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Sun, Mar 17, 2013, 8:42 pm // John Servais
Wendy Harris has a revealing article in the March issue of Whatcom Watch about the proposed boardwalk connecting Boulevard Park and the south end of Cornwall Avenue. This is an estimated $8 million project that, in my opinion, is not needed and will hurt our waterfront environment. Wendy's long article does a thorough examination. The article title is "The Other Eight-Million Dollar Park Project" and starts on page 8 of the paper edition.
The city website says construction will start this summer - 2013. If you also think this is a complete waste of money, let your city council rep know.
This bridge to nowhere uses Greenways funds. Yep, our Greenways Committee and our parks department have decided to use Greenways funds to build a concrete bridge to replace a wonderful walk along the shore on the old railroad right of way. Go figure. This project is supposedly a lock for being built. But in reality, our city council could vote it out of existence if they wanted to.
So strange - the Greenways Committee could not find the money to purchase Chuckanut Ridge but can fund a concrete bridge. Gee - I wonder if this frees up some city land at the north end of the existing trail to be sold to developers for condos? And just how does the Greenways Committee explain this.
Thank you Wendy for bringing this issue to some public discussion. The Watch website does not yet enable comments, so feel free to comment on Wendy's article below. And support the advertisers in the Watch. They put their money into the Watch to attract business and keep the Watch publishing. This spring marks 20 years since Sherilyn Wells, Rebecca Meloy and Lorena Haven started the Watch. They have gone their separate ways since then but their environmental monthly newspaper lives on. Pick up a copy.
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Sun, Mar 17, 2013, 8:42 pm // John ServaisWendy Harris writes about the proposed $8 million concrete bridge along the Bellingham waterfront - using Greenways funds to build.
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Fri, Feb 22, 2013, 2:47 pm // John ServaisThe election created a new park district with taxing power - but with NO control over Chuckanut Ridge - the 100 acre woods.
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Wed, Feb 13, 2013, 3:42 pm // John ServaisThe Park District vote is close and we will not know final results until late ballots are counted.
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Sat, Feb 09, 2013, 12:14 am // John ServaisThe proponents have avoided the issues on the Park District as the close of voting nears this weekend.
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Wed, Feb 06, 2013, 10:42 pm // John ServaisWhen is a vote No the most positive and common sense action? Check the park district opponents website to learn why.
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Tue, Feb 05, 2013, 12:59 pm // John ServaisThis Park District proposal has several ironic twists and facets - some involving the advocates.
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Sun, Feb 03, 2013, 3:05 pm // Guest writerNicholas Zaferatos explains why he is concerned about the park district and looks at the long and short term views if the issue.
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Sat, Feb 02, 2013, 11:18 am // John ServaisThe Chuckanut Park District ballot issue has another 10 days to run. A few notes about NWCitizen and this issue.
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Fri, Feb 01, 2013, 3:16 pm // Guest writerDr. Gibb explains some history to the issue in a brief article.
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Thu, Jan 31, 2013, 12:36 pm // Guest writerPaul Leuthold and Byron Elmendorf explain why to vote NO on the Chuckanut Park District ballot measure.
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Thu, Jan 31, 2013, 12:26 am // Guest writerGuest post by long time south side resident Marci (Hanson) Haskell on why to vote no on the Park District
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Wed, Jan 30, 2013, 9:40 am // John ServaisThe Park District is a panic action that over taxes a small group. A city wide solution is by far the better way to proceed.
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Tue, Jan 29, 2013, 5:25 pm // Guest writerBill Geyer explains Transfer Development Rights and how they can be applied to the Chuckanut Ridge.
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Sat, Jan 26, 2013, 8:18 pm // Guest writerPhyllis McKee on why to oppose and the importance of voting no if you are against the Park District.
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Sat, Jan 26, 2013, 11:49 am // Guest writerDan Remsen speaks to the beauty of the Chuckanut Park and why to vote for the Park District.
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Thu, Jan 24, 2013, 4:09 pm // John ServaisUpdated Sat, Jan 26. A primer on the special Parks District election - and where to find more info.
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Thu, Jan 24, 2013, 9:49 am // Guest writerBy Bill Geyer. South Bellingham citizens vote over the next couple weeks on a self tax to form a park district and pay the Chuckanut Ridge debt.
