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  • Bigfoot Tours from Bellingham
    by <div class="byline">December 6, 2019 8:45 am</div> on December 6, 2019 at 4:45 PM

    You can now go on a Bigfoot Adventure Tour right out of Bellingham. Ray Kolean and Joey Sternhagen of The Bigfoot Adventures join the Morning Show to talk about their novel tours The post Bigfoot Tours from Bellingham appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Two I-5 ramps in Mount Vernon closed for construction
    by <div class="byline">December 6, 2019 7:30 am</div> on December 6, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    The northbound I-5 off-ramp and southbound I-5 on-ramp at College Way will be closed for 48 hours starting at 11 PM Friday The post Two I-5 ramps in Mount Vernon closed for construction appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Lynden child joins other children of fallen military heroes on Snowball Express
    by <div class="byline">December 6, 2019 7:24 am</div> on December 6, 2019 at 3:24 PM

    39 Washington children will join others across the country as they're chartered to Disney World for a 5-day retreat at Disney World The post Lynden child joins other children of fallen military heroes on Snowball Express appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Bellingham Climate Strike scheduled today
    by <div class="byline">December 6, 2019 7:03 am</div> on December 6, 2019 at 3:03 PM

    People taking part in the Bellingham Climate Strike will meet at City Hall at 11 a.m. then march through downtown at 11:45 The post Bellingham Climate Strike scheduled today appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Parks & Recreation director retiring
    by <div class="byline">December 6, 2019 6:56 am</div> on December 6, 2019 at 2:56 PM

    Leslie Bryson is retiring after 25 years with the city; Nicole Oliver has been selected as Interim Parks and Recreation Director The post Parks & Recreation director retiring appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Stand-off with female suspect in Walmart parking lot leads to arrest
    by <div class="byline">December 6, 2019 6:42 am</div> on December 6, 2019 at 2:42 PM

    Jan Marie Ethier refused orders to leave a motorhome where she was violating a no-contact order; pepper balls were used to force her out The post Stand-off with female suspect in Walmart parking lot leads to arrest appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Concrete Town Council passes adult entertainment ordinance
    by <div class="byline">December 6, 2019 6:33 am</div> on December 6, 2019 at 2:33 PM

    According to the Skagit Valley Herald, the Concrete Town Council passed an emergency ordinance that limits adult entertainment businesses to the same areas as marijuana-related businesses The post Concrete Town Council passes adult entertainment ordinance appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • B.C. government will no longer allow timber sales in Skagit River headwaters
    by <div class="byline">December 6, 2019 6:21 am</div> on December 6, 2019 at 2:21 PM

    The decision could intensify pressure over a Canadian company's pending permit to start exploratory mining in the area, which conservationists see as a bigger threat to the river's ecology The post B.C. government will no longer allow timber sales in Skagit River headwaters appeared first on 790 […]

  • Whatcom County judge appointed to state Supreme Court
    by <div class="byline">December 5, 2019 9:30 am</div> on December 5, 2019 at 5:30 PM

    Inslee appointed Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis to take the place of retiring Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst, who is stepping down while she undergoes treatment for cancer The post Whatcom County judge appointed to state Supreme Court appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • New downtown mural a sweet treat
    by <div class="byline">December 5, 2019 7:13 am</div> on December 5, 2019 at 3:13 PM

    Artist Gretchen Leggitt teamed up with Pure Bliss Desserts to create an original mural on Cornwall featuring an array of desserts on a pink background The post New downtown mural a sweet treat appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Western Goalkeeper Leads Fight for NCAA Title
    by Cooper Campbell on December 5, 2019 at 1:41 AM

    Natalie Dierickx takes a goal kick in the Western women’s soccer game against rival Seattle Pacific University on Oct. 24, 2019. // Photo by Ian Haupt By Elizabeth Mahan At just four-years-old, Natalie Dierickx took her first touch of a soccer ball and immediately fell in love.   […]

  • Sehome High School Soccer Player Will Play for Western
    by Cooper Campbell on December 5, 2019 at 1:29 AM

    Zole Carbone // Photo courtesy Western Athletics By Conor Wilson Despite the possibility of an NCAA championship for women’s soccer this fall, one player cannot wait for next season. While the Western women’s soccer team prepares for its third-round NCAA tournament match-up on Dec. 5, […]

  • All 5 Fall Sports Win GNAC Title
    by Cooper Campbell on December 5, 2019 at 1:20 AM

