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  • Executive candidates debate regional issues
    by Cooper Campbell on October 16, 2019 at 3:40 AM

    Satpal Sidhu (left) and Tony Larson (right) participate in a debate on Wednesday, Oct. 9. // Photo courtesy of Noble Solana-Walkinshaw By Melody Kazel County council candidates stepped up to the podium to talk about regional issues on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in front of an audience of county [...] The […]

  • Western Alumnis Fight to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Through Jewelry Business
    by Cooper Campbell on October 16, 2019 at 3:38 AM

    Jewelry on display at APSE, located downtown, on Sept. 30. // Photo by MacKenzie Dexter By MacKenzie Dexter Polished silver and gold jewelry laid throughout All Peoples Shackles Exchanged (APSE) catching the afternoon light and the eyes of bypassers. Hayley Boyd and Jarod Faw, both Western alumni, […]

  • What it Means to Be Fit & Feminist
    by Cooper Campbell on October 16, 2019 at 3:25 AM

    // Photo courtesy of Gesina Kunkel, Unsplash By Hannah Bodily “I don’t want to be too bulky,” an old teammate once remarked to me, bemoaning the rigorous Olympic weightlifting regimen that has thickened the glutes, quads and hamstrings of ski racers for generations.  At the […]

  • Men’s and Women’s XC Run Away With a Pair Of Second Place Trophies
    by Cooper Campbell on October 16, 2019 at 3:11 AM

    The Western men’s cross country team starts off the 10k WWU Cross Country Classic at the Sudden Valley Golf Course on Saturday, Oct. 12. The Western Men’s cross country team placed second out of 13 teams. // Photo by Alex Moreno By Jordan Sheperd The Western men’s and [...] The […]

  • Female bodies are not a free-for-all
    by Cooper Campbell on October 16, 2019 at 2:59 AM

    // Illustration by Emily Erskine By Emily Erskine 2019 is coming to an end and it is time for men to stop touching female bodies without consent. Most of movie, television and literature history have presented women as helpless without a man or just overall in desperate need [...] The post Female […]

  • Bellingham Mixed Martial Arts’ to offer free, women’s only Jiu-Jitsu
    by mathewroland on October 15, 2019 at 7:42 PM

    The martial arts studio is offering a Women’s Only Jiu-Jitsu class every Saturday at 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm. The weekly 1.5 hour classes will be instructed by Penny McMahon and are free for all women in the community. The class encompasses self-defense techniques informed by live fighting […]

  • Sailboat washes aground at Squalicum Harbor
    by <div class="byline">October 15, 2019 10:03 am</div> on October 15, 2019 at 5:03 PM

    Coast Guard doesn't find any environmental risk The post Sailboat washes aground at Squalicum Harbor appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Blaine prosecuting attorney new president of state bar
    by <div class="byline">October 15, 2019 9:22 am</div> on October 15, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    Rajeev Majumdar becomes the first state bar president of South Asian heritage in the United States The post Blaine prosecuting attorney new president of state bar appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • UW finds genetic mutation that can cause SIDS
    by <div class="byline">October 15, 2019 8:38 am</div> on October 15, 2019 at 3:38 PM

    The study says newborns with a certain genetic mutation can't metabolize fats found in milk, leading to disrupted heart functions The post UW finds genetic mutation that can cause SIDS appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Invasive mussels found on transported to Seattle
    by <div class="byline">October 15, 2019 8:27 am</div> on October 15, 2019 at 3:27 PM

    SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) — A boat being transported from Lake Michigan to Seattle was found The post Invasive mussels found on transported to Seattle appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Stanwood school first to go live with earthquake emergency alert system
    by <div class="byline">October 15, 2019 8:15 am</div> on October 15, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Stanwood Elementary will be the first Washington school to go live with ShakeAlert, an earthquake emergency alert system The post Stanwood school first to go live with earthquake emergency alert system appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Construction begins on a 91-unit apartment complex in Barkley Village
    by mathewroland on October 15, 2019 at 2:35 PM

    The main developer of Barkley Village, the Barkley Company announced that construction has begun for “The Weatherby.” Located on a 1.34-acre parcel on Barkley Boulevard, the new addition to the growing, mixed-use neighborhood will be a 91-unit apartment complex with one and two-bedroom […]

  • Bellingham among fastest growing small cities in US
    by <div class="byline">October 15, 2019 7:29 am</div> on October 15, 2019 at 2:29 PM

