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  • Do you drive to work by yourself? You have lots of company
    on September 23, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Everyone seems to grumble about their morning commute, but most Northwesterners drive to work alone and wouldn’t have it any other way, a new poll has found. Seattle-based PEMCO insurance … Click to Continue » […]

  • Bellingham police, city sued over alleged racial discrimination, civil rights violations
    on September 23, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    A Bellingham man and his transgender daughter are suing the city of Bellingham and four officers in the Bellingham Police Department for alleged false arrest, racial discrimination and violation of … Click to Continue » […]

  • Two juveniles suspected of burglarizing a Bellingham pot shop twice
    on September 22, 2018 at 4:00 PM

    Three weeks before an Aug. 30 break in at the 2020 Solutions retail marijuana store that resulted in the arrest of four men, the same store on Iron Street was … Click to Continue » […]

  • You heard right — an overturned boat backed up traffic on I-5 in Bellingham
    on September 21, 2018 at 11:09 PM

    A boat that fell off a trailer blocked one southbound lane of Interstate 5 during a rainy Friday afternoon, slowing traffic through Bellingham for nearly about 2 1/2 hours. Washington … Click to Continue » […]

  • This shipwreck is blocking traffic on Interstate 5
    on September 21, 2018 at 11:09 PM

    A Washington State Patrol trooper guides traffic around a trailer that dumped a boat into a lane of traffic on Interstate 5 on Friday, Sept. 21, in Bellingham, Washington. … Click to Continue » […]

  • State Supreme Court overturned his conviction, but he’ll likely stay in prison
    on September 21, 2018 at 9:47 PM

    A Bellingham man will receive a new trial after the Washington State Supreme Court ruled in a split decision last week that a Whatcom County Superior Court judge improperly dismissed … Click to Continue » […]

  • Lummi Nation gets grant to combat violence against women
    on September 21, 2018 at 6:31 PM

    The U.S. Justice Department will double the funding it gives tribes for public safety programs and crime victims as it tries to tackle the high rates of violence against Native … Click to Continue » […]

  • She came home from school to find a stranger walking his dog leaving her house
    on September 21, 2018 at 5:13 PM

    A student in Everson got quite a shock Thursday afternoon when she returned home from school to see an unknown man with a big, black dog leave the back door … Click to Continue » […]

  • Seattle Police union votes overwhelmingly to approve raises
    by jhazel on September 21, 2018 at 3:51 PM

    Contract is sent to be approved by city council after 95% of guildmembers vote to ratify The post Seattle Police union votes overwhelmingly to approve raises appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Ferndale High School wants to help voters get registered
    by jhazel on September 21, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, September 25 and election is less than two months away The post Ferndale High School wants to help voters get registered appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • This Whatcom County traffic problem was solved in a roundabout way
    on September 21, 2018 at 3:00 PM

    A data analysis helped state transportation officials decide what kind of roundabouts to build on Slater Road near Interstate 5 in Whatcom County, Washington. … Click to Continue » […]

  • State Patrol begins weekend crack down on distracted drivers
    by jhazel on September 21, 2018 at 1:49 PM

    Using electronics while driving can bring a fine of up to $136 The post State Patrol begins weekend crack down on distracted drivers appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • City officials consider move and redevelopment of downtown YMCA
    by jhazel on September 21, 2018 at 1:14 PM

    Committee forms to evaluate possible move to Civic Athletic Complex The post City officials consider move and redevelopment of downtown YMCA appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • City Council weighs new ordinance on homeless tent encampments
    by jhazel on September 21, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    Report by the City of Bellingham estimates a 50.5% increase of the homeless population in last five years The post City Council weighs new ordinance on homeless tent encampments appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • There’s a good chance you’ll pay for not paying attention while driving this weekend
    on September 21, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    In case you haven’t gotten the message since Washington enacted its distracted driving law last year — and judging by the number of people still on their phones while driving, … Click to Continue » […]

