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  • Driver hits State Patrol cruiser parked on I-5
    by Joe Teehan on October 29, 2020 at 5:54 PM

    No one hurt in the crash near Lake Samish The post Driver hits State Patrol cruiser parked on I-5 appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Village Books takes on Amazon
    by Kathi O'Shea on October 29, 2020 at 5:09 PM

    The American Booksellers Association says independent bookstores are closing everyday with COVID-19 as the cause of death and Amazon as a pre-existing condition The post Village Books takes on Amazon appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Boeing announces third quarter losses, layoffs
    by Kathi O'Shea on October 29, 2020 at 3:50 PM

    The company said yesterday that it expects to cut its workforce to about 130,000 by the end of next year The post Boeing announces third quarter losses, layoffs appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • State voter turnout nearly doubles from 2016 in same timeframe
    by Kathi O'Shea on October 29, 2020 at 2:45 PM

    The secretary of state is reporting 63% of ballots from registered voters in Whatcom County have been returned so far The post State voter turnout nearly doubles from 2016 in same timeframe appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Bellingham man donates life-saving equipment to Sheriff’s Office
    by Kathi O'Shea on October 29, 2020 at 2:13 PM

    Byron Sprague has given the department 65 automated external defibrillators that can save the life of a person suffering cardiac arrest The post Bellingham man donates life-saving equipment to Sheriff’s Office appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • City plans new north Bellingham roundabout
    by Kathi O'Shea on October 29, 2020 at 2:05 PM

    Construction is expected to start in the summer of 2023 The post City plans new north Bellingham roundabout appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • COVID-19 intensifying statewide, Whatcom County holding its own
    by Kathi O'Shea on October 29, 2020 at 1:36 PM

    The state Department of Health found increases in western Washington are widely distributed geographically and across all ages, but are particularly high in the 25 to 39 and 40 to 59 age groups The post COVID-19 intensifying statewide, Whatcom County holding its own appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Winter months pose risks for public health, business in Washington
    by The Western Front on October 29, 2020 at 1:00 AM

    COVID-19 cases expected to rise. By Henry Stewart-Wood Public health and economics experts agree: This winter will pose serious challenges for public health and businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The combination of the cold weather, holidays and people’s tendency to spend more time inside […]

  • Alum’s award-winning play performed over livestream by theatre arts department
    by The Western Front on October 28, 2020 at 8:00 PM

    The play, “how to clean your room (and remember all your trauma),” was written by Western alum J. Chavez By Jason Upton Live productions are rare nowadays, but Western’s theatre arts department has a solution. Starting Oct. 23, the department began live streaming “how to clean your room […]

  • PHOTOS: Ferndale PD seeks burglary suspects
    by Kathi O'Shea on October 28, 2020 at 4:55 PM

    Two males attempted two early-morning burglaries at a marijuana retail store on Portal Way Tuesday but fled on foot both times The post PHOTOS: Ferndale PD seeks burglary suspects appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Reykdal defamation suit against opponent dismissed
    by Kathi O'Shea on October 28, 2020 at 2:53 PM

    The State Supreme Court dismissed a defamation case against Reykdal's election opponent, Maia Espinosa, in a 6-3 ruling The post Reykdal defamation suit against opponent dismissed appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • As ballots pour in, Sec. State’s office warns of unverified source of election info
    by Kathi O'Shea on October 28, 2020 at 2:44 PM

    The office says the website is not a source of verifiable election information and voters should not rely on it The post As ballots pour in, Sec. State’s office warns of unverified source of election info appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • LEGALS- October 28, 2020
    by Melanie Fair on October 28, 2020 at 1:00 PM

    FERNDALE NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE A MITIGATED DETERMINATION OF NON-SIGNIFICANCE The City of Ferndale has received application(s) from the applicant referenced below for a proposed development project within the city limits. Based on review of the materials submitted, the development applications […]

  • For LGBTQ+ students, help comes at an important time
    by The Western Front on October 28, 2020 at 9:00 AM

    From housing to virtual lectures, student and faculty-led programming takes a new face in the 2020 school year. By Tunny Parrish The leaves around a sparsely-populated campus have turned shades of yellow. September slid into October and socially-distant midterms are beginning to creep up. But for […]

  • Best sports memories from notable Bellingham figures
    by The Western Front on October 28, 2020 at 1:15 AM

    Stanford’s David Shaw, others recall favorite Bellingham moments. By Jordan Stone Bellingham is not known as a sports town.  While it has had its fair share of great athletes come through, the absence of a major college or professional team has kept it from being a bustling hub for sports.  But […]

  • Ballot return rate now tops 50%
    by Brent Lindquist on October 28, 2020 at 12:41 AM

      WHATCOM ­— Return of ballots in the county is now well over half of the total sent out.   Exactly a week before the Nov. 3 general election, the rate of return stood at 52.4% on Tuesday, Oct. 27, with 82,715 ballots in hand with the workers of the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office. A […]

  • Last-minute registration to vote now must be in-person
    by Brent Lindquist on October 28, 2020 at 12:41 AM

