Hey, how about a new feature on the Hawk called Stupid Planning Tricks? / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

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2 hrs  March 11, 2016  Wendy Harris

Hey, how about a new feature on the Hawk called Stupid Planning Tricks? Post a video here [in the Whatcom Hawk Facebook group] showing how dumb a planning decision is, whether it is for the comp. plan [Comprehensive Plan] or CAO [Critical Areas Ordinance] update, an existing ordinance, a Hearing Examiner decision, etc.

I will go first. Continue reading

Map and Territory / Cascadia Weekly, The Gristle, Tim Johnson

cascadia weekly cover

Wednesday, March 9, 2016  Tim Johnson

MAP AND TERRITORY: Remarking on the refusal of the Republican Senate to hold hearings to consider appointments to the Supreme Court of the United Sates—as outlined under Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution— President Barack Obama observed, “I’m amused when I hear people claim to be strict interpreters of the Constitution suddenly reading into it a whole series of provisions that are not there.” […] Continue reading

Dogged Pursuit of a Failed Vision? / NorthwestCitizen, Tip Johnson

Don’t believe everything you read in the agenda


Tue, Mar 08, 2016, 1:47 pm  Tip Johnson

Author’s Note:  I was wrong and owe the prosecutor an apology.  I’m sorry.  I am told on good authority that the header designating the Chief Deputy Prosecutor on the draft revision was in fact a pagination carry-over from the footer of the previous page.  Further, my source reveals that the edits referenced below actually originated from new council member Todd Donovan.  Perhaps he can explain?

Tonight’s County Council meeting is starting to look like the shootout at the O.K. Corral.

The prosecutor Todd Donovan has apparently reacted badly to the County Council taking a leadership role to guide jail planning efforts following the defeat of the county’s proposed sales tax levy last November.  Continue reading

Peaceful Protesters Were Met With Hostility, Violence on State Wide Day of Action for Police Accountability #RiseUpWA / Racial Justice Coalition

assault on protesters rjc

Tuesday March 8, 2016

For Immediate Release  Racial Justice Coalition

Bellingham, WA- In solidarity with other communities throughout Washington, individuals in Bellingham came out for a peaceful procession on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 3:00pm to call for police accountability, to bring an end to the dangerous practice of racial profiling, and to recognize people who fell victim to police brutality, causing injury or death. Continue reading

Compare Jail Resolutions Side by Side before County Council Tonight, March 8 / Noisy Waters Northwest

If you click the graphic link above you can page back and forth between the three proposed Whatcom County Jail planning resolutions up for review by the county council tonight.

March 8, 2016  Dena Jensen

Former candidate for Whatcom County Executive in the November 2016 election, and human rights activist, Joy Gilfilen alerted people on Facebook today about resolutions  regarding jail planning that are up for review by the Whatcom County Council tonight, March 8, 2016. Continue reading

This is why we cannot have nice things, like functional ecosystems / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

7 hrs  February 7, 2016  Wendy Harris

I respect this author and he is usually right about things, but this time, he could not be more off the mark. And it reflects not just an unhealthy environment, it reflects an unhealthy culture and way of viewing the biosphere. And it explains why most of our restoration efforts simply fail. Continue reading