  • Building permits, Sept. 10-14
    by ehamann on September 21, 2018 at 7:40 AM

    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 310 Lakeway Drive, $15,000 to raise height of (e) gas canopy: Chevron. Contractor: Signs Plus Inc. Permit no.: […]

  • Liquor and marijuana licenses, Sept. 3-21
    by ehamann on September 21, 2018 at 7:38 AM

    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 Chocolate Necessities, Chocolate Necessities Inc., Kevin G. Buck, Anita A. Buck applied to change location of a beer/wine rest – […]

  • Whatcom County man suspected of raping woman at his house east of Bellingham
    on September 20, 2018 at 7:52 PM

    A 32-year-old Whatcom County man was arrested Wednesday after he reportedly raped a woman he is familiar with at his house near Toad Lake east of Bellingham. The Whatcom County … Click to Continue » […]

  • Crossword puzzle answers: September 20-27
    by The Northern Light on September 20, 2018 at 5:50 PM

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  • After decades in downtown Bellingham, the Whatcom Family YMCA might be on the move
    on September 20, 2018 at 5:38 PM

    After decades downtown, the Whatcom Family YMCA could move to the part of the Civic Athletic Complex that includes the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center in collaboration with the city of … Click to Continue » […]

  • Composters settle with Marysville residents in class-action suit
    by jhazel on September 20, 2018 at 3:50 PM

    Cedar Grove Composting agrees to pay hundreds of thousands after complaints over bad smell from their Everett plant The post Composters settle with Marysville residents in class-action suit appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • UPDATE: Man walking on freeway near Stanwood struck and killed
    by jhazel on September 20, 2018 at 2:30 PM

    Troopers identify 37-year-old man as Sedro-Woolley resident Andrew Ryan Johnson The post UPDATE: Man walking on freeway near Stanwood struck and killed appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • WWU exhibit looks at PNW mountaineering
    by jhazel on September 20, 2018 at 2:12 PM

    Rare books, historical photographs, and manuscript materials available for viewing at "To the Mountain Top: A Social History of Mountaineering" The post WWU exhibit looks at PNW mountaineering appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Seattle University commits to stop taking fossil fuel money
    by jhazel on September 20, 2018 at 1:07 PM

    Change in endowment would make SU the first school in Washington to have no funds from fossil fuel companies The post Seattle University commits to stop taking fossil fuel money appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Carmichael Clark hires new associate
    by ehamann on September 20, 2018 at 12:54 PM

    Carmichael Clark, PS, announced that Colin Morrow has joined the firm as an associate. Morrow practices in the areas of estate planning, elder law and related areas of civil practice. Morrow graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 2017. For more information about the firm, […]

  • Alcoa donates $30,000 to expand WCC engineering program
    by ehamann on September 20, 2018 at 12:53 PM

    Alcoa Foundation awarded Whatcom Community College a grant of $30,000 to support the expansion of the college’s pre-engineering program. With the $25,000 the foundation awarded last year, Whatcom purchased start-up equipment and established dedicated program space. Whatcom will use this […]

  • Bellingham insurance agent celebrates 40th anniversary
    by ehamann on September 20, 2018 at 12:52 PM

    Scott Richardson, Allstate agent and president of State Street Insurance, Richardson Agency Inc., is celebrating his 40th year in the insurance business this month. Richardson started in the basement of the Bellingham Sears Store in 1978. Over the years, he was promoted to senior account agent, […]

  • Will Whatcom Community College’s new dorm help ease Bellingham’s housing shortage?
    on September 20, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    For the first time in its 51-year history, Whatcom Community College is building housing for students on its campus. Construction started this month on the $28 million project off Cordata … Click to Continue » […]

  • DOJ grants $246 million for tribal law enforcement
    by jhazel on September 20, 2018 at 11:51 AM