    Bellingham is the 18th fastest growing small city in the country, tops among Washington cities with fewer than 100,000 residents The post Bellingham among fastest growing small cities in US appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Skagit Valley College awarded STEM grant
    by <div class="byline">October 15, 2019 7:23 am</div> on October 15, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    A $648,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will fund the college's Cardinal STEM Scholars Program intended to help STEM students The post Skagit Valley College awarded STEM grant appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Bellingham elementary school tech a window into students’ learning
    by <div class="byline">October 15, 2019 6:39 am</div> on October 15, 2019 at 1:39 PM

    Seesaw, a digital portfolio that also serves as a learning portfolio, allows parents to see their students' work online and through a mobile app The post Bellingham elementary school tech a window into students’ learning appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Rare white orca spotted over the weekend
    by <div class="byline">October 15, 2019 6:27 am</div> on October 15, 2019 at 1:27 PM

    About 40 Bigg's killer whales and a rare white orca were spotted in the Strait of Juan de Fuca over the weekend The post Rare white orca spotted over the weekend appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Lummi Nation calls for dam removal
    by <div class="byline">October 15, 2019 6:13 am</div> on October 15, 2019 at 1:13 PM

    The Lummi Nation are joining the Yakama Tribe in calling for the removal of the Bonneville and John Jay Dams The post Lummi Nation calls for dam removal appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center fills the Bellingham community with music and art.
    by Cooper Campbell on October 15, 2019 at 3:03 AM

    Sage Romey performs at Cafe Adagio during the Jazz Walk on Oct 2. // Photo by Max Gleiberman By Max Gleiberman Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center (WJMAC) held their Jazz Walk fundraiser on Oct. 2,  serenading the streets with the sounds of jazz. The event took place at [...] The post Whatcom Jazz […]

  • Bad Apples will Spoil the Barrel and Much More
    by Admin on October 14, 2019 at 9:41 PM

    By Mike Cook for the BBJ It is challenging to run a successful business, more challenging yet to be a successful business operator and develop a great working culture. The current historically low levels of unemployment finds many employers struggling to find the people they need to effectively run […]

  • Multi-pronged prevention measures target opioid crisis
    by Admin on October 14, 2019 at 9:36 PM

    How you can help prevent opioid misuse in your home and community By Skagit County Public Health  When it comes to the misuse of opioids and other substances, prevention is the medicine. Skagit County Public Health is taking that message to residents, to schools and to the community as part of […]

  • Supreme Court Convenes on Campus
    by Cooper Campbell on October 12, 2019 at 2:19 AM

    Washington State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu speaking at the Supreme Court Justice panel on Wednesday, Oct. 9 //Photo by Claire Ott By Nolan Baker The Wilson Library reading room, known colloquially as “the Harry Potter room,” is normally a dead silent place for students to work […]

  • RMC Architects hires four new staff members
    by mathewroland on October 11, 2019 at 5:19 PM

    In response to market demand for architectural services, RMC Architects is expanding and has hired four new staff members. A recent architectural school graduate from Alfred State in New York, Jesse Fawcett discovered Bellingham through recent visits. Currently, Fawcett is working for a variety of […]

  • The benefits of connecting young and old(er) entrepreneurs
    by Admin on October 11, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    By Eric Grimstead You’re never too young, or old, to start your first business. Young entrepreneurs often make headlines with spectacular growth stories of starting billion dollar companies from a dorm room or garage. What might come as a surprise is that the share of new entrepreneurs in the […]

  • Vikings take the win from Wildcats
    by Cooper Campbell on October 10, 2019 at 8:07 PM

    // Photo by Claire Ott By Elizabeth Mahan The No. 15 Western women’s soccer team, ranked at 7-2-0 on the season and 3-0-0 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference as of Oct. 9, beat Central Washington University in a 2-0 shutout on Oct. 3. Blankets, sweatshirts, puffy jackets, [...] The […]

  • Music faculty appoints department chair
    by Cooper Campbell on October 10, 2019 at 7:48 PM

    Patrick Roulet plays the djemble in his office on Oct. 1. Roulet grew up watching his dad, a jazz drummer, perform. // Photo by Ana Soltero By Ana Soltero A familiar face has taken on a new lead with the department of music. The music faculty appointed Patrick [...] The post Music faculty appoints […]

  • Musician Andy Millard strikes a chord with local music lovers
    by Cooper Campbell on October 10, 2019 at 7:40 PM

