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Weekly Watchdog: Feb. 29 – March 6, 2024

This week's meetings, hearings and opportunities for public input


Whatcom County Council
3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, 311 Grand Ave., or virtual meeting

Council members will discuss the 2024 forecasted shortfall of the Ferry Operating Fund.

Bellingham Plan Open House
5 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave.

Part of the development process of the City of Bellingham’s 20-year plan, this open house will gather feedback from community members on cultivating a “vibrant, equitable safe and welcoming community.”

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue Board of Fire Commissioners
7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, Station 61, 9408 Odell Road, Blaine

Fire commissioners will consider placing a 34-cent property tax levy increase on the Aug. 6 ballot, to fund new equipment and staff.


Friday, March 1

Whatcom County Wildlife Advisory Committee meeting
9:30 a.m., 5280 Northwest Drive, Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Saturday, March 2

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Game Management Advisory Council meeting
10 a.m., virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Monday, March 4

Ferndale City Council meeting
5 p.m., 5694 2nd Ave., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Anacortes City Council meeting
6 p.m., 904 6th St., or virtual meeting 

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Lynden City Council meeting
7 p.m., 205 4th St.

Agenda may be posted in advance.

TUESDAY, March 5

Washington State Board of Natural Resources meeting
9 a.m., virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Whatcom County Council (multiple meetings)
9:45 a.m. – 6 p.m., 311 Grand Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, or virtual meeting 

Agendas online. Council committees meet at 9:45 a.m. (Committee of the Whole Executive Session); 10:20 a.m. (Climate Action and Natural Resources Committee); 10:40 a.m. (Finance and Administrative Services Committee); 12:30 p.m. (Public Works & Health Committee); 1:15 p.m. (Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee); 1:45 p.m. (Planning and Development Committee); 3:30 p.m. (Committee of the Whole) 6 p.m. (Council).

Port of Bellingham Board of Commissioners meeting
4 p.m., 1801 Roeder Ave., Suite 146, or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Whatcom County Forestry Advisory Committee meeting
6 p.m., 5280 Northwest Drive, Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Bellingham Arts Commission meeting
6 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.


Water Adjudication Assistance survey. Deadline: Spring 2024

The Washington State Legislature is providing funding to Whatcom County to develop and implement outreach and provide filing assistance to water users. Survey online.

The Bellingham Plan: “Ways the City Could Grow.” Deadline: 2024

Bellingham could grow in a variety of ways. Let the City of Bellingham know the pros and cons of each of the listed approaches on its individual comment boards. Add pros and cons (or up-vote someone else’s comment). Go to this webpage and scroll halfway down to see the comment boards.

Proposed expansion of Bellingham’s transit station. Deadline: 2024

Whatcom Transportation Authority is accepting written comment through its Engage WTA website on a proposal to expand Bellingham Station, to allow room for more buses and additional public uses. Survey online.

Weekly Watchdog is published online Thursdays and in print Fridays. To submit a meeting for consideration, email

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