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Welcome to Noisy Waters Northwest! Many facts, figures, stories, and perspectives are, sadly, often unheralded in our local media in Whatcom County, Washington.  Click on the title of items on our picturesque story board for a refreshing splash of information that won’t be held back. There is a search page to search all information on this blog site. All posts note their categories of commentary or news related content. Continue reading

Elected officials, beacons, and blind spots / Noisy Waters Northwest

Click the graphic to access the Facebook event for the January 14, 2019 Monday Dignity Vigil at Bellingham City Hall

January 10, 2019 Dena Jensen

When I received a response email from Bellingham City Council Member Michael Lilliquist today, I had to think hard about whether or not I should publicly remark on it. It’s not like it was, in many ways, remarkable in comparison to the few other email responses I have received from him. In fact, some Bellingham City Council Members do not respond to me – ever – regarding my emails asking them to reach out and develop relationships with frontline and marginalized community members. Most of the time, I don’t even expect them to email me back. I just want them to take action.

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Whatcom County’s new online Legislative Information Center / Noisy Waters Northwest

Click the graphic to access the Legislative Information Center on the Whatcom County Website

January 10, 2019 Dena Jensen

Are folks familiar yet with the Whatcom County Council’s new Legislative Information Center? This is an online access point on the Whatcom County website, which provides a new format not only for viewing past and present County Council regular and committee meetings, agendas, and minutes, but also provides access to an assortment of key types of local legislative information. 

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Outgoing 42nd LD Rep. Vincent Buys rings out the old year with H-2A malarky

Click the image to access audio of the December 29, 2018 KGMI Saturday Morning Live radio show featuring outgoing WA 42nd LD Representative Vincent Buys

January 6, 2018 Dena Jensen

On December 29, 2018 KGMI Saturday Morning Live show radio host, former Whatcom Tea Party board member, and current Common Threads Northwest board member Kris Halterman interviewed outgoing Washington state 42nd LD Representative Vincent Buys. Democratic candidate Sharon Shewmake defeated Rep. Buys in the November 2018 election. Ms. Halterman had him on the show to talk about plans he has made for his future after leaving his elected office and what community issues he thinks will continue to be important here in Whatcom County in the year ahead.

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The MLK Unity Ball Organizing Committee presents the First Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Ball / Press Release, The MLK Unity Ball Organizing Committee

Click the graphic to access this post on the Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr First Annual Unity Ball Facebook page

December 28, 2019 Press Release The MLK Unity Ball Organizing Committee

The MLK Unity Ball Organizing Committee presents the 

First Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Ball

Saturday, January 19, 2019, 7:00pm. – Midnight 

The Majestic Ballroom, 1027 North Forest Street, Bellingham

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December 4th Special Committee of the Whole: Cherry Point Industries got to have their say; other Cherry Point stakeholders did not / Noisy Waters Northwest

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December 6, 2018  Dena Jensen

Remember the discussion a few months back (I have one post on my blog from around May where this was discussed in a County Council committee meeting, and I think there have been others since) when there was a lot of pressure, especially from County Council Member Tyler Byrd, to let Cherry Point Industries give additional input over and above all the comments and letters they have presented to Council over the last couple years? Continue reading