Press Release: Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve – HB 1001 Amendment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Elizabeth Hartsoch, Riveters Collective, 1-360-305-5624


Statement: Pick a job, Senator Ericksen.

WHATCOM COUNTY, WASHINGTON — Today the Washington State Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee held a hearing on HB 1001 and Senator Ericksen was in attendance. HB 1001 is a technical  bill updating the payment schedule for utility easements on state owned aquatic lands.  It passed the House 97-0 and is now being considered in the Senate.  But Senator Erickson has introduced a major amendment which would overturn state protection of Cherry Point.

The amendment language mirrors that from one of his failed senate bills, a bill for which he was the sole sponsor, and missed the hearing because he was at his full-time job in Washington, D.C. – unsurprising since Senator Ericksen has missed more than three quarters of his committee hearings this year.

Citizens and elected Tribal leaders, however, showed up in force to the January 24th hearing in the Senate Natural Resources and Park Committee. Citizens and Tribal leaders opposing the bill filled the hearing room and an overflow room. Tribal leaders spoke in opposition and not a single person signed in to support overturning protections of the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve.1

In response to this renewed attempt to open the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve to industrial development, local activists with the Riveters Collective issued the following Statement:

“Our message was clear at the hearing in January – we want state protection for the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve,” said Elizabeth Hartsoch with the Riveters Collective and a resident of the 42nd Legislative District. “Unfortunately, our Senator was in D.C. at his other job. Nobody – not even Senator Ericksen – signed in to support his attempt to overturn protection of the Cherry Point Aquatic reserve, and it failed to advance out of committee.  Today Senator Ericksen flew back from DC to try again to open up the Salish Sea for coal export. This is a waste of everyone’s time and both state and federal taxpayer money. Once again we urge Senator Ericksen to pick one full-time job and stick with it.  Nobody – not his constituents back home nor his colleagues in Olympia – is well served by him trying to keep both jobs.”


1Summary Report Showing No One Signed in to support SB 5171. 

Whatcom Conservation District Board Supervisor Election: Candidate Information

Thank you for your interest in the Whatcom Conservation District Board Supervisor Election!  We contacted the three candidates and asked them to respond to the following questions:

  1. What background, experience, and skills do you bring to support the Whatcom Conservation District in its mission to assist land managers with their conservation choices?
  2. What do you think are the most pressing challenges facing farmers in their stewardship choices and how will you work with the District to address those challenges?
  3. What do you think are the best approaches to protecting and restoring habitat, instream flows and water quality for salmon, steelhead, shellfish, and other organisms?
  4. Describe your connections with the agricultural community in Whatcom County and how you will use those connections to support the District in their outreach efforts.
  5. What will be your top three priorities if elected?

Two candidates answered the call, and their responses are provided in their entirety below.  While we shall not be endorsing a candidate, we hope that these responses and the additional information linked below will inform your voting.  You may vote in person at the District’s office at 6975 Hannegan Road, Lynden, on 3/14/17, 9 am-6 pm.  If you received a ballot, you may deliver it to the District’s office by 6pm on election day, or mail it so it will be postmarked on day of election or sooner. Good luck to you!


RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS (Alphabetical by Last Name)

Heather Christianson

1. What background, experience, and skills do you bring to support the Whatcom Conservation District in its mission to assist land managers with their conservation choices?

Most of the work of the Whatcom Conservation District is accomplished through Federal and State grants. I have extensive knowledge in grant management having worked in both grantmaking and grant requesting organizations. I understand the importance of good grant management from both sides, and the necessity for thorough proposal reviews and measurable outcomes reporting to ensure proper and effective use of funding. I will help the Conservation District continue to work toward accomplishing their mission, and search for additional sources of revenue and programs to expand their work toward achieving their vision of a Whatcom County with healthy soils, water and air.

In addition, I have an in-depth understanding of board services. I currently serve on the Executive Board of the Whatcom County Democrats and chair the Finance Committee. I have also worked with many non-profit boards in a professional capacity. I strongly believe in the role of a board member as an advocate for the organization and its constituents. In that capacity, I believe it is important to help spread the message of the organization to networks beyond their reach. I have strong experience in advocacy having volunteered with local non-profits like Community to Community and with my union, Public School Employees. Through the role of advocate in the community, I will also be an active listener to the community, and will bring those thoughts to the table as a representative of this community in conservations strategies for a positive impact on Whatcom County’s water systems, natural resources, and wildlife habitats.

I also bring a wealth of diverse experience in event management from planning fundraisers to poetry slams to youth soccer tournaments, in program planning and implementation under funding constraints, in bridge-building between diverse communities, and in financial oversite and guidance. If elected to the Board of Supervisors, I will be able to offer my expertise to the staff for their various event and program work.

