Post Point Herons under threat again / Cascadia Weekly, LTE

Click the graphic to access the GoFundMe page to support Post Point Herons

May 29, 2019. Letter to the Editor Michael Botwin

There is an extended letter to the editor in this week’s Cascadia Weekly about where things are at with the City of Bellingham granting a Critical Areas permit for building two houses in the important Post Point nesting and foraging area for the Great Blue Heron.

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What about that civilian oversight? / Noisy Waters Northwest

Click the graphic to access the April 22, 2019 Regular Bellingham City Council meeting discussion of the safe space program

May 12, 2019 Dena Jensen

Community members continue to show up weekly to call on our local government agencies to engage with members of the immigrant community, of all statuses, to reduce and hopefully put an end to, the daily fear and apprehension that they endure living under the Trump administration, not to mention the profiling and mistreatment numerous individuals experience at the hands of local officials. 

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What do you know about Whatcom County’s Food System Committee? / Facebook post, Noisy Waters Northwest

May 1, 2019 Dena Jensen

Since this video, focused on food sovereignty, reminded me, I am checking in to see if folks are familiar with Whatcom County’s Food System Committee that began meeting in February of this year. There are detailed (and, so far, up-to-date! Yay!) minutes for the meetings available at this link on the County website: http://whatcomcounty.us/2992/Food-System-Committee

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Port issues RFP for events that could shut down any of three public parks, up to three times per year / Facebook post, Noisy Waters Northwest

Click the graphic to access this post on the Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce website

April 30, 2019 Dena Jensen

Folks may remember discussion last year of the Port of Bellingham allowing some of their public parks to be shut down to non-paying members of the public for private events due to requests from event organizers. Port Commissioners decided to try a “pilot program” that resulted in, I believe, ultimately just one event in August of 2018 that shut down Zuanich Point Park. 

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Port Commissioners’ comments on Cherry Point amendment process and Climate Strike youths, at their 3/19/19 meeting / Letter to Port of Bellingham Commissioners

Click the graphic to access the full platform of the US Youths Climate Strikes

April 23, 2019 Dena Jensen

I sent off an email today to the Port of Bellingham Commissioners about statements they made at their March 19, 2019 Port Commission meeting about the Cherry Point amendment process of the Whatcom County Council and about the youths that participated in the Climate Strike in Bellingham on March 15, 2019.

I was discouraged and disappointed in the Commissioners’ rehashing of Whatcom-Business-Alliance-promoted, pro-Cherry-Point-Industry (at the expense of community members and the environment) talking points.

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First tiny home permit approved for Safe Haven in Bellingham / Noisy Waters Northwest

Click the graphic to view Jim Peterson’s fundraising post with his 4/19/19 announcement.

April 19, 2019 Dena Jensen

At the April 8, 2019 Bellingham City Council meeting Jim Peterson, President of HomesNOW!, gave a public comment letting the Council know, among other things, that HomesNOW would not be doing any more tent encampments, but would be focusing on tiny homes. Jim explains why in his comment included in this post.

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