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  • The influence of influencers
    by The Western Front on January 28, 2021 at 5:05 AM

    Millions of followers come with a new level of responsibility By Natalie Vinh Move over A-listers, social media influencers are the new kids on the block. With the rise of platforms such as TikTok and Instagram, a whole host of opportunities for stardom has emerged. A global audience is right under […]

  • The era of thrifting
    by The Western Front on January 28, 2021 at 4:17 AM

    Local businesses, consumers find thrifting can benefit everyone By Sophia Struna Bellingham’s growing care for the environment and value in giving back to the community have found their match in thrifting. The popular trend of sustainable shopping has shifted locals’ perspective on secondhand […]

  • Watchdogging Western
    by The Western Front on January 28, 2021 at 1:32 AM

    Student journalists have the responsibility to keep guard By Lauren Gallup Journalists are often called “watchdogs.”  But what does this mean, especially in the context of student journalists reporting on the goings-on of a college campus? “Watch-dogging is simply saying, ‘I’m here to […]

  • Vandals target transit signs in Ferndale
    by lmurphy on January 28, 2021 at 1:12 AM

    FERNDALE, Wash. — Vandals have been targeting public transportation signs in Ferndale. Spokesperson for The post Vandals target transit signs in Ferndale appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Western golf returns to practice with full team
    by The Western Front on January 28, 2021 at 1:02 AM

    Issue of travel may keep them from NCAA tournament play By Nathan Schumock  On paper, golf is one of the sports that could play through a global pandemic, according to the Texas Medical Association. Golf is naturally distanced and does not require person-to-person contact.  But there are more […]

  • Vista celebrates the Great Kindness Challenge
    by Brent Lindquist on January 27, 2021 at 9:33 PM

    Weeklong event encourages kindness in Ferndale’s middle schools By Brent Lindquist brent@lyndentribune.com FERNDALE — In an ordinary year, Vista Middle School’s Kindness Week would be akin to “controlled chaos,” according to school counselor and teacher Michael Black. “We’re basically […]

  • COVID cases break out at Sheriff’s Office work center
    by Brent Lindquist on January 27, 2021 at 9:32 PM

      BELLINGHAM — On Jan. 19 around 5:30 p.m., an offender living in one of the dormitory units at the minimum security Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Work Center, 2030 Division St., alerted deputies to some mild symptoms that could be associated with COVID-19.   The offender was […]

  • Ericksen: Cap and trade bill too big for a COVID session
    by Brent Lindquist on January 27, 2021 at 9:31 PM

    ‘We shouldn’t be debating (bills) … when the public isn’t here,’ says local senator   OLYMPIA — The governor’s new cap-and-trade proposal got its first hearing in the state Senate Jan. 19, and Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, says the meeting showed why the subject ought to be out […]

  • Senate Dems extend Inslee’s emergency orders …
    by Brent Lindquist on January 27, 2021 at 9:31 PM

    … indefinitely By Franz Wiechers-Gregory editor@lyndentribune.com   OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee took the oath of office for his third consecutive four-year term on Jan. 13 in the Capitol building, along with other state elected officials, wearing masks and physically distanced. Others, like […]

  • KWPZ’s Jim Bouma passes unexpectedly
    by Brent Lindquist on January 27, 2021 at 9:30 PM

    40 years with the station, he and co-host Lynette Morgan won a national award in 2011 By Calvin Bratt editor@lyndentribune.com   LYNDEN ­— Jim Bouma, Lynden resident and 40-year employee with local Christian radio station KWPZ Praise 106.5, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 19, while working […]

  • Revenue wants businesses to pay excise tax electronically
    by Brent Lindquist on January 27, 2021 at 9:30 PM

      OLYMPIA — Businesses that file their state excise taxes annually are now required to file and pay electronically beginning with their 2020 return (due April 15, 2021). The Department of Revenue will no longer be mailing paper returns to businesses.   Businesses are encouraged to visit […]

  • Slide closes Ken Hertz Trail
    by Brent Lindquist on January 27, 2021 at 9:29 PM

      WHATCOM — A landslide in Lake Whatcom Park on the east side of the lake is affecting use of the Ken Hertz Trail.   The trail is closed to all users near the 1.25-mile marker. On Jan. 20, Whatcom County Parks was assessing damage from the slide and began cleaning up the debris, expected […]

  • ‘Massive’ gas, fuel tax bill introduced
    by Brent Lindquist on January 27, 2021 at 9:29 PM

    Bill for $27B in transportation projects could equal $1 per gallon at the pump ­— from the Washington Policy Center   SEATTLE — In the second week of this year’s “virtual” session, House Democrats on Jan. 19 unveiled a massive increase in gas and other fuel taxes and fees to pay for […]

  • Middle Fork dam site now free-flowing stream
    by Brent Lindquist on January 27, 2021 at 9:28 PM

    Removal opens up 16 miles to fish, predicted to return   WHATCOM — Back last summer, crews used two big blasts to demolish the Nooksack River Middle Fork dam to clear the way for salmon to reach critical habitat.   Then began a months-long process of removing debris and restoring site to […]

