Bellingham

Coal ports: Will they cost communities their “second paycheck”?

For four and a half years, coal exports and the massive terminals proposed at Longview and near Bellingham have been a subject of local debate.…

Why Bellingham looks better than Seattle

It will be so long to Seattle but not goodbye as I leave my place overlooking Elliott Bay for one overlooking Bellingham Bay in the city where…

Tiny particles delay study of coal port proposal

They are so small you can’t see them in the air — but you inhale them, and they can go to your lungs and even…

Lawmakers eye tax break extension for state’s last 2 aluminum plants

In the 1980s, Washington had 10 aluminum smelting plants employing roughly 10,000 people. Today, the state has two Alcoa plants in Ferndale and Wenatchee that…

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…

B.C. oil pipeline: A threat to the whole Northwest?

In Big Energy’s massive rush to export oil and coal from inland United States and Canadian mines and wells to the hungry power users of…

GOP: At sea in Bellevue without Rodney Tom?

With Rodney Tom out of the running, the 48th Legislative District is gearing up for a good ol’-fashioned red-on-blue rumble.  That’s bad news for the…

Oil, coal, gas: Export proposals are growing

The Big Energy Export Train aimed at Pacific Northwest deep-water harbors is looking to add a new cargo: liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), also known as…

Meet ‘The Funnel': Will farmers, businesses suffer from more coal and oil trains?

They call it “The Funnel,” a 70-mile confluence of BNSF rail tracks that feeds nearly 50 trains daily into Spokane and, according to an exhaustive…

Bellingham coal port: One financial giant exits, another enters

Ownership of the proposed coal port at Cherry Point north of Bellingham shifted abruptly Tuesday, with a Goldman Sachs subsidiary dropping out and a major…

Tankers, barges and trains, Oh my!

Vast amounts of crude oil, primarily from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota, is being transported by rail throughout the United State and Canada.…

Brighter outlook but no assurances for progressives in the coal port war

The coal train express missed a signal Tuesday in Whatcom County as voters went for a slate of four Democrats who were supported for county…

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…

More money pours into Whatcom election coal fight

Whatcom County Democrats find themselves in an unusual position with less than a week to go before a quartet of important county council seats are…

Coal port faces a new level of environmental scrutiny

Unprecedented. Both backers and critics of a massive coal-export terminal north of Bellingham used that term Wednesday as a scope of environmental review was announced…

KCTS ‘Coal’ documentary gets smacked by timing problem but stands up well

Politicians dread an “October surprise,” a last-minute event that changes their campaign. Television documentary producers dread the time between final production and the broadcast date.…

Coal isn’t getting enough respect, study says

The economic benefits of expanding Washington's coal ports are being underestimated, a Western Washington University professor's report said. However, the study did not provide specific…

Coal Wars: How voters are shaping their leaders’ decisions

(Note: This is the conclusion of a three-part series) "Elections have consequences.” — Numerous politicians November 6, 2012 is an important — perhaps critical — date in…

Coal Wars: Port opponents make big use of access to information

Second article in a three-part series Scoop Jackson didn’t have the Internet in mind when he wrote the Environmental Protection Act in 1969, but that…

Coal Wars: Export backers push jobs, try to limit environmental review

An unprecedented series of seven statewide public forums on a proposed coal-export terminal north of Bellingham drew nearly 9,000 people to crowded hearings. Most of…

Coal exports: There could be a twist on the global warming argument

It seemed like such a safe assumption, that exporting U.S. coal to China will be an environmental catastrophe. China burns huge amounts of coal to…

Growing coal-port opposition creates tough choices for regulators

They sat patiently and listened, sometimes writing notes to themselves, never talking back as several hundred speakers and audiences totaling over 8,000 people railed about…

Coal train impacts feared along the Sound

Mayors and city officials are scrambling to find ways to deal with an onslaught of new freight-rail traffic in Washington, with new projects seemingly coming…

Big Hollywood’s digital push may mean the end for independent theaters

Bellingham’s Pickford Film Center is downright neighborly. As the only 365-day independent cinema between Seattle and Vancouver B.C., the Pickford’s mission “is to provide a forum…

How the Pearl Harbor attack still shapes America

The Dec. 7 anniversary of the 1941 Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor will be remembered in history alongside the South Carolina secessionists' shelling of Fort…