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  • Big grants awarded for outdoor education in NW WA
    by <div class="byline">July 16, 2019 9:18 am</div> on July 16, 2019 at 4:18 PM

    The North Cascades Institute receives $120,000 from the State Conservation Office as a part of "No Child Left Inside" The post Big grants awarded for outdoor education in NW WA appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Visually impaired voters get option to vote at courthouse
    by <div class="byline">July 16, 2019 8:33 am</div> on July 16, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    Whatcom County Auditor has AVUs in place for the upcoming primary election The post Visually impaired voters get option to vote at courthouse appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Police track down pair after stabbing near Lighthouse Mission
    by <div class="byline">July 16, 2019 8:03 am</div> on July 16, 2019 at 3:03 PM

    Victim is in stable condition while Jon Landry and Cassidy Neff are booked into jail The post Police track down pair after stabbing near Lighthouse Mission appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • State finances redevelopment of motel into housing complex
    by <div class="byline">July 16, 2019 7:09 am</div> on July 16, 2019 at 2:09 PM

    The Aloha Motel on Samish Way was condemned in 2014 The post State finances redevelopment of motel into housing complex appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • WWII vet and Ferndale resident Dick Stone dies
    by <div class="byline">July 16, 2019 6:27 am</div> on July 16, 2019 at 1:27 PM

    Stone had a street named after him in 2016 along with former POW Joe Moser The post WWII vet and Ferndale resident Dick Stone dies appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Tall ships ready for “battle” in Bellingham Bay
    by <div class="byline">July 16, 2019 5:56 am</div> on July 16, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    The Lady Washington is anchored in Squalicum Harbor, offering family-friendly tours and trips this week The post Tall ships ready for “battle” in Bellingham Bay appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Wanted Blaine man arrested near gas station parking lot
    by <div class="byline">July 16, 2019 4:59 am</div> on July 16, 2019 at 11:59 AM

    Deputies report finding various narcotics in the vehicle he was in before fleeing on foot The post Wanted Blaine man arrested near gas station parking lot appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Help is here: A substance-free life begins with asking for help
    by mathewroland on July 15, 2019 at 9:53 PM

    New Everett health centre can help you on the road to recovery By Sunrise Services If you or a loved one is grappling with addiction, one of We Washington’s leading recovery programs shares a vital message. You don’t have to do […]

  • Vashon Island man shot outside of ICE facility, protesters respond
    by <div class="byline">July 15, 2019 9:24 am</div> on July 15, 2019 at 4:24 PM

    69-year-old Willem Van Spronsen went to the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center with a rifle and incendiary devices The post Vashon Island man shot outside of ICE facility, protesters respond appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Accused mother killer found competent to stand trial
    by <div class="byline">July 15, 2019 8:50 am</div> on July 15, 2019 at 3:50 PM

    Matthew Gregory was arrested last summer when his mother was found dead in Lake Samish The post Accused mother killer found competent to stand trial appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Whatcom County burn ban begins
    by <div class="byline">July 15, 2019 8:25 am</div> on July 15, 2019 at 3:25 PM

    Recreational fires are allowed with several restrictions pertaining to size and safety prep The post Whatcom County burn ban begins appeared first on 790 KGMI. […]

  • Whatcom Woman in Business announces four scholarships
    by mathewroland on July 12, 2019 at 9:04 PM

    Award finalists included Aislinn Knight, Alivia Jelinski, Heather Ludwig and Rosemary Hickman who all received $1,000 dollars to pursue higher education. Whatcom Woman in Business consists of managers and business owners who work to honor and promote leadership, professionalism, and mentoring […]

  • Should I use a Robo Advisor?
    by mathewroland on July 12, 2019 at 8:36 PM

    By Deka Wiebusch for the BBJ In todays digital age it’s hard to know when it’s appropriate to do it yourself (DIY) or when it’s time to pay a professional. The invention of Robo Advisors and artificial intelligence for attorney’s or CPA’s has consumers questioning if […]

  • Of Incentives and Life: What really motivates?
    by mathewroland on July 12, 2019 at 8:27 PM

    By Mike Cook for BBJ It probably doesn’t need to be said but just to set the stage for what follows; employee engagement lingers at around 30% of workers feeling fully engaged in their work. That likely seems very low, and it is, but let’s not be too quick to assume that it is easy [... […]

