Rural vs Urban The growth management act after COVID

Editor’s Note: Local writer and volunteer contributor to water issues and The Fourth Corner has a take on our current pandemic. Thanks Molly Crocker. Author Molly Crocker I am blessed with what I believe is a sanctified optimism. I wasn’t able to buy non-perishable foods yesterday when I went shopping, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to do that soon. Grocery stores are having a great March! -----------------------------------------------------------------Why Rural Dwelling is Essential for ...

State Senator Pushes for full investigation by Legislature of the Train Derailment in Custer.

  Possible Sabotage brings reaction from State Senator... After KUOW and KOMO had separate reports (our story is here) on the December 22nd Custer Washington Oil Train derailment Senator Doug Ericksen called for a full investigation into the events of Dec 22nd by the State Legislature. In addition, for years a moratorium to prevent growth at Cherry Point has been renewed by the Whatcom County Council (our story is here) with one of the ...

Whatcom County Executive takes hit from Anti-Growth Activist Wendy Harris

Anti-Growth Activist Wendy Harris expresses concerns about Executive Satpal Sidhu's un-executive behavior in Whatcom County Council Meetings. Wendy Harris of North Whatcom County who is a well known anti-growth activist and winner of the Northwest Citizen de Armond award for citizen journalism  with articles written in the Environmental Cascadia Weekly publication.  Winning the award is here. She also has a facebook page called the Whatcom Hawk. From the Whatcom Hawk group "About" "Whatcom Hawk ...

Continuing the Moratorium Discussion/ Vote on Cherry Point to occur at County Council Meeting

This Tuesday May 18th 2021 the Council Council agenda includes this agenda item: AB2021-227: Ordinance imposing an interim moratorium on the acceptance and processing of applications and permits for new or expanded facilities in the Cherry Point urban growth area, the primary purpose of which would be the shipment of unrefined fossil fuels not to be processed at Cherry Point Buchanan Campaign Sign This ordinance is a continuation of the liberal majority's  ...

Water Problem Litigation vs Community Consensus Part 2: Community Consensus

Litigation vs Consensus In contrast to adjudication The Whatcom Family farmers submit the following: From their website Alternatives to Adjudication Provide a Better Path Forward for Our Community In response to the state Department of Ecology’s ongoing request to the state legislature for funding to begin the process of an adjudication in the Nooksack Basin, Whatcom Family Farmers has sent a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the budget committees ...

Water Litigation vs Community Consensus Part 1: Litigation

  Background: Marlene Dawson is a former Whatcom County Council member who served from 1994-2002.  When Marlene tried to address the lack of ‘tribal Marlene Dawson water rights’, the Lummi tribal officials asserted her a racist for her historical positions on tribal issues.  At the same time, the Bellingham Herald asserted her as divisive. Marlene has never ignored continuous individual native property rights, which would hold a senior water right under State ...

In Olympia The opposition reacts… Gas taxes to double; poor, the low income and farmers will take the hit

New taxes bring no "measurable" effect on environment or build better roads Democrats passed both a cap-and-trade and LCFS bill, the impacts of which will increase the gas tax by 55 cents without any measurable effect on the environment or better roads. Combined with the current rates, total gas tax will eventually grow to $1.23/gallon. Sen. Judy Warnick, the top-ranking Republican on the Senate agriculture committee, said, “I think the high cost is going to ...

Fourth Corner Recommendations 2020

Fourth Corner OPINION: Referendum Measure #90  Rejected        Website Advisory Votes No. 32, 33, 34 and 35 Repealed Engrossed Senate Joint Resolution No. 8212  Repeal U.S. President / Vice President Donald J. Trump / Michael R. Pence     Website and Facebook U.S. Representative Congressional District 1 Jeffrey Beeler, Sr.     Website and Facebook  U.S. Representative Congressional District 2 Timothy S. Hazelo     Website and Facebook  Governor Loren Culp      Website and Facebook Lieutenant Governor WRITE-IN:  Joshua Freed      Website and Facebook Secretary of State Kim Wyman     Website and Facebook State Treasurer Duane ...

Ferndale Councilwoman snitches on Intalco workers rally

Backgound: When every attempt is being made to bring the community together on the impending layoffs at ALCOA Intalco Works it comes to light that one of the City Council People in Ferndale used her title and city e-mail address to "report" that a rally on April 23rd in Pioneer Park was not "compliant" with the Governor's dictates. Pictured below the reporting person is in the Contact Email the Contact Name and Phone. Doug ...

Ferndale’s Alcoa Intalco Works to Close in July.

Alcoa Intalco Works announces closure: Here is the press release announcing the closing of Intalco Alcoa in Ferndale  in July 2020 and putting 700 people out of work. They cite uncompetitive world pricing of the product for the closing and mention they will donate the promised $200,000.00 to local charities. Most economist are assuming that the country and the world will fall into recession and that does depress demand and lowers the price of ...

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