2.  What do you think are the most pressing challenges facing farmers in their stewardship choices and how will you work with the District to address those challenges?

The Whatcom Conservation District is in a unique position to be a partner with farmers in helping with stewardship choices. They offer cost-share programs that encourage farmers to adopt conservation strategies. These cost-sharing and financial assistance programs help tackle the very first barrier facing farmers, which is how to implement conservation strategies without having a negative impact on an often unreliable bottom line. Many factors have an influence on yearly profits for farmers and planning for lean years can be a top priority over implementing conservation programs. With the District’s funding, these financial barriers are mitigated to encourage farmer participation. In addition, finding the time to develop and implement these programs can be challenging. With the District’s staff of experts available to help farmers with their plans, the District is able to help overcome that challenge as well. As a non-regulatory entity, farmers can feel comfortable approaching the District for their services. And through the District’s outreach efforts, such as the Small Farmer Expo and the Farm Speaker Series, the District takes every opportunity to educate farmers on available conservation programs and provide financial incentives to implement those strategies. If elected, I will advocate for the continuation of these programs as well as search for further opportunities to expand the District’s impact in Whatcom County.

3.  What do you think are the best approaches to protecting and restoring habitat, instream flows and water quality for salmon, steelhead, shellfish, and other organisms?

There are many approaches to protecting and restoring habitat, instream flows and water quality for salmon, steelhead, shellfish and other organisms. These programs include watershed management, water quality protection and restoration, estuary and floodplain habitat restoration, shoreline protection, efficient irrigation systems, proper manure storage facilities, streambank restoration, manure application risk management systems, and many more. The Whatcom Conservation District, as well as the Washington State Conservation Commission, offer several programs to assist land managers in their conservation strategies to help in these efforts. The best approaches are the ones that land owners are willing to follow through with and opt-in to be part of the solution. Our district offers expertise, planning assistance and cost sharing programs that include fish barrier removal, livestock waste management, streambank stabilization, and salmon habitat conservation. Often these programs aren’t sought out until a problem has been identified. Through my service on the board, I will help the District to motivate land owners and land managers to be proactive in utilizing these programs throughout Whatcom County. The best approaches involve partnerships so that many stakeholders are involved and help keep each other accountable in our roles to protect and improve our natural resources. Our district has been a strong partner in this process, including winning an Environmental Excellence Award last November. Unfortunately, I believe we have reached a critical juncture in which not one strategy will be the best solution. That is why I will be an advocate for expanding the programs and impact of the Conservation District. While their current programs and partnerships have had a positive impact on our water systems, I don’t believe we can allow for the status quo to continue. Significant progress needs to be made now before the damage is too great to be restored or recovered.

4. Describe your connections with the agricultural community in Whatcom County and how you will use those connections to support the District in their outreach efforts.

I live in the small farmhouse my grandfather built with his father in 1933, and where I spent most afternoons working with my grandparents on their farm. Currently, we harvest an annual organic hay crop on our farmlands which is used as feed by various farmers in our community. This deeply personal and historical connection to Whatcom County contributes to my dedication to preserving what we value most about living in such a beautiful, community-minded area. The economic interests of our farmers are vital to our community’s health, as are the environmental conservation measures that help preserve what we love about our County. The outreach efforts of the District are important in educating farmers, as well as the general public, in what efforts we can all make to have a positive impact on the health of our water systems, natural resources, and wildlife habitats. While it is the farming community that is most significantly served by the District, the District offers programs for all land owners and land managers in Whatcom County, from in-school educational programs to land owner programs such as soil testing and firewise programs. I have comprehensive experience in outreach efforts and strategies through other nonprofit work and if elected, will bring that experience to the Board of Supervisors as an active member in our community.

5. What will be your top three priorities if elected?

Among my priorities, if elected, will include being a progressive voice for Whatcom County on the Conservation Board. I will be an advocate for our environment and for the best conservation practices that will have a significant impact on protecting and restoring our natural resources. Our farming economy is vital to our overall economy, but I will bring an open mind and fresh perspective for new ideas in the conservation field. A top priority will be to advocate for the best programs that utilize taxpayer dollars to have the highest impact on conservation in Whatcom County. For example, and another priority, will be the Conservation District’s role in water quantity for Whatcom County. While the District’s long ranch plan includes working to encourage widespread adoption of water conservation practices on working farms and ranches, I believe these practices will be essential in tackling Whatcom County’s ongoing and growing issue of water quantity. I will advocate that the District prioritize these programs, many of which are available through the Washington State Conservation Commission’s water conservation programs such as the Irrigation Efficiencies Grant Program which offers financial incentives for upgrading to more efficient, water-saving irrigation systems. This will be essential to ensuring available water for all users in the system as well as protecting salmon habitats in our river. I will also prioritize advocating for the District to explore innovative approaches to conservation. I appreciate the District’s lagoon pasteurization pilot project, which makes potable water from liquid manure, and I look forward to further exploring the viability of such programs for Whatcom County. If elected to the Board of Supervisors, I will bring an eager energy to exploring new programs and creative solutions for farmers and land managers in their conservation strategies. It is imperative that we make significant strides now to protect and restore the quality of our water systems, natural resources, and wildlife habitats, without having a detrimental impact on the viability or economic prosperity of our important farming community.