    Drew Farnsworth (11) brings the ball up into the box, during a game against Montana State on Nov. 9. The Vikings clinched the GNAC title with a score 1-0. // Photo by Grady Haskell By Nolan Baker As fall quarter winds down to a close, so too does [...] The post All 5 Fall Sports Win GNAC Title […]

  • Bellingham Artist Makes the City His Canvas
    by Cooper Campbell on December 5, 2019 at 1:09 AM

    A mural by Shawn Cass the wraps around Walsh & Dry Services on Nov.5. // Photo by Max Gleiberman By Max Gleiberman On July 17 a fire destroyed downtown pet store Hohl Feed and Seed and also caused the destruction of bird alley. The mural survived the fire [...] The post Bellingham Artist Makes […]

  • Demand for Tech Programs Sparks Plan for New STEM Building
    by Cooper Campbell on December 5, 2019 at 12:59 AM

    By Eva Bryner A new $68 million building will be coming to campus to serve as a home for electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering and energy sciences. Construction is likely to begin in 2021, with a rough deadline of completion in spring 2023, according to Manca Valum, [...] […]

  • Job Shadow Program Accepts Applications From Western Students
    by Cooper Campbell on December 5, 2019 at 12:51 AM

    By Eva Bryner Western’s first campus-wide job shadow program is being piloted by the Alumni Association, matching students with alumni in their field. The program, Western@Work, was created by Associated Students Alumni Coordinator Samanta Baxley and has received upwards of 70 student […]

  • Western named 2019 Innovation & Economic Prosperity Designee
    by Cooper Campbell on December 5, 2019 at 12:32 AM

    By Jordan Van Beek Western has been named a 2019 Innovation & Economic Prosperity (IEP) designee by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). In order to be considered for this designation, a university completes a self-study process that looks to better understanding the […]

  • SAD Season Is Coming, but Counseling Services Are Here to Help
    by Cooper Campbell on December 5, 2019 at 12:17 AM

    By Bethany Maciejewski  With the sun setting just after 4 p.m., it is the time of year when students are most influenced by seasonal affective disorder. For those who are affected by seasonal depression, Western offers services to aid students who are struggling.  The university offers a […]

  • Muljat Group hires three new agents
    by mathewroland on December 4, 2019 at 11:44 PM

    Sophia Evans, a Bellingham native, has recently joined Muljat Group Realtors. Evans brings with her two years of Whatcom County real-estate experience and a strong sense of familiarity with Bellingham neighborhoods. Evans is passionate about helping first-time home buyers. “I love being able […]

  • LEGALS- DECEMBER 4, 2019
    by JSeverson on December 4, 2019 at 10:17 PM

    FERNDALE LEGAL Ordinances of the City Council of the City of Ferndale, Washington, passed at the Council meeting of December 2, 2019 Ordinance #2118 An ordinance adopting the 2020 budget Ordinance #2120 An ordinance amending the 2019 budget Ordinance #2123 An ordinance amending the membership of […]

  • Local Brands and Businesses Focus on Sustainability
    by Cooper Campbell on December 4, 2019 at 8:38 PM

    The street-view of Third Planet on Tuesday, Dec. 3. // Photo by Claire Ott By MacKenzie Dexter Fashion is a way for people to express themselves creatively, provide jobs and stay warm during the cold months, however, the fashion industry contributes to waste and overproduction in America.  […]

  • Bellingham Residents Urge Community to Keep Cats Inside
    by Cooper Campbell on December 4, 2019 at 8:28 PM

    A local cat enjoying the sun on Nov. 25. // Photo by Claire Ott By Ella Banken Several cats, in varying degrees of health, have been found in dumpsters and trash cans in Bellingham neighborhoods recently, and residents are taking to the internet to raise concern of these [...] The post Bellingham […]

  • Council moves forward with Catalyst project
    by Brent Lindquist on December 4, 2019 at 4:47 PM

    Fountain Place would be located adjacent to Centennial Riverwalk Park By Brent Lindquist brent@lyndentribune.com FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council voted Monday evening to move forward with a major building project centered upon one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Ferndale […]

  • Chance to get cheesy Dec. 7 in Ferndale
    by Brent Lindquist on December 4, 2019 at 4:45 PM

    Four local cheesemakers coordinate the Creamery Crawl   WHATCOM — The third annual Creamery Crawl happens on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., as four local cheesemakers offer samples, tours, gift basket giveaways, cheese platters and discounts at their places of operation. […]

  • Ferndale’s Citizens of the Year
    by Brent Lindquist on December 4, 2019 at 4:44 PM

    The post Ferndale’s Citizens of the Year appeared first on Ferndale Record.

