Opinion

Op-Ed

Teacher education critical as veteran teachers opt for retirement

The Professional Educator Standards Board for Washington state indicated recently that over the past five years school districts have seen a 250 percent increase in the demand for new teachers, largely because so many veteran teachers are retiring. Our state needs to produce greater numbers of high-quality teachers, and the demand will only increase as more teachers approach retirement age.

Op-Ed

Washington’s ‘use it or lose it’ law hinders farm water efficiency

Whatcom County family farmers are have made gains in water efficiency, but are hindered by Washinton state’s “use it or lose it law.” The 1917 water code included a provision that water rights granted to a farmer could be withdrawn if the farmer did not demonstrate beneficial use of that water in a five year time period. Farmers are also concerned that they may be asked to absorb huge new regulatory costs by the state Department of Ecology’s new Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation permit.

Videos

Ferndale brings good team speed into first season in Wesco

Ferndale football coach Jamie Plenkovich and lineman Winterhawk Leighton talk about what to expect from the Golden Eagles in 2016.
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Ferndale brings good team speed into first season in Wesco 1:12

Ferndale brings good team speed into first season in Wesco

Tacoma-born movie producer discusses shooting teen thriller in his hometown 1:52

Tacoma-born movie producer discusses shooting teen thriller in his hometown

Watch sentencing of Bellingham man found guilty of rape and domestic violence 4:02

Watch sentencing of Bellingham man found guilty of rape and domestic violence

Watch highlights from The Color Run 5K in Bellingham 1:38

Watch highlights from The Color Run 5K in Bellingham