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  • Officials mull loosening COVID-19 school restrictions
    by Kathi O'Shea on November 30, 2020 at 3:46 PM

    The changes, if adopted, mean up to half of the state's 300 school districts would meet the benchmark to start educating their youngest learners in person at least part time The post Officials mull loosening COVID-19 school restrictions appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Three arrested during Seattle demonstration
    by Kathi O'Shea on November 30, 2020 at 3:39 PM

    Video from the night shows a man with a cane hitting an officer who then pepper sprays the man The post Three arrested during Seattle demonstration appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Chuckanut Drive construction causes delays
    by Kathi O'Shea on November 30, 2020 at 3:32 PM

    The Washington Department of Transportation has announced that traffic will alternate in both directions between Larrabee State Park and Chuckanut Crest Drive due to construction work The post Chuckanut Drive construction causes delays appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • AG, Sec. of State issue joint statement on gubernatorial succession
    by Kathi O'Shea on November 30, 2020 at 3:13 PM

    If Inslee stepped down within the first two years of his new term voters would elect a new person to serve out the term in the next general election The post AG, Sec. of State issue joint statement on gubernatorial succession appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Local restaurant backtracks on outdoor dining plans
    by Kathi O'Shea on November 30, 2020 at 3:02 PM

    Elizabeth Station owner Patrick McEvoy said they are trying to strike a balance between surviving as a business and keeping people safe The post Local restaurant backtracks on outdoor dining plans appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Four CHCC staff members test positive for COVID-19; outdoor visitation paused
    by Kathi O'Shea on November 30, 2020 at 2:56 PM

    All staff members continue to be screened before starting work, and twice-weekly testing of all staff and consenting residents will continue until the Whatcom County Health Department permits resumption of monthly routine testing The post Four CHCC staff members test positive for COVID-19; outdoor […]

  • Vaccine skeptics hold Bellingham demonstration
    by Kathi O'Shea on November 30, 2020 at 2:49 PM

    The group 'V is for Vaccine' said in a release their goal is to raise awareness of vaccine risks, namely COVID-19 vaccines The post Vaccine skeptics hold Bellingham demonstration appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Board of Health passes resolution calling racism a public health crisis
    by Kathi O'Shea on November 30, 2020 at 2:40 PM

    The county joined other cities and counties across the state and nation with the commitment to take steps believed to advance racial equality The post Board of Health passes resolution calling racism a public health crisis appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Zoom bombing halts Shred the Contract meeting
    by The Western Front on November 28, 2020 at 7:43 PM

    Tougher security will help stop future zoom bombings By Nathan Schumock A Shred the Contract meeting at Western Washington University was zoom-bombed by three people yelling racist and homophobic slurs. Shred the Contract is a group that advocates for the dismantling of Western’s dining program […]

  • Real or fake: The great Christmas tree debate settled
    by The Western Front on November 28, 2020 at 7:38 PM

    Real trees can’t be beaten when it comes to their beauty and environmental impact  By Kaleigh Carroll Whether you’ve been belting Christmas classics since the leaves turned red or refuse to even think of Santa Claus until the last bite of turkey has been eaten, the holiday season’s […]

  • Holiday shopping could make or break small business during the pandemic
    by The Western Front on November 28, 2020 at 7:33 PM

    A gift guide to popular Bellingham businesses By Olivia Hicks  With both  Small Business Saturday approaching on Nov. 28 and the impact the pandemic has left on local businesses, consider supporting Bellingham shops this holiday season.  Christi Milka, a Bellingham resident, plans to support […]

  • Whatcom County organizations continue their food drive and Thanksgiving meal services with new COVID-19 procedures
    by The Western Front on November 28, 2020 at 7:25 PM

    Thanksgiving meal services and food drives change their protocols to ensure that volunteers and guests are as safe as possible By Mazelle Kuplent As residents of Whatcom County prepare for an unusual Thanksgiving, businesses and organizations continue to prepare for their Thanksgiving food drives […]

  • The ups and downs of Zoom’s comment section
    by The Western Front on November 28, 2020 at 7:23 PM

    Filled with intense arguments or helpful questions, class comments can trend in either direction By Jason Upton Attending virtual classes comes with many potential distractions: texting a friend, surfing the web, gazing out the window. Add a lively debate among students in the comment section, and […]

  • Cross country caps off training with time trial
    by The Western Front on November 28, 2020 at 6:53 PM

    The Western cross country team held an in-person time trial with a group of athletes to end their season By Ryan Myrvold On a clear Halloween morning, a small group of athletes on Western Washington University’s cross country team assembled on the track near the Wade King Student Recreation Turf […]

  • Ernest Nordtvedt
    by Melanie Fair on November 27, 2020 at 9:48 PM

    Captain Ernest Richard Nordtvedt, 90, of Santa Barbara, California, passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, at his home, surrounded by family. He was an accomplished U.S. Navy aviator for 28 years and a college professor later in life.   Ernest Nordtvedt was born on Aug. 28, 1930, in […]

  • Mount Vernon hit-and-run driver arrested
    by Kathi O'Shea on November 27, 2020 at 2:23 PM