    Auditor’s Office is open for six hours Saturday   WHATCOM — If you are still completing or updating a voter registration, you will need to do so now in-person in the county Auditor’s Office on the first floor of the County Courthouse, 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham.   The deadline for […]

  • Winter shelter needs church, volunteer help
    by Brent Lindquist on October 28, 2020 at 12:40 AM

    Goal is for overflow place to be open 13 weeks, varying by weather and number trends   BELLINGHAM — Lighthouse Mission Ministries will open an Overflow Shelter for men this winter with the help of volunteers and local churches that will provide much of the staffing.   The Overflow Shelter […]

  • Asian giant hornet nest eradicated
    by Brent Lindquist on October 28, 2020 at 12:40 AM

    However, more Whatcom nests are suspected and will be sought out By Calvin Bratt editor@lyndentribune.com   WHATCOM — After weeks of trapping and searching, Washington State Department of Agriculture entomologists located an Asian giant hornet nest between Blaine and Lynden, the first-ever […]

  • Signatures key to Washington voting
    by Brent Lindquist on October 28, 2020 at 12:37 AM

    If the ballot signature doesn’t match what’s on file, the ‘challenge’ process begins Auditor’s staff gets expert WSP training on signatures By Brent Lindquist brent@lyndentribune.com   WHATCOM — When voting in Washington, the voters’ signature is their identification. […]

  • Schools return incrementally to in-person learning
    by Brent Lindquist on October 28, 2020 at 12:33 AM

    Districts vary; all elementary schools offer families optional hybrid models By Brent Lindquist brent@lyndentribune.com WHATCOM — Some schools in north Whatcom County have already returned elementary-level students to optional in-person learning in school buildings, while others are set to follow […]

  • Local artist finds joy in creating environmentally conscious art
    by The Western Front on October 27, 2020 at 8:00 PM

    Owner of ReImagined gives new life to otherwise disregarded materials. By Mallory Kruml Jennifer Parker, the owner of ReImagined, loves turning trash into treasure.  In 2018, Parker found a new creative outlet in collecting and repurposing scrap wood and trinkets to turn them into whimsical animal […]

  • Fines aren’t fine: Why libraries are long overdue for a change
    by The Western Front on October 27, 2020 at 7:00 PM

    Overdue fees stop the people who need the library the most from using it. By Kaleigh Carroll Libraries are your friend. This long-honored phrase is a staple of the American library, but when was the last time your friend charged you for showing up late? The dreaded overdue fee is so embedded in our […]

  • What do you want to know about local and state elections?
    by The Western Front on October 27, 2020 at 6:32 PM

    As Election Day approaches, having up-to-date information about elections is increasingly important. Thus, The Western Front editorial staff is asking the Bellingham community what our paper should cover during this election season.  As a publication, we want to provide the necessary information […]

  • The Social Justice and Equity Committee will oversee faculty anti-racism training for winter 2021
    by The Western Front on October 27, 2020 at 6:16 PM

    Western Faculty Senate planned its first steps on Black Student Organization demands. By Ryan Morris Western Faculty Senate members knew they could take action as they logged onto Zoom and discussed the new anti-racism faculty training for winter 2021. On Oct. 19, the senate looked through the […]

  • Muting mics not the solution to disruptive debates
    by The Western Front on October 26, 2020 at 9:00 PM

    The discussion over muting microphones affected the Washington gubernatorial debate. By Sadie Fick 128. By one count, this is how many times President Donald Trump interrupted former Vice President Joe Biden or moderator Chris Wallace in the first presidential debate. During the debate, Biden also […]

  • Storia Cucina: Italian dining with a story
    by The Western Front on October 26, 2020 at 7:30 PM

    Owner and chef Jonathan Sutton tells tales of local food through his recipes. By Holden Predmore “Storia Cucina means kitchen story,” Jonathan Sutton, owner, founder and chef of Storia Cucina said. “Every dish has something to it.” Sutton is not a Bellingham native but was born and raised […]

  • Asian giant hornet nest found in Blaine
    by Brent Lindquist on October 24, 2020 at 12:06 AM

    Eradication action will be swift, set for 4 a.m. Saturday By Calvin Bratt editor@lyndentribune.com   WHATCOM — After weeks of trapping and searching, Washington State Department of Agriculture entomologists have located an Asian giant hornet nest on a property in Blaine, the first-ever such […]

  • County COVID case rate at 51, showing improvement
    by Brent Lindquist on October 21, 2020 at 9:30 PM

    But it has to get to 25 to be considered low, in containment By Calvin Bratt editor@lyndentribune.com   WHATCOM ­— The county’s all-important COVID-19 two-week case rate stood at 51 Tuesday using data through Oct. 18. That represented a drop from being close to 70 at the end of September, […]

  • LEGALS- October 21, 2020
    by Melanie Fair on October 21, 2020 at 1:00 PM

    FERNDALE ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Project Name: Courthouse Renovation and Addition Bid Date: November 4, 2020, Wednesday – 11:00 AM Pre-Bid Meeting: October 26, 2020, Monday – 1:00 PM Architect: RMC Architects, Bellingham, WA Arch Estimate: $300,000 to $500,000 (including sales tax) NOTICE IS […]

  • 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...

  • 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...