Northwest Clean Air Agency response to Ferndale odor that made some students feel ill Thursday 6/1/2017 / Facebook post, Coal Stop

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June 2, 2017  Dena Jensen

As more information does or does not come out about the strong smell that left students and staff at a number of Ferndale schools feeling sick on Thursday June 1, keep this report from the Northwest Clean Air Agency handy. It remains to be seen whether anyone will ever identify that the “upset in the refinery process” that caused a strong sulfur odor on site at the Ferndale Phillips 66 facility while winds were blowing toward the Ferndale schools at the time, is the source for the odor. This odor has only been vaguely described as mysterious or strange or nasty in a the news reports about the occurrence. I wonder why. Continue reading

Senator Ericksen flees accountability in his representative role / Noisy Waters Northwest, Sandy Robson

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Screenshot photo of Washington State Senator Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale), from a January 2015 legislative video update, published on YouTube, on January 23, 2015

February 20, 2017  Sandy Robson

Washington State Senator Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale), has been in hot water with constituents in the 42nd Legislative District he represents in Whatcom County, Washington, since late January. The lawmaker has drawn an outpouring of criticism from his constituents who feel Ericksen is under-representing them because of his current dual role as state senator, while also having recently accepted a position as Communications Director with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Continue reading

On growing Red La Soda potatoes with no fossil fuel inputs / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Walter Haugen

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10 mins  August 7, 2016 Walter Haugen

Yesterday I harvested these Red La Soda potatoes from half of a 4’x8′ raised bed (the other half is in strawberries). The yield was 17 pounds, so in the 16 square feet I got a yield of 1.06 lb/sq ft or about 1 pound per square foot. This is not an uncommon yield using raised beds for growing potatoes. Continue reading

The Irony Report from Small Town America-Episode 3 / Now it’s a waiting game, Toni Lyons

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The current state of the Clock Tower Project

August 2, 2016  Toni Lyons

We return to the ongoing story of the Ferndale Clock Tower.

In early July, I accompanied Art and Margaret, the owners and builders of this nearly-completed landmark, to a courtroom on the second floor of the Whatcom County Court House. The City of Ferndale vs. The Rojszas, Superior Court–Take Three.

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BP Refinery’s controlled information and ‘controlled shutdown’: My phone call to BP refinery last night / Facebook post, Sandy Robson

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33 mins  June 1, 2016  Sandy Robson

I called BP’s environmental hotline last evening, telling the woman who answered the phone call that I was hearing a rumbling noise that I have never heard before coming seemingly from BP Refinery, and the flares were going off and on, and it looked like it was some operation or something that is not normally going on at BP. Continue reading