  • Burn restrictions in effect for Whatcom County
    by The Northern Light on July 12, 2019 at 4:19 PM

    The Whatcom County fire marshal’s office has enacted restrictions on open burning in unincorporated Whatcom County. The restrictions started at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 12 and were put in place due to warm weather conditions and decreasing fuel moisture levels. All land clearing and yard debris […]

  • Fifth of July is for the beaches
    by Molly Todd on July 11, 2019 at 12:58 AM

    Community members scour Locust Beach for litter left from Fourth of July festivities on July 5, 2019. // Photo by Christa Yaranon By Christa Yaranon On a stormy day at Locust Beach, volunteers lined the rocky shores picking up firework debris and trash after the Fourth of July. [...] The post Fifth […]

  • Dean Thomas Nelson
    by The Northern Light on July 10, 2019 at 9:18 PM

    October 22, 1946 – June 24, 2019 Dean Thomas Nelson, 72, of Custer, Washington, passed away on June 24, 2019.   Dean was born in Mankato, Minnesota October 22, 1946 to Cleo Nelson and Dorothy (Connelly) Nelson of Butternut Township, Lake Crystal, Minnesota.  Dean grew up on his […]

  • Norma Gail (Hurteau) Nelson
    by The Northern Light on July 10, 2019 at 9:17 PM

    October 22, 1948 – May 28, 2019 Norma Gail (Hurteau) Nelson, 70, of Custer, WA, passed away on May 28, 2019. Born October 22, 1948 in Vancouver, B.C. to parents Norman & Aleta Hurteau. The youngest of three, Norma graduated from Britannia Secondary School in Vancouver, B.C. Norma […]

  • Crossword puzzle answers: July 11-17, 2019
    by The Northern Light on July 10, 2019 at 9:14 PM

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  • Blaine Police Department reports: June 29-July 5, 2019
    by The Northern Light on July 10, 2019 at 9:12 PM

    June 29, 10:09 a.m.: Officers working traffic enforcement observed a vehicle speeding. Officers stopped the vehicle and determined the driver from Canada had a suspended license in Washington State. Officers arrested, cited and released the individual with mandatory court date. Officers allowed the […]

  • Public meeting to focus on East Maple Ridge development
    by The Northern Light on July 10, 2019 at 9:08 PM

    By Jami Makan A public meeting will be held to discuss the East Maple Ridge housing development planned for east Blaine. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Blaine Harbor Boating Center, 235 Marine Drive. It is hosted by Bellingham-based APC Engineers and Invictus […]

  • BBQ fundraiser benefits Birch Bay library
    by The Northern Light on July 10, 2019 at 9:07 PM

    A barbecue fundraiser took place on June 29 to benefit the Birch Bay Vogt Community Library. Hosted by Friends of Birch Bay Library (FOBBL), the barbecue was held at the future library site, 7968 Birch Bay Drive, and featured games, live music and family fun. Attendees enjoyed salmon and hotdog […]

  • Most closures lifted for shellfish harvest
    by The Northern Light on July 10, 2019 at 9:06 PM

    By Jami Makan The recreational harvest of molluscan shellfish has been reopened on most Whatcom County beaches, after marine biotoxin levels recently dropped to acceptable levels in county waters. In June, the recreational harvest of all species of molluscan shellfish was closed, after unsafe […]

  • Settlers’ picnic celebrates its 124th year
    by The Northern Light on July 10, 2019 at 9:05 PM

    This month, the Whatcom Old Settlers Association (WOSA) celebrates their 124th year of picnics. It is the longest continuing celebration in Washington state. Around the year 1895, a gathering of individuals wanting to honor old settlers who braved muddy trails, no roads and hard times created the […]

  • Foundation poured for new webhouse
    by The Northern Light on July 10, 2019 at 9:04 PM

    By Oliver Lazenby Port of Bellingham contractor Dawson Construction is making progress on a new webhouse building near Milhollin Drive that port officials expect to be nearly complete in November. Construction started last month. This week, Dawson poured a concrete foundation, began work on […]

  • Ferndale median home price rises in quarter
    by Brent Lindquist on July 10, 2019 at 5:09 PM

    Bellingham price now tops $500,000   WHATCOM — A strong housing market continued for Bellingham in the second quarter, as the median sales price went over $500,000 for the first time, according to a local real-estate broker.   That Bellingham price hit $501,500, up 10.7% […]

