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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

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Overseeing the fight for civilian oversight to protect immigrants and people of color in Bellingham / Noisy Waters Northwest

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Graphics show one postcard front side (top), and multiple reverse/message sides of postcards sent to Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville by community members in June of 2017

May 23, 2018  Dena Jensen

The following report offers information gained through a public records request I made of the City of Bellingham on January 18, 2018.

Protecting vulnerable members of our community is a shared responsibility that none of us should take lightly. As much as government agencies may strive for and purport transparency, it is generally human nature to not be able to recognize our own flaws and, if others point them out, to do our best to excuse them or deny that this flaw, which another person sees, is really there.

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Update on some recent Whatcom County Council Committee meeting discussions / Noisy Water Northwest

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Click the graphic to access the full agenda for the Whatcom County Council Committee and Council meetings for May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018  Dena Jensen

I wanted to give a little overview on what Whatcom County Council will be talking about in their committee meetings today, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. I don’t know that there is anything particularly significant regarding tonight’s meeting (but you never know, depending on how discussions go during the day).  

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Port Commissioners Bell and Shepard’s disrespect for public process at 5/15/18 Port Commission meeting / Facebook post, Sj Robson

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Click the graphic to listen to the Port of Bellingham Commission discussion and vote on the Summers End Music and Arts Gathering Event that will close down Zuanich Point Park to public access on 8/17/18

May 16, 2018  Sandy Robson

NWNW Admin’s Note: I am adding links to video clips of the 5/15 Port of Bellingham Commission meeting where the material discussed in this post of Sandy’s took place. Watching the video can help reader’s have a clearer sense of how it was that public process was overridden.  – Dena Jensen  Continue reading

Video Links offered for sections of Whatcom County Council meetings / Noisy Waters Northwest

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Click the graphic to view the Linked Agenda for the May 8, 2018 Whatcom County Council committee and Council meetings. The Council meeting is the part of the agenda that offers Video Links

May 16, 2018  Dena Jensen

I just noticed this morning on the Whatcom County Council Linked Agenda for their last Council meeting (May 8), a new type of link was added that will make checking on a specific part of the meeting in which you are interested, or that you need to go back and find later, a whole lot less daunting. Plus, if you want to share that part of the meeting for any reason you can just copy that link and drop it in your post or share it from the YouTube page.

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ShowersNOW! by HomesNOW! / Noisy Waters Northwest

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Click the graphic to access this video posted in the Homes NOW! Bellingham Facebook group about day 2 of the Shower Truck work party

May 13. 2017  Dena Jensen

Jim Peterson, president of HomesNOW!, posted another Facebook video at about noon today, Sunday, May 13. Jim has recorded what must seem like countless videos in his past busy year, steadily keeping Whatcom County informed on the many issues effecting members of our community who do not have houses.   Continue reading

Is it Time to Step Away From the WBA? / Facebook post, The Searchlight Review, Sandy Robson

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May 6, 2017

Local business advocacy and non-profit organization, Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA), sent out a May 2, 2018 email blast to its members, thanking those who attended the “Leaders of Industry” event hosted by the WBA the week before, and promoting its “Step Up for Business Advocacy” program. The email was signed by WBA’s recently hired Public Policy Director, Brett Bonner, who has been involved in Republican politics in Whatcom County for many years.

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