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  • Zero tolerance for insurrectionists in Bellingham
    by The Western Front on January 18, 2021 at 10:15 PM

    With inauguration less than a week away, city and county officials aim to keep community safe By Lauren Gallup On Wednesday, Jan. 6, the nation and state capitals were attacked by rioters, resulting in the second impeachment of President Donald Trump on a charge of inciting insurrection. Bellingham […]

  • Western students recall best parts of campus
    by The Western Front on January 18, 2021 at 3:30 AM

    Wilson Library and Red Square are sorely missed By Sophia Pappalau Many Western Washington University students are experiencing another quarter away from campus after an announcement from Rich Van Den Hul, WWU incident manager and vice president for business and financial affairs, that all classes […]

  • How to deal with stress during times of political uncertainty
    by The Western Front on January 18, 2021 at 3:07 AM

    Hint: it starts with giving yourself a break By The Western Front Editorial Board Let’s face it: the current political climate is exhausting. When social media is flooded with unsupported fraudulent election claims, calls for recounts and reports of riots on the Capitol, the mental health of our […]

  • Bellis Fair clothier announces bankruptcy, closing
    by Kathi O'Shea on January 15, 2021 at 4:30 PM

    Women's clothier Christopher and Banks announced the news in a release Thursday The post Bellis Fair clothier announces bankruptcy, closing appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • State report: State’s salmon populations still struggling
    by Kathi O'Shea on January 15, 2021 at 4:23 PM

    The Salmon Recovery Office report shows that 10 of the 14 species of threatened or endangered salmon and steelhead in Washington are not making progress, and 5 are in crisis The post State report: State’s salmon populations still struggling appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Wastewater released into Puget Sound in wake of storm
    by Kathi O'Shea on January 15, 2021 at 4:13 PM

    The West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle sent 11 million gallons of untreated storm water and sewage into the sound; additional spills occurred at the Shoreline and Medina facilities The post Wastewater released into Puget Sound in wake of storm appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Anacortes pier sinks in wake of storm; details updated
    by Kathi O'Shea on January 15, 2021 at 4:04 PM

    The Coast Guard says three vessels were moored to the pier when it went down The post Anacortes pier sinks in wake of storm; details updated appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Birch Bay Berm successfully passes first real test
    by Kathi O'Shea on January 15, 2021 at 3:42 PM

    Whatcom County Public works is calling the storm this week a good test of the new Birch Bay Berm The post Birch Bay Berm successfully passes first real test appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Bellingham Christian School expands offerings
    by Kathi O'Shea on January 15, 2021 at 3:16 PM

    Bellingham Christian School Principal Shawn Cunningham says they will offer families a state-approved accredited 9th grade option The post Bellingham Christian School expands offerings appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Health department announces broader vaccine availability
    by Kathi O'Shea on January 15, 2021 at 2:52 PM

    Tier 1 of the new group includes people 70 and over and multi-generational household residents 50 and older The post Health department announces broader vaccine availability appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Cluster of COVID-19 cases identified in Sheriff’s Office
    by Kathi O'Shea on January 15, 2021 at 2:41 PM

    Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo said it's reflective of the recent surge in cases Whatcom County has experienced in the last several weeks The post Cluster of COVID-19 cases identified in Sheriff’s Office appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • NEWS BRIEF: Spring, summer 2021 quarters to continue online modality
    by The Western Front on January 15, 2021 at 5:43 AM

    Western will adopt the same approach as fall 2020 and winter 2021 quarters, with only research and experiential classes held on-site By Sophia Pappalau In response to surging numbers of COVID-19 cases locally, regionally and nationally, Western Washington University has extended online learning […]

  • Rangers search for man missing in North Cascades
    by lmurphy on January 15, 2021 at 1:03 AM

    NEWHALEM, Wash. — Park Rangers are on the lookout for a missing man whose The post Rangers search for man missing in North Cascades appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • NEWS BRIEF: Whatcom County COVID-19 cases higher than ever
    by The Western Front on January 14, 2021 at 8:11 PM

    Health Department reiterates need to take precautions seriously By Lauren Gallup Whatcom County’s COVID-19 cases are higher now than at any other point during the pandemic, according to a press release issued by the Whatcom County Health Department Friday, Jan. 8. As of Wednesday, Jan. 13, there […]

  • Trump administration slashes imperiled spotted owls’ habitat
    by Kathi O'Shea on January 14, 2021 at 4:12 PM

    Environmentalists called the action a "parting shot" at protections in favor of the timber industry; timber groups applaud the decision The post Trump administration slashes imperiled spotted owls’ habitat appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • NEWS BRIEF: High winds cause trees to fall on Fairhaven Complex
    by The Western Front on January 14, 2021 at 5:48 AM

    Fairhaven residents evacuate residence hall due to fallen tree damage By Alison Ward Several trees fell on stack 3 of Fairhaven Complex at about 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, causing damage to the residence hall and one minor injury. The trees fell from the Sehome Hill Arboretum and hit the stack […]

  • Chase ends with arrest on multiple charges
    by Brent Lindquist on January 13, 2021 at 7:21 PM

