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No new coronavirus-related deaths reported in Whatcom County
by <div class="byline">April 3, 2020 5:50 pm</div> on April 4, 2020 at 12:50 AM
BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The Whatcom County Health Department reports no new coronavirus-related deaths and The post No new coronavirus-related deaths reported in Whatcom County appeared first on 790 KGMI.
Washington unemployment claims at record-setting levels
by <div class="byline">April 3, 2020 5:44 pm</div> on April 4, 2020 at 12:44 AM
SEATTLE, Wash. — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits in Washington set a The post Washington unemployment claims at record-setting levels appeared first on 790 KGMI.
Whatcom County Health Department offers rapid COVID-19 testing
by <div class="byline">April 3, 2020 5:14 pm</div> on April 4, 2020 at 12:14 AM
BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Rapid COVID-19 testing is now available for high priority patients in The post Whatcom County Health Department offers rapid COVID-19 testing appeared first on 790 KGMI.
Superfeet joins COVID-19 fight
by Brent Lindquist on April 3, 2020 at 11:21 PM
It is building, with partners, respirator hoods for health workers By Brent Lindquist email@example.com FERNDALE — Personal protective equipment is in short supply nationwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Ferndale-based shoe insole company Superfeet is doing something […]
PeaceHealth responds to Dr. Lin firing, cites its COVID-19 preparations
by Brent Lindquist on April 3, 2020 at 8:08 PM
WHATCOM — PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center has put out a public statement on its positive actions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and also addressing media coverage of the firing of 17-year emergency room doctor Ming Lin. On social media Lin had […]
Lynden Manor death ‘with’ COVID-19 confirmed
by Brent Lindquist on April 3, 2020 at 8:07 PM
It’s a distinction that end-of-life conditions were already present By Calvin Bratt firstname.lastname@example.org WHATCOM — The administrator of Lynden Manor, Russell Chittock, confirmed Thursday that a resident there, a woman in her 90s, died “with” COVID-19 on […]
Whatcom County receives state grant for homeless during outbreak
by <div class="byline">April 3, 2020 12:50 pm</div> on April 3, 2020 at 7:50 PM
The money could help to pay for hotel rooms or other facilities The post Whatcom County receives state grant for homeless during outbreak appeared first on 790 KGMI.
North Cascades National Park closed
by <div class="byline">April 3, 2020 8:11 am</div> on April 3, 2020 at 3:11 PM
The National Park Service has decided to close the North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area to park visitors until further notice in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 The post North Cascades National Park closed appeared first […]
Nissan dealer offering free oil changes for first responders, healthcare workers
by <div class="byline">April 3, 2020 8:05 am</div> on April 3, 2020 at 3:05 PM
BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Bellingham Nissan is offering free oil changes to first responders and The post Nissan dealer offering free oil changes for first responders, healthcare workers appeared first on 790 KGMI.
Whatcom Humane Society announces poster contest for kids
by <div class="byline">April 3, 2020 7:54 am</div> on April 3, 2020 at 2:54 PM
Be Kind To Animals Week is the first full week of May and Whatcom Humane is looking for kids to create posters to help them celebrate The post Whatcom Humane Society announces poster contest for kids appeared first on 790 KGMI.
A quarter million Washington households will see increase in basic food benefits
by <div class="byline">April 3, 2020 7:48 am</div> on April 3, 2020 at 2:48 PM
The Department of Social and Health Services says recipients will get the difference between their regular monthly benefit and the maximum amount for their household size The post A quarter million Washington households will see increase in basic food benefits appeared first on 790 KGMI.
UW Medicine, Bloodworks Northwest asking for blood donations from people recovered from COVID-19
by <div class="byline">April 3, 2020 7:42 am</div> on April 3, 2020 at 2:42 PM
Blood plasma contains antibodies that help fight off infection, and researchers think plasma from those who have recovered might help others fight off the virus The post UW Medicine, Bloodworks Northwest asking for blood donations from people recovered from COVID-19 appeared first on 790 KGMI.
PeaceHealth speaks out following dismissal of ER doctor
by <div class="byline">April 3, 2020 7:33 am</div> on April 3, 2020 at 2:33 PM
Dr. Anna Dowling says she doesn't want her staff's achievements "overshadowed by the opinions of a single physician." The post PeaceHealth speaks out following dismissal of ER doctor appeared first on 790 KGMI.
Everson is base for cot-making, with volunteers doing their part
by Brent Lindquist on April 2, 2020 at 9:10 PM
Whatcom coronavirus deaths at nine By Calvin Bratt email@example.com WHATCOM — One after another on Wednesday, April 1, vehicles rolled up in front of the Criterion Athletic building to receive materials needed to help build cots for the coronavirus fight. […]
Woman dies in Ferndale house fire
by Brent Lindquist on April 2, 2020 at 4:46 PM
Cause still being investigated By Brent Lindquist firstname.lastname@example.org FERNDALE — A woman died in a residential fire Monday morning, March 30, near the intersection of Enterprise and Harksell roads. The fire appeared to have started in the laundry area of the home, […]
Western lays off all RAs and apartment advisers
by The Western Front on April 1, 2020 at 10:18 PM
‘Roughly 10’ may remain to work with dwindling ranks of on-campus students This article was amended on April 1, 2020, to reflect a change of language. Washington’s Employment Security Department (along with several of our Facebook followers) makes a distinction between employees […]
Who, exactly, is ‘essential’?
