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  • State makes third try at carbon fee and gas tax increase
    by jhazel on February 22, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    Proposal by state lawmakers would raise billions in transportation funds for ferries, highways, and culverts The post State makes third try at carbon fee and gas tax increase appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Video released by police shows person in alley behind Hohl building before fire
    on February 22, 2019 at 12:10 AM

    A day after saying Monday morning’s devastating Hohl Feed & Seed fire started under suspicious circumstances in the alley behind the historic downtown building, Bellingham Police on Thursday released surveillance … Click to Continue » […]

  • Security camera videos capture ‘person of interest’ in Bellingham fire
    on February 22, 2019 at 12:06 AM

    Bellingham Police are trying to identify a "person of interest" seen in this security camera footage before a fire destroyed the historic Hohl Feed & Seed store early Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. … Click to Continue » […]

  • More snow on the way for Whatcom County? You’ve got to be kidding
    on February 21, 2019 at 10:59 PM

    Get ready for round — what is it now? six or so — of snow this weekend as another storm from the Gulf of Alaska meets frigid air from British … Click to Continue » […]

  • Sports Roundup 2/12/19-2/19/19
    by Andrew McClain on February 21, 2019 at 10:52 PM

    Junior forward Trevor Jasinsky has hit 130 free throws this season while shooting 88.4 percent from the line. // Photo by Claudia Cooper By Alex Barnes Women’s Basketball Women’s basketball found itself with a two-game winning streak this week after the Vikings beat the Saint […]

  • Women’s basketball wins back-to-back games.
    by Andrew McClain on February 21, 2019 at 10:37 PM

    Sophomore guard Emma Duff went 5-6 from the free throw line against SPU, helping the Vikings post an impressive 90.0 percent shooting percentage from the line for the game. // Claudia Cooper By Sarah Nichols and Mitch Farley The Western women’s basketball team defended their home […]

  • Anderson makes strides as Whatcom County baller.
    by Andrew McClain on February 21, 2019 at 10:19 PM

    Leif Anderson’s efficient passing and shooting this season have made him a staple of the team’s offense. // Oliver Hamlin By Alex Barnes There are few qualities in sports more important than an athlete’s competitive nature, and to coaches, teammates and family members […]

  • Mount Baker hosts annual international race
    by Andrew McClain on February 21, 2019 at 10:05 PM

    Athletes from around the world came to compete in the Legendary Banked Slalom. // Photo by Hannah Gordon-Kirk By Hannah Gordon-Kirk Race fans witnessed several of the world’s top snowboarders battling each other and Baker’s elements in the final Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom […]

  • ‘Give us a little time to do the investigation,’ BFD says after another alley fire
    on February 21, 2019 at 9:03 PM

    A city still reeling from the loss of a historic downtown landmark building fire less than three days earlier had another, much smaller fire started in an alley just a … Click to Continue » […]

  • Fire officials investigating dumpster fire in Bellingham alley
    on February 21, 2019 at 8:59 PM

    Fire officials say they are investigating a fire in an alley near a parking garage in downtown Bellingham, Washington early Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. … Click to Continue » […]

  • Western’s first Black student, Alma Clark
    by Julia Berkman on February 21, 2019 at 8:41 PM

    By Alisha Dixon On January 29, 1906, Alma Clark, Western’s first Black student, arrived on campus. Clark came to campus at what was then called the State Normal School, accompanied by her brother. The Morning Olympian reported that Clark’s appearance “caused no end of commotion […]

  • Dems’ proposed public records bill is dead
    by Brent Lindquist on February 21, 2019 at 6:23 PM

    Senator pulls bill exempting Legislature, but Republicans may try another By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau   OLYMPIA — A proposal to provide exemptions to the Public Records Act for the Legislature is dead, according to bill sponsor Jamie Pederson, D-Seattle. […]

  • Port, Lummis reach pact to go forward on
    by Brent Lindquist on February 21, 2019 at 6:22 PM

    Understanding ties together traditions and current needs on shorelines   WHATCOM — The Port of Bellingham and Lummi Nation have reached what they call a “landmark agreement” setting the stage for a new era of cooperation and economic growth.   The agreement […]

