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  • Liquor and Marijuana Licenses, Dec. 31-Jan. 18
    by ehamann on January 19, 2019 at 12:25 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 Lynden Arco, CM Ventures, Inc, Jaswinder S. Mahil, Kulvinder Kaur, Paramjit Bhullar, Palvinder Chhokar applied to assume a grocery store […]

  • Building Permits, Jan. 7-11
    by ehamann on January 18, 2019 at 11:15 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 2034 Franklin St., $15,000 for first and second floor remodel – Favinger Plumbing. Contractor: Rose […]

  • As Everson’s Nylatech knows too well, Thursday’s fire ‘could have been a lot worse’
    on January 18, 2019 at 8:33 PM

    An Everson nylon casting business that has suffered two substantial fires since 2006 had another Thursday evening, but the building’s sprinkler system kept damage to a minimum and allowed everybody … Click to Continue » […]

  • Whatcom man allegedly threatened a woman and put a shotgun in her stomach
    on January 18, 2019 at 8:24 PM

    A Whatcom County man was arrested earlier this week after he reportedly stuck a shotgun in the stomach of a woman he was familiar with and threatened to kill her … Click to Continue » […]

  • State Patrol seeks suspect in Burien area shootings
    by jhazel on January 18, 2019 at 4:32 PM

    14-year-old boy was struck blind by drive-by gunfire, other reports of gunshots raise tensions in area The post State Patrol seeks suspect in Burien area shootings appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Notice sent to Bremerton shipyard to remedy pollution
    by jhazel on January 18, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    AG Ferguson promises to join ongoing lawsuit against Naval Base Kitsap if pollution from cleaning ships is not remedied The post Notice sent to Bremerton shipyard to remedy pollution appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • High overnight winds coming for Whatcom County
    by jhazel on January 18, 2019 at 3:08 PM

    Latest Wind Advisory estimates winds up to 35 MPH and gusts at 45 MPH lasting until Saturday morning The post High overnight winds coming for Whatcom County appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • College gymnast from Bellevue earns 10s and viral fame
    by jhazel on January 18, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Katelyn Ohashi at UCLA makes a stunning comeback performance set to Michael Jackson music The post College gymnast from Bellevue earns 10s and viral fame appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Lummi Nation urges action on orca health
    by jhazel on January 18, 2019 at 1:33 PM

    The partial government shutdown increases worries for NOAA and the Lummi Nation on ability to rescue ailing orcas The post Lummi Nation urges action on orca health appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Suspect arrested in Fringe Boutique robbery case
    by jhazel on January 18, 2019 at 1:09 PM

    Matthew Shane Harrell faces armed robbery and felony harassment charges The post Suspect arrested in Fringe Boutique robbery case appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • 123 trees to be torn out and replaced along Roeder Avenue
    on January 18, 2019 at 1:00 PM

    Workers from the city of Bellingham's Public Works Department remove London Plane trees from along Roeder Avenue on Jan. 17, 2018. The tree removal, and eventual replacement, is part of the Roeder Avenue Overlay project. … Click to Continue » […]

  • They presented a public safety risk, so they had to go
    on January 18, 2019 at 1:00 PM

    If you drove down Roeder on Thursday, you likely noticed the City of Bellingham’s Public Works Department removing trees from alongside the road — a whole lot of trees. To … Click to Continue » […]

  • Phillips 66 funds STEM education at Boys & Girls Clubs
    by jhazel on January 18, 2019 at 12:47 PM

    A $265,000 grant will provide clubhouses with computers, microscopes, 3-D printers, and special curricula The post Phillips 66 funds STEM education at Boys & Girls Clubs appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Here’s how the King Day weekend forecast is shaping up for Whatcom County
    on January 17, 2019 at 8:06 PM

    A strong storm with periods of rain opens the holiday weekend, but only showers with some sun breaks are expected Sunday and Monday, with scattered clouds and a chance to … Click to Continue » […]

  • Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr’s legacy in photos
    on January 17, 2019 at 8:05 PM