Suzzi Snydar

1.What background, experience, and skills do you bring to support the Whatcom Conservation District in its mission to assist land managers with their conservation choices?

As a woman involved actively in the Agriculture Community for over 20 years, I have hands on knowledge of farming the land as well as working closely with the Conservation District through the services they provide land owners. I have found it a productive ,amicable working relationship . The staff at the Conservation District are extremely knowledgeable in their area of expertise. I work well with others and have been involved in Whatcom County Farm Bureau as well as the Portage Bay Partnership. As the “stewardship” and “Manure Manager” for our family farm I have worked closely with the Conservation District , Department of Ecology and USDA. I am an Advocate for the work they do for our community. I have volunteered with countless groups and service organizations throughout the years . I have managed several businesses through out the years , and have overseen large groups of employees and volunteers .

2.What do you think are the most pressing challenges facing farmers in their stewardship choices and how will you work with the District to address those challenges? 

Ask three producers in the Agriculture community and you will get three different answers. For our farm I would Say the perpetual hoop jumping . Let me explain my answer in general terms . Four years ago (approximately) we were working towards a solution of an issue we had on our farm . Conservation District was spearheading the efforts and going through the process of the solution coming to fruition on our farm. The Conservation District Employees had a magnificent solution . Many government agencies were on board and had given their approval and support of the solution. Conservation District, Dept. of Ecology, USDA, Whatcom County. And then after many hours invested in getting to this solution — A single Government Agency says — NO. A singular Agency had the ability to completely keep the solution from being put into place.

So challenging to be part of the process working towards a great solution and have it all be for naught. The layers and layers of regulations across many different agencies that in many industries is repetitive and redundant. It is important that land owners understand that the Conservation District is there for them. They are effective and have access to great tools and clear science .

Late this spring we will begin a large project on our farm that the Conservation District , USDA and Ecology have all been part of . We are excited to break ground and see their hard work and planning on a project come to life.

3.What do you think are the best approaches to protecting and restoring habitat, instream flows and water quality for salmon, steelhead, shellfish, and other organisms?  

It is not my job to define these practices independently . As I am sure you are aware this is a complex and complicated issue that has been  tweaked by special interest groups and there is  significant misinformation in the press on these issues.  As a supervisor  I see my position as one  to allow the paid staff for the District to utilize their knowledge in these practices as they identify solutions and practices to be put into place by land owners. In my role as a Supervisor I will support their efforts ,ask questions ,and coordinate assistance as needed from other Agency’s and groups.

4. Describe your connections with the agricultural community in Whatcom County and how you will use those connections to support the District in their outreach efforts.

As a vocal advocate for Agriculture , it is my desire to raise awareness to land owners of the voluntary,incentive -based programs available that increase their stewardship of their land and natural resources. Our family farm is a signer and partner in the Portage Bay Partnership, this alone models that working together towards resolutions we can accomplish solutions for many . We are involved in Custom Harvesting forage for many farmers in our county. This puts me in contact with many farmers on a continual basis. As a rural land owner I and business owner I frequently interact with citizens who own parcels of land that could be served by conservation district if they needed services or advice on how to steward their land.

5. What will be your top three priorities if elected?

  • Advocate for Best Management Practices for our County. We in Whatcom County have been blessed with beautiful plentiful resources , that provide food, fiber and energy, It is my desire to protect their contributions to the local economy.
  • Encourage and work toward no net loss of farm land in Whatcom County.
  • BE a positive voice for the work that the Conservation District does.


Event: Hope & Action with Senator Kevin Ranker and Chairman Timothy Ballew II

Join us for an inspirational and practical forum featuring state senator Kevin Ranker and Timothy Ballew II, chair of the Lummi Nation.

Senator Ranker will provide specific ideas for what each of us can do to stand up for our core values in the face of our current administration.  Ranker is clear:  there are core areas about which we cannot compromise:  women’s rights, minority rights, LGBTQ rights, access to quality education, reproductive health and choice, environmental protection.  Chairman Ballew will share opening words.

You’ll leave the presentation fired up, with a list of ideas for what you can do now to bring about positive change!  

This free event is co-sponsored by the Lummi Nation and Riveters Collective.