  • State senators aim to create self-harm hotline
    by Brent Lindquist on February 21, 2019 at 6:21 PM

    Hotline would receive reports of potential self-harm and criminal acts; proposed bill seeks to improve suicide prevention in Washington By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau   OLYMPIA ­— Lawmakers are considering creating a hotline designated for reports of potential […]

  • Kathryn Gimmaka
    by Brent Lindquist on February 21, 2019 at 6:20 PM

      Kathryn Mae Gimmaka of Everson went to be with her Savior on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.   Kay was born in Yakima, Washington, on March 9, 1923, to Carl and Clara Stave. Shortly after marrying Everett Gimmaka on Nov. 13, 1941, they moved to Seattle. They were married for 68 years […]

  • Elmer Nymeyer
    by Brent Lindquist on February 21, 2019 at 6:14 PM

      Elmer R. Nymeyer was born to Marinus and Gezina (Gelms) Nymeyer in their Lynden home on July 23, 1929. He was the oldest of six children and was taught the truths of the Christian faith and a strong work ethic as he grew up working on the family farm.   He attended Ebenezer […]

  • Nellie Campbell
    by Brent Lindquist on February 21, 2019 at 6:14 PM

      Nellie Campbell passed away in Bellingham on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, at the age of 98.   Funeral arrangements are pending with Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services. The post Nellie Campbell appeared first on Ferndale Record. […]

  • Dena Fishbourne
    by Brent Lindquist on February 21, 2019 at 6:13 PM

      Dena E. Fishbourne, age 95, beloved mother and grandmother, went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 5, 2019, surrounded by loving family.   Dena was born Oct. 26, 1923, to Lambert and Lena Combee. She was preceded in death by her parents and four sisters Jennie Newell, Annie […]

  • Nora Sischo
    by Brent Lindquist on February 21, 2019 at 6:13 PM

      Nora Sischo, age 71, of Lynden, passed away quietly on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, with her loving husband by her side.   Nora and Neal were drawn to the Lynden area three years ago because of Nora’s love of watching the local eagles and their nesting habitats. Nora will be […]

  • Benjamin Knight
    by Brent Lindquist on February 21, 2019 at 6:12 PM

      Benjamin Trevore Knight joyfully entered Heaven on Jan. 15, 2019, and met his Savior, Jesus Christ, face to face. He joined his wife, Elma, after 21 years apart.   Ben was born on May 17, 1919, to Charles LaVerne Knight and Maude Irene (King) in Maple Falls. He joined three […]

  • Learning all about bees
    by Brent Lindquist on February 21, 2019 at 6:03 PM

    The post Learning all about bees appeared first on Ferndale Record. […]

  • Washington may pass law raising smoking age to 21
    by jhazel on February 21, 2019 at 5:01 PM

    New bill moving through the legislature would make it illegal for anyone under 21 to purchase tobacco or vape products The post Washington may pass law raising smoking age to 21 appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • New rescue aircraft takes flight in Western Washington
    by jhazel on February 21, 2019 at 4:45 PM

    Life Flight Network opens a base in Port Angeles at the William Fairchild International Airport The post New rescue aircraft takes flight in Western Washington appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Commercial flights set to begin in Everett
    by jhazel on February 21, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    With FAA approval finally coming through Alaska Airlines and United Airlines will begin operations at Paine Field in March The post Commercial flights set to begin in Everett appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Alaska Ferry future uncertain with budget cut proposal
    by jhazel on February 21, 2019 at 3:21 PM

    Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy's budget proposal would reportedly cut the transportation system's funding by 75% The post Alaska Ferry future uncertain with budget cut proposal appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • BTC cosmetology salon opens for services to public
    by ehamann on February 21, 2019 at 1:49 PM

    Bellingham Technical College’s cosmetology program is now open to the public for hair appointments. To celebrate, the school is offering a $3 shampoo and blowout special in February. The salon is also offering color for $30, perms starting ata $38, manicures and pedicures starting at $9, […]