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Sun, Oct 02, 2011, 8:29 am // Larry HorowitzHow spending $1,000 could save millions on the acquisition of Chuckanut Ridge
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Sun, Sep 25, 2011, 11:59 pm // Tip JohnsonEeny, meeny, miny, moe
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Thu, Sep 01, 2011, 10:21 pm // John ServaisThey celebrated the purchase of Chuckanut Ridge this evening. It was a fun event, even if a bit revisionist history snuck in.
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Tue, Aug 16, 2011, 8:26 am // John ServaisLast night the Bellingham City Council approved the purchase of Chuckanut Ridge for $8.2 million
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Mon, Aug 15, 2011, 10:49 pm // Tip JohnsonShould we accept or dig into Chuckanut Ridge?
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Fri, Jul 22, 2011, 3:52 pm // John ServaisWashington Federal has bought out Greenbriar's interest in Chuckanut Ridge.
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Wed, Mar 09, 2011, 1:38 pm // John ServaisBank opens way to sell Chuckanut 100 Acre Woods to city.
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Tue, Nov 09, 2010, 5:04 pm // Guest writerEric explains his resignation from the Greenways Advisory Committee and lists his concerns.
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Sat, Nov 06, 2010, 10:22 am // Larry HorowitzWhy Washington Federal's best option is to accept Bellingham's offer to take Fairhaven Highlands off its hands
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Open letter to Bellingham Planning Director Jeff Thomas re: Fairhaven Highlands application deadline
Sun, Oct 31, 2010, 6:20 pm // Larry HorowitzUpdated Sun, Oct 31. An open letter to Bellingham Planning Director Jeff Thomas re: Fairhaven Highlands application deadline
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Thu, Aug 05, 2010, 9:28 am // John ServaisWe ask why the EIS extension was given to the Chuckanut Ridge developers when the city is negotiating to buy the property.
Wed, Aug 04, 2010, 9:12 am // John ServaisBellingham Planning Department is giving quiet extensions to the Chuckanut Ridge developer - propping up the property value.
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Mon, Aug 02, 2010, 2:30 pm // John ServaisBellingham Planning Department gave a three month extension, till Oct 29, to Greenbriar
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Mon, Jan 11, 2010, 5:21 pm // John ServaisBellingham council and mayor are working to buy the 80 acres of Chuckanut Ridge development for a bargain price. Washington Federal does not want the land.
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Fri, Jan 08, 2010, 8:02 pm // John ServaisFate of proposed Chuckanut Ridge development continues to be a concern.
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Tue, Dec 08, 2009, 1:29 pm // Larry HorowitzBREAKING:
On Dec 3, the FDIC issued a Supervisory Prompt Corrective Action Directive to Horizon Bank due to the bank’s critically undercapitalized status as of Sep
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Sat, Dec 05, 2009, 8:00 am // Tip JohnsonI always hate public issues that involve decades of history and require integration of multiple points. I refer to it as 'the indignity of explanation.' Public interest advocates…
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Fri, Dec 04, 2009, 10:50 am // Larry HorowitzDateline: Nov 11, 2011
A series of recent landslides around the perimeter of Chuckanut Ridge, which caused substantial property damage, several injuries a
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Tue, Oct 27, 2009, 12:20 pm // Tip JohnsonThis is probably old news to Responsible Development advocates, but just in case, here's a little heads up on TIm Stewart. He appears to have experience with developments…
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Mon, Oct 26, 2009, 11:02 am // Larry HorowitzProfessional journalist and local resident, Bob Simmons, has published an article entitled Horizon Bank and the fate of Fairhaven Highlands on the Seattle-based Crosscut.com3 comments; last on Oct 29, 2009
Fri, Oct 23, 2009, 3:11 pm // Larry HorowitzA public hearing on the Fairhaven Highlands Draft EIS was held on Tuesday, October 20 at the County Council Chambers. Approximately 250 to 300 were in attendance.
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Tue, Oct 20, 2009, 3:39 pm // John ServaisPublic comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Fairhaven Highlands is tonight, Tuesday, October 20 at 6 pm at the Whatcom County Courthouse.
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Sun, Oct 18, 2009, 9:58 am // Larry HorowitzNo confidence. That’s right. NO CONFIDENCE! I have no confidence in the Fairhaven Highlands EIS… and neither should you.