    From the beginning, cameras captured King's extraordinary career. See the photos here, 50 years later after Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. … Click to Continue » […]

  • UW doctors perform successful heart transplant from donor with hepatitis
    by jhazel on January 17, 2019 at 5:08 PM

    Anacortes man who had been struggling with heart issues for decades reports he's doing well The post UW doctors perform successful heart transplant from donor with hepatitis appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Initiative to reduce car tab fees receives certification
    by jhazel on January 17, 2019 at 4:35 PM

    I-976, spearheaded by Tim Eyman, would limit state and local fees on vehicles The post Initiative to reduce car tab fees receives certification appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Shots fired in Mount Vernon neighborhood lead to arrest
    by jhazel on January 17, 2019 at 3:58 PM

    Mount Vernon Police receive reports of intermittent shots in neighborhood near La Venture Middle School The post Shots fired in Mount Vernon neighborhood lead to arrest appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Lynden’s Bellewood Acres gains co-owners
    by ehamann on January 17, 2019 at 1:50 PM

    Longtime distillery and apple farm Bellewood Acres recently gained new co-owners. The Abel family acquired the farm late last year, alongside founders John and Dorie Belisle. Eric and Julie Abel, along with their son and daughter-in-law Blake and Janelle, have taken on key leadership roles at […]

  • Woman allegedly points gun at man and tries to hit him with truck over business dispute
    on January 17, 2019 at 1:00 PM

    A Ferndale woman reportedly pointed a pistol at a Lynden businessman Tuesday night before attempting to hit him with her truck in an incident Lynden Police believe stemmed from a … Click to Continue » […]

  • Kids greet Seattle Mariners at Blaine clubhouse
    by Stefanie Donahue on January 16, 2019 at 11:52 PM

    Seattle Mariners pitchers Dan Altavilla and Nick Rumbelow, veteran broadcaster Rick Rizzs and the Mariner Moose visited the Blaine Boys and Girls Club on January 10. The visit was part of a three-week tour in which current and former Seattle Mariners personnel made 22 stops in communities […]

  • Arts & Jazz returns in Blaine for 22nd annual auction
    by Stefanie Donahue on January 16, 2019 at 11:51 PM

    By Gwen Roley Dorita Gray said she loves putting together Blaine’s Arts & Jazz event each year because it brings the community together during the dark winter months. “It’s a time for people to come out of their winter hibernation and support each other at a fun event,” […]

  • City asks Chewters Chocolates to revise its plan
    by Stefanie Donahue on January 16, 2019 at 11:50 PM

    By Stefanie Donahue Keen on reserving space for the right project, Blaine City Council declined a $1.6 million offer from Chewters Chocolates to purchase 7 acres of the Gateway Parcel bordering H Street and recommended the company propose an alternative plan on 5 acres. Chewters Chocolates Inc. and […]

  • Long road ahead for Birch Bay Drive repairs
    by Stefanie Donahue on January 16, 2019 at 11:48 PM

    By Oliver Lazenby Birch Bay Drive, damaged in the December 20 storm that flooded and devoured sections of the road, won’t be permanently repaired until summer or possibly later. The timeline depends on whether the beach restoration project known as the Birch Bay berm begins this fall, as […]

  • Borderites team effort topples Sedro-Woolley in 75–64 conference win
    by Stefanie Donahue on January 16, 2019 at 11:47 PM

    By Oliver Lazenby The entire Blaine boys varsity basketball team looked full of confidence and energy in a 75–64 win at home against the Sedro-Woolley Cubs on January 15, the team’s second conference win. The Borderites now have a 7–8 record overall (2–6 in conference […]

  • Martin Kuuskmann to perform in Bellingham
    by Stefanie Donahue on January 16, 2019 at 11:45 PM

    Bassoonist is a former Blaine resident Grammy-nominated bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann is gearing up for a much-anticipated performance with the Whatcom Symphony. Slated for 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 27 at Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, the performance is an homage to composer […]

  • Dentist returns from humanitarian mission to Central, South America
    by Stefanie Donahue on January 16, 2019 at 11:44 PM

