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  • Here's what caused the traffic backup on Interstate 5 near Bellingham
    on June 18, 2018 at 7:19 PM

    A semi truck carrying vegetables rolled on Interstate 5 north of Bellingham Monday morning, June 18, blocking both northbound lanes. The driver was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence. … Click to Continue » […]

  • He barricaded himself in a Shamrock motel room and allegedly threatened to kill deputies
    on June 18, 2018 at 6:40 PM

    Whatcom County Sheriff's negotiators were able to peacefully resolve a situation at the Shamrock Motel in Bellingham Sunday evening after a 60-year-old man barricaded himself in a room and threatened … Click to Continue » […]

  • Couple stranded in Pacific while sailing from Hawaii to Bellingham, rescued by Coast Guard
    on June 18, 2018 at 4:41 PM

    A couple sailing from Hawaii to Bellingham were rescued Saturday about 180 miles off the Washington coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said. They ran into rough weather and seas and were hoisted to safety by helicopter. … Click to Continue » […]

  • Gunfight at Walmart parking lot ends confusing crime spree in Tumwater
    by jhazel on June 18, 2018 at 3:58 PM

    Police still investigating report of drunk driving that ended in suspect killed The post Gunfight at Walmart parking lot ends confusing crime spree in Tumwater appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Ever seen someone surfing in Birch Bay? Check this out
    on June 18, 2018 at 3:29 PM

    Dave Honu with Birch Bay Surf Club shared this video of surfing in Birch Bay on Saturday, June 16, 2018. … Click to Continue » […]

  • Boy on train tracks in Toppenish struck and killed
    by jhazel on June 18, 2018 at 3:05 PM

    E-brake was applied but train could not stop in time The post Boy on train tracks in Toppenish struck and killed appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Reports came in of the semi driving 'erratically,' and here's the headache it caused
    on June 18, 2018 at 2:26 PM

    A semi truck carrying vegetables rolled on its side, blocking both lanes of northbound Interstate 5 near Slater Road early Monday morning, causing a backup over approximately four miles. The … Click to Continue » […]

  • WWII aircraft tour soars into Burlington
    by jhazel on June 18, 2018 at 2:18 PM

    Wings of Freedom tour brings fully operational vintage planes for viewing and riding The post WWII aircraft tour soars into Burlington appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Comments welcomed at City Hall for proposed ordinance on homeless encampments
    by jhazel on June 18, 2018 at 12:59 PM

    New ordinance sets limits and regulations on encampments set up by religious and other organizations The post Comments welcomed at City Hall for proposed ordinance on homeless encampments appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • New broker joins RE/MAX Whatcom County
    by ehamann on June 18, 2018 at 12:45 PM

    Jada Rathjen has joined RE/MAX Whatcom County at the Lakeway Office. Rathjen will focus on residential real estate. Rathjen is a longtime county resident who recently earned her real estate license. Rathjen can be reached at 360-393-5845 and jadarathjen@gmail.com. For more information, visit […]

  • Nominations open for Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center Peace Builder Awards
    by ehamann on June 18, 2018 at 12:43 PM

    Nominations are now open for the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s 16th Annual Peace Builder Awards. The awards recognize individuals or groups in Whatcom County that creatively resolved conflict, contributed to peaceful dispute resolution, promoted reconciliation between divergent […]

  • Group of teens shoot at Mount Vernon residence while police nearby
    by jhazel on June 18, 2018 at 12:34 PM

    3 teenagers charged with drive-by shooting, assault, unlawful possession of firearm The post Group of teens shoot at Mount Vernon residence while police nearby appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • 4 out of 5 wildfires started by humans, says DNR
    by jhazel on June 18, 2018 at 12:08 PM

    Dept. of Natural Resources gives tips on preventing wildfires during heat wave The post 4 out of 5 wildfires started by humans, says DNR appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Short-term rentals like Airbnbs are the latest Bellingham housing controversy
    on June 18, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Short-term housing — private rentals such as those offered through the online lodging service Airbnb — could be regulated for the first time as Bellingham officials catch up to the … Click to Continue » […]

  • Orca population is lowest in three decades
    by jhazel on June 18, 2018 at 11:44 AM

    Researchers in Friday Harbor report another missing and presumed dead The post Orca population is lowest in three decades appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Coast Guard rescues couple from sailing vessel
    by rlarson on June 17, 2018 at 5:22 PM

    The couple was treated for symptoms related to hypothermia. The post Coast Guard rescues couple from sailing vessel appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Motel clerk shot and killed in SeaTac
    by rlarson on June 17, 2018 at 5:18 PM

    A motel clerk has been shot and killed in Seattle. The post Motel clerk shot and killed in SeaTac appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Trucker charged in 1987 deaths of couple in Washington state
    by rlarson on June 17, 2018 at 5:10 PM

    A Washington state trucker who authorities say was linked by DNA evidence to the 1987 deaths of a young Canadian couple has been charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder. The post Trucker charged in 1987 deaths of couple in Washington state appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Even $15 an hour won't be enough when it comes to paying rent in Whatcom County
    on June 17, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    It turns out Whatcom County is far from alone when it comes to not having enough affordable rental units. There isn't a single county in the U.S. where a worker … Click to Continue » […]