  • Burn ban in effect Friday
    by Brent Lindquist on July 10, 2019 at 5:06 PM

    Rules apply to recreation fires   WHATCOM — Due to warm weather conditions ahead and decreasing fuel moisture levels, the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office will enact restrictions on open burning in unincorporated Whatcom County starting at 8 a.m. Friday, July 12. […]

  • Letters to the Editor — July 10, 2019
    by Brent Lindquist on July 10, 2019 at 4:58 PM

    Remaking Ferndale   This summer, you’ll have the opportunity to completely remake your Ferndale City government. Three Council seats and the Mayor’s position each had more than two people file for them, so there will be a primary election on Aug. 6. Your ballots and voters […]

  • Two women to Harborview from Saturday freeway crash
    by Brent Lindquist on July 10, 2019 at 4:56 PM

      WHATCOM ­— Two women were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle from a two-car crash on southbound Interstate 5 in Bellingham the evening of Saturday, July 6.   The Washington State Patrol reported that Shannon Hofer, 23, was driving a 2008 Volkswagen Jetta […]

  • Raspberry growers explain their challenges
    by Brent Lindquist on July 10, 2019 at 4:55 PM

    25 take a tour of fields and a processing plant Monday By Calvin Bratt editor@lyndentribune.com   LYNDEN ­— Raspberry growers had the ears and eyes of policy makers, or at least their representatives, plus would-be office holders, on Monday in a bid to advocate for the future of […]

  • Genevieve Crane
    by Brent Lindquist on July 10, 2019 at 4:49 PM

      Our loving mother and best friend, Genevieve Carolyn Crane, passed away at age 97 on July 2, 2019, at the Christian Health Care Center in Lynden. She was proud of her age and would always tell you she’d be turning 98 this November.   Genevieve was born on Nov. 2, 1921, […]

  • Jack ‘JT’ Windley
    by Brent Lindquist on July 10, 2019 at 4:46 PM

      Beloved Jack “JT” Windley III, with his big smile, flew up to see Jesus on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, after a courageous fight with advanced-stage neuroblastoma. During his fight against cancer, he showed us what true courage is through his infectious smile and remarkable […]

  • Rodney Preston
    by Brent Lindquist on July 10, 2019 at 4:45 PM

      Rodney Preston, age 88, of Bellingham, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2019. He will be greatly missed.   Arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services. The post Rodney Preston appeared first on Ferndale Record. […]

  • Eric Bauer
    by Brent Lindquist on July 10, 2019 at 4:44 PM

      Eric Phillip Bauer entered into rest at his home in Lynden on June 19, 2019.   Arrangements have been entrusted to Jerns Funeral Home of Bellingham. The post Eric Bauer appeared first on Ferndale Record. […]

  • Another year, another Firecracker Rod Run
    by Brent Lindquist on July 10, 2019 at 4:42 PM

    The post Another year, another Firecracker Rod Run appeared first on Ferndale Record. […]

  • Bus route changes affecting residents and Western students
    by Mariena Xiong on July 10, 2019 at 7:11 AM

    Illustration by Cody Clark By Henry Stewart-Wood Following feedback from riders, the Whatcom Transportation Authority changed several bus routes and schedules. The changes affect many riders’ daily commutes, including Western Washington University students who rely on buses for transportation […]

  • Alaska Airlines cancels flights to Hawaii destinations flying out of Bellingham
    by Mariena Xiong on July 10, 2019 at 7:04 AM

    Alaska Airline’s kiosk at the Bellingham International Airport July 9, 2019. // Photo by Zachary Jimenez By Colin Rice In a recent public statement, Alaska Airlines announced the cancellation of seasonal flights out from Bellingham International Airport to their Kona and Maui destinations in […]

  • Female representation in Whatcom County elections
    by Mariena Xiong on July 10, 2019 at 6:58 AM

    Street view of the City Hall July 9, 2019. // Photo by Zachary Jimenez  **The title of the story was changed from Women representation in Whatcom County elections to “Female representation in Whatcom County elections” on 07/12/19 By Mia Amis In the last four years, there have been […]

  • Celebration packs Zuanich park
    by Allyson Roberts on July 10, 2019 at 6:18 AM

