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  • Relief available for local farmers, ranchers affected by drought
    by lmurphy on September 28, 2020 at 10:05 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Drought-stricken farmers who were forced to sell their livestock may have The post Relief available for local farmers, ranchers affected by drought appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Construction work may impact traffic this week
    by Kathi O'Shea on September 28, 2020 at 2:30 PM

    Traffic impacts are possible in Birch Bay, at the Bakerview and Northwest intersection, on Mosquito Lake Road, and the Lummi Island Ferry The post Construction work may impact traffic this week appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Second orca calf born in J-Pod
    by Kathi O'Shea on September 28, 2020 at 2:18 PM

    The sighting was made in Canadian waters and they'll have to wait until the whales return before they determine the new baby's sex or condition The post Second orca calf born in J-Pod appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Accused child rapist released on bond
    by Kathi O'Shea on September 28, 2020 at 2:08 PM

    Jacob D. Yeubanks was charged with 1st degree child rape, molestation and incest after a reported incident at a home on Deer Creek Place in Ferndale in 2016 The post Accused child rapist released on bond appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Snow and ripe huckleberries: Hannegan Pass on Sunday
    by mflittie on September 28, 2020 at 12:47 PM

    First hints of the winter weather to come in Mount Baker National Forest were The post Snow and ripe huckleberries: Hannegan Pass on Sunday appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Blaine man dies in Pole Road crash
    by Joe Teehan on September 27, 2020 at 10:24 PM

    His car left the road and hit a tree The post Blaine man dies in Pole Road crash appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Young motorcycle rider from Bellingham dies in Chuckanut crash
    by Joe Teehan on September 27, 2020 at 10:14 PM

    Troopers say rider was going too fast and lost control The post Young motorcycle rider from Bellingham dies in Chuckanut crash appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • State Rep. Luanne Van Werven disciplined for violating ethics law
    by lmurphy on September 26, 2020 at 12:17 AM

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — State Rep. Luanne Van Werven of Lynden has been disciplined for The post State Rep. Luanne Van Werven disciplined for violating ethics law appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Storm may disrupt Lummi Island ferry service
    by Kathi O'Shea on September 25, 2020 at 3:14 PM

    Whatcom County Public Works says travelers should prepare for ferry delays and they ask drivers to be patient in the ferry line. The post Storm may disrupt Lummi Island ferry service appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Wildfires taint West Coast vineyards with taste of smoke
    by Kathi O'Shea on September 25, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    The president of the California Association of Winegrape Growers says the fires will be the single worst disaster the wine-grape growing community has ever faced The post Wildfires taint West Coast vineyards with taste of smoke appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • LEGALS- September 23, 2020
    by Melanie Fair on September 23, 2020 at 1:00 PM

    FERNDALE CITY OF FERNDALE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS FOR ENGINEERING SERVICES Stormwater Comprehensive Plan The City of Ferndale is seeking qualification statements from consultants with experience providing Engineering Services to develop a Stormwater Comprehensive Plan. A copy of the document […]

  • Whatcom ReStart grant recipients listed
    by Brent Lindquist on September 23, 2020 at 12:17 AM

    269 receive up to $15,000 to survive COVID; 30 Ferndale businesses listed as grant recipients   WHATCOM ­— Listed below are the names of all the businesses who were approved to receive a Whatcom ReStart grant to boost economic activity in early September, by cities or unincorporated area. […]

  • Esther Neyens
    by Brent Lindquist on September 23, 2020 at 12:16 AM

      On Sept. 14, 2020, Esther Eilene Neyens went to be with her Lord and Savior.   She was born on June 17, 1927, in Bellingham, to Sigurd and Eunice (McMillin) Nordquist. Esther was a lifelong resident of Whatcom County and spent the last three years at Lynden Manor, where she lived a rich […]

  • Muriel Cartwright
    by Brent Lindquist on September 23, 2020 at 12:16 AM

      Muriel Cartwright, age 96, was lifted into the arms of Jesus on Sept. 21, 2020, after a short stay at Christian Healthcare Center in Lynden. She was known for family, faith, children and Norwegian goodies.   Muriel was born on May 9, 1924, to Lars and Jennie Horntvedt on the family […]