  • Why is it so hard to find an apartment in Bellingham?
    on June 17, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    A lack of affordable units and a tight housing market make it difficult for low- and middle-income earners to find a place to rent in Bellingham. … Click to Continue » […]

  • Coast Guard rescues couple from sailboat 180 miles off Washington coast
    on June 16, 2018 at 8:52 PM

    Two people were rescued Saturday off their sailboat 180 miles off the Washington coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard rescued the husband and wife west of Grays … Click to Continue » […]

  • Wondering how to keep your kids entertained this summer? Here's a $1 option.
    on June 16, 2018 at 2:00 PM

    Parents, rejoice. There's a cheap way to keep your children entertained this summer. Regal Cinemas, which has a theater in Bellingham, is offering $1 movies for kids all summer long, … Click to Continue » […]

  • Off-leash dogs common on Bellingham, Whatcom trails. Are their owners just confused?
    on June 16, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    "Leash your dog..." are fighting words in the city of subdued excitement as unwelcome trail interactions prompt anger from hikers and walkers with and without dogs. Other than a few … Click to Continue » […]

  • Bellingham flights among Allegiant flights canceled for lack of planes
    on June 15, 2018 at 9:56 PM

    Allegiant is canceling more flights because, it says, new planes didn’t show up when expected. Customers are venting on social media, demanding reimbursement for things like last-minute hotel stays. Allegiant … Click to Continue » […]

  • State waives portion of Cascade Natural Gas penalty
    on June 15, 2018 at 6:56 PM

    The state Utilities and Transportation Commission this week waived a portion of a penalty against Cascade Natural Gas for safety violations along the company’s pipelines. The commission waived $500,000 of … Click to Continue » […]

  • Vandal caused thousands in damage to this partially-built Bellingham apartment complex
    on June 15, 2018 at 6:30 PM

    A partially-built apartment complex in the Samish neighborhood was vandalized Wednesday night, causing thousands of dollars in damage. Around 12:10 p.m. Thursday, the owner of a construction company called Bellingham … Click to Continue » […]

  • Crossword puzzle answers: June 14-21
    by The Northern Light on June 15, 2018 at 4:42 PM

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  • Building Permits, June 4-8
    by ehamann on June 15, 2018 at 12:40 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 1330 North State St., $25,296 to install new bathroom building – Schweinhaus. Historical owner: Riaz & […]

  • Liquor and Marijuana Licenses, May 28-June 15
    by ehamann on June 15, 2018 at 12:37 PM

    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 To & Go Burgers And Wings, Lucky Penny Corp, Peter F. Wasley, Pam Wasley, Evan D. Cooper, Douglas Alan Starcher, Lynn V. Starcher, applied […]

  • 'Juneuary' is about to end. Are you ready for summer?
    on June 15, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    It's time to turn off the heat and switch on the AC because "Juneuary" is coming to an end, meteorologists say. Forecasts from the National Weather Service in Seattle predict … Click to Continue » […]

  • Suicide rate up across Washington – but why? ‘No one is exactly sure,’ expert says
    on June 15, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Suicide is, for most of us, an uncomfortable subject, one we’d rather not talk about. But last week, two prominent people took their own lives – designer Kate Spade and … Click to Continue » […]

  • Bellingham man arrested after allegedly pushing woman into broken glass
    on June 14, 2018 at 10:55 PM

    .Police arrested a Bellingham man Wednesday night after he allegedly assaulted a woman and fled from officers. They used a bean-bag shotgun round to subdue him. Brett Anthony Hoffman, 26, … Click to Continue » […]

  • Bellingham man arrested for allegedly molesting toddler
    on June 14, 2018 at 7:40 PM

    A Bellingham man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly molesting a toddler. Tyler Dale Jones, 29, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree child molestation. Jones made his first appearance Wednesday afternoon … Click to Continue » […]

  • Flames were on the roof, but damage contained to the area near the crematorium
    on June 14, 2018 at 7:05 PM

    Fire damaged a Bellingham funeral home Wednesday evening. No injuries were reported in the 7:06 p.m. Wednesday fire at Jerns Funeral Chapel, 800 Sunset Drive, fire officials said. Smoke and … Click to Continue » […]

  • Horizon MS student threat triggers investigation
    by Brent Lindquist on June 14, 2018 at 6:46 PM

    By Ashley Hiruko ashley@lyndentribune.com   FERNDALE — On May 25, the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, administrators at Horizon Middle School were alerted to a verbal threat that had been made earlier in the school year between two students.   The threat against school […]

  • Fatality when car overturns in Lummi slough
    by Brent Lindquist on June 14, 2018 at 6:45 PM

    Everson man dies in Sunday Goodwin Road Hummer crash   WHATCOM — A passenger died when a car went off Lummi Shore Drive at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, and into a slough where it overturned and became fully submerged in the water.   The victim was identified by the […]

  • Variation of old Chautauqua here June 28-30
    by Brent Lindquist on June 14, 2018 at 6:45 PM

