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  • Southbound I-5 closed near Alger for 6 hours. ‘It was a real mess out there’
    on December 14, 2018 at 5:14 PM

    Both lanes of southbound Interstate 5 near Alger were closed for nearly six hours and down to one lane for another three hours for cleanup after a tractor trailer burst … Click to Continue » […]

  • King County cartel honcho arrested and identified
    by jhazel on December 14, 2018 at 4:58 PM

    Carlos Eduardo Lopez-Hernandez of Kent is said to be a high-level manager of the multi-state drug trafficking group that was recently dealt a major blow from law enforcement The post King County cartel honcho arrested and identified appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Whatcom’s crazy warm morning was part of a wet, windy storm heading this way
    on December 14, 2018 at 4:49 PM

    Bellingham tied its record high temperature for the date before the sun even rose Friday, in advance of a storm that’s packing strong and possibly damaging winds. “We’re getting a … Click to Continue » […]

  • State budget includes $1 billion for orca protection
    by jhazel on December 14, 2018 at 4:40 PM

    Governor Jay Inslee details plans to restore and protect orca habitat which includes a partial ban on whale watching tours The post State budget includes $1 billion for orca protection appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Bellingham plans to do away with coin parking meters
    by jhazel on December 14, 2018 at 4:03 PM

    Other major parking changes will be considered in upcoming City Council meetings The post Bellingham plans to do away with coin parking meters appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Police investigate shot-out window at Blaine Starbucks
    by jhazel on December 14, 2018 at 3:04 PM

    Blaine Police Chief Allen Schubert warns vandals that consequences for reckless behavior include jail or juvenile detention The post Police investigate shot-out window at Blaine Starbucks appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Architects unveil design for Birch Bay library
    by jhazel on December 14, 2018 at 2:44 PM

    Craftsman-style building will replace house on Birch Bay Drive just north of the visitor information center The post Architects unveil design for Birch Bay library appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Building Permits, Dec. 3-7
    by ehamann on December 14, 2018 at 2:00 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. Applied 1416 North State St., $10,000 for new office tenant in (E) building – Needham. Permit no.: BLD2018-1169. […]

  • Former Bellingham policeman sentenced for domestic abuse case
    by jhazel on December 14, 2018 at 1:49 PM

    Brooks Laughlin was arrested in March and ended up being charged with crimes including assault, harassment, stalking, criminal trespass and more The post Former Bellingham policeman sentenced for domestic abuse case appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • BPD goes on the hunt for distracted drivers
    by jhazel on December 14, 2018 at 1:23 PM

    Emphasis patrol hits the streets of Bellingham from 8 AM to 2 PM The post BPD goes on the hunt for distracted drivers appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Whatcom business owner a ‘backyard blacksmith,’ but he could end up ‘Master of Arms’
    on December 14, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    “Seinfled” did a memorable episode on being master of one’s domain, while National Geographic has a reality series named “Master of Disaster,” and lest we forget the Netflix series “Master … Click to Continue » […]

  • 240 tons of crushed limestone at Lake Padden will make runners and dog walkers happy
    on December 14, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Part of the main trail around Lake Padden is getting a facelift of 240 tons of crushed limestone. Crews are laying the gravel on about 1 mile of the trail, … Click to Continue » […]

  • Windy Whatcom weather gaining in power
    by jhazel on December 14, 2018 at 12:36 PM

    Speedier winds and higher gusts are expected as National Weather Service issues high wind warning for Bellingham and surrounding areas The post Windy Whatcom weather gaining in power appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Meet some of the women who work at the Intalco aluminum smelter
    on December 13, 2018 at 9:29 PM

    Women who work at the Intalco aluminum smelter near Ferndale, Washington have a wide variety of jobs, from accounting to engineering to production. … Click to Continue » […]

  • Recognize him? He wanted a bit more than an Egg McMuffin Sunday morning in Ferndale
    on December 13, 2018 at 6:03 PM

    Ferndale police released surveillance video of Sunday morning’s robbery of the Ferndale McDonald’s and are asking for witnesses or anybody with knowledge of what happened to assist them in catching … Click to Continue » […]

