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  • Inslee proclaims holiday for Mexican-American activist
    by jhazel on March 22, 2019 at 3:58 PM

    April 10 will be the first-ever Dolores Huerta Day in Washington, honoring the civil rights leader who was affiliated with Cesar Chavez The post Inslee proclaims holiday for Mexican-American activist appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Kittitas deputy killer flouted immigration law
    by jhazel on March 22, 2019 at 3:22 PM

    ICE reports that Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro was in America illegally after overstaying on work visa The post Kittitas deputy killer flouted immigration law appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Republicans want budget emphasis on homelessness and drug crisis
    by jhazel on March 22, 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Sen. Keith Wagoner of Sedro-Woolley and other state reps will lay out plan for legislation to help people struggling with housing, behavioral health, and more The post Republicans want budget emphasis on homelessness and drug crisis appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Seth Fleetwood becomes fourth candidate for mayor
    by jhazel on March 22, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    The Bellingham City Council member joins O'Brien, Vargas, and Barker in race to replace Linville The post Seth Fleetwood becomes fourth candidate for mayor appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Canadian mining company faces opposition for Skagit River plan
    by jhazel on March 22, 2019 at 12:49 PM

    Mayor Jenny Durkan writes B.C. Premier after Imperial Metals applies for permits to get copper and gold from Skagit watershed The post Canadian mining company faces opposition for Skagit River plan appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Liquor and Marijuana Licenses, March 1-20
    by ehamann on March 22, 2019 at 12:15 PM

    Records include license activity in Whatcom County. They are obtained from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, online at www.liq.wa.gov. Applied Lynden Grocery Outlet, Steven Macgregor Jr., Mary Katherine Read, Pamela B. Burke, Geoffrey Rushing, applied for a new direct shipment […]

  • Peace Corps gets exceptional amount of volunteers from WWU
    by jhazel on March 22, 2019 at 12:10 PM

    On list of medium-sized schools in America, Western Washington University ranks fifth in most volunteers produced The post Peace Corps gets exceptional amount of volunteers from WWU appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • ‘It makes me nervous,’ Whatcom fire chief says after NOAA spring forecast released
    on March 21, 2019 at 10:56 PM

    Start stocking up on the eye drops and particulate masks, and if you haven’t installed an air filter or air conditioner yet, it may be time to start saving up … Click to Continue » […]

  • Supreme Court rules in favor of Yakima tax exemption
    by jhazel on March 21, 2019 at 4:12 PM

    In a narrow 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court sides with Cougar Den Inc. over Washington State Dept. of Licensing The post Supreme Court rules in favor of Yakima tax exemption appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Winter job shrinkage in Washington exceeds estimates
    by jhazel on March 21, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    Unemployment rate stays steady despite usual seasonal change The post Winter job shrinkage in Washington exceeds estimates appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Slain Kittitas Deputy Ryan Thompson mourned
    by jhazel on March 21, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    Bellingham Police send condolences to deputy's family, friends, and law enforcement partners in Ellensburg area The post Slain Kittitas Deputy Ryan Thompson mourned appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Man tased by police after allegedly shoplifting at Walmart falls in front of moving car
    on March 21, 2019 at 2:37 PM

    A man fleeing after reportedly shoplifting Wednesday evening at the Mount Vernon Walmart was tased by a Mount Vernon police officer, fell onto a road, was hit by a passing … Click to Continue » […]

  • WTA praised for efforts to lower environmental impact
    by jhazel on March 21, 2019 at 2:20 PM

    Northwest Clean Air Agency gives WTA their 2018 Gold Award for perfect compliance with regulations and active efforts for energy efficiency The post WTA praised for efforts to lower environmental impact appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Whatcom heating and A/C company launches solar division
    by ehamann on March 21, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    A local heating and air conditioning company now offers solar systems. Barron Heating and Air Conditioning launched Solar by Barron, a new division providing solar heating and cooling systems. Solar by Barron is hosting an open house on March 28 from 5-7 p.m. in its showroom at 5100 Pacific […]