Date: Sunday, 19 March 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m.  Lobby doors open at 12:00, theater doors at 12:30
Location: Mount Baker Theatre
Tickets: This is not a ticketed event.  Attendance is free, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
R.S.V.P. To receive updates, r.s.v.p. to our Facebook event or check this page.
Accommodations: We plan to have an ASL interpreter.  Guests can also request assistive hearing devices from theatre ushers or staff.  The theatre has eight permanent wheelchair spots.
DONATE HERE: We met our fundraising goal, no more donations!

Senator Ericksen Recall Decision

March 2, 2017

42nd District Citizens Undaunted by Recall Decision

Bellingham, WA.

The citizen-led recall of Washington State Senator Doug Ericksen, D-42, was dismissed in court this morning with a finding of “insufficient grounds”.  In her decision, Whatcom Superior Court Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis confirmed that there is no standard expectation of service against which Washington State senators can be judged.  Senators are not required to do anything, and therefore cannot fail to meet the standard.  

“The performance of Sen. Ericksen in his duties as senator has to mean something,” Montoya-Lewis said. “But there’s no standard that’s laid out in the statutes. There’s no description. There’s no case law that indicates what ‘discharge of his duties under his oath of office’ means.”

Petitioners were disappointed to learn that the remedy of recall is not available when a senator so clearly and intentionally neglects the business of the senate and the work of representing the people of his district.

“It is astonishing to learn that our state senator can just decide not to do his job and there is literally no remedy available to us until he is up for re-election.  In my mind, showing up to work is a bi-partisan value”. Said Elizabeth Hartsoch of Riveters Collective.  “Finding sponsors for legislation to close this loophole is a clear path forward for us.  As is identifying a responsive and collaborative leader willing to take Senator Ericksen’s seat in the next election”.

Stephen Gockley, counsel for the petitioners, introduced evidence showing that in addition to his extensive record of meeting absences, Senator Ericksen has inappropriately claimed per diem payments of $120/day on days when he was demonstrably not working on senate business in any way.  He also argued that while occasional absences from meetings or votes are normal for senators, it is unprecedented for a senator to acknowledge a complete disengagement from senate business by declining per diem on so many days.  A timeline of Senator Ericksen’s 2017 legislative session attendance and per diem claims is available on the Riveters Collective website.

“I’m proud of this citizen led effort and the amazing response we’ve had by constituents”.  Said petitioner Michael Shepard.  “Nearly 3000 people have signed petitions, provided evidence, made calls and participated in this recall effort. We will continue to be engaged, seeking accountability and effective representation for the 42nd district.”

Petitioners intend to continue holding Senator Ericksen accountable, beginning with attendance at his town hall meeting on Saturday.


Recommended Local Actions for the Week of 20170227

Recommended Local Actions for the Week of 20170227

ACT TODAY: Support SB5501/HB1663 (Funding for Toxic Pollution Prevention and Cleanup)

Call or submit comment online to express your support for these important bills which will stabilize funding for preventing and controlling pollution and cleaning up toxic sites, including the Bellingham waterfront.

Funding to support toxics cleanup, as well as pollution prevention, in Washington state comes from a tax on hazardous substances – mostly petroleum products. With the drop in oil prices in recent years, there has been a significant shortfall in revenue to support cleanup. These bills will help stabilize funding by applying a modest surtax on hazardous substances when annual revenues fall below $160M.

  • Contact information
  • Suggested comment:

The voter-approved Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) has proven to be an effective means to clean up toxic waste sites, prevent toxic chemical pollution, and support communities to address toxics pollution threats. However, the state has lost an estimated $375 million in MTCA funding over the last three years, and the tax must be stabilized to keep Washington on track in reducing harmful pollution.

Thankfully, the legislature is considering HB 1663/SB 5501, which would:

  • Stabilize funding for cleaning up toxic sites, preventing and controlling pollution, and ensuring communities have a voice in reducing threats from toxic pollution.
  • Apply a modest and temporary surcharge on the state hazardous substance tax, which would generate an estimated $50 million over the next two years and help address a $70 million budget shortfall.
  • Allow for more predictability in the state budget process and provides reliability for local communities that depend on these dollars to improve public health and the environment.
  • Help maintain funding for critical state environmental programs that benefit all corners of the state.

I urge you to support HB 1663/SB 5501 so we can protect our communities from risks we face today and keep us safe for years to come. Thank you for considering my comments, and I look forward to your response.

Comment in Support of Extending Solar Incentives

Seen all the solar panels popping up on local roofs lately?  This phenomena is due largely to a three-pronged state/federal incentive program which provides tax credit, banking of excess production, and production payments which are much higher if you buy Washington-made equipment.  The state incentives that began several years ago will expire in June of 2020.  All along, the idea has been that legislators would revise the program based on experiences and then introduce new legislation to extend it with improvements.  Unfortunately, they have failed in at least a couple of attempts to do so, and now we are staring down the expiration of incentives in 3 years.  In my amateur reading, the new legislation steps down production payments, changes the requirements around community solar installations, removes the requirement of owning the building and land, changes the funding cap, and a few more administrative details.  