  • Do you know this guy? Ferndale Police want to talk to him
    on December 13, 2018 at 5:23 PM

    Ferndale Police released video footage of a suspect in the Dec. 9, 2018 robbery at a McDonald's restaurant at 1688 Main St. The video shows the suspect entering and exiting the restaurant. … Click to Continue » […]

  • Washington in the top 10 highest Christmas tree prices in America
    by jhazel on December 13, 2018 at 5:12 PM

    New Yorkers pay the most at an average of $90 a tree while North Dakota has lowest average at $33 The post Washington in the top 10 highest Christmas tree prices in America appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Bill allows killing of sea lions to protect salmon population
    by jhazel on December 13, 2018 at 4:39 PM

    Experts say sea lion populations have grown so large that some protections from 1972's Marine Mammal Protection Act are no longer necessary The post Bill allows killing of sea lions to protect salmon population appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Yoga studio set to open in Granary Building in February
    by ehamann on December 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM

    By Emily Hamann A new yoga studio set to open in the new year will mark a major milestone in Bellingham’s waterfront redevelopment project. Claire Stetina plans to open Bellingham Yoga Collective in the Granary Building in February. If all goes according to plan, it will be the first business […]

  • Lynden rodeo committee donates $50,000 to St. Joseph Cancer Center
    by ehamann on December 13, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    A Lynden PRCA Rodeo fundraising campaign recently donated $50,000 to the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center. This was the highest ever total raised through the 11 years of the rodeo’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign. During the Northwest Washington Fair this year, contestants, volunteers […]

  • New broker joins Muljat Group
    by ehamann on December 13, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Riley Ghio recently joined Muljat Group Realtors in Bellingham as a broker. Ghio is a third-generation broker and is the son of Muljat Group’s Kirk Ghio and grandson of Mickey Ghio. Riley Ghio graduated from Bellingham High School and studied business marketing at Central Washington […]

  • In Bellingham, homeless can now receive ‘much-needed basic dignity of a hot shower’
    on December 13, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    A new mobile trailer is bringing showers to the homeless in Bellingham, thanks to Lighthouse Mission Ministries. The Christian-based organization launched the effort Wednesday via its Shower Connect, which has … Click to Continue » […]

  • Meteors, planets and a comet light up December skies across Whatcom
    on December 13, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Several interplanetary visitors will be visible during the Northwest’s long December nights, providing the skies remain clear. Possibly the most spectacular is the Geminid meteor shower, which peaks in the … Click to Continue » […]

  • Domestic violence victim addresses ex-Bellingham cop in court
    on December 13, 2018 at 12:06 AM

    A domestic violence victim addresses former Bellingham Police officer Brooks Laughlin before his sentencing Dec. 12, 2018. Laughlin will spend eight years in prison after being found guilty of five felonies and four misdemeanors in November. … Click to Continue » […]

  • Local singers bring joy to all at the senior center
    by Stefanie Donahue on December 12, 2018 at 11:42 PM

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  • Design for a 7,600-square-foot library gets warm reception
    by Stefanie Donahue on December 12, 2018 at 11:42 PM

    By Oliver Lazenby Zervas Architects is fine-tuning the design for the future Birch Bay Library and its latest design is a departure from previous concepts: it does not incorporate the brown craftsman-style house currently on the site at 7920 Birch Bay Drive. Instead, it recreates the facade and […]

  • Blaine City Council adopts $56.4 million budget for 2019
    by Stefanie Donahue on December 12, 2018 at 11:40 PM

    By Stefanie Donahue Blaine City Council voted 6–0 on December 10 to approve a balanced operating and capital budget for 2019 totaling $56.4 million. City finance director Jeff Lazenby said the budget prioritizes public safety as well as maintaining city infrastructure, parks and facilities. […]

  • It’s time to get out and ‘Shell-ebrate’
    by Stefanie Donahue on December 12, 2018 at 11:39 PM