  • Whatcom Community College to offer information session on new professional certificate course
    by ehamann on March 21, 2019 at 12:26 PM

    Whatcom Community College is offering an information session for its new certificate course next week. The free session on WCC’s certificate course in project management and quality management will be held on March 25 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The course helps develop project managers, who […]

  • Here’s what’s planned for proposed building in Barkley theater’s parking lot
    on March 21, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    A new commercial building is proposed for the Barkley District that would be home to a regional restaurant and a couple of exercise studios. Applications were recently submitted to the … Click to Continue » […]

  • Bellingham’s homeless tent community behind City Hall gets a new location in April
    on March 20, 2019 at 11:51 PM

    The homeless tent encampment in the parking lot behind City Hall is moving in April to city-owned property on Alabama Street. The city of Bellingham approved a permit for the … Click to Continue » […]

  • Michael Vaughn Schmidt
    by The Northern Light on March 20, 2019 at 9:53 PM

    September 9, 1939 – March 12, 2019 Michael passed peacefully away surrounded by his loving family. He will forever be missed. […]

  • Margaret (Maggie) Ann MacLeod Martin
    by The Northern Light on March 20, 2019 at 9:52 PM

    1933-2019 Maggie was born October 9, 1933 on the Isle of Lewis in the Northern Hebrides.  Coming from such a climate it was no wonder she always wanted the windows of her home open.  Her husband nearly froze.  Maggie had two brothers and two sisters. Her parents brought the family to […]

  • Crossword puzzle answers: March 21-27
    by The Northern Light on March 20, 2019 at 9:47 PM

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  • Blaine Police Department reports: March 8-15, 2019
    by The Northern Light on March 20, 2019 at 9:44 PM

    March 8, 5:31 p.m.: Officers responded to the 500 block of Peace Portal Drive for a report of an individual staring at two underage kids and making obscene gestures toward them. Officers arrived and detained the suspect matching the description. After fully investigating the matter, officers […]

  • Letters to the Editor: March 21-27
    by The Northern Light on March 20, 2019 at 9:42 PM

    The Editor: The primary election for the Blaine City Council will be in August and the general election for the council will be in November. The primary election allows the voters in a particular ward to determine the candidates who will be on the ballot for the general election. The ward […]

  • Presentation to focus on advance care planning
    by The Northern Light on March 20, 2019 at 9:41 PM

    By Jami Makan An upcoming presentation will focus on advance care planning, advance directives and other topics such as palliative care. On Thursday, March 28 at 12:45 p.m., William E. Lombard, MD will give a talk titled “The Realities of Advance Medical Interventions” at the Blaine […]

  • Blaine students learn about marine science in Drayton Harbor
    by The Northern Light on March 20, 2019 at 9:40 PM

    By Oliver Lazenby The Blaine school district is taking advantage of its location by studying science and marine ecosystems in its own backyard. This year, first, fifth, sixth and eighth-graders are getting immersed in Drayton Harbor and the surrounding watershed with Gardens of The Salish Sea […]

  • April 16 proclaimed Healthcare Decisions Day
    by The Northern Light on March 20, 2019 at 9:39 PM

    By Jami Makan April 16 has been proclaimed Healthcare Decisions Day in the city of Blaine. Mayor Bonnie Onyon made the proclamation at the March 11 city council meeting. In making the proclamation, Onyon noted that only 24 percent of people in Washington state have executed an advance directive, […]

  • Local invention making a big splash in boating safety
    by The Northern Light on March 20, 2019 at 9:38 PM

    By Jami Makan The owner of a yacht brokerage in Blaine has invented a revolutionary device that can help save the lives of people who have fallen off boats. Randy Parten of The Dream Boat Company, 229 Marine Drive has invented a device called the Rescu Swim’r, which attaches to life rings. […]