Contact information

Attend the Recall Hearing for Senator Doug Ericksen

Thursday, March 2nd at 8:30am, Whatcom County Superior Court.  We will provide further guidance later this week.  Please refer to our post on this for updates.

Thank Jay Inslee for Executive Order on Immigration

It’s that time of the week again, time to call Jay Inslee and say thanks.  Washington will not participate in civil immigration raids. Read about it in the Seattle Times and the Stranger.

From the Calendar

Monday 27 Feb, 6pm, Candlelight vigil – Immigration enforcement

Monday 27 Feb, 7pm (but come at 6:15 for trading cards), Family Council Night at Bellingham City Council meeting

Saturday 4 March, 3-5pm, Riveters Collective Meeting and Social

SAVE THE DATE: 3/7/17, 6pm.  Whatcom County Council Special Presentation on the Hirst Decision.

In the Hirst decision, the Court ruled that Whatcom County, in issuing building permits with permit-exempt wells as water source, failed to comply with GMA requirements in protecting water resources.  Whatcom County Council has scheduled a special presentation on the issue at their 3/7 meeting, where they will show a 20-minute video, ask questions of state and local water experts, and hold a public hearing on a proposed interim ordinance.  More information here.


Senator Ericksen’s Attendance Record

Senator Ericksen Accountability Project Update


By law, the recall happens in several steps, we have completed step 1 and are awaiting step 2. 

  1. File charges (done, full text at the end of this post)
  2. Charges are heard in the Whatcom County Superior Court on March 2nd at 8:30 am with Judge Montoya-Lewis.  Here is a map.  You can attend, though the space is limited to about 50 people.  The hearing will be recorded and we can request a copy of the video from the clerk.
  3. If the recall clears the Superior Court hurdle (a very high bar), we collect 25k signatures from registered 42nd district voters.
  4. If we collect all the signatures the recall will be on the ballot in November of 2017.
  5. If Senator Ericksen is recalled, the 42nd district Republican Precinct Committee Officers nominate three choices for replacement.  Whatcom County Council selects one of the three choices to serve as our senator for the remainder of the term.


  1. Our town hall meeting invitation was hand-delivered to Senator Ericksen’s staff on Monday, February 20th.  Whether or not he accepts our invitation, we will hold a town hall meeting to discuss issues and our efforts to hold Senator Ericksen accountable.  You can help with this effort.
    Sign the RC town hall invitation.
  2. Use Twitter to encourage Senator Ericksen to schedule a meeting with his constituents.  Sample tweet:  Dear @Doug_Ericksen 42nd constituents kindly request a town hall meeting with you in March before the session ends, please respond here #waleg
  3. Message Senator Ericksen on Facebook to encourage him to set up a town hall meeting with his constituents. His Facebook page no longer accepts posts, so message is the best option.

Earlier updates and actions in this post.
Press coverage of 42nd district efforts.

Charges Filed:
“To whom it may concern,
Pursuant to The Washington State Constitution and RCW 29A.56.110, citizens of the 42nd Legislative District (hereafter “petitioners”) respectfully request recall of Washington State Senator Doug Ericksen. The attached brief supports these charges.
The Petitioners allege that Senator Ericksen is subject to recall due to misfeasance and a failure to faithfully perform a duty imposed by law. Senator Ericksen committed misfeasance by failing to attend over 75-percent of his committee meetings, failing to attend meetings for bills he’s submitted, and failing to be present for constituent feedback. Moreover, Senator Ericksen failed to faithfully perform a duty imposed by the law by violating the Washington State Constitution. Specifically, Senator Ericksen is prohibited under the constitution from accepting a managerial position in the federal Executive Branch while maintaining an elected position in the state Legislative Branch.
Clearly, Senator Ericksen is not able to provide the time and attention to the important matters of Washington State or the 42nd District while working on a significant administrative transfer at the EPA. Senator Ericksen’s inability to perform the basic duties of a state senator demonstrates that holding two offices on two sides of the country is incompatible with his duties. Therefore, we are petitioning his recall”.

Town Hall Invitation for Senator Ericksen

February 15, 2017

Senator Doug Ericksen
PO Box 748
Ferndale, WA 98248


Dear Senator Ericksen,

Your constituents in Washington’s 42nd legislative district would very much like to speak with you regarding bills under consideration in the current legislative session.  We request a town hall meeting in March in Ferndale at a venue which can accommodate your constituents signed below.  Please let us know if you are available on Saturday March 4th, 11th, 18th or 25th.  If none of these Saturdays works for you, please advise on an alternate date which fits your schedule.  