    Event to feature oyster samples, activities for kids and awards By Stefanie Donahue To mark the second anniversary of recreational and commercial shellfish harvesting restrictions being lifted on more than 800 acres of Drayton Harbor, local groups are coming together to host a […]

  • County urges tribe to cooperate on “languishing” berm project
    by Stefanie Donahue on December 12, 2018 at 11:37 PM

    Missing January deadline could jeopardize federal funding By Oliver Lazenby Without an agreement in the next month from the Lummi Indian Business Council, the 1.6-mile Birch Bay beach restoration project known as the Birch Bay berm will be delayed for another year and some funding for the $11.5 […]

  • Westfall and Button lead Blaine to second place at border battle
    by Stefanie Donahue on December 12, 2018 at 11:35 PM

    By Oliver Lazenby Blaine seniors Jacob Westfall and Aidan Button won their weight classes and led Blaine wrestlers to a second place team finish against 20 schools at the Battle at the Border on December 7-8 at Blaine High School. Though Blaine is almost always in the top three at its biggest home […]

  • ‘Police chief for the day’ patrols Blaine, meets officers
    by Stefanie Donahue on December 12, 2018 at 11:33 PM

    Cloey Munkres-Wolden, 10, stopped by The Northern Light office while on patrol with police chief Allen Schubert on December 11. During the Blaine Police Department open house in November, she won the ‘police chief for the day’ designation. While on patrol, Munkres-Wolden toured city […]

  • National pickleball champions to teach workshops in Blaine this winter
    by Stefanie Donahue on December 12, 2018 at 11:32 PM

    By Taylor Nichols Blaine and Birch Bay pickleball players will have a chance to train with the best this February. Registration is now open for three boot camps taught by national pickleball champion Tyson McGuffin and his doubles partner, Bellingham native Matt Goebel, hosted by the Blaine-Birch […]

  • City wants to hear from you about offer from Chewters Chocolates
    by Stefanie Donahue on December 12, 2018 at 11:30 PM

    By Stefanie Donahue Blaine city councilmembers spoke candidly during a regular meeting on December 10 about why they voted to table a $1.6 million offer from Chewters Chocolates to purchase the remaining seven acres of the Gateway Parcel. Chewters Chocolates CEO Richard Foley and VP of […]

  • Former Costa Azul building to be demolished
    by Stefanie Donahue on December 12, 2018 at 11:28 PM

    Blaine City Council voted 6–0 on December 10 to approve a $247,836 contract with Dirt Works Bellingham Inc. to demolish a building at 665 Peace Portal Drive. The building was formerly occupied by the Costa Azul restaurant and is in poor condition, posing a risk to public safety. “The […]

  • ‘You tried to kill who I am, but I am a survivor’ woman says as ex-officer sent to prison
    on December 12, 2018 at 9:58 PM

    A former Bellingham Police officer will spend less than a decade in prison after being found guilty of nine charges relating to a pattern of domestic violence abuse of a … Click to Continue » […]

  • He had a sledgehammer and a machete and it took 15 Whatcom deputies to arrest him
    on December 12, 2018 at 6:00 PM

    A 37-year-old man with warrants out of New York barricaded himself with a sledgehammer and a machete in a downstairs bathroom/laundry room of a home near Lynden for approximately four … Click to Continue » […]

  • After deadly Mount Baker snow season, here’s where avalanche danger is high
    on December 12, 2018 at 5:57 PM

    Avalanche danger is high across most of the North Cascades as a series of snow-laden winter storms sweep the North Cascades. “Very dangerous avalanche conditions,” the Northwest Avalanche Center said … Click to Continue » […]

  • Unity Care NW awarded $285,000 to fight opioid crisis
    by Brent Lindquist on December 12, 2018 at 5:55 PM

    Funds come via grant from U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services FERNDALE — Ferndale’s Unity Care NW was recently awarded $285,000 to fight the opioid crisis. The funds came via a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and they will be used to expand Unity […]

  • Ferndale PD seek propane theft suspect shown in video
    by Brent Lindquist on December 12, 2018 at 5:54 PM