  • Maureen Jensen
    by Brent Lindquist on September 23, 2020 at 12:15 AM

      Two years ago, Maureen “Mo” (Gallagher) and Brooks Jensen moved from Anacortes to Lynden along with Mo’s newly widowed identical twin sister, Mary Lou Gallagher Childs. Their birth date was Oct. 1, 1954.   The sisters loved to plan home improvement and landscaping projects together […]

  • Timothy Hughes
    by Brent Lindquist on September 23, 2020 at 12:15 AM

      Timothy “Duffy” James Hughes, age 69, of Ferndale, was born Jan. 17, 1951, in Bellingham and passed away Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Ferndale.   He is survived by the mother of their children, Nickee Norris Oaks; daughter Kelli Lynn Hughes and son Timothy “Spoof” James Hughes II; […]

  • Christopher Rodenberger
    by Brent Lindquist on September 23, 2020 at 12:15 AM

      Christopher M. “Cowboy” Rodenberger passed away on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at the age of 33.   Funeral arrangements are pending with Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services. The post Christopher Rodenberger appeared first on Ferndale Record.

  • Diane Sterk
    by Brent Lindquist on September 23, 2020 at 12:14 AM

      Diane A. Sterk, age 66, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Funeral arrangements are pending with Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services. The post Diane Sterk appeared first on Ferndale Record.

  • Helen Rhea
    by Brent Lindquist on September 23, 2020 at 12:14 AM

      Helen Marie Miller Rhea, age 90, of Lynden, was born Jan. 2, 1930, to William Jennings Bryan and Jennifer Marie (Veenhuizen) Miller in Kent, Washington.   Helen attended Western Washington University, earning a teacher’s degree. While finishing her education, she met Robert M. Rhea. […]

  • Letters to the Editor — Sept. 22, 2020
    by Brent Lindquist on September 23, 2020 at 12:14 AM

    Criticizing a story   Your story (Sept. 9)about the Mount Baker Highway accident where the gentleman riding a Harley-Davidson rearended a Honda SUV was very poorly written. If you want to report the news, get it right.   It states, “The vehicle slowing to make a turn contributed to the […]

  • The Western Front’s response to racial injustice
    by The Western Front on August 17, 2020 at 4:00 PM

    Changes made to address current violence toward BIPOC, bias in our reporting From microaggressions to physical violence, systemic racism is an ongoing problem in the U.S. Xenophobia and hateful attitudes toward Asian Americans emerged with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Black Lives Matter […]

  • Whatcom County officials hold first public meeting on race and equity
    by The Western Front on August 14, 2020 at 5:18 PM

    Community members share grievances and experiences with Bellingham Police Department By Taylor Bayly  Bellingham and Whatcom County officials hosted the first meeting in a four part listening series on race and justice over Zoom on July 28. Each listening event lasts two hours and the next event […]

  • Whatcom County Council postpones vote on behavioral health services
    by The Western Front on August 14, 2020 at 1:54 AM

    Motion is still expected to pass, providing crucial programs for students By Taylor Bayly  Whatcom County Council postponed approval of behavioral health funding to all seven Whatcom County school districts during their July 21 meeting.  Councilmember Tyler Byrd argued that postponing the vote […]

  • Bellingham poverty rate predicted to rise.
    by The Western Front on August 14, 2020 at 1:36 AM

    Unemployment, lack of housing and COVID-19 contributing to countywide struggle.  By Taylor Bayly  Bellingham residents to experience harsh economic penalties as the statewide lockdown could exacerbate Whatcom County’s already staggering poverty rate.  A new report from the West Coast Poverty […]

  • Title IX federal regulations go into effect on Aug. 14
    by The Western Front on August 12, 2020 at 5:45 PM

    How will these changes impact Western’s community? By Ivy Munyon Amidst a global pandemic, an economic crisis and the pressure of bringing students back to campus in the fall, Western has found itself with yet another thing on its plate.  On May 6, the United States Department of Education […]