    Lummi Nation will use $450,000 for their Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program The post DOJ grants $246 million for tribal law enforcement appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Hundreds attend Run with the Chums in Birch Bay
    by Stefanie Donahue on September 19, 2018 at 10:45 PM

    Over 250 people joined the sixth annual Run with the Chums at the BP Highlands on September 15. Hosted by the Whatcom Conservation District in conjunction with Whatcom Water Week, the event featured a 5K, Smolt Sprint 1K and educational activities.     Photo courtesy of the Whatcom […]

  • Bay Medical Clinic to remain open through March
    by Stefanie Donahue on September 19, 2018 at 10:43 PM

    By Stefanie Donahue Patients at Bay Medical Clinic in Blaine can rest easy – at least until March 31. This week, Dr. Marta Kazymyra confirmed that Mountlake Terrace-based insurance company Premera Blue Cross has committed to conducting a statewide search to recruit new providers at the […]

  • Roots program returns for third year in Blaine
    by Stefanie Donahue on September 19, 2018 at 10:42 PM

    By Stefanie Donahue A program that helps families who have suffered trauma from abuse, neglect or poverty, for example, will return to Blaine for its third year next month. Hosted by Bellingham-based nonprofit Rebound of Whatcom County, the Roots Family Enrichment Program is offered to families […]

  • Plover passes U.S. Coast Guard inspection
    by Stefanie Donahue on September 19, 2018 at 10:41 PM

    United States Coast Guard lieutenant jg Sean Hill conducts the annual inspection of the historic Plover ferry on September 18. Richard Sturgill, founding director of Drayton Harbor Maritime which owns and operates the vessel, said the Plover passed the inspection. Between May 28 and September 3, a […]

  • Volunteers hosting Peace Arch State Park fundraiser
    by Stefanie Donahue on September 19, 2018 at 10:39 PM

    By Stefanie Donahue An upcoming open house aims to raise money for a variety of improvement projects at Peace State Arch Park. It’s the first big fundraiser for the Peace Arch Foundation, which was formed to help advance preservation and beautification projects at the park that don’t […]

  • Family Service Center provides everything from school supplies to clean socks
    by Stefanie Donahue on September 19, 2018 at 10:37 PM

    By Oliver Lazenby For many students, new clothes and a backpack filled with fresh school supplies add excitement to the beginning of the school year. But not everyone can afford those things. For those who can’t, the Blaine school district’s Family Service Center can provide school […]

  • Athletes make strides on cross country teams
    by Stefanie Donahue on September 19, 2018 at 10:36 PM

    By Oliver Lazenby With three meets in the books, Blaine’s young runners hint at a promising future for the program. At the South Whidbey Invite on September 15, which included athletes from more than 20 schools, freshman Connor Hettinga was the first Blaine athlete across the line, finishing […]

  • Watch out for poison hemlock
    by Stefanie Donahue on September 19, 2018 at 10:34 PM

    By Stefanie Donahue A local gardener is warning residents to be on the lookout for poison hemlock, a toxic plant that grows locally. Considered a noxious weed, poison hemlock bares a strong resemblance to wild carrot (which also goes by the name Queen Anne’s Lace) and can kill humans, […]

  • Letters to the Editor: September 20-26
    by Stefanie Donahue on September 19, 2018 at 10:31 PM

    The Editor: Starbucks, please shut off your propane fireplace. In our age of climate change, we do not need you needlessly pumping carbon dioxide into the air. I’m sure you could get the same effect with some nice orange LED lights. You are a welcome addition to Blaine; I like your coffee but […]

  • Man speeds through Peace Arch border crossing, then evades police for nearly 30 miles
    on September 19, 2018 at 9:22 PM

    A man in his 20s driving a blue Ford pickup drove through the Peace Arch border crossing into Canada without stopping Saturday morning and sped toward Vancouver, B.C. He was … Click to Continue » […]

