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 ...

Whatcom County Charter Change to be added to the ballot in November 2021

Charter Change would make it as easy to get an ordinance on the ballot as it is in the City of Bellingham alone. Under the proposal it would take about 6500 signatures to get an ordinance on the ballot COUNTYWIDE while it takes 6100 signatures to do the same in the CITY of BELLINGHAM. Whatcom County Council 2021 The County Council garnered enough votes at the June 1st County Council Meeting to ...

Whatcom: John Crawford NWFR Dist 21 Fire commissioner

NWFR Dist 21 Fire commissioner:   John Crawford Candidate Fire District 21 Commissioner As Commission board member, I am asking the district voters to re-elect myself. I have seen the board of commissioners make significant strides in bettering we as a district, which has translated to improving the organization greatly. The District has experienced excellent financial audits. Currently the Commission is implementing a strategic plan so it can keep pace with the ...

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  ...

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 ...

Lonely ballot box location is a concern for citizen; Colleges not in session

  When no one is on campus during COVID; Ballot boxes in lonely places. Friday Morning, Oct 23rd a lone election worker is spotted at 8:25AM at the Whatcom Community College Drop box.  When asked by passerby what he was doing he stated he was "checking and locking ballot box". COVID has set up special problems for voters in the City of Bellingham. As a matter of fact there are there are a total of ...

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 ...

Can the Governor declare Emergencies that last forever?

The short answer some legislative input is required but it is limited.  There seems to be no limit to the length in the State of Washington. Governor Jay Inslee The Governor has extended the isolation segment of his emergency declaration until May 4th 2020; continuing to shut down the economy and many business' futures. This brought to mind a concern of many: how long can the Governor shut down the state without ...

Another view on the Corona Virus lock downs.

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! What's good about this ...

A Story of Determination and Success; Chihuahua’s Ferndale

Ferndale’s Chihuahua Mexican Restaurant; a story of Determination and Success; right here in The Fourth Corner.   By Jenny Gonzalez The history of Chihuahua Mexican Restaurant begins with the journey of Alex Hernandez, in 1985 he moved to Seattle where he began to work at various Mexican restaurants. During this transitional year his passion for the restaurant industry began. Mr. Hernandez started out with modest beginnings working various positions, initially as the dishwasher, working ...

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