And it’s not for the obvious reasons. Sure,
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Thu, Oct 01, 2009, 4:20 pm // Larry HorowitzIf you are interested in saving Chuckanut Ridge, there is some glimmer of hope for preserving this ecologically-rich and environmentally-sensitive property. If you are willing to make a…
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Fri, Apr 10, 2009, 8:41 am // Larry HorowitzDear Director Stewart:
As I write this letter, I am reminded of a comment by a former planning department staffer who claimed he knew he had done his job…
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Sat, Apr 04, 2009, 11:30 am // Larry HorowitzOn February 20th, I wrote a column about the Chuckanut Ridge / Fairhaven Highlands mature forested wetlands and the failure of Horizon Bank’s wetland consultant to properly rate…
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Sun, Mar 01, 2009, 11:33 pm // Guest writerJack Weiss, a member of the Bellingham City Council, has submitted this response to the Feb 27 post.
Barbara, as the author of this piece, tries to state a…
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Fri, Feb 27, 2009, 6:11 pm // Guest writerBarbara Ryan, Terry Bornemann and Gene Knutson, all members of the Bellingham City Council, have submitted this guest article.
Until now, we have chosen to let our record…
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Fri, Feb 20, 2009, 8:57 am // Larry HorowitzPulitzer Prize-winning author of The Jungle, Upton Sinclair observed, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it.”
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Sat, Feb 07, 2009, 10:17 am // Larry HorowitzIf you happen to find yourself in the market for an 82-acre hilly swamp wholly encumbered by critical areas like steep slopes and mature-forested Category 1 wetlands in…
Wed, Feb 04, 2009, 11:54 am // Larry HorowitzPlease don’t misunderstand. I’m not claiming that the Fairhaven Highlands environmental impact statement (EIS) does not have the potential to be meaningful. However, in its present form,
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Tue, Feb 03, 2009, 12:05 am // Larry HorowitzI really pity Horizon Bank’s CEO Rich Jacobson. His predecessor, Laury Evans, sure left him a bad hand to play. Not only is Mr. Jacobson faced with the…
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Sun, Jan 25, 2009, 8:59 pm // Larry HorowitzIn recent weeks, the Chuckanut Ridge / Greenways 3 mêlée has been blown way out of proportion and has become nothing more than an irritating sideshow. Personally, I…
Wed, Jan 14, 2009, 7:28 pm // John ServaisA back room attempt by city staff to sneak the Greenways Plan through city council failed Monday evening. Tuesday evening the mayor got grilled strongly by south side…
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Sat, Aug 09, 2008, 6:10 pm // Larry HorowitzOn his personal blog, former City Councilman John Watts has written a column entitled, “Chuckanut Ridge: Land Supply Implications” in which he concludes, “without a reasonable level
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Sun, Apr 13, 2008, 5:18 pm // Tip JohnsonThe dialog over the proposed Fairhaven Highlands development has deteriorated into a childish "neiner-neiner" squabble. Opponents continuously propose a host of rational objections while a few propon
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Sat, Mar 01, 2008, 11:28 am // Larry HorowitzYou don’t need to be Nostradamus to make this prediction: Bellingham city officials are about to waste precious staff time and taxpayer resources preparing an environmental impact statem
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Fri, Feb 15, 2008, 9:13 pm // Larry HorowitzAfter an extended hiatus, the battle over Chuckanut Ridge has begun to heat up again. In one corner: landowners Horizon Bank and David Edelstein. In the other corner:…
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Wed, Jan 16, 2008, 2:33 pm // Tip JohnsonOr how to mitigate the illegitimacies of Fairhaven Highlands, AKA Chuckanut Ridge and the Hundred Acre Woods.
Sorry, I didn't have time to write something short!
Tonight (1/16/2008) a
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Wed, Oct 17, 2007, 8:40 pm // John ServaisPodcasts of last night's forum will be posted online by KGMI about noon tomorrow. I will post links here when they go up. Meanwhile, you might check Sam…
Sun, Jun 12, 2005, 4:35 pm // Site ManagementChuckanut Ridge is a controversy now - and it is deja vu of 1996. On October '96, NwCitizen broke new information and posted three reports that helped to…
Sun, Oct 20, 1996, 11:00 am // John ServaisWith Facts Wrong, Discussion Is Skewed
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