  • Track and field program abuzz with big turnout and new coaches
    by The Northern Light on March 20, 2019 at 9:37 PM

    By Oliver Lazenby With a big new coaching staff and a turnout of almost 60 athletes – a nearly 50 percent increase from last year – there’s a lot of excitement around Blaine High School’s track and field program this spring. New head coach Gabe Bolton coached track for 23 […]

  • Incomes can’t keep pace with rapidly rising housing costs
    by ehamann on March 20, 2019 at 9:29 PM

    By Emily Hamann What was once a middle-class milestone is becoming less and less achievable in Bellingham. The ability to buy a home is now out of reach for many, as prices have skyrocketed, and wages have not. “If you look at average income versus average home prices, there are probably a […]

  • Itchy eyes? Runny nose? Sneezing? Here’s what’s causing your misery this spring
    on March 20, 2019 at 8:58 PM

    You can blame the itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing attacks and wheezy rattle in your lungs on the warm days we’ve been having recently. More specifically, you can blame the … Click to Continue » […]

  • He reportedly assaulted 2 men with a shovel, then his home burned while he was in jail
    on March 20, 2019 at 6:43 PM

    A Whatcom County man is suspected of assaulting two others with a shovel early Sunday only two hours before the shed that he was living in near the North Lake … Click to Continue » […]

  • Ferndale bounces back over Blaine
    by Brent Lindquist on March 20, 2019 at 6:17 PM

    Mattingly has great day on the mound and at the plate By Nick Vitalis For the Ferndale Record   FERNDALE ­— The Ferndale Golden Eagles (1-1) defeated the Blaine Borderites (0-2) at home in an early-season non-conference softball matchup Friday. The score was 16-5 after the top […]

  • Solar by Barron launching
    by Brent Lindquist on March 20, 2019 at 6:13 PM

    Kickoff event March 28   WHATCOM — Barron Heating & Air Conditioning is launching Solar by Barron, a new division providing sun-powered, energy-efficient heating and cooling solutions in northwest Washington.   “Our certified solar designers create systems for […]

  • Whatcom’s health ranks 9th in state
    by Brent Lindquist on March 20, 2019 at 6:11 PM

    Housing is a big contributing factor, say list’s compilers   WHATCOM — In the annual County Health Rankings developed for all of the United States by two health improvement organizations, Whatcom County ranks ninth in Washington in 2019.   By categories, Whatcom […]

  • McClendon bidding for County Council
    by Brent Lindquist on March 20, 2019 at 6:10 PM

    She will run from ‘Coastal’ District 5   WHATCOM — County Planning Commissioner and small business owner Natalie McClendon will run for the District 5 “Coastal” seat on the Whatcom County Council.   McClendon says in an announcement press release, […]

  • Letters to the Editor — March 20, 2019
    by Brent Lindquist on March 20, 2019 at 6:09 PM

    On liberals   Liberalism is a mental disorder — to deceive the passive by taking away their guns and their rights and tax them to death, until the end. This is what dictators have done for centuries. Liberals stupefy voters, reducing a nation to a flock of animals, of which the […]

  • State Patrol asks for help looking into I-5 night fatality
    by Brent Lindquist on March 20, 2019 at 6:08 PM

      WHATCOM ­— The Washington State Patrol is seeking the public’s help in investigating a hit-and-run pedestrian fatality that occurred early Tuesday on Interstate 5 at the Meridian Street exchange.   WSP detectives are examining all aspects that led to this […]

  • Event March 27 addresses youth substance use
    by Brent Lindquist on March 20, 2019 at 6:08 PM

    First two of four hours for adults only   DEMING — The Mt. Baker Community Coalition hosts a special program titled “Hidden in Plain Sight,” on substance misuse education and prevention, from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Mount Baker High School, 4936 Deming Rd. […]

  • Irish dance meets Scottish dance
    by Brent Lindquist on March 20, 2019 at 6:07 PM

