Two candidates decline to take part in Whatcom County Candidate Forum organized by Common Threads Northwest / Noisy Waters Northwest

October 17, 2019  Dena Jensen

Today, on the date of the 2019 Whatcom County Candidate Forum, whose organizing sponsor is Common Threads Northwest, two candidates in the November 2019 local election have issued communications in which they noted they were declining to participate. Continue reading

Progressive candidates should say no to events sponsored by organizations that negatively target Native Americans and immigrants/ Noisy Waters Northwest

October 16, 2019 Dena Jensen

I am calling on everyone to just say no to participating in events sponsored by Common Threads Northwest, along with the Whatcom Business Alliance, whose leadership is pushing forward untruths that people want to deindustrialize Cherry Point. 

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Tony Larson’s pro-coal past and multiple false claims are non-starters for the role of Whatcom County Executive / Noisy Waters Northwest

Screen shot of a May 9, 2017 tweet (that was subsequently removed from their Twitter feed) by Whatcom Business Alliance’s Step Up Twitter profile.

October 15, 2019 Dena Jensen

To me, the biggest argument against Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA) president, Tony Larson, being elected as Whatcom County Executive, is that he makes false statements. Over the last number of years, Mr. Larson made numerous false claims which have targeted numerous Whatcom County Council Members and others. Meanwhile, it is additionally unacceptable that during our current climate crisis, Tony Larson has made himself a champion for fossil fuel expansion, including a massive coal export project, at Xwe’chi’eXen, Cherry Point, and is now allowing himself to be promoted through the endorsement of the pro-Trump Whatcom County Republican Party.

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Most funding requests for immigrant services are flipped the Byrd at recent Health Board meeting / Noisy Waters Northwest

October 13, 2019 Dena Jensen

On October 1, 2019, Whatcom County Council, meeting as the County’s Health Board, received an update from the Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB) and a presentation from the Health Protection for Immigrant Families Task Force. The task force had made recommendations to PHAB in accordance with the County Council’s Resolution 2018-050, “Health Protection for Immigrant Families,” passed by the Council in early December 2018.

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Following up on Patriot Front flyering: Struggling to get answers from Ferndale officials / Sandy Robson

October 10, 2019 Sandy Robson

On October 1, 2019, I sent an email to Ferndale Police Chief Kevin Turner, explaining that I was gathering information for a possible article for The Searchlight Review, regarding the recent flyering activities here in Whatcom County by the white nationalist/white supremacist hate group, the Patriot Front.

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Timeline material on the delinquent proposed life safety renovations for the Whatcom County Jail / Noisy Waters Northwest

October 9, 2019 Dena Jensen

As Whatcom County moves forward with the beginning phases of their Public Health and Public Safety Initiative regarding behavioral health services, incarceration, and justice reform needs in Whatcom County — discussed in a September 19, 2019 post here on Noisy Waters Northwest — I thought it would be good for us to have some historical background and a list of materials related to the County’s progress in addressing critical life safety renovations at the existing downtown Whatcom County Jail.

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Whatcom County Affordable Housing Council political committee compelled to amend name to comply with state law / Facebook post, Sj Robson

Screenshot detail of the 10/2/19 amended Whatcom County Affordable Housing Council C-1 report filed with the Public Disclosure Commission, which reflects the corrected and current full name of the political committee that includes the committee’s sponsor, the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County

October 8, 2019 Sandy Robson

Finally, the Whatcom County Affordable Housing political committee has been compelled to amend its committee’s name in order to comply with state law.

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