by The Western Front on April 1, 2020 at 10:01 PM
State offers new reporting options for employees concerned for their safety By Emily Feek Non-essential Washington businesses have been closed to the public since March 25, but some non-essential employees are still reporting to work. […]
LEGALS- APRIL 1, 2020
by JSeverson on April 1, 2020 at 6:25 PM
PUBLIC NOTICE LEGAL BNSF Railway Company, Calvin Nutt, 2454 Occidental Ave S Ste 2D Seattle, WA 98134-1451, is seeking coverage under the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Construction Stormwater NPDES and State Waste Discharge General Permit. The proposed project, BNSF Gulf Road […]
Ferndale Food Bank soldiers on
by Brent Lindquist on April 1, 2020 at 5:17 PM
Its operation has shifted completely to social-distancing By Brent Lindquist email@example.com FERNDALE — The Ferndale Food Bank has adopted a completely new model of food distribution in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the goal is the same: providing food and […]
LC closes its campus to all non-essential activity
by Brent Lindquist on April 1, 2020 at 5:17 PM
LYNDEN — The Lynden Christian Schools campus was closed to work and any extended use, effective Wednesday, March 25. It is an effort to “flatten the curve” of the spread of the coronavirus by encouraging employees to stay home, Superintendent Paul […]
Bryce Sterk hopeful for NFL draft
by Brent Lindquist on April 1, 2020 at 5:16 PM
Lynden 2015 grad has built up a credible DE resumé at Montana State By Hailey Palmer firstname.lastname@example.org LYNDEN — There’s the classic tale of a kid from a small town getting the chance to shine on the big stage. Lynden native Bryce Sterk might get that […]
Two Van Werven bills signed into law
by Brent Lindquist on April 1, 2020 at 5:15 PM
Impoundment of a drunk-driver vehicle goes into effect June 10 OLYMPIA — Legislation that will keep drunk drivers off the road and let community and technical college students know whether “low cost” materials are available for their college courses were signed into […]
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
Do you know this person?
by The Western Front on March 26, 2020 at 1:28 AM
Police seek identity of man who died at Outback Farm By Melanie Bell In a campus advisory, Western students were alerted that University Police are seeking the public’s help to identify the body found in a wooded area next to The Outback Farm, near Buchanan Towers North. Police were […]
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...
Pandemic waste production
by The Western Front on March 25, 2020 at 4:11 AM
By Emma Bjornsrud As we face a pandemic that is life or death for many people, it is critical that we do whatever we can to keep ourselves, our loved ones and the public as safe and healthy as possible. But as we take a closer look at everything that is coming about as a The post Pandemic waste […]
How local businesses are adjusting to closures caused by COVID-19
by The Western Front on March 24, 2020 at 3:30 PM
By Joshua McKinney Upon the announcement that businesses will cease dine-in operations starting March 17, local businesses are adjusting for long closures. Restaurants and bars will only be allowed to stay open for take-out and delivery until March 31, when the situation will be […]
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...
Western suspends in-person classes for duration of spring quarter
by The Western Front on March 20, 2020 at 12:28 AM
By Nate Sanford President Sabah Randhawa announced that classes at Western will be conducted online for the entirety of spring quarter in an email sent to faculty and staff on Thursday afternoon. Faculty have received daily messages about instruction since classes were suspended on March 10, and […]
Whatcom County philanthropies to raise emergency funds in response to COVID-19
by BBJ Staff on March 19, 2020 at 9:20 PM
Four Whatcom County philanthropic organizations are raising emergency recovery funds for non-profit organizations in the community. Chuckanut Health Foundation, United...
New director of sales for the Best Western Plus Bellingham Airport Hotel, Fox Hall Events Center
by BBJ Staff on March 19, 2020 at 6:31 PM
Carolyn Gill was recently announced as the director of sales for the Best Western Plus Bellingham Airport Hotel and the...
‘Virus is widespread in our area’
by The Western Front on March 18, 2020 at 1:27 AM
Health Dept., WWU: ‘Assume all public areas have had exposure’ By Nate Sanford The Whatcom County Health Department announced on Monday that it will no longer report locations that have been exposed to people who tested positive for COVID-19. Whatcom County Health Department […]
Solitude is an antiviral
by The Western Front on March 17, 2020 at 7:48 PM
Advice from introverts about how to be alone without being lonely By James Ellis Last year, I began planning a trip to Shanghai for spring break. It would have been my last opportunity to visit a friend before her graduation, and she invited me to stay at her apartment so I could save money for […]
As COVID creeps in, delivery services bustle
by The Western Front on March 16, 2020 at 11:13 PM
From groceries to restaurant food, drivers are experiencing a boom in business By Cierra Coppock As Whatcom County residents begin to self-quarantine COVID-19 outbreak, delivery services are bustling. In China, where the novel coronavirus first emerged, delivery services have been described as the […]
City adds ‘Hearing loop’ to council chambers
by The Western Front on March 16, 2020 at 9:51 PM
The new, $35K technology will make meetings accessible to the hearing impaired By Aryonna Willoughby Bellingham’s City Council Chambers is the first government facility in Whatcom County to install a hearing loop following renovations, although the council is hoping that the community can […]