Is Skagit County’s Sr. Deputy Prosecutor Honea spreading rumors about Swinomish leadership? / Noisy Waters Northwest, Dena Jensen

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May 29, 2017: This article has been updated at the conclusion of the original post with additional information about material attributed to Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Chairman Brian Cladoosby and used out of context by Skagit County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney William Honea and KGMI conservative radio show host Kris Halterman.

May 22, 2017  Dena Jensen

Skagit County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney William Honea said in one of his May 22, 2017 comments on a Facebook comment thread: “…Swinomish, which represents 0.4% of the [Skagit] County’s population, is claiming superior jurisdiction over much of the land base, and its leadership is talking about how great it will be when everyone else leaves. Can you blame the people at Willman’s lecture for being a little freaked out?”   Continue reading

Anti-Indian Leader Comes to Skagit County, Rally Called to Support Tribal Rights / Press Release, Redline Salish Sea and IREHR

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CERA board member Elaine Willman speaking at the September 26, 2015 CERA “Regional Education Conference” held at the Red Lion Hotel in Kalispell, MT

May 19, 2017  Redline Salish Sea and Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A leading national anti-Indian activist is headed to Skagit County – and supporters of tribal and human rights are rallying to expose her bigotry and stand with Indian Nations. Elaine Willman will speak Saturday, May 20th at a meeting in Sedro Woolley hosted by the Skagit County Citizens Alliance for Property Rights. The Skagit County Republican Party and KGMI radio host Kris Halterman are also promoting the event.   Continue reading

Planning Commission, With Help From Friends In Ag, Undermine Court Required Compliance With Hirst Decision / Facebook Post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

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Click the graphic above to view the full April 5, 2017 Memorandum from Gary Davis,  Whatcom County Senior Planner, “Impervious Surface and Animal Husbandry Proposals”

4 hrs  April 9, 2017  Wendy Harris

While the county continues to seek state legislative fixes to the Hirst decision, and at all costs avoid its obligation to actually plan, the county is still under a court imposed obligation to come into compliance with the GMA, and protect rural water quality and quantity. (Yes, somehow with all the hysterical theatrics that surrounds this decision, it is easy to forget that it is, after all, a GMA compliance case). Continue reading

Letter to BP’s Associate Director, NW Government and Public Affairs regarding Cherry Point Amendments / Dena Jensen

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You can view the full version of the Whatcom County Council’s September 14, 2017 Proposed Cherry Point Amendments by clicking the graphic above.

Saturday March 12, 2017  Dena Jensen

I am posting a letter that I sent on March 11, 2017 to BP’s Associate Director of NW Government and Public Affairs Pam Brady, who is on the Board of Directors of the Whatcom Business Alliance.  The Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA) is increasingly promoting their campaign against elements of the Whatcom County Council Proposed Cherry Point Amendments to our County’s long-term planning document, the Comprehensive Plan.   Continue reading

Tools for supporting Water Protectors at Standing Rock, #NODAPL / Noisy Waters Northwest

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November 28, 2016  Dena Jensen

Below you will find links to three PDF files that wonderful people have compiled that provide web links, snail mail addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers that you can access to offer your support, in numerous ways, of those protecting water and tribal treaty rights in Standing Rock North Dakota as they face eviction from treaty lands by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Talking points are provided as well. Continue reading

Public comment on the 2016 docketed Cherry Point Amendments – addressing the Oct. 26, 2016 letter from PIT to the Whatcom County Planning Commission / Letter to the Whatcom County Planning Commission, Sandy Robson

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Click the graphic to view the October 06, 2016 letter from Pacific International Terminals (PIT) to the Planning Commission regarding their application for permits with Whatcom County as related to the proposed Cherry Point amendments to the Comprehensive Plan

November 2, 2016  Sandy Robson

Dear Whatcom County Planning Commission:

Please consider this an official comment on the 2016 docketed Cherry Point Amendments, identified presently by County Planning and Development Services (PDS) as: “Proposal – Council Resolution (initiated by Council under Resolution 2016- 027),” to the 2016 County Comprehensive Plan Update.

My comment will address the October 26, 2016, letter from Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) applicant Pacific International Terminals (PIT) VP Skip Sahlin, sent to the Whatcom County Planning Commission regarding the 2016 docketed Cherry Point Amendments to the County Comprehensive Plan Chapter 2 Land Use Cherry Point UGA, currently under review by the Planning Commission. Continue reading

Expanding Whatcom County’s outreach to Cherry Point UGA stakeholders / Letter to Whatcom County Planning Commission and Whatcom County Council, Dena Jensen

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October 28, 2016  Dena Jensen

Dear Whatcom County Planning Commission and Whatcom County Council:

I am writing today because there has been discussion by both the planning commission and county council about collaborating with stakeholders at Cherry Point regarding the proposal and alternatives for the Cherry Point UGA section of the Land Use Chapter for the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update. So far, in what I have heard about this collaboration, only the businesses/industries at Cherry Point have been mentioned, especially in terms of outreach from the planning commission or council. Continue reading

Jay Julius’ presentation at the National Congress of American Indians / Facebook post, Noisy Waters Northwest shared Freddy Lane’s post

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October 16, 2016  Dena Jensen

In case you can’t access the video, or you just want to consider the enlightening words at your own pace, here’s a transcript of most of [Lummi Indian Business Council member] Jay Julius’ presentation (shown in this video posted by Freddy Lane) at the National Congress of American Indians this last week: Continue reading

Residential/Boarding schools and their inflicted wounds, a road to awarenes and healing: Orange Shirt Day / Facebook post, Noisy Waters Northwest

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September 30, 2016  Noisy Waters Northwest

“It’s said that our greatest sufferings can bring about our greatest triumphs. Forty years later, Phyllis [Webstab] spearheaded the Orange Shirt Day movement to raise awareness about crimes committed against aboriginal children between 1931 and 1996 in the residential school system, and to promote healing.” – Gerry Chidiac, “Healing the scars left by residential schools” Continue reading

Transcript of Ron Colson’s comment at the 9/27/16 Public Hearing on the Interim Moratorium on unrefined Fossil Fuel facility expansion at Cherry Point / Facebook post, Coal Stop

September 29, 2016  Coal Stop
Our esteemed Whatcom County resident, Ron Colson was kind enough to share a transcript of his excellent comment that he offered at the Public Hearing on the Interim Moratorium on unrefined Fossil Fuel expansion at Cherry Point approved by the county council on Tuesday. Continue reading