Tim Ballew II announces candidacy for the Washington State Senate in the 42nd legislative district / Press Release, Elect Tim Ballew II

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Mar. 28, 2018  Elect Tim Ballew II

Ferndale, Wash.– Tim Ballew II, at-large member of the Whatcom County Council and former chairman of the Lummi Nation, today announced his candidacy for the Washington State Senate in the 42nd legislative district. Continue reading


Senator Ericksen’s meeting with high school students turns out to be publicity event / Noisy Waters Northwest, Sandy Robson

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March 25, 2018  Sandy Robson

Here is what I know about Washington state Senator Doug Ericksen’s (R-Ferndale) March 21, 2018, visit to Meridian High School, according to my March 22 phone call with Meridian High School Principal Derek Forbes. Continue reading

Elaine Willman continues mission to destroy tribal treaty rights / Noisy Waters Northwest

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From Wikipedia: “The Flathead Indian Reservation, located in western Montana on the Flathead River, is home to the Bitterroot Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d’Oreilles Tribes – also known as the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation. ” Click the graphic to access the Char-Koosta News article, “Commissioners target density map”

March 23, 2018 Dena Jensen

I am making this post to remind people that Elaine Willman, and others, some of whom live here in Whatcom and Skagit counties, are still out there right now, doing the racist work of trying to undermine and destroy tribal sovereignty and negate tribal treaty rights. Continue reading

The one foot out the door senator from Ferndale dodges accountability / Noisy Waters Northwest, Sandy Robson

March 15, 2018  Sandy Robson

On January 6, 2018, Republican state Senator Douglas Ericksen found himself on the front page of The Bellingham Herald, and the subject of headlines in numerous other news publications later that day and over the weekend, for having been appointed to the position of senior adviser to the regional administrator in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 10 office, in Seattle, Washington. Ericksen tried to quash that news by saying the story was false, and by calling those press reports “erroneous.” Local reporter Kie Relyea, first broke the story on January 5, in the online version of The Bellingham Herald. Continue reading

Skiing in the path of a proposed pipeline in B.C. / Mount Baker Experience Magazine, Michelle Tanz

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February 9, 2018  Michelle Tanz

Reflecting on a recovering but endangered landscape while following grizzly tracks up a remote peak

My skis glided on the consolidated spring snowpack. I peered up at the col above –our next destination – wondering how we would navigate the terrain as the sun triggered cascading wet slides in the saturated snow. Continue reading