Waterfront development: Will new rules harm fish, Puget Sound?

Washington state’s laws on waterfront development have caused hard feelings around the state for decades. The 71-year-old laws, known together as the Hydraulic Code, and…

Could BP turn Bellingham into a Northwest oil export capital?

The microphone worked only part of the time, and occasionally the gymnasium walls bounced the words like a volley of loose basketballs. Despite that, the…

Northwest glaciers: Wasting away

Circling his two-ton ice sculpture the other day, artist Jyoti Duwadi talked about the ancient treasures it contains. “We’ve put fossils of all kinds in…

Sparing Bellingham’s grand old granary

Nine o’clock at the north end of Bellingham Bay. The lights of striving have blinked out in stores, banks and warehouses. Bats, owls and nighthawks…

Plan to create major park moves ahead

The Whatcom County Council voted Tuesday night to take back 8,700 acres of prime timber land that it handed over to the state Department of…

The fight to create Washington’s biggest park

In the steep and deep hill country east of Bellingham, about 20 raven miles from the Canadian border, you can see the makings of a…

Komen’s climb-down brings elation at regional Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood's Kristen Glundberg-Prossor of Seattle was elated.  “We’re just thankful that they realized that politics should not come before women’s health,” she told Crosscut,…

Komen cuts to Planned Parenthood hit Northwest

Because a Florida congressman demands an investigation of abortion spending, some 400 women in rural areas of Clallam County in Washington face the loss of…

Will Occupy find its voice?

Every year about this time, in California, they honor the founder of the Occupy Movement and his electrifying speech of 47 years ago. The Mario…

Big Coal meets Cherry Point’s tiny herring

Fishers of a certain age will tell you about going after north Puget Sound salmon with a short stop for bait in the waters off…

Cherry Point’s coal debate: new fight on a site with stormy history

For David Given-Seymour and many other Belllingham residents, the debate over a proposed coal-shipping port north of Bellingham stirs echoes of a political drama that…

Permissive outcome on coal port land-clearing violations

In the arcana of land use regulation, you can apparently legalize illegal grading and other damages to a forested landscape, by agreeing to put everything…

An ancient way to fish, and a better one

It’s a crystal September morning with a light sea breeze. The tide is running in, and a million pink salmon are rounding Lummi Island's Legoe…

Coal port work violations being settled

A story posted Friday afternoon (Aug.20), under the headline “Coal port work near Bellingham could draw a lengthy time out," was withdrawn. Almost immediately after publication,…

A good park from a bank failure: Bellingham gets Chuckanut Ridge

Bellingham’s mayor and City Council gathered at Boundary Bay Brewery on Monday night to raise a glass in honor of what they had just done.…