    WHATCOM — On Jan. 5 around 8:30 p.m., deputies received information on the location of 38-year-old Shawn Sivo, of Ferndale, who was wanted for second-degree assault and possession of a stolen vehicle.   Deputies located Sivo driving northbound in the 7100 block of Valley View Road at a high […]

  • Health Dept.: COVID wave sweeping county
    by Brent Lindquist on January 13, 2021 at 7:19 PM

    ‘Counts higher than they have ever been’ — toward 450 in last two weeks   WHATCOM — There were grim words from the county Health Department on Friday, Jan. 8:   “The county has entered new, uncharted and dangerous COVID-19 territory. Since Dec. 30 cases have risen very rapidly, […]

  • Lummi ferry truck weight limit raised to 11,000 pounds
    by Brent Lindquist on January 13, 2021 at 7:18 PM

    WHATCOM ­— On Jan. 1, 2021, the Ferry Division of county Public Works increased the maximum gross vehicle weight for personal vehicles on the Whatcom Chief ferry from 8,000 pounds to 11,000 pounds. This increase applies to all $13 single-ride round trips and all multi-ride punch cards for the […]

  • No vaccines yet at Family Care Network
    by Brent Lindquist on January 13, 2021 at 7:17 PM

    It will use the Moderna one, when available   WHATCOM ­— Family Care Network will be using the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19, with doses 28 days apart, the local physician network announced last week.   The vaccine was not available on Jan. 7, nor was it known for sure when it would be. […]

  • Local federal delegation says, Remove Trump
    by Brent Lindquist on January 13, 2021 at 7:16 PM

    WHATCOM ­— All of the Democratic federal legislators representing the county have joined in the call for President Trump to resign or be impeached for his role in inciting what became the Jan. 6 storming and invasion of the U.S. Capitol building.   These were comments last week:   • […]

  • LEGALS- January 13, 2021
    by Melanie Fair on January 13, 2021 at 2:00 PM

    FERNDALE CALL FOR BIDS CITY OF FERNDALE STAR PARK PICNIC SHELTER ENGINEER’S ESTIMATE $315,000 TO $350,000 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by CITY OF FERNDALE that electronic .pdf copies of bid proposals will be received by the City of Ferndale via email to Public-Works@cityofferndale.org until 1:30 p.m. […]

  • COVID-19 impacts students’ outfit choices
    by The Western Front on January 13, 2021 at 6:15 AM

    Students say that online classes have influenced their style By Sienna Boucher Fashion is how one can express themself to the world — everyday sidewalks become catwalks, and passers-by are the audience. But how does one dress when these days most connections to the outside world are made through […]

  • From cop to counselor
    by Brent Lindquist on January 12, 2021 at 11:04 PM

    Sheriff’s deputy Jamie Collins of Ferndale goes from ‘life-saving’ to ‘life-giving,’ he says By Elisa Claassen for the Lynden Tribune   WHATCOM — On Dec. 31 Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputy Jamie Collins made his final 10-7 call, known to the civilian world as “out of service.” […]

  • What’s in store for Ferndale in 2021?
    by Brent Lindquist on January 12, 2021 at 10:58 PM

    Infrastructure improvements coming, altered city events planned By Brent Lindquist brent@lyndentribune.com FERNDALE — The coming year is uncertain for a variety of COVID-19-related reasons, but the City of Ferndale remains on track for some very big developments in 2021. Some of these, Ferndale […]

  • Chase ends with arrest on multiple charges
    by Brent Lindquist on January 12, 2021 at 10:57 PM

    Pursuit ended with car spinning out into ditch   WHATCOM — On Jan. 5 around 8:30 p.m., deputies received information on the location of 38-year-old Shawn Sivo, of Ferndale, who was wanted for second-degree assault and possession of a stolen vehicle.   Deputies located Sivo driving […]

  • Local leaders react to unrest in Olympia following siege of U.S. Capitol building
    by The Western Front on January 11, 2021 at 1:57 AM

    Washington state Democrats join growing chorus to remove Trump from office, Gov. Inslee deploys troops to Olympia By Nolan Baker After chaos and violence erupted from the nation’s capital and reverberated to statehouses across the country, Whatcom County’s representatives in Congress are […]

  • LEGALS- January 6, 2021
    by Melanie Fair on January 6, 2021 at 2:00 PM

    FERNDALE NOTICE OF APPLICATION The City of Ferndale has initiated an amendment to the City of Ferndale Shoreline Master Program. No approvals have been granted at this time. No formal changes are available for review. This notice serves as the first of several public notices that will be provided […]

  • Clear leadership, student engagement moves Western forward
    by The Western Front on December 8, 2020 at 7:18 PM

    Transparency and student-led collaboration with Western is key to progressing toward an environmentally sustainable future.  By Nick Stringer At Western Washington University, environmental sustainability is spearheaded by student action and supported by transparent leadership.  In spring of […]

  • Tony’s Coffee wins prestigious award
    by The Western Front on December 8, 2020 at 1:38 AM

    The local company made waves in a premier coffee magazine for their environmental work By Holden Predmore Tony’s Coffee has been selected as Roast Magazine’s Roaster of the Year for 2021, the same year they plan to celebrate their 50-year anniversary.  “Winning the award was the icing on 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...