Please seek a presentation from the Public Health Advisory Board on the needs of immigrant families in our community / Letter to the Whatcom County Council, Dena Jensen

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Screen shot of the 10/25/18 letter from the Public Health Advisory Board to the Whatcom County Health Board proposing the resolution for which PHAB was seeking support from the Whatcom County Council on 11/07/18

November 9, 2018  Dena Jensen
[Note: I wrote a blog post yesterday on November 8, 2018, entitled, “‘I just wanna make sure it’s people who are legal’ – 3 minutes of the Whatcom County Council 11/07/18 Public Works and Health Committee meeting” on which this letter to the Whatcom County Council is based.]

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‘I just wanna make sure it’s people who are legal’ – 3 minutes of the Whatcom County Council 11/07/18 Public Works and Health Committee meeting / Noisy Waters Northwest

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November 8, 2018  Dena Jensen

[Correction, November 10, 2018: There is a corrected sentence in the second to the last paragraph of this blog post with a footnote to describe the correction to the information that was made.]

It unfortunately became true that my heart actually could be heavier than from hearing the news that it’s very likely we will be stuck with Senator Doug Ericksen again for awhile longer (until he predictably does something that will be worthy of a successful recall.) Continue reading

Post Primary Parting Shots / Corky Nouveau

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Click the image to access the latest Whatcom County August 7, 2018 primary election results

August 11, 2018  Corky Nouveau

The primaries were more intense than any I can remember, but my involvement doesn’t go back very far, just to 2014, when I volunteered for that quixotic carpetbagger Seth Fleetwood. No doubt the Repubs have measured Pinky’s proximity to the 42nd line down to the inch. Kudos for Tim Ballew II’s rapid endorsement of his running partner.   Continue reading

Kwel Hoy’! Army Corps denies shoreline permit for Cherry Point / Cascadia Weekly, Tim Johnson and Bob Simmons

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Tim Johnson and Bob Simmons

The long, long coal train has come to a halt.

Years ago, Lummi Nation declared Kwel Hoy’!, “We Draw the Line,” and vowed the coal trains would not unload at their fishing grounds and sacred burial site, Xwe’chieXen. They called upon the federal government to honor its treaty to protect those heritage assets. Continue reading

Puzzle Pieces / Cascadia Weekly, The Gristle, Tim Johnson

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PUZZLE PIECES: Late last week, the sponsor for the Gateway Pacific Terminal project announced they would suspend the environmental review process as they await the separate determination by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of whether the GPT project materially interferes with the tribal treaty fishing rights of Lummi Nation. In January 2015, Lummi Nation asked the Corps to investigate whether a proposal to ship up to 54 million tons of coal per year aboard scores of the world’s largest freight vessels out of Cherry Point would interfere with the tribe’s rights to fish in usual and accustomed (U&A) places, as defined by treaty. The Corps agreed. Continue reading