  • Young woman dies in rollover crash on Mt. Baker Highway
    by jhazel on February 21, 2019 at 1:48 PM

    Investigators believe that the car driving west of Glacier was going too fast for the conditions and spun out The post Young woman dies in rollover crash on Mt. Baker Highway appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Rep. Shewmake sponsors law to require info on energy sources
    by jhazel on February 21, 2019 at 1:20 PM

    The new 42nd District Representative's first bill "Concerning the disclosure of attributes of electricity products" receives unanimous approval in the House The post Rep. Shewmake sponsors law to require info on energy sources appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • There’s still lead in water at schools in Whatcom County, new report shows. How worrisome is it?
    on February 21, 2019 at 1:00 PM

    Traces of lead have been found in schools statewide, including ones in Whatcom County, according to a new report released Wednesday. The report was conducted by advocacy group Environment Washington, … Click to Continue » […]

  • Bellingham hypnotist and business owner releases book
    by ehamann on February 21, 2019 at 12:50 PM

    A Bellingham hypnotist and business owner released a book earlier this month. Erika Flint launched “Can You Be a Hypnotist?” on Feb. 14. The book addresses common misconceptions about hypnosis, explores the personality traits that hypnotherapists share, and features stories of people […]

  • TV shows you should all be checking out right about now
    by Emily Erskine on February 21, 2019 at 3:03 AM

    Illustration by Shannon DeLurio By Tris Anderson Letterkenny “Letterkenny” is a Canadian comedy based in the fictional small town of Letterkenny, Ontario. The show follows siblings Wayne and Katy, who own a small farm and produce stand, and their two friends, Daryl and Squirrelly Dan. […]

  • With Alaska budget cuts looming, Bellingham could lose longtime ferry route
    on February 21, 2019 at 2:31 AM

    Budget cuts are on the minds of Alaska state legislators, and that could mean bad news for Bellingham. Last week the Anchorage Daily News reported that the governor’s budget proposal … Click to Continue » […]

  • Fire department, BPD determine suspicious circumstances in start of Hohl fire
    by Dante Koplowitz-Fleming on February 21, 2019 at 1:53 AM

    Hohl Feed and Seed caught fire early Monday morning. // Photo by Zoe Deal By Zoe Buchli According to a statement released by the Bellingham Fire Department on Wednesday, Feb. 20, an investigative team has determined the fire at Hohl Feed and Seed that started early Monday morning [...] The post […]

  • Giving prisoners serving life sentences a chance for release is a good idea
    on February 21, 2019 at 12:49 AM

    Admittedly, it’s a very difficult conversation to have. It’s also a necessary one. If you needed proof of the former, a Valentine’s Day convening of the state Senate’s Law and … Click to Continue » […]

  • Crossword puzzle answers: February 21-27
    by The Northern Light on February 20, 2019 at 11:35 PM

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  • Letters to the Editor: February 21-27, 2019
    by The Northern Light on February 20, 2019 at 11:31 PM

    The Editor: Thanks Harriett Lenardson for your letter regarding Birch Bay Drive. About time someone spoke up. I moved up here from Arizona and rented a condo by the bay. I had to laugh at the 25 mph sign, as all types of vehicles didn’t even get close. After I bought my condo, I had […]

  • John Sand
    by The Northern Light on February 20, 2019 at 11:29 PM

    June 11, 1942 – February 11, 2019 John Sand was born in Whatcom County on June 11, 1942 to parents Agnes Jakobsdottir and Einar Evan Sand. He passed away peacefully from CNS Lymphoma on February 11, 2019. He has been a long-time resident of Blaine. His mother immigrated from Iceland, and his […]

  • Blaine Police Department reports: February 3-14
    by The Northern Light on February 20, 2019 at 11:21 PM

    February 3, 3:28 a.m.: Officers responded to a residential alarm. Officers found a front door open and tool marks on the door. Officers searched the house and did not find anyone inside and the residence appeared undisturbed. The homeowners were notified. February 3, 3:03 p.m.: Blaine police were […]