    FERNDALE — The Ferndale Police Department is reaching out to the public for help identifying a man filmed stealing a propane tank early on Monday. A man stole a propane tank from a residence in the 5600 block of Second Avenue in Ferndale. The homeowner had a security camera set up, however, […]

  • County approves letter of support for immigrant health services
    by Brent Lindquist on December 12, 2018 at 5:53 PM

    Byrd opposed, in 6-1 vote on proposed federal rules By Ashley Hiruko ashley@lyndentribune.com BELLINGHAM — Proposals to federal legislation could minimize housing and other social benefits for immigrant families, including those seeking a path to citizenship. Changes put forward by President […]

  • Singing during brain surgery
    by Brent Lindquist on December 12, 2018 at 5:51 PM

    Kira Iaconetti, 19, of Lynden, and parents shared Monday on NBC “Today’ By Calvin Bratt editor@lyndentribune.com   A Lynden family appeared Monday on NBC’s “Today” show talking about 19-year-old Kira Iaconetti’s experience “singing during brain […]

  • Early learning is her passion, and it shows
    by Brent Lindquist on December 12, 2018 at 5:48 PM

    Mount Baker teacher awarded library’s Golden Apple award By Ashley Hiruko ashley@lyndentribune.com WHATCOM — Kaye Marshall had two questions on her mind as a kindergarten teacher in the Mount Baker School District: “Where are our kindergartners before they get to kindergarten and […]

  • Janice Nordby
    by Brent Lindquist on December 12, 2018 at 5:47 PM

      Janice Mardell Nord-by, 79, passed away on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, peacefully surrounded by family and loved ones.   Janice was born on July 26, 1939, a daughter of the late Frank and Virginia Vanderyacht.   Janice graduated from Mount Baker High School. In April 1957 […]

  • Marilyn Forslof
    by Brent Lindquist on December 12, 2018 at 5:47 PM

      Marilyn Kay Forslof (Van Den Top), beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed peacefully into the arms of her Savior on Nov. 26, 2018. She was born on June 29, 1957.   She and Mike raised three sons, all of whom she was very proud. She will always be […]

  • Henrietta Van Zwol
    by Brent Lindquist on December 12, 2018 at 5:46 PM

      Henrietta “Toots” Buys Van Zwol died in Bellingham with Hospice on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. She was 92.   Toots was born May 7, 1926, with her twin sister Willemina (Willy Ten Kley) in Hatfield, Minnesota, to Hendrik and Wilimpja (DeKrief) Buys. She had eight […]

  • Alexander North
    by Brent Lindquist on December 12, 2018 at 5:45 PM

      Alexander “Alec” North, age 65, passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, at the family home in Lynden.   He is survived by his wife, Kathy; daughter Wendy and son Michael. Alec had been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.   Alec worked as a parts counter man […]

  • Charles Augustine
    by Brent Lindquist on December 12, 2018 at 5:42 PM

      Charles Augustine, age 83, of Lynden, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.   Funeral arrangements are pending with Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services. The post Charles Augustine appeared first on Ferndale Record. […]

  • Whatcom man suspected of sexually touching and kissing 12-year-old girl
    on December 12, 2018 at 5:30 PM

    A Whatcom County man allegedly kissed and sexually touched a 12-year-old girl he was familiar with Saturday afternoon before falling asleep on the couch. The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office booked … Click to Continue » […]

  • Was it the Grinch or some other thief, who made off with a tree and caused all this grief?
    on December 12, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    No word on if this person’s hat wasn’t screwed on just right. Or if their shoes were simply a little too tight. Perhaps their “heart was two sizes too small.” … Click to Continue » […]

  • Shayne Merwin expelled from Western following vandalism investigation
    by westernfrontonline@gmail.com on December 12, 2018 at 12:32 AM

    By Cody Clark Shayne Merwin, the Western student who pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree burglary and malicious harassment in connection to racist and homophobic vandalism on Western’s campus, has been expelled from Western and is trespassed from returning to campus, according […]