Kindly respond before March 1st so we can make the necessary arrangements.  Thank you for your prompt attention.


Riveters Collective, and your constituents named below.

Elizabeth Hartsoch
Lisa Van Doren
Judy Pratt
Ramona Abbott
Katie Horne
Jamie Douglass
Andronetta Douglass
Steve Sinderson
Anna Blick
Ronna Loerch
Elizabeth Isaly
Alina Zollfrank
Nancy Brewster
James Mason
todd koetje
Marissa McGrath
Erin Kelly
Victor Valadez
Brad Stone
Eowyn Savela
Jim DeLaHunt
Leah Veldhuisen
Alisa Sachs
Robert Lundquist
Mary Metzger
Amanda Fickeisen
Adrienne Renz
Erin Welch
Nellie Korn
Jennifer Hunt
Heather Ludwig
Meryle A. Korn
Michael Shepard
Catherine Hull
Jaime Arnett
Christine Smith
Olivia Slama
Steve Hinton
Allen Stockbridge
Zakiah Avallah
Noel Evans
Laura Norton
Linda Magee
Thomas Wilmore
Josh wiederhold
Mike Hovander
Wendy Courtemanche
Peter Horne
Sharon Wood
Samantha Morrow
Patricia Rolstad
Suzanne Wittman
Meagan Harris
B Alten
Wendy Fanello
Darcie Nielsen
Tammy Bennett
Jennifer Seltz
Julie Peterson
Kristina Van Ness
John D’Onofrio
Alexis Blue
Kathleen Vielhaber
Robert Jones
Julie Whitacre
Mark Geri
Anne Richardson
Emily Ackerland
Gregory Conway
Jessica Raymond
Blanche Bybee
Jennifer Hampton
Charles Storrs
Christopher Stamback
Leanne Stogsdill
Tracy Reilly
Michele Brown
Warren Wilkins
Kate Blystone
Cameron Munro
Dee Purnell
Michele Brown
Mike Purnell
Wendy Czopp
Sarah Neugebauer
Susan Hemingson
Jill MacIntyre Witt
Steve Ganz
Caprice Teske
Susan Marks
Celeste Monke
Ed Love
Clint lively
Jacqueline Caplan-Auerbach
Juli Evangelista
Mary Pfundt
Suzanne Gray
Lisa Blum
Carl Lingbloom
Angry Voter
tom weathers
Jean Scribner
Sharon Robinson
Cheryl Marier
Gayle Babcock
Talitha Jones
Susan Mulligan
Brian Mulligan
Kristen Rothman
Helena Quigley
Chloe Kim
Carole Johnston
Megen Porter
Judy C. Anderson
Doug and Sandy Carpenter
Julie Hunter
Jason Skipper
Bernard Housen
Lindsay Sanders
Sandy Robson
Pamela Miller
Lorena Shah
Charles Law
Carla Willis
Deanna Zipp
Hayley Lawson
Danne Neill
Sharon Allen
Elizabeth Combs
Amy Pashov
Stefan Pashov
Tammy Alejandre
Brenda Bryce
Nicole Chang
Amy Glasser
Sharon Shewmake
Suzann Dale Hong
Sarah Updike
Jen miller
Shandeen Gemanis
Laura Wood
Katherine Davidson
Doug Starcher
Victoria Souze
Mary Lou Steward
Jenny Spurgin
Sean Spurgin
Roger Murphy
Jessica petersen
Lisa Pool
Deborah Genge
Deron Belt
Melissa Lange
Erica McCurdy
Jason McCurdy
Paula Rotondi
Pete Stelling
Susan Hunt
Karen Price
Kathleen Rielly
Cynthia Geri
Melissa Reimer
Catherine Armstrong Soule
Denise Marshall
Jaymie Johnston
Patrice Holodnick
Robin Wallbridge
Lydia McClaran
Melissa Miner
Magenta Pierrot
Mary Alden
Anitra Accetturo
Stephen Jackson
Sara Holodnick
Abigail Goldman
Abby koehler
Elizabeth Darrow
Linda Finch
Kelly Abbott
Gordana Curgus
Bryce Beamish
Treasure Samuel
Virginia Malmquist
Jerry Schuster
Jasmine Goodnow
ronnie mitchell
jackie webley
