Just as the COP26 ended in Glasgow this week, Whatcom County witnessed the floodgates of the climate crisis unleashed as an unprecedented storm hit our shores and swole our watersheds to breaking point.
Clifford Heberden (he/him) is the City News Editor for The Front. He’s a third year News/Ed major planning to minor in Philosophy. With his reporting, he’s mainly focused on local and state-wide environmental news and legislation but has also worked to report on social issues in Whatcom County. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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Last-minute voter registrations can be made at the Whatcom County Courthouse at 311 Grand Avenue in Bellingham by 8pm where registration updates and replacement ballots can also be obtained. Here is a list of Ballot Drop Off Locations in Whatcom.
Bellingham city officials are supportive of the construction of Western’s longhouse as an opportunity to further tribal relations in Whatcom County.
As Wildfire Awareness month comes to a close, local officials are reminding Washington residents to get ready for what could once again be a smokey and dangerous summer.
Editor's note: This story has been amended to clarify the relationship between tribal and federal governments. The clarification was made to a quotation from an interview with Millie Piazza, at her request. Additional information regarding section 6 of the Climate Commitment Act has been added to the story as well.
On Saturday, May 15, two groups came together outside the Bellingham Police Department precinct to voice their opinions on policing. One group came to show their appreciation and support for BPD officers, the other came to counter and advocate for the defunding of the police department. The First Amendment was on full display as both sides exercised their rights as American citizens to hold signs on sidewalks and shout at each other.
City denies claim filed by family of man who died in Bellingham police custody after repeatedly saying he couldn’t breatheBy Kelton Burns and Cliff Heberden | May 14
Editor’s note: This article contains graphic description and links to the bodycam footage of the death of a houseless person in police custody.
A crowd of about a hundred gathered around the steps of the Whatcom County Courthouse in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement on May 1, renewing the community’s call to defund the Bellingham Police Department.
House of Representatives will vote on historic environmental legislation before end of current sessionBy Cliff Heberden | April 23
Called by Gov. Jay Inslee “one of the most substantive pieces of climate legislation in the country,” the House of Representatives will vote on the Climate Commitment Act before the end of the legislative session, April 25.