  • County’s high case rate could be peaking
    by Brent Lindquist on January 27, 2021 at 9:28 PM

    COVID infected 1,114 Whatcom residents in the two weeks Jan. 2-15 By Calvin Bratt editor@lyndentribune.com   WHATCOM ­— The COVID virus is seeping out into the general population of the county, with cases now in the hundreds per week and touching acquaintances if not family members of […]

  • State Senate hears bill banning open carry at Capitol, public demonstrations
    by Kathi O'Shea on January 27, 2021 at 3:20 PM

    The bill would prohibit people from carrying weapons, while attending or being within 1000 feet of a demonstration at a public place The post State Senate hears bill banning open carry at Capitol, public demonstrations appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Coast Guard search waters near Port Angeles for downed airplane
    by Kathi O'Shea on January 27, 2021 at 3:06 PM

    One male was reported to be aboard the downed Cessna on a flight originating in Ketchikan, Alaska The post Coast Guard search waters near Port Angeles for downed airplane appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Bellingham ranked third in nation for remote work
    by Kathi O'Shea on January 27, 2021 at 2:42 PM

    Liveability.com ranked Bellingham #3 in its new top 10 list of the most remote-ready cities in the U.S. The post Bellingham ranked third in nation for remote work appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Daily football practices begin at Blaine High School
    by Kathi O'Shea on January 27, 2021 at 2:37 PM

    Head coach Jay Dodd told The Northern Light the practices will feature physical conditioning and small six-person groups for football-specific drills The post Daily football practices begin at Blaine High School appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Crane called in to raise former Alaska ferry in Anacortes
    by Kathi O'Shea on January 27, 2021 at 2:30 PM

    The former Alaska ferry Chilkat broke from its moorings at Lovrics Seacraft Inc. and went down in the storm The post Crane called in to raise former Alaska ferry in Anacortes appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Rocks thrown, windows broken in response to City’s encampment order
    by Kathi O'Shea on January 27, 2021 at 2:21 PM

    The mayor's office reports some rocks were thrown at windows at City Hall The post Rocks thrown, windows broken in response to City’s encampment order appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Microsoft business keeps moving amid pandemic
    by lmurphy on January 27, 2021 at 1:14 AM

    REDMOND, Wash. — As the pandemic continues, Microsoft’s business keeps moving forward. The Redmond-based The post Microsoft business keeps moving amid pandemic appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Bellingham police respond to fight, vehicle crash near homeless encampment
    by lmurphy on January 27, 2021 at 1:12 AM

    BELLINGHAM, Wash. — There has been some police activity at the homeless encampment outside The post Bellingham police respond to fight, vehicle crash near homeless encampment appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Suspect involved in Birch Bay vehicle pursuit incarcerated in North Dakota
    by lmurphy on January 27, 2021 at 1:09 AM

    BIRCH BAY, Wash. — We recently reported that a suspect was at large after The post Suspect involved in Birch Bay vehicle pursuit incarcerated in North Dakota appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Five generations of family through art
    by The Western Front on January 26, 2021 at 4:39 AM

    “Origins and Evolutions” opens Jan. 26 at Gallery Syre Correction: A previous version of this story misidentified the artistic team as being run by Corona. The team is led by Syre. The story has been updated for clarity and to correct the error. By Georgia Costa Gallery Syre, an art gallery in […]

  • Job candidate alleges bias in WWU hiring
    by The Western Front on January 24, 2021 at 10:03 PM

    The university claims it followed all existing equal opportunity guidelines By Mallory Biggar In November 2019, Amy Lam, a creative director and Asian American woman, applied for an associate professor position in Western Washington University’s design department. As she wrote in a Medium […]

  • Research from a national perspective
    by The Western Front on January 24, 2021 at 9:31 PM

    This story expands on reporting about a discrimination complaint filed by Amy Lam, an Asian American woman who applied for an associate professor position in Western’s design department that was ultimately offered to a white, male candidate out of a finalist pool of white candidates. Read the […]

  • Search Advocate Program
    by The Western Front on January 24, 2021 at 9:23 PM

    This story expands on reporting about a discrimination complaint filed by Amy Lam, an Asian American woman who applied for an associate professor position in Western’s design department that was ultimately offered to a white, male candidate out of a finalist pool of white candidates. Read the […]

  • NEWS BRIEF: Protests and calls for action as large numbers remain without shelter
    by The Western Front on January 24, 2021 at 1:58 AM

    Groups of protestors block camp displacement; small number enter city hall By Silvia Leija, Faith Owens and Riley Young This is a story about an ongoing event. We will be updating this story as new information is made available, and will also be releasing more stories in the future covering the […]

  • The overwhelming whiteness of young adult fiction
    by The Western Front on January 22, 2021 at 11:33 PM

    Popular young adult series are riddled with harmful stereotypes By Natalie Vinh Authors have built empires through young adult fiction. Popular series like J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter,” Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson” and Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight” are household names in the […]

  • 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...