  • Proposed Cherry Point changes threaten our economy
    by Brent Lindquist on December 4, 2019 at 4:43 PM

      This guest op-ed column is from Mark Riker, executive secretary of the Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council.   We live in polarized political times. But even against a backdrop defined by ideological differences, public officials of all stripes should […]

  • ‘Got Talent’ 15-year-old on 2020 fair slate
    by Brent Lindquist on December 4, 2019 at 4:42 PM

    Darci Lynne Farmer will be grandstand’s Friday feature   LYNDEN — Singer/ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer, winner of “America’s Got Talent” at just 12 years old, will perform Aug. 21, 2020, at the Northwest Washington Fair.   Farmer won the most […]

  • Gerrit Hoogenboezem
    by Brent Lindquist on December 4, 2019 at 4:41 PM

      Gerrit Marinus Hoogenboezem, of Lynden, passed away on Nov. 26, 2019, at age 99. He was born on July 27, 1920, in Rotterdam, Netherlands.   Gerrit grew up in the Netherlands. During World War II he fought in the Dutch underground, moving back and forth behind German lines, […]

  • Carl Fullner
    by Brent Lindquist on December 4, 2019 at 4:40 PM

      Carl Fullner went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.   Carl was born on Oct. 11, 1936, in Lynden to parents Otto and Wilma (Roosendaal) Fullner. He graduated from Lynden High School. Later he completed his associate’s degree at Western Washington […]

  • Marta Veldman
    by Brent Lindquist on December 4, 2019 at 4:39 PM

      Beloved by everyone who met her, Marta Lena Veldman and infant boy Mason John went home to be with their Lord and Savior on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. Marta was 21 weeks pregnant with Mason John when they passed.   Marta is remembered for her beautiful soul and her compassion for […]

  • Herbert Bol
    by Brent Lindquist on December 4, 2019 at 4:39 PM

      Herbert “Herb” Bol, age 80, went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 26, 2019. He was born on Nov. 4, 1939.   Herb was a longtime Everson resident and an active member of Mountain View Christian Reformed Church of Lynden. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, […]

  • Annual turkey drive sets donation record
    by mathewroland on December 3, 2019 at 8:12 PM

    The eighth- annual, Snapper Shuler Kenner turkey drive donated a new record to Whatcom County food banks. This year’s drive donated 384 turkeys to families in need. This donation exceeds the previous record of 247 turkeys. “We are overwhelmed by the community’s generosity this […]

  • Fox Hall Events Center reopens after remodel
    by mathewroland on December 3, 2019 at 7:37 PM

    New management has completed major interior renovations at the Fox Hall Events Center in Bellingham. Located at 1661 W Bakerview Rd. the events center has reopened to offer 3,750 square feet of space for celebrations, banquets, weddings and presentations. The event center has a capacity of about […]

  • Annual auction raises $463,000 for Whatcom Hospice
    by mathewroland on December 2, 2019 at 6:13 PM

    The Light the Night Hospice Gala Auction on Nov. 9, 2019, raised a record for Whatcom Hospice. The 19th annual event saw more than 340 guests in attendance and raised $463,000 to provide care for terminally ill patients in Whatcom County and Bellingham. The proceeds from the event provide room and […]

  • Building Permits Oct. 21-Nov. 8
    by mathewroland on November 27, 2019 at 5:57 PM

    Includes commercial building activity in Bellingham with an estimated valuation listed at $10,000 or more. Records are obtained from the City of Bellingham’s Permit Center. Oct. 21-25 3022 St. Clair St., $56,595.20 for new detached accessory building. Contractor: Spane Buildings Inc. Permit […]

  • Bellingham design agency acquires Hand Crank Films
    by mathewroland on November 26, 2019 at 6:13 PM

    The local creative agency Variant has finalized the acquisition of the video production company Hand Crank Films. The acquisition was finalized on Friday, Nov. 1. Both Variant and Hand Crank Films will retain their distinct individual brands. “Hand Crank is an established and well-regarded […]

  • What happened to American’s spirit of adventure?
    by Admin on November 26, 2019 at 5:41 PM

    By Mike Cook for the BBJ Earlier this year my wife and I were standing in the British Air rebooking line at London’s Heathrow airport, having just missed our connection from Rome to Seattle at the end of our vacation. The line was long but chugging along and we were pondering […]

  • Gym installs electricity generating equipment
    by mathewroland on November 25, 2019 at 5:40 PM