Elizabeth Stephan
Laura Steiger
Beth Schivitz
Ellen Barnes
Ann Wales
Traci Hahn
Patricia Perez
Arynn McKenzie
Rachel Lawson
Lisa Geraghty
Cindy Madigan
Katie Brown
Alison Rositzke
jeff mcgrath
Hannah Ellis
Geneva Elizabeth Graham
Judy Pratt
Lindsay Anderson
Alexander McIntyre
Loretta Sheldon
Barry G Herman
Wyoming McKenzie
Linda T Avinger
Ed Malick
Amanda Stohl
Jeff Porter
Jeralyn Heil
Rosalind Spitzer
Jason Rudd
Benny Brooke
Kim Brooke
David Golus
Kim Brooke
Senna Towner
Roberta North
Jan Kessel
Jan and David Kessel
Anna Evans
Leigh woody
Michael Naselow
Oona Cava
Susan Tommervik
Rachel Munroe
Christine Heintz
Raena Anderson
Carolyn Nielsen
Jayme Curley
Eric Vernon
Mark Mackiewicz
Michelle Hughes
Warren Tobey
Jennifer Hoover
Sam Main
Shannon Parsons
Jeremy Spidle
Judith Culver
Jill cotton
sSyan Parker
Kelli Gauthier
Sandra Randall
Sharon Belk-Krebs
Jennifer Nevarez
Lorena Havens
Rowena M Donelson
Darcy carlson
Megan Lee
Peggy Stewart
Jim Stewart
Christine Gerhold
Colleen Winters
Helen Campbell
Julia kerl
Patricia Gilbertson
Abigail Atkins
James Kelly
Laurie Bomstad Heck
Samantha Dennison
Kathryn Rismondo
Courtney Jensen
Scott Jensen
J. Decker
Yangjee Gaines
Laurie Decker
Brian Cishecki
Nancy Mullane
Laura Abernathy
Laura Allen
Elizabeth Harris
Mikkel Hong
Alice M Brown
Kate Newell
Maialisa Vanyo
Jill Segel
Addie Candib
Carl Davis
Jonathan Raney
Nancy Brewster
Lucy Morse
Paul Englesberg
Linda Pace
Kelsey Severson
Emily Ackerland
Susan Croft
Larry Croft
Alyson Indrunas
Cory Blackwood
wynne lee
Kayleigh Somers
Ellen Clothier
Nancy Brewster
Mary Alden
Eileen Herring
Dirk Vermeeren
Kathy Vermeeren
Monique Kerman
Michael Crum
Sara Holliday
Ruth Bullock
Louann Chapman
Danna Zelenka
Edward Malick
Brenda Bryce
Elizabeth Sheinkopf
Kim Carlton
Mary Worobec
Steven Hendricksen
Alys Kennedy
Chloe Wilson
Tracy Wainwright
Cynthia Camlin
Stephanie Korn
Scarlet Tang
Michael Maudlin
Kathie Hagwell
Janet Needler
Mikyn Sygitowicz
Katrina Lyon
Thomas J Wilmore
Tammy Bennett
Cheryl Greathouse
Sylvia Hayden
Carol Mitchell
Lisa Meucci
Laura Ridenour
Amy Pashov
Stefan Pashov
Matt Petryni
Bonnie Southcott
Darlene Giblin
Jean Westgate
Alison Boudle
Katherine Novak
Jeannine Heidenreich
alison pabst
karen fisher
Ray poorman
Katie Cassidy
Veronica Wisniewski
Andrea Thach, MD
Dana Beatty
Susan Hansen
Rob Knode
Patricia Keene
Dave King
Merrie Copeland
Tom Copeland
Denis Foster
Renee Gayden
Ginny Snowe
Katherin Mitchell
Dean Wight
Judy Sande
Kimberly Davis
Sharon kettells
Renee Ragsdale
Inga Drechsel
Angela cook
Colleen Coyne
Cheryl Greathouse
Lance Belka
Ed Hoban
Maddie Bishop
Celeste Monke
Roberta Suhadolnik
Wendy Courtemanche
Shelly Lyon
Linda Gregory
Catharine Larocque
Debra Anderson -Frey
Elizabeth Kilanowski
Roberta North
Lane Morgan
Beth Basabe
Ann Moore
Rick Moore
Gracelin Moore
Nigel Moore
Elizabeth Vignali
bonnie O’connor
Rhiannon Troutman