    Andy Millard // Photo courtesy of Joel Barger By Alina Simone Under the warm glowing lights of Makeworth Market, third-year Western student Andy Millard starts to sing. His rustic Americana sound stopped conversation as customers tuned into his melancholy song.  Sipping their coffees and […]

  • Top 7 Under 40: Terell Weg
    by mathewroland on October 10, 2019 at 7:07 PM

    From a young age, Terell Weg had a mindset geared toward business. Whether she was helping with janitorial work for her parents cleaning business or trying to outsell classmates in fundraising events she was hard at work becoming a future business professional. “Looking back on it I have […]

  • Whatcom County ranks 5th in state with lowest closing costs: study shows
    by mathewroland on October 10, 2019 at 6:45 PM

    According to SmartAsset’s fifth annual study, Whatcom county ranks 5th in the state when it comes to having the lowest closing costs for buying a home. The study measured closing cost as a percentage of the median home value at a county level. The average closing cost for Whatcom County was […]

  • Ferndale blasts Oak Harbor for third win in a row
    by Brent Lindquist on October 9, 2019 at 4:49 PM

    Golden Eagles score five TDs on the ground; Squalicum is next opponent By Tyler Urke for the Ferndale Record   FERNDALE — Freshman running back Isaiah Carlson played his first varsity football Friday night and the lights at Ferndale High School weren’t too bright. In fact, […]

  • First Amendment binds all American freedoms
    by Brent Lindquist on October 9, 2019 at 4:44 PM

    By Jack ‘Miles’ Ventimiglia   Freedom of the press, of speech, of religion, of assembly and to petition the government are woven, like stars in the flag, into the fabric of the First Amendment.   The blood of patriots is the seed of the Republic. The founders and […]

  • Letters to the Editor — Oct. 9, 2019
    by Brent Lindquist on October 9, 2019 at 4:43 PM

    Speaking out on Referendum 88   Martin Luther King, in his August 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech, emphasized that dream, stating: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the […]

  • Michael Colon
    by Brent Lindquist on October 9, 2019 at 4:41 PM

      Michael Colon, age 50, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at this home in Lynden surrounded by his wife, family and friends following a courageous and hard-fought battle with cancer.   He was born on Aug. 23, 1969, in Fairport, New York, the eldest of two sons, of Miguel and […]

  • Sid Fekkes
    by Brent Lindquist on October 9, 2019 at 4:40 PM

      Sid Fekkes, of Everson, passed away on Oct. 3, 2019, at the age of 66 at Whatcom Hospice House in Bellingham after a short illness.   Sid was born to Fred and Shirley Fekkes on Nov. 25, 1952, in Holland. When he was only 3 months old, the family immigrated to California. Sid […]

  • Ethel Mullick
    by Brent Lindquist on October 9, 2019 at 4:39 PM

      Ethel Mullick, age 95, longtime resident of Fremont, California, and then Lynden, passed away peacefully at her home in Sequim, Washington.   She was born in Waldheim, Saskatchewan, Canada, and had been a longtime resident of Fremont and Lynden. Her husband, Frank, and […]

  • Elvena Isert
    by Brent Lindquist on October 9, 2019 at 4:38 PM

      Elvena M. Isert, age 93, passed away on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.   Her husband Lyle remembers lovingly that Elvena’s fingers were always busy. She loved to do needlecraft, knit and even taught knitting classes at Bellingham Vo-Tec for a time. Elvena was a talented and […]

  • Clarence Vander Heiden
    by Brent Lindquist on October 9, 2019 at 4:38 PM

      Clarence Dale VanderHeiden, age 76, passed away at home on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 in Seattle.   Clarence was born in Geddes, South Dakota, on Jan. 11, 1943, to Rean and Henrietta VanderHeiden. Clarence married Nancy Galloway on May 3, 1963, and they were later divorced in […]

  • Elaine Ecalbarger
    by Brent Lindquist on October 9, 2019 at 4:37 PM

      Elaine E. Ecalbarger was born on Sept. 20, 1939, in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Aleck and Kay Horback. She passed away on Sept. 28, 2019.   Elaine enjoyed sewing, knitting, fishing and spending time with her family and friends.   Elaine was preceded in death by […]

  • Jenny Tolsma de Boer
    by Brent Lindquist on October 9, 2019 at 4:37 PM

      Lynden resident Jenny Tolsma de Boer, age 98, passed away on Oct. 3, 2019, into the arms of her loving Savior Jesus Christ (Isaiah 40:11). She died after a short stay at the Whatcom Hospice House in Bellingham. She was very loved as a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and […]