  • Police say Hohl fire started under suspicious circumstances
    by lmurphy on February 20, 2019 at 11:20 PM

    The Monday morning fire destroyed the historic feed store in downtown Bellingham and harmed several animals The post Police say Hohl fire started under suspicious circumstances appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Representative Shewmake’s first bill focuses on electricity disclosure
    by The Northern Light on February 20, 2019 at 11:10 PM

    By Jami Makan State representative Sharon Shewmake (D-Bellingham) has sponsored legislation that would help utilities keep track of their energy sources and disclose them more clearly to consumers. Shewmake’s first bill as Whatcom County’s new state representative is House Bill 1428, […]

  • Congresswoman to host community forum
    by The Northern Light on February 20, 2019 at 11:09 PM

    U.S. congresswoman Suzan DelBene will be hosting a community forum in Blaine on Saturday, February 23. The forum will take place at Blaine City Hall, 435 Martin Street, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and is open to the public. If anyone has questions, requires special accommodations or is in need of […]

  • Real estate firm plans to donate to local charities
    by The Northern Light on February 20, 2019 at 11:09 PM

    By Jami Makan A new real estate firm in Blaine plans to donate a percentage of its commissions to local charities. Peace Arch Real Estate, founded by Steve and Julia Mullenix about one year ago, plans to donate five percent of its commissions to local charities including the Blaine Food Bank, the […]

  • Student musicians heading to state competition
    by The Northern Light on February 20, 2019 at 11:07 PM

    Three students from Blaine High School recently performed at a regional solo and ensemble festival. The festival, sponsored by the San Juan Music Educators Association, took place at Bellingham High School on January 26. Timothy Schrader, a senior, performed a tuba solo. Sydney Thrall, a junior, […]

  • Louws announces he won’t pursue third term as county executive
    by The Northern Light on February 20, 2019 at 11:06 PM

    By Gwen Roley Whatcom County executive Jack Louws has announced that he will not be seeking re-election. Louws’ term ends in January 2020. When he leaves office, he’ll have served as county executive for eight years. The primary election for the next county executive will be in August […]

  • Investigation shows Hohl fire may have started by ‘an intentional or careless act’
    on February 20, 2019 at 11:05 PM

    Monday morning’s fire that destroyed Hohl Feed & Seed in downtown Bellingham was started outside in the alley under suspicious circumstances, according to an investigation team from the Bellingham Police … Click to Continue » […]

  • Aidan Button’s second place finish leads Blaine at Mat Classic
    by The Northern Light on February 20, 2019 at 11:05 PM

    By Oliver Lazenby After a season of top finishes, Blaine senior Aidan Button wrestled all the way to the finals match in the state championship at the Tacoma Dome on February 16. His second place finish at 152 pounds led the Borderites to an 11th place team finish. Though he lost by pin in t […]

  • Students concerned about campus safety following snow days
    by Julia Berkman on February 20, 2019 at 9:51 PM

    Photo by Esther Chong By Esther Chong Following three days of heavy snowfall over the second weekend of February, students were worried about whether or not they would be able to attend classes on campus. Now, students are looking ahead to see how Western will handle heavy snowfall [...] The post […]

  • Stabbed with love; Flash sale paints Bellingham
    by Emma Kivlin on February 20, 2019 at 8:31 PM

    Photo by Stella Harvey By Stella Harvey Despite the slushy snow collecting on either side of the sidewalk, the bustling lobby of Old School Tattoo and Piercing welcomed visitors to its Valentine’s Day Flash tattoo event. Instead of the walls being covered in flash tattoos sheets, or pre-drawn […]

  • Pinky Vargas announces run for Bellingham Mayor
    by Joe Teehan on February 20, 2019 at 8:27 PM

    Vargas lost a close challenge to State Senator Doug Ericksen in 2018 The post Pinky Vargas announces run for Bellingham Mayor appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Here’s what remains of Hohl Feed & Seed
    on February 20, 2019 at 8:18 PM

    Fire officials said the fire that destroyed Hohl Feed & Seed in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, was not accidental and likely was caused by a person. … Click to Continue » […]