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.

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 ...

Bellingham clears way for 4 inititatives on the Ballot in November

FOLLOWUP: City Initiatives The Fourth Corner previously reported on have received enough verified signatures to make the General Election Ballot in November 2021.   Last week August 2nd 2021, the City Council Moved to Pass these initiatives on to the ballot and appoint persons interested in writing Pro and Con statements for each Initiative. Here is the breakdown: A Resolution Related to Initiative 2021-01, Which Expands Tenant Rights to Include Rental Relocation Assistance This ...

Whatcom Primary 2021 Results (Updated each day)

   Results as of August 5th (with approx 69 left County-Wide to Count)   County Council District One Kaylee Galloway 5474 55.08% Eddy Ury 2724 27.41% Jeremiah Ramsey 1713 17.24% WRITE-IN 28 0.28% County Council District Three Kathy Sabel 629 5.88% Fred Rinard 575 5.37% Rebecca Lewis 4696 43.89% Tyler Byrd 4753 44.42% WRITE-IN 46 0.43% County Council At-Large  Kamal Bhachu 20042 38.18% Misty Flowers 4736 9.08%% Barry Buchanan 24889 47.43% Bob Burr 2599 ...

The Fourth Corner: “Our Primary 2021 Election Picks”

This post is an Opinion piece.  According to the Whatcom County Auditor's office Approximately 7% of the Registered Voters Ballots in have been received by the Auditor.  Please turn in your ballot... Ballot box locations are here. If you have any questions about your ballot or if you have not received your ballot click this link OR Call this number:360-778-5102.   Our Picks: If you disagree with these picks make sure YOU cast your ...

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