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The great (and disastrous) flood

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Plans to recover now, avoid in the future “The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth.” Genesis 7:18 The story of Noah and the flood in...

As long as the state controls the water, it is responsible for drought help

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Even with $2.6 billion in unanticipated revenue, Washington may force some communities to truck water at their own expense rather than address drought relief...

Andy and Erin Vitaljic want to feed Whatcom County and beyond

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Don't bet against them According to the City of Bellingham, more than 740 people experience homelessness in Whatcom County every night. Tragically, 18% of the...

What will it take to save farming?

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Tomorrow, farming as we know it may be gone, captured in a few museum exhibits Farming in Whatcom County today remains a strong and much...

The case against an adjudication of Nooksack water rights

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An adjudication without agreement on a path to protect natural resources is not the answer Recently the Washington State Department of Ecology made a quiet...

Agriculture Will Continue to Lead

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Whatcom County’s farmers and ranchers have always had to adapt and innovate. Now is no different. “Twenty years ago, hard work was enough to guarantee...

The Sow Must Go On

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The COVID-19 pandemic complicates things, but Washington farmers and ranchers will press forward Like any other business owners, farmers and ranchers are no strangers to...

A Third Generation Lynden Dairy Farmer Sells His Cows

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“The hardest decision I ever had to make.” —Glen Blankers Communications Director, Whatcom Family Farmers Some of Glen Blankers’ earliest memories are of playing with the...

Pollution-Control Ruling On Dairy Farm Permits a Big Deal?

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Farmers Say a Resounding, 'Yes!' "Vindication” is the word local farmers typically use to describe the Pollution Control Hearings Board ruling last October on the...

Surviving to Maturity: No Small Feat for This Pair of Local Entrepreneurs

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Kevin Buck in Bellingham and Tim Lukens in Custer represent the mature stages of owning a business, lasting 32-plus and nearly 20 years, respectively,...