    Stops are at Lummi, Birch Bay, Blaine   OLYMPIA — Final stops of the New Old Time Chautauqua-Washington State Parks Tour come to Whatcom County in late June. Events will be held at the Birch Bay and Peace Arch state parks, Lummi Nation and Blaine.   The NOTC is […]

  • Student readers winning Bikes for Books
    by Brent Lindquist on June 14, 2018 at 6:44 PM

    Masonic Lodge of Lynden/Ferndale also honoring educators   WHATCOM ­— The 2018 Bikes for Books giveaway of Lynden/Ferndale Masonic Lodge #56 has been in full swing as schools head toward their final days.   The program of giving two bikes per elementary school, as […]

  • High court to state: Fix all culverts impeding salmon
    by Brent Lindquist on June 14, 2018 at 6:43 PM

    Price tag expected to be in billions of dollars By Calvin Bratt editor@lyndentribune.com   WHATCOM ­— The U.S. Supreme Court, by a 4-4 split decision, has let stand a lower court requirement upon Washington State to replace all culverts that impede fish migration. […]

  • Tod Arnason
    by Brent Lindquist on June 14, 2018 at 6:41 PM

      Tod J. Arnason, of Nooksack, died peacefully on June 6, 2018 at the age of 64. He was born Jan. 7, 1954 to Hal Jr. and Donna “Donnie” (Valdason) Arnason in Bellingham.   Tod graduated from Sehome High School in 1972 and earned his associate’s degree at Skagit […]

  • Beverly Behme
    by Brent Lindquist on June 14, 2018 at 6:40 PM

      Beverly Fern (Jackson) Behme passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 6, 2018, surrounded by her family.   She was born Dec. 18, 1925 to Lowell Burton and Leata Fern Jackson. Beverly was a longtime resident of Custer. She was a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW. […]

  • Margaret Blok
    by Brent Lindquist on June 14, 2018 at 6:39 PM

      Margaret Blok, 88, went to be with her Lord and Savior on June 9, 2018, at her home near Lynden.   Margaret was born on June 19, 1929, in Conrad, Montana, to John and Gertie (Griffioen) Van Dyke, the ninth of 11 children. On May 22, 1952, Margaret married Jacob Blok. They […]

  • Bertha Bosman
    by Brent Lindquist on June 14, 2018 at 6:39 PM

      Bertha Bosman passed peacefully into the arms of her Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, June 10, surrounded by her family. She was born in Holland, Minnesota, on Oct. 4, 1923 to William and Johanna (Arendsen) Scholten. On Nov. 5, 1947 she married James Bosman and the two were inseparable for […]

  • Doris Vander Haak
    by Brent Lindquist on June 14, 2018 at 6:38 PM

      Doris Jean Dykstra Vander Haak was born to Henry and Clara (Duim) Dykstra on Jan. 11, 1937 in Lynden. She grew up on the Wiser Lake Road family farm with sisters Shirley and Clarice and brother Dale. It was a dairy farm with Jersey cows, Belgian draft horses, chickens and a large […]

  • Are you a victim of a money wiring scam? Here are some common examples
    on June 14, 2018 at 1:47 PM

    Have you ever been a victim of a wiring scam? Here are some examples of common ways people try to get money from you. … Click to Continue » […]

  • Bellingham real estate broker ranks first in community giving
    by ehamann on June 14, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Coldwell Banker Bain has announced the results of its Community Partnership program for 2017. Bellingham broker Wayne Kwiatkowski contributed $34,130 last year, which ranks him as the top contributor in the company.Recipients included Dominic’s Closet, Faces Community Partnership, Make-A-Wish […]

  • New broker joins RE/MAX Whatcom County
    by ehamann on June 14, 2018 at 12:56 PM

    Elke Incantalupo has joined RE/MAX Whatcom County at the Lakeway office. Incantalupo will focus on residential real estate. Incantalupo was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and earned an Associates Degree in paralegal studies from Capilano College in North Vancouver. She worked as a paralegal […]

  • City selects LAPD lieutenant Allen Schubert as new Blaine Police Department chief
    by Stefanie Donahue on June 13, 2018 at 11:00 PM

    Within a matter of 60 days, current Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) lieutenant, Allen Schubert, will take the helm as chief of the Blaine Police Department, said interim city manager Michael Jones. Schubert has served the LAPD since 1999 and currently oversees a shift on the LAPD Transit […]

  • Seniors graduate from Blaine High School
    by Stefanie Donahue on June 13, 2018 at 10:58 PM

    Blaine High School seniors celebrated graduation on June 8 at the high school gym – 142 students received diplomas. Read more: http://www.thenorthernlight.com/2018/06/06/blaine-high-school-graduating-class-2018/ Photo by Jalen Kortlever […]

  • Cost for jail services to rise under new agreement
    by Stefanie Donahue on June 13, 2018 at 10:56 PM

    By Stefanie Donahue Due to a growing need for repair, the cost to operate Whatcom County Jail is rising and cities that use it are being asked to pay more. On June 11, Blaine City Council voted 7-0 to authorize the city manager to enter into an agreement with Whatcom County and cities within its […]