    By Stefanie Donahue Blaine dentist Patrick Rooney recently concluded an 11-week mission as part of the U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. While aboard the USNS Comfort, he traveled to Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras to provide dental care to people in need. “The […]

  • School board to face hard decision on January 28
    by Stefanie Donahue on January 16, 2019 at 11:43 PM

    By Oliver Lazenby The ideal grandstand seems to remain just out of reach for the Blaine school district; at a January 9 special meeting, school board members heard from Zervas Architects that due to ever-escalating building costs, the district probably wouldn’t get the high school grandstand […]

  • Peace Portal Drive closes for construction
    by Stefanie Donahue on January 16, 2019 at 11:42 PM

    If you plan to take a trip to downtown Blaine this week, be aware that Peace Portal Drive, between G and H streets, is closed due to construction. Public works director Ravyn Whitewolf said water and sewer lines are being installed by a private developer for a project located at 685 Peace Portal […]

  • Letters to the Editor: January 17-23
    by Stefanie Donahue on January 16, 2019 at 11:41 PM

    The Editor: Perhaps before taking the time to write a letter to the editor blasting someone’s ignorance, prospective authors should actually do a bit of research. Representative Luanne Van Werven was accused of “not knowing her facts,” after which the author proceeded to get the […]

  • Legals- January 16, 2019
    by JSeverson on January 16, 2019 at 7:17 PM

    FERNDALE CITY OF FERNDALE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS FOR Plans, Specifications, and Engineering Services The City of Ferndale is seeking qualification statements from professionals with experience providing engineering design and construction management services including but not limited to: park […]

  • From baking to MMA and back
    by Brent Lindquist on January 16, 2019 at 6:31 PM

    Ferndale’s Alissa Blume, author of new cookbook, has worn many hats By Brent Lindquist brent@lyndentribune.com FERNDALE — Multiple times throughout her life, people told Alissa Blume that she could not continue her passion. First, it was MMA fighting. A Ferndale native, Blume got into […]

  • Farm-to-Table event Feb. 19
    by Brent Lindquist on January 16, 2019 at 6:29 PM

      BELLINGHAM — Sustainable Connections invites all food businesses, artisans and growers to the NW Washington Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting on Feb. 19. Early bird ticket registration ends on Friday, Jan. 18.   This event brings together more than 180 farmers, fishermen, food […]

  • Gas prices may be heading up
    by Brent Lindquist on January 16, 2019 at 6:29 PM

      SEATTLE — Gasoline prices in Washington fell 4.3 cents per gallon in the week ended Sunday, Jan. 13, averaging $2.89, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,666 stations in the state.   This compares with a national average that increased 0.5 cents per gallon in […]

  • Speaker on U.S. in Afghanistan at MHS Jan. 23
    by Brent Lindquist on January 16, 2019 at 6:29 PM

    Jim McKinney is retired Army veteran   WHATCOM — Lt. Col. (Ret.) Jim McKinney, a U.S. Army veteran and local resident, will talk Wednesday, Jan. 23, about his recent contract deployment to Afghanistan and the relevance of the war there to the United States and Whatcom County […]

  • Letters to the Editor – Jan. 16, 2019
    by Brent Lindquist on January 16, 2019 at 6:28 PM

    Thanks to community   On behalf of the Project Hope Food Bank of Lynden, I extend a warm word of appreciation to our local community for its generous support of the food bank and its community assistance programs. Due to food drives by our local schools, churches, businesses, City of […]

  • Henrietta Noteboom
    by Brent Lindquist on January 16, 2019 at 6:27 PM

      Henrietta Noteboom, age 90, passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. Henrietta was known for her laughter and open-door policy in making everyone feel special and welcome.   Henrietta was born Oct. 28, 1928, at the family farm on the Polinder Road to Gerrit and Wilhelmina […]