  • Top 7 Under 40: Suzanne Baker
    by mathewroland on October 9, 2019 at 4:33 PM

    In the coming weeks, Suzanne Baker will transition from the admissions and community outreach coordinator to her new role at Western Washington University as the curriculum and records manager. At the same time, she will be wrapping up her doctorate in educational leadership from Northeastern […]

  • Chamber of Commerce announces award finalists
    by mathewroland on October 9, 2019 at 4:24 PM

    The Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce has recently announced Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Nonprofit Organization of the Year and CEO of the Year. “The Annual Award committee has been interviewing all of the finalists. It will be a tough decision since all of […]

  • Top 7 Under 40: Gurpreet Dhillon
    by mathewroland on October 8, 2019 at 6:14 PM

    Throughout his professional journey, Gurpreet Dhillon has found himself gravitating towards leadership positions centered around helping people. “It’s about working together to solve the problems we have in our community and building on our strengths to serve more and to serve […]

  • Winners of 2019 Great Outdoors Award announced
    by mathewroland on October 8, 2019 at 5:59 PM

    Recreation Northwest has announced the 2019 Great Outdoors Award. The categories for the awards include Community Collaboration, Engaging Youth, Experience Catalyst, GTFO, Manufacturer, Media, New Business, and Outdoor Events. The awards recognize industries and community members that bring people […]

  • Top 7 Under 40: Shu-Ling Hergenhahn Zhao
    by mathewroland on October 7, 2019 at 5:11 PM

    Ferndale, Shu-Ling Hergenhahn Zhao, 31, has always found a way to incorporate theatre into her life. Her tenacity combined with her passion for playwriting and musical theatre has lead her to play a key role in the Whatcom County art scene. “At one point early on I had planned to go to […]

  • Western is highest-ranking public master’s granting school in Pacific Northwest
    by mathewroland on October 7, 2019 at 4:59 PM

    According to the 2020 U.S. News & World Report college rankings, Western Washington University is one of the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest. The title is based on various criteria such as academic reputation, student selectivity and […]

  • Louis Auto Glass going strong after 90 years in business
    by mathewroland on October 7, 2019 at 4:56 PM

    Despite being founded during the Great Depression, Louis Auto Glass has remained a staple business in the Whatcom County community for 90 years. Founded in 1929, the business has grown and adapted through four family generations. The founder, Louis Adelstein started the business as Louis Auto Parts […]

  • Top 7 Under 40: Ariana Lee-Newman
    by mathewroland on October 4, 2019 at 5:40 PM

    For as long as she can remember Ariana Lee-Newman, 38, has wanted to make a positive impact on the world. Lee-Newman was born in the small town of Lander Wyoming. She earned her bachelor’s in political science with a minor in business from Montana State University, before moving to […]

  • Peoples Bank launches 2019 “Socktober” campaign
    by mathewroland on October 4, 2019 at 5:25 PM

    The 2019 “Share-a-Pair for Socktober” campaign is aiming to donate 10,000 pairs of new, unopened socks to those experiencing homelessness. The campaign builds on last year’s Socktober, which donated 7,000 pairs of socks to nonprofit organizations serving homeless communities in […]

  • Top 7 Under 40: Ian McCurdy
    by mathewroland on October 3, 2019 at 5:06 PM

    Born and raised in Portland, OR, Ian McCurdy has spent the last four years living and working in Bellingham. As an associate attorney at Adelstein, Sharpe & Serka, McCurdy has helped create a collaborative and healthy environment for lawyers within Whatcom County. McCurdy, 34, practices […]

  • Peace Builder Award recipients announced
    by mathewroland on October 3, 2019 at 4:57 PM

    The 2019 Peace Builder Award winners were announced on September 10, 2019, and recognize eight outstanding people, projects and organizations in Whatcom County which promote peace. Each of the recipients will be recognized for their efforts at the 17th Annual Peace Builder Awards Gala. The 2019 […]

  • Top 7 Under 40: Bethany Hoglund
    by mathewroland on October 2, 2019 at 5:32 PM

    Living on a commercial gillnetter as a child, off the coast of southeast Alaska, Bethany Hoglund, 39, discovered her true passion for reading and appreciation for libraries. In between fishing trips with her parents and siblings, Hoglund would fill a laundry basket with books from the local library […]