    The post Irish dance meets Scottish dance appeared first on Ferndale Record. […]

  • City council approves new SRO contract
    by Brent Lindquist on March 20, 2019 at 6:05 PM

    School district now fully paying for officer’s salary By Brent Lindquist brent@lyndentribune.com FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council began discussing the cost of a school resource officer (SRO) back in November, and the issue concluded via the council’s consent agenda Monday […]

  • TriVan now building fire aid vehicles
    by Brent Lindquist on March 20, 2019 at 6:04 PM

    Fire District 14 gets first unit, North Whatcom next By Calvin Bratt editor@lyndentribune.com   WHATCOM ­— Fire District 14 on Friday took possession of the first emergency aid vehicle built by the TriVan Truck Body plant of Ferndale, and North Whatcom Fire & Rescue will be […]

  • Among Whatcom County teens, this habit is increasing and that worries health officials
    on March 20, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    Vaping among Whatcom County teenagers has increased significantly — a trend that’s being seen statewide and nationally. That was among the findings of the Washington State 2018 Healthy Youth Survey, … Click to Continue » […]

  • He used money supposed to help train police dogs to pay for his own bills and expenses
    on March 20, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    A former longtime Skagit County Sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to 60 days in prison and six months home confinement with electronic monitoring after embezzling more than $33,000 from a regional … Click to Continue » […]

  • There’s another major apartment building in the planning stages near WWU
    on March 20, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    In what is shaping up to be a very busy residential construction season, another major apartment project is in the planning stages. The latest proposal is in the Happy Valley … Click to Continue » […]

  • Shred The Contract creates food safety protocol following cannabis-infused pasta incident
    by LauraPlace on March 20, 2019 at 6:30 AM

    By Esther Chong After several students and an event organizer unknowingly ate cannabis-infused pasta at an boycott of Aramark dining services at Western hosted by Shred the Contract on March 8, 2019, the student organization released a statement on their new food safety protocol. Although the pasta […]

  • 17-year-old Bellingham High student killed in hit-and-run incident on I-5 Tuesday
    on March 19, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    A 17-year-old Bellingham High junior was killed when he was struck early Tuesday in a hit-and-run incident along southbound Interstate 5 near the Meridian Street exit. Butch J. Mullins was … Click to Continue » […]

  • You think you’re working smarter — but are you really?
    by ehamann on March 19, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    By Mike Cook For The Business Journal In previous posts I may have mentioned that a long time ago, when I still had both hair and a waistline, I had a corporate position for a little over eight years. By all accounts the organization where I worked, a major petroleum company, was among the best [... […]

  • Bellingham Airport installs electric vehicle charging stations
    by ehamann on March 19, 2019 at 12:11 AM

    Bellingham International Airport is now offering electric vehicle charging stations in its main airport parking lot. Initially, three charging stations will be available for travelers and a fourth will be available for employees. The stations are located on the south side of the main parking lot. […]

  • Bellingham solar installer launches campaign to support sustainable nonprofit
    by ehamann on March 19, 2019 at 12:09 AM

    Western Solar has announced the launch of a new campaign to support and collaborate with the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association. The Empowering NSEA campaign will bring the two organizations together to educate the public on the relationship between renewable energy, local ecosystems, economy […]

  • Programmatic buying is changing digital advertising for local advertisers
    by Admin on March 19, 2019 at 12:03 AM

    Programmatic provides advertisers more options for controlling their spend and who sees their ads The TV series Mad Men gave the general public a view into how the advertising industry operated for decades. For ads to reach consumers, brands would hire an agency, which would then plan and purchase […]

  • ‘Just a devastating loss’ — Maple Falls residents escape fire, but their 8 cats don’t
    on March 18, 2019 at 10:18 PM

    The residents of a Maple Falls double-wide were fortunate to escape uninjured from a fire in their home early Saturday, but the eight cats they had living with them did … Click to Continue » […]