcom County Auditor Whatcom County and Auditor Diana Bradrick have been sued by the "Washington Election Integrity Coalition United" a non-profit corporation for: VERIFIED COMPLAINT FOR EQUAL RIGHTA PROTECTION; VIOLATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS; EQUITABLE RELIEF; INJUNCTIVE RELIEF; DECLARATORY RELIEF; PUBLIC RECORDS ACTION TO COMPEL BALLOT PRODUCTION   The Auditor has been served with the suit and referred all questions to ...

Local Teacher advises Students on the law?… on camera.

The Fourth Corner is featuring a new way to "get the story" to our readers and in this case watchers... Dan Johnson's New Web Site You tube and streaming site; called the Hook; brings news and comment to Whatcom County Guest Videographer: Dan Johnson from The Hook Dan Johnson Information Click Here   The Fourth Corner is featuring a look at the Education system in Whatcom County and a story on a ...

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Aug 30 event draws hundreds at Bellewood acres.

A large group of concerned people gathered at the Guide Meridian at Bellewood Acres in Laurel.   WeWill Whatcom was one of the organizers and their goal is stated: WE Will…. is a non-partisan community group that seeks to ensure American Citizens are informed, educated and inspired to act in order to protect their economic rights and the civil liberties guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution. Guest Speakers spoke for about an hour and a ...

Guest Writer Pushes Back Against Cascadia Weekly

Author takes umbrage with Cascadia Weekly take on the Primary Election.   Guest Writer Local Activist G.David Bock   It would seem there are some mis-conceptions in your recent 'The Gristle' that could use corrections.  (I'm assuming such were not intended distortions or mis-information.) https://www.cascadiaweekly.com/cw/currents/primary_to_the_left   1) Don't assume everyone in Bellingham is Leftists and Regressives.  There are a sizable number still residing there whom are Conservative and "middle of the road" ...

Breaking: “Walk Out Wednesday” draws crowd at Peace Health Facility

A short notice event at 11:40AM on Wed. August 11th called "Walk Out Wednesday" drew a large crowd on the side walks and areas around Peace Health Bellingham on Squalicum and Ellis Street.   Organized by the "We Will" and "Be Brave" organizations the crowd was peaceful and respectful. "We do NOT want to fill up the hospital parking lot with cars, only peaceful people with signs to support the staff who are being coerced ...

Water Issue: Is Gov. Inslee really committed to water and fish recovery during drought?

Farmers troubled as Gov. Inslee sends mixed messages on his commitment to water, fish recovery during worsening drought Despite saying state cannot continue to “push snooze” on climate crisis, Inslee supports multi-decade delay in water management and fish recovery work in key WA river basin... Dillon Honcoop from Save Family Farming EVERSON, Wash. - As farmers come together and voice their continuing commitment to helping solve water management issues and recovering endangered ...

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