Hello Loyal Readers,
Another busy week draws to a close, and as always, your Friday Odds and Ends are here to finish it off with a bang.
First, rumors coming from the state legislature are grim. It looks like the House Democrats have completed their budget work and are at the negotiating table, but the Republican-controlled Senate refuses to compromise on any key issues. Already, the complaints of partisan gridlock and tea-party style inflexibility are wafting up from Olympia.
The end result is that we are looking at a second special session. The legislature needs to finalize a budget before July, so unless a magic compromise materializes, we are looking at a June session as well. But, for every dark cloud there is a silver lining: more free meals for Sen. Doug Ericksen!
Meanwhile, the Cascadia Weekly, then NWCitizen, published a fantastic piece about the impacts of the Gateway Pacific Project on the Southfork community. It is definitely worth reading.
Locally, a Water Supply Symposium was held yesterday and today examining water rights in Whatcom. Local environmental expert and fellow blogger Jean Melious was on the panel and shared her thoughts on the water challenges facing our community here. Naturally, the “experts” at the Whatcom Excavator had a different perspective on the symposium, which you can read here.
This week, a new study came out showing that in Washington gun deaths have outpaced car wreck deaths since 2010. It used to be that auto accidents regularly topped the lists of most common cause of death, but with the escalation of gun violence, it seems that is a thing of the past.
Finally, I found this incredible animated gif showing the progress marijuana legalization has made over the last thirty years. It is impressive to see the slow and steady pace of acceptance as attitudes surrounding marijuana change. It is also great to see Washington state leading the charge toward sane and sensible drug laws.
That’s all folks! Stay tuned for more reporting on the jail, our County Council and the future of Whatcom County.