    Haggen employees (left to right) Emily Tulett, Pilar Hari and Jordyn Doyle, running the gutter boat racing booth at the Haggen 4th of July Celebration on July 4, 2019. // Photo by Maya Anderson By. Maya Anderson Hundreds gathered to celebrate the holiday with family and friends at [...] The post […]

  • Increased inspections to protect lakes
    by Allyson Roberts on July 10, 2019 at 6:16 AM

    Kayak on the shores of Lake Whatcom post invasive species check on July 3 // Photo by Nick Baca By. Nick Baca The Whatcom County Aquatic Invasive Species Program is taking precautions to prevent lakes from infrastructure damage and harmful environmental impacts. With other regions of the United […]

  • Wednesday market moves to Barkley Village Green
    by Mariena Xiong on July 10, 2019 at 6:07 AM

    Haley Davis, owner of Silver Creek Farm poses for portrait at Barkley Market. // Photo by Rob Stanley By Rob Stanley The Bellingham Farmers Market now features a weekly market at the Barkley Village Green. The location provides vendors access to a new customer community and gives market-goers […]

  • York Yard Crawl
    by Molly Todd on July 10, 2019 at 4:36 AM

    Allie Vrable baked bread using locally sourced wheat from Skagit County for the second annual York Yard Crawl on July 6, 2019. // Photo by Ally Burdett By Ally Burdett Bright flowers and bright faces were in full bloom throughout the historic York District streets for the second [...] The post York […]

  • Summer Fruit
    by Molly Todd on July 9, 2019 at 10:22 PM

    Melissa (left) and David Lindner returning to the Haugen fruit stand with a haul of hand-picked raspberries on July 5, 2019. By Maya Anderson If you are stuck on campus this summer, this is a time to enjoy fruit and vegetable harvests. Fruit stands and farmer’s markets provide [...] The post […]

  • Students get creative for fast cash
    by Allyson Roberts on July 4, 2019 at 12:24 AM

      By. Ally Burdett Dog-walking, modeling and feet pictures are just a few ways college students in Bellingham get creative for fast cash. Due to living costs such as rent, groceries and other expenses, students look for “odd jobs” to make ends meet, even sometimes with pictures of […]

  • Whatcom Business Alliance launches YESWhatcom.com
    by mathewroland on July 3, 2019 at 5:17 PM

    The Whatcom Business Alliance, located at 2423 E Bakerview Rd., has been working to raise awareness on the importance of workforce development in the county. WBA recently started YESWhatcom.com, under their Youth Engagement Initiative to promote networking between employers and prospective youth. […]

  • New business downtown aims to help parents
    by mathewroland on June 27, 2019 at 8:51 PM

    The Parenting Academy, located at 114 W Magnolia St., is open for business. Services offered by the academy include one-on-one parent coaching, parent-child interaction therapy, small group sessions and parenting seminars. Expert coaches provide research-proven strategies to help manage real-life […]

  • Superfeet in Ferndale merges with Belgium-based company
    by mathewroland on June 27, 2019 at 8:42 PM

        Located at 1820 Scout Place, Superfeet has grown over the past 40 years to become an industry leader in underfoot support. Now, the company has merged with Rsscan, which has more than 25 years of specialized experience in technological advancements in the fields of podiatry, […]

  • We are in a war for talent. Are you prepared?
    by mathewroland on June 26, 2019 at 11:46 PM

    By Mike Cook for BBJ If you are the owner of a business, you likely know that the idea of jobs bounded by strict descriptions have begun to make little or no sense unless you are involved in providing a service that involves a high degree of repetitive activity. The smaller the business, the more […]

  • Meet our new editor, Mathew Roland
    by mathewroland on June 26, 2019 at 11:04 PM

    Dear readers, Mathew Roland is the new editor of The Bellingham Business Journal. He replaces former editor Emily Hamann, who has returned to her home state of California. Mathew graduated from Western Washington University in 2018 with a bachelor of arts degree in visual journalism and a minor is […]

  • Acclaimed Willows Inn has a farm dedicated to its kitchen
    by mathewroland on June 26, 2019 at 10:51 PM

    By Brooke Strickland for BBJ At The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, they strive for luxury at its finest, both in dining and overnight accommodations. The business is owned by Blaine Wetzel, who serves as the head chef, and Tim McEvoy. For more than 100 years, it has been a destination on the island. […]