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.

Woman Sentenced in Railroad Vandalism case; More info released concerning Track incidents in 2020

An Act of felony vandalism or an act of eco-terrorism?; You decide.   In a press release by The United States Attorney's office; the woman convicted of  "committing an act of violence against a railroad carrier" was sentenced by the Court. The case was investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes agents from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in connection with the BNSF Railway Police.  Critical investigative assistance is being provided by ...

By |2021-12-18T14:32:22-08:00December 18, 2021|Fourth Corner News|1 Comment

A Republic “If you can Keep it”

A republic, if you can keep it: Guest Writer Nancy Churchill The Constitutional Convention of 1787 was held in strict secrecy. Anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Mr. Franklin, what form of government have you given us?” His reply: “A republic, madam, if you can keep it.” Link Here... Dangerous Rhetoric by Nancy Churchill     Nancy ...

The Fourth Corner Best of 2021

2021 has been a great year for The Fourth Corner: Over 108 Stories and more than 20 Candidate’s written statements as well as a revamping of our website, improving our email delivery system, and the debut of our monthly Radio Show on KGMI’s Saturday Morning live. We plan to continue to bring you even more information in 2022 with our ongoing recruitment of great Guest Writers, our coverage from a citizens perspective, and guests ...

Mayor Fleetwood’s Edict cost 23 City Employees their Jobs. Four More also terminated…

Mayor fires 23 due to his COVID vaccination Mandate Executive Order, 4 Others were terminated for State Level Mandate Non-compliance. The city of Bellingham was sixth among Whatcom County’s top 10 employers in 2020, according to a report from Western Washington University’s Center of Economic and Business Research. Bellingham City Hall In a sweeping layoff; Employees were fired with little considerations for the replacements, attached training cost or the reduction of Public ...

Legislative District Redistricting: New map for Whatcom County: 42nd district

Commission misses deadline by a few hours: Supreme Court Says Continue the Process.   The four person state Commission finished their redistrict plan a few hours late and the maps had to go to the Washington State Supreme Court to make the decision on the State Redistricting Commission's work. In a unanimous decision here ;the court gave the go ahead to continue the process. Already delayed by the Biden administration which could not complete ...

Ten Mile Chapel: A stop in the History of Meridian North of Bellingham

Caring for Whatcom local History Ten Mile The Chapel was built in 1915 on land donated by the Hinote family.  It was stated in the original deed that the building shall "at all times be used and devoted to all purposes which will be for the up-building of the community, including educational speaking, entertainment, and advancement of the community, and for church services to be held by any denomination." For the next ...

By |2021-12-09T12:25:44-08:00December 9, 2021|Fourth Corner News, Rural Living|0 Comments

Commemorating Giving: Remember Bob Dole

The Passing of Senator Bob Dole Sen. Bob Dole Presidential Campaign Stop   The Legacy of Robert Dole Gerald Hulbert Sumas, Washington As many of you already know, former congressman and presidential aspirant, Robert Dole, recently passed on at the age of 98.  A wounded veteran of World War II, he was a strong Republican from the State of Kansas, serving in both houses of the U.S. Congress. Here is a photo ...

Dangerous Rhetoric: Address Emergency Powers Act…

Time to Address the Emergency Powers Act   On Feb. 29, 2020, utilizing the Emergency Powers Act, Governor Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 20-05 declaring a state of emergency for COVID-19 (bit.ly/3Glp8tL). As of Dec. 5, 2021, that’s 646 days of “emergency”. Dangerous Rhetoric by Nancy Churchill     Nancy Churchill is the state committeewoman for the Ferry County Republican Party.. The opinions expressed in Dangerous Rhetoric are her own.       An "Emergency ...

The meeting after the flood: Government officials

The November 24th Meeting at Nooksack High School following the flooding event in North County brings several responses Click Here to help out with current needs   Whatcom County Government Version:A long 3 hour and 20 minute (The Fourth Corner watched the recorded version for this report) meeting on November 24th brought together Government officials and the community. Amidst high emotion the Government officials both elected and those holding various levels of ...

Redistrict Lines in Whatcom County Set for County Council

County Council Redistricting Committee concluded their deliberations on Wednesday Dec 1st and came up with the following Map. Modeled after the State of  Washington Redistricting methodology The members of the County committee consisted of two voting members from each Political Party and a chair who ran the meetings but had no vote in the resulting map or committee work. The committee members were: Charlie Crabtree Mike Estes Stephen Jackson Gary Jensen - Chair Jeremiah Ramsey ...

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