  • Ericksen hosts his own talking sessions
    by Brent Lindquist on September 19, 2018 at 8:53 PM

    It is a campaign event, he says, helping him hear out voters By Calvin Bratt editor@lyndentribune.com   LYNDEN ­— If Democrats strengthen their control of the state Legislature, Sen. Doug Ericksen believes, they will try to pass income, capital gains and Seattle-style head […]

  • State’s boiler inspectors come to Berthusen for live training
    by Brent Lindquist on September 19, 2018 at 8:51 PM

    14 inspectors were able to try their hand driving a steam engine By Calvin Bratt editor@lyndentribune.com   LYNDEN ­— The state people who test and inspect boilers for a living got a chance to actually operate a big steam engine on Monday.   They came to Berthusen Park […]

  • Demo Derby reprises Saturday
    by Brent Lindquist on September 19, 2018 at 8:50 PM

    Kids 10 and under get into this event free   LYNDEN — Coming off a series of “smash hits” recorded at a sold-out performance during fair week, local drivers return for an encore at the Fall Demo Derby on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds. […]

  • Small cities embrace home monitoring programs
    by Brent Lindquist on September 19, 2018 at 8:49 PM

    Overcrowded jail stress, incarceration viewpoints have led to more jail alternative use By Ashley Hiruko ashley@lyndentribune.com WHATCOM — Over the summer the city councils of Sumas, Blaine and Everson all voted to implement their own electronic home detention programs for incarceration. The […]

  • College Honors
    by Brent Lindquist on September 19, 2018 at 8:46 PM

    UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON   SEATTLE ­— Two students of hometown Ferndale were named to the Dean’s List (at least 3.5 GPA) at the University of Washington for spring quarter 2018.   The pair are junior Jillian Anderson and senior Laura Banham. The post College […]

  • Burn ban lifted
    by Brent Lindquist on September 19, 2018 at 8:45 PM

      WHATCOM — Due to recent rain, the general ban on outdoor burning in the county has been lifted.   The Fire Marshal’s Office announced the action effective Friday, Sept. 14, for unincorporated areas of Whatcom County. Now verbal burn permits are again available via […]

  • Council passes property tax exemption
    by Brent Lindquist on September 19, 2018 at 8:45 PM

    Ordinance temporarily exempts new multi-family development from property taxes By Brent Lindquist brent@lyndentribune.com FERNDALE — Multi-family housing development is now a bit easier and a little cheaper in Ferndale. The Ferndale City Council approved a two-year property tax exemption for […]

  • Highland dance classes now at Pioneer Meadows
    by Brent Lindquist on September 19, 2018 at 8:40 PM

    Teacher Heather Richendrfer brought Highland Gathering back to Ferndale in June By Brent Lindquist brent@lyndentribune.com FERNDALE — Heather Richendrfer brought the Highland Gathering tradition back to Ferndale, and now she’s bringing a dose of year-round Scottish and Irish culture to […]

  • Barron Heating starts its own training school
    by Brent Lindquist on September 19, 2018 at 8:39 PM

    Goal is to get an adequate qualified workforce   FERNDALE — Barron Heating & Air Conditioning, seeking qualified candidates in a tight job market, recently launched Barron Technician School on its Pacific Highway campus.   The company seeks exceptional apprentice and […]

  • Letters to the Editor — Sept. 19, 2018
    by Brent Lindquist on September 19, 2018 at 8:39 PM

    Kudos to Buys’ bill   You have seen these food trucks buzzing around construction sites. You have seen them in downtown Ferndale, Lynden and Everson. You believe the food trucks provide safe and sanitary food, and they do. These food trucks keep the high local and state health […]

  • Bellingham man arrested after head-butting Whatcom Sheriff’s deputy
    on September 19, 2018 at 7:41 PM

    A Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputy suffered contusions and swelling to his face after he was reportedly head-butted Sunday evening by a man who was being transported to the hospital to … Click to Continue » […]