  • Henry Weg Sr.
    by Brent Lindquist on January 16, 2019 at 6:23 PM

      Henry “Hank” Weg Sr. went home to be with Jesus on Jan. 8, 2019, surrounded by his family.   Hank was born to Peter and Bertha Weg in Bigelow, Minnesota, on Aug. 22, 1928. He grew up in Bigelow with three brothers, Pete, Benny and Wes, and one sister, Edith. At the […]

  • Wayne Hagen
    by Brent Lindquist on January 16, 2019 at 6:21 PM

      Gilbert Wayne Hagen, 86 years old, left this world to go into the arms of his loving God on Jan. 4, 2019. He died peacefully, attended by many family members after telling us Jan. 3 that tomorrow was his last day. He was at peace and knew he would see his son Scott, who went […] […]

  • Stella Velthuizen
    by Brent Lindquist on January 16, 2019 at 6:20 PM

      Stella Velthuizen, age 77, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019.   She was born Sept. 19, 1941, to Herman Velthuizen and Bertha VandeKemp in Barneveld, Holland, on her brother Tony’s second birthday. Preceded by both brothers Tony and Bert, the family immigrated from […]

  • Pedestrian on I-5 struck and killed by semi driven by Deming man in Skagit County
    on January 16, 2019 at 3:50 PM

    Jan. 17, 2019, update: The Washington State Patrol released the identity of the deceased pedestrian late Wednesday. A pedestrian on Interstate 5 was struck and killed by a semitruck driven … Click to Continue » […]

  • Whatcom corrections deputy arrested for alleged intimate relationship with an inmate
    on January 16, 2019 at 3:19 PM

    A male Whatcom County corrections deputy allegedly had an intimate relationship with a female inmate at the Whatcom County Jail, both while she was in the jail and after being … Click to Continue » […]

  • Allegiant announces new flight between Bellingham and Anchorage
    by ehamann on January 16, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    Allegiant Airlines will be adding new non-stop service between Bellingham International Airport and Anchorage, Alaska this spring, the airline announced today. The year-round service to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays. One-way fares are beginning […]

  • New legislator from Bow is part of diverse wave in Olympia
    on January 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM

    Debra Lekanoff gathered members of native tribes for drums and song Monday, while My-Linh Thai wore a traditional Vietnamese dress to her swearing-in ceremony. Both incoming House Democrats represented historic … Click to Continue » […]

  • Proposed deal could remake Bellingham’s Old Town district
    on January 16, 2019 at 1:23 AM

    A proposed agreement by the city and a large, longtime business could lead to a major transformation of Bellingham’s Old Town district. The city is considering entering into an agreement … Click to Continue » […]

  • He escaped without a scratch after a stranger pulled a knife, but his car didn’t
    on January 15, 2019 at 7:20 PM

    A man who got in a shouting match with a stranger Friday afternoon in downtown Bellingham was uninjured after the stranger reportedly pulled a knife — but his car received … Click to Continue » […]

  • Drone catches man hiding under dock near Anacortes after strangling girlfriend, police say
    on January 15, 2019 at 3:57 PM

    A man ran away from police over the weekend after he strangled his girlfriend in Anacortes, Washington — but he couldn’t hide from their drone, authorities said. Police were called … Click to Continue » […]

  • Op-Ed: It’s time for the Legislature to invest in training and education beyond high school
    by ehamann on January 15, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    By: Kimberly Perry, president of Bellingham Technical College, Kathi Hiyane-Brown, president of Whatcom Community College, and Sabah Randhawa, president of Western Washington University, in conjunction with Tim Stokes, chair of the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges […]

  • Man’s hammock mishap atop Clark’s Point results in nearly 60-foot tumble over bluff
    on January 15, 2019 at 1:00 PM

    A 20-year-old man who fell nearly 60 feet from a bluff above Clark’s Point in south Bellingham on Saturday was rescued by Bellingham Fire crews, thanks to an assist from … Click to Continue » […]

  • Familiar names seek to replace Ranker in Olympia
    on January 15, 2019 at 1:00 PM

    Even as a new session of the state Legislature opened Monday with Democratic majorities in both houses, party officials at the state and local level are working to fill a … Click to Continue » […]