  • $1 million budget cut for behavioral health services proposed
    by The Western Front on August 11, 2020 at 1:37 AM

    Whatcom County faces huge cuts for mental health programs and staff.  By Sophia Beach The Whatcom County Behavioral Health Advisory Committee proposed a $1 million cut to services during its meeting on July 27. The committee met to discuss the unpublished 2019-20 School Service Report and their […]

  • Space, what’s up?
    by The Western Front on August 10, 2020 at 11:34 PM

    The recent comet is just one of many observable space phenomena over the next few months. By Jana Obune and Corinna Cook Astronomers and hobbyists alike have spent the last few weeks looking up at the night sky. To the northwest, near the Big Dipper, the comet NEOWISE could be seen passing close to […]

  • Bellingham, Western’s historical response to health crises
    by The Western Front on August 6, 2020 at 7:53 PM

    A comprehensive overview from the 1918 Spanish flu to now By Connor Benintendi On Nov. 8, 1918, amid the Spanish influenza pandemic, the city of Bellingham Police Force made 22 arrests between 10 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. all for the same reason: not wearing a mask in public. Two days earlier, The […]

  • Seeking workforce diversity, Bellingham School District creates new position
    by The Western Front on August 4, 2020 at 10:28 PM

    A new director role in the school district gives hope for equitable change.   By Sophia Beach The Bellingham School District has created a new position, titled director of equity, diversity and inclusion. This position will help lead district efforts to confront the institutional bias and […]

  • Two Bellingham residents receive Outstanding Graduate title
    by The Western Front on August 4, 2020 at 9:41 PM

    Ina LaGrandeur and Julie McElroy stood out in their studies at WWU By Shannon Steffens Two Bellingham residents were named 2020 Outstanding Graduates at Western this summer. One graduate from each department is selected as an Outstanding Graduate. Ina LaGrandeur, an accounting major, and Julie […]

  • Grant program powers back-to-business advertising
    by BBJ Staff on June 8, 2020 at 1:00 PM

    Sound Publishing launches $1 million Local Business Marketing Grant Program

  • People Get Ready, There’s a Change a Comin
    by BBJ Staff on March 27, 2020 at 6:53 PM

    By Mike Cook for the BBJ

  • Flatstick Pub to open Bellingham location
    by BBJ Staff on March 27, 2020 at 5:22 PM

    Scheduled to open in early June of 2020, a new entertainment venue in Bellingham will have mini-golf, craft beer and...

  • Sharptack Dry Goods joins coalition of small downtown businesses
    by BBJ Staff on March 27, 2020 at 5:01 PM

    The new retail space in downtown Bellingham unites local artists to offer original artwork, vintage and hand-made items.

  • New coffee shop to open on Bellingham waterfront
    by BBJ Staff on March 27, 2020 at 4:40 PM

    Arboretum Coffee is preparing to make its debut in the Granary Building this summer.

  • New Bellingham meadery aims for summer opening
    by BBJ Staff on March 27, 2020 at 4:15 PM

    By Mathew Roland

  • The Bellingham Business Journal to discontinue publishing
    by BBJ Staff on March 27, 2020 at 7:19 AM

    Sadly, the April edition of The Bellingham Business Journal will be our last edition.

  • The Safety And Soundness Of The Banking System During Covid-19
    by BBJ Staff on March 25, 2020 at 7:08 PM

    Olympia, Washington – Community Bankers of Washington and President & Executive Director John Collins issued the following statement regarding the...

  • Lighthouse Mission’s Drop-In Center temporarily moves to Bellingham High School
    by BBJ Staff on March 20, 2020 at 6:35 PM

    Lighthouse Mission Ministries is partnering with Whatcom Unified Command and Bellingham School District, to temporarily relocate its Drop-In Center for...

  • Simple Box Storage names head of operations
    by BBJ Staff on March 20, 2020 at 4:23 PM

    Peter Larsen has been recently named head of operations for Simple Box Storage. He will be responsible for enhancing the...