    Exercise has numerous health benefits. It can reduce the risk of heart disease, improve mental health and increase your chances of living longer. Now your workout can also contribute to generating electricity for our power grid. Located at 1605 N. State St., Fitness Gear & Training recently […]

  • Unity Care NW selects new CEO
    by mathewroland on November 22, 2019 at 7:29 PM

    The board of directors for Unity Care NW (UCNW), a federally qualified community health center serving Whatcom County, has selected Jodi Joyce as the next chief executive officer. At the end of January 2020, Joyce, who currently serves as associate vice chancellor for quality & patient safety; […]

  • Snowboard shop relocates to downtown
    by mathewroland on November 21, 2019 at 7:33 PM

    Just in time for winter, Boardworks Tech Shop celebrated the grand re-opening of its new downtown location on Oct. 26. The new location is now set up at 1215 Railroad Ave., the previous location of Man Pies. Johnny Lupo, owner of Boardworks originally opened the shop back in 2014. “Now […]

  • Digital tools help local small businesses compete
    by Admin on November 21, 2019 at 5:39 PM

    By Anne-Marie Faiola, Founder and CEO of Bramble Berry It’s an exciting time to own a small business – so different today than when I started. That was in the late 1990s when I would bring homemade soaps and crafts to sell at local fairs. Now I am sort of a digital guru, as every [...]

  • Couple open fitness repair service in PNW
    by mathewroland on November 20, 2019 at 7:15 PM

    Michael and Dawn Lee of Mount Vernon have launched Fitness Machine Technicians to serve Northern Washington. Based in Philadelphia, Fitness Machine Technicians will now serve Alderwood, Bothell, Shoreline, Everett and Bellingham. Operating in more than 70 markets nationwide, Fitness Machine […]

  • Tax incentive program enhances vitality of downtown businesses
    by mathewroland on November 19, 2019 at 7:21 PM

    The Downtown Bellingham Partnership has rolled out the 2020 Main Street Tax Incentive program. Through the program, businesses can donate to the organization and receive 75 percent of their donation back as a tax credit on their state Business and Operations taxes. The statewide program through the […]

  • Fantastic food can spice up holiday gatherings
    by Admin on November 18, 2019 at 7:31 PM

    Selecting the right caterer can make your special event memorable, from Bellingham to Bothell  When you think of memorable events or gatherings you’ve attended in the past year, how many involved food? There’s a good […]

  • Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District receives award
    by mathewroland on November 14, 2019 at 6:29 PM

    The Washington State Department of Health’s Treatment Optimization Program has awarded the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District with a Platinum Award. The award recognizes 15 or more consecutive years of meeting the Washington State Department of Health’s Treatment Optimization Program […]

  • Legal help available through free online service
    by Admin on November 11, 2019 at 9:41 PM

    Your chance to win pro football tickets comes with signing up for MyTrafficMan.net’s Busted911.com  By MyTrafficMan.net Getting arrested and taken to on suspicion of DUI or or traffic infractions can be a frightening […]

  • The four day work week and Parkinson’s Law
    by mathewroland on November 11, 2019 at 8:59 PM

    By Mike Cook for the BBJ Earlier this month an article appeared in Business Insider that caught my attention; Microsoft had announced an experiment with a four-day workweek in one of its subsidiaries in Japan that resulted in a 40% increase in productivity, a reduction in copies made of nearly 60% […]

  • PeaceHealth announces chief executive of the PeaceHealth Northwest network
    by mathewroland on November 8, 2019 at 6:53 PM

    Charles Prosper, MSPT, MBA, was named chief executive of the PeaceHealth Northwest network. Prosper began his 30-year healthcare career as a physical therapist at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia. He held the role of interim chief executive after a longtime PeaceHealth […]

  • Employee ownerships: An important step to creating quality jobs in Bellingham
    by Admin on November 7, 2019 at 6:04 PM

    By Mauri Ingram Whatcom Community Foundation, President, and CEO I read an interesting report recently which highlighted the official United States unemployment rate dropped to 3.7 percent, representing a 49-year low. A recent Harris Poll had cited 80 percent of American workers report living […]

  • CEO who improved foster care outcomes in WA to step down
    by mathewroland on November 6, 2019 at 6:00 PM

    After 24 years, Janis Avery, the CEO of Treehouse will formally step down from her position this Spring. Avery has been a transformational leader in advancing the mission of Treehouse, to give kids in foster care across the state of Washington a brighter childhood and future. Avery has her […]