Press – Doug Ericksen Recall

Here you will find press regarding 42nd District Senator Doug Ericksen and controversies surrounding his dual jobs in both Olympia and at the EPA in Washington, DC. Media coverage has grown to the national level. Keep up the good work! If you know of articles or letters not listed here, please let us know and we will add them. The following links are listed by category in chronological order.

Articles and Editorials

1/25/17 Cascadia Weekly

1/31/17 Seattle Times

1/31/17 Bellingham Herald

2/1/17 Seattle Times

2/1/17 Lynden Tribune

2/1/17 KOMO4 

2/1/17 Tacoma News Tribune 

2/1/17 Seattle PI

2/2/17 Bellingham Herald

2/2/17 KUOW

2/2/17 The Olympian

2/2/17 Washington Democrats (press release)

2/6/17 Tacoma News Tribune

2/6/17 Washington Post

2/8/17 Seattle Weekly

2/8/17 Tacoma News Tribune

2/8/17 The Stranger (mention in SLOG)

2/8/17 Lynden Tribune

2/9/17 Northern Light

2/9/17 The Stranger (mention in SLOG)

2/10/17 Bellingham Herald

2/10/17 KGMI

2/10/17 KOMO4

2/10/17 Q13Fox

2/10/17 The Olympian (this is an AP story)

2/10/17 The News Tribune (AP story)

2/15/17 Seattle PI

2/15/17 Bellingham Herald

2/15/17 KAFE 104.1

2/22/17 Cascadia Weekly

2/22/17 Real Change News

2/27/17 Q13 Fox

2/27/17 Spokesman Review

2/27/17 Lynden Tribune

3/1/17 Whatcom Watch

3/1/17 – Cascadia Weekly

3/1/17 – Bellingham Herald

3/1/17 Lynden Tribune

3/2/17 KPUG

3/3/17 KPUG

3/3/17 Q13 Fox

3/3/17 Bellingham Herald

3/3/17 All Point Bulletin

3/3/17 KISM

3/4/17 Seattle PI

3/4/17 Centralia Chronicle (AP Story)

3/4/17 Bellingham Herald

3/4/17 KPUG

3/4/17 Northwest Citizen

3/5/17 Crosscut

3/7/17 New York Times (brief mention of Ericksen on EPA staff and climate change denier)

3/8/17 Cascadia Weekly

3/8/17 Bellingham Herald

3/8/17 Lynden Tribune

3/9/17 KGMI

3/16/17 Seattle PI

3/16/17 The News Tribune

3/16/17 Oregon Public Broadcasting

Letters to the Editor

1/26/17 Seattle Times

1/26/17 Bellingham Herald Online (listed for week of 1/26)

1/29/17 Bellingham Herald – three letters printed in Sunday paper. Working on getting online link.

2/1/17 Lynden Tribune

2/1/17 Northern Light

2/1/17 Cascadia Weekly (archived issue, 2 LTE)

2/2/17 Bellingham Herald Online (listed for week of 2/2)

2/15/17 Cascadia Weekly (archived issue, 1 LTE)

2/15/17 Northern Light

2/22/17 Cascadia Weekly (archived issue, 2 LTE)

3/1/17 Cascadia Weekly (archived issue, 2 LTE)

3/8/17 Cascadia Weekly (archived issue, 3 LTE)

3/15/17 Cascadia Weekly (archived issue, 2 LTE, plus correction from Doug)


Support Congressman Larsen’s bill on the National Security Council!

February 1st, Representative Rick Larsen is/was scheduled to introduce a bill which would make the Director of National Intelligence and the Joint Chiefs of Staff permanent members of the National Security Council. This is exactly the kind of bold leadership we want from our legislators!

Call Rick Larsen’s office:
Bellingham 360-733-4500
Everett 425-252-3188
DC (202) 225-2605

Talking Points:
1) You support Larsen’s bill to make the Director of National Intelligence and the Joint Chiefs of Staff permanent members of the National Security Council.
2) You do not agree with Bannon’s appointment to the National Security Council.
3) Thank Rick Larsen for his leadership in this issue.

Alternatively, if you cannot call, you can email his office on the contact us page here:

The bill does not have a name or a number yet. Representative Larsen tweeted about the bill:

This bill would make the Director of National Intelligence and the Joint Chief’s of Staff permanent members of the National Security Council.

Why this is important: Over the weekend, Donald Trump elevated Steve Bannon, a non-elected official with no military experience, to the National Security Council and made the Director of National Intelligence and Joint Chief’s of Staff optional to attend meetings.
The impact of this is to make the National Security Council more political and removes experienced voices of reason from this group.

Representative Larsen has released his ‘Dear Colleague’ letter to ask for support from his fellow House Representatives. Currently Representative Murphy is writing a similar bill. Both bills will go to committee – most likely the House Armed Services Committee which Larsen serves on. We will be able to see what the bill does tomorrow on this page:

The National Security Council is committee is a Cabinet-level group of agencies focused on national security that was established by President George H. W. Bush in 1989. To date, every version of the Committee has included the Joint Chiefs chairman and the director of the CIA or, once it was established, the head of the Director of National Intelligence. Bannon’s appointment is a major break with tradition and makes a traditionally a-political committee extremely political. The National Security Council is run by National Security Adviser Michael Flynn who himself has had plenty of controversy of late, mostly involving ill-advised comments his son has made and his close ties with Russia and specifically Putin.