    Police believe 20-year-old Luke Minor struck the girl near the intersection of East College Way and North 35th street in Mount Vernon and then fled the scene The post Mount Vernon hit-and-run driver arrested appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Skagit County unemployment claims rise dramatically
    by Kathi O'Shea on November 27, 2020 at 2:19 PM

    According to data released by the Economic Security Department, county residents filed 576 first-time claims, up 105% from the previous week The post Skagit County unemployment claims rise dramatically appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Whatcom County Council reviews plans to regulate Cherry Point Refineries
    by The Western Front on November 26, 2020 at 4:50 AM

    Environmental activists, union workers, industry representatives collaborate on the plan.  By Henry Stewart-Wood As the climate crisis grows more serious, the Whatcom County Council has reviewed new amendments to tighten regulations on the county’s largest emitters of greenhouse gasses, Cherry […]

  • We’re hiring for Winter 2021
    by The Western Front on November 26, 2020 at 4:25 AM

    Hi everyone! I’m Izzie Lund, and I will be The Western Front’s winter quarter editor-in-chief. My managing editor, Kaleigh Carroll, and I are thrilled for winter quarter and already have some ideas for how we can improve the publication’s coverage and role in the community. In order to do […]

  • Save money and the planet by air-drying clothes
    by The Western Front on November 24, 2020 at 10:26 PM

    Options for indoor drying systems include drying racks, pre-bought clotheslines or more DIY options By Sadie Fick Between the cost of organic bulk food, sustainable fashion, electric cars, zero-waste toiletries and solar panels, sustainable living seems out of reach for anyone without an extra […]

  • Storied history drive Whatcom county’s biggest rivalries
    by The Western Front on November 24, 2020 at 10:15 PM

    Lynden-Lynden Christian, Western-Central highlight biggest rivalries in Whatcom County By Jordan Stone Fans putting cow manure under the opposing team’s bench; fish guts under the bench the following year as retaliation; throwing toilet paper on the court after a game. Those are just some of the […]

  • Pursuit in stolen U-Haul truck, then on foot into the hills
    by Brent Lindquist on November 24, 2020 at 9:44 PM

    Suspect finally arrested: Maple Falls man, 34 By Calvin Bratt editor@lyndentribune.com   WHATCOM ­— A man in a stolen U-Haul truck and then on foot led pursuers on an hours-long fugitive hunt into the hills Wednesday, Nov. 18, the county Sheriff’s Department reported.   The suspect […]

  • Three new members join fair board
    by Brent Lindquist on November 24, 2020 at 9:42 PM

    Dairy cattle will join other stock in Jansen barn, kids area will be added next year By Brent Lindquist brent@lyndentribune.com   LYNDEN — Clayton Tjoelker, Mitchell Kornelis and TJ Timmermans are all newly minted members of the Northwest Washington Fair Board, according to Fair Manager Chris […]

  • Suspect with a long rap sheet arrested Nov. 19 in Acme area
    by Brent Lindquist on November 24, 2020 at 9:40 PM

    Sassen-Vanelsloo is well known to law officers   WHATCOM — A narcotics dealer wanted by the Whatcom Gang and Drug Task Force was arrested Nov. 19 after being spotted in the Acme valley area by deputies who were training nearby.   Adrian G. SassenVanelsloo, 38, of Bellingham, was taken […]

  • Health department moves COVID testing to Lynden
    by Brent Lindquist on November 24, 2020 at 9:38 PM

    Fairgrounds is the new out-of-weather spot WHATCOM — Low-barrier, community COVID-19 testing through the Whatcom County Health Department and Whatcom Unified Command will soon be provided at a new location, the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden.   The testing will take place in the […]

  • Election analysis, for President
    by Brent Lindquist on November 24, 2020 at 9:35 PM

    Biden did better locally than Clinton did in 2016   WHATCOM ­— In voting for President also, the overall Democratic tip in the county was greater in 2020 than in 2016.   Democratic challenger Joe Biden performed better against Republican incumbent Donald Trump than Hilary Clinton did in […]

  • Turkey Rebellion targets Inslee
    by Brent Lindquist on November 24, 2020 at 9:35 PM

    Quickly called Saturday event rallies critics of COVID restrictions By Calvin Bratt editor@lyndentribune.com   WHATCOM — A Turkey Rebellion rally drew about 150 to the Phillips 66 Soccer Park Saturday to sound off in protest of the latest COVID restrictions handed down by Gov. Inslee, with […]

  • Arts commission plans two more 2020 events
    by Brent Lindquist on November 24, 2020 at 9:32 PM

    Remote painting class, yarn-bombing coming up By Brent Lindquist brent@lyndentribune.com FERNDALE — Even as December approaches, the Ferndale Arts Commission isn’t quite done with 2020. The group, which has placed 12 murals around Ferndale in just two and a half years, had to shift its focus […]

  • Four-year trend is 42nd more Democratic
    by Brent Lindquist on November 24, 2020 at 9:18 PM

    Election analysis: Lynden and Bellingham are extremes, Ferndale less so   WHATCOM ­— The 2020 general election was infused with a surge of new voters in the county, with most of them in the state 42nd Legislative District, which went more Democratic this year, an analysis of the voting […]

  • LEGALS- November 25, 2020
    by Melanie Fair on November 24, 2020 at 2:37 PM

    FERNDALE NOTICE OF APPLICATION 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 have been determined to be complete and the review […]

  • 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...