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  • U.S. households can now order free at-home COVID-19 tests
    by Joe Teehan on January 18, 2022 at 7:11 PM

    Federal website opens a day early The post U.S. households can now order free at-home COVID-19 tests appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Washington DNR develops new map showing landslide prone areas
    by asmith on January 18, 2022 at 5:28 PM

    Every year, there are hundreds of landslides across the state and even urban areas can be prone. The post Washington DNR develops new map showing landslide prone areas appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • State legislature exploring new laws to address healthcare staffing
    by asmith on January 18, 2022 at 4:58 PM

    The House Bill will have its first public hearing on Wednesday morning, January 19th. The post State legislature exploring new laws to address healthcare staffing appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Bellevue residents displaced after home slides off foundation
    by asmith on January 18, 2022 at 3:48 PM

    While only one house was affected, access to the other houses in the neighborhood is still unsafe. The post Bellevue residents displaced after home slides off foundation appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Ferndale man facing felony sexual abuse charges
    by asmith on January 18, 2022 at 2:41 PM

    Court documents state that police were notified on December 29th about the man, 61-year-old Luciano Lozano, who told a church pastor about the incident. The post Ferndale man facing felony sexual abuse charges appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • State lawmakers consider fixes to controversial police reform laws
    by asmith on January 18, 2022 at 2:36 PM

    Sponsors of the bills and Democratic leadership acknowledge that reforming the laws won't be easy. The post State lawmakers consider fixes to controversial police reform laws appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Bellingham library returns to curbside-only service
    by asmith on January 18, 2022 at 2:30 PM

    The service change does not affect Whatcom County libraries, which are a separate system. The post Bellingham library returns to curbside-only service appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Authorities seeking person of interest in Pierce County hit-and-run
    by asmith on January 18, 2022 at 2:26 PM

    Investigators have since found the white flatbed truck believed to be involved but they're still trying to identify the driver. The post Authorities seeking person of interest in Pierce County hit-and-run appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • City of Bellingham commemorating MLK Day with “a day on”
    by asmith on January 17, 2022 at 3:15 PM

    The City's MLK Day of Service Work Party Event in Squalicum Creek Park is full. The post City of Bellingham commemorating MLK Day with “a day on” appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • BPD investigating after person found dead in car
    by asmith on January 17, 2022 at 2:37 PM

    Lt. Claudia Murphy says officers responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle in the 2200 block of Cornwall Avenue at about 6:30 p.m. The post BPD investigating after person found dead in car appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Stage 1 air quality burn ban called for Columbia Valley in Whatcom County
    by Bill Helm on January 13, 2022 at 10:05 PM

    The Northwest Clean Air Agency is calling a Stage 1 air quality burn ban beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 in the Columbia Valley urban growth area. The area includes the Peaceful Valley and Paradise Lakes developments in Whatcom County. Northwest Clean Air Agency representatives said they […]

  • Increase in breakthrough cases related to current COVID-19 surge
    by Bill Helm on January 13, 2022 at 7:01 PM

    By Washington Department of Health OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is seeing an increase in the number of vaccine breakthrough cases related to the recent increase in overall cases statewide. Even with the increase in breakthrough infections, data continue to show that […]

  • Terry Marks
    by Bill Helm on January 13, 2022 at 6:55 PM

    Terry Steven Marks was born on Sept. 24, 1957, in Toledo, Ohio to Edward and MaryAnne (Leidel) Marks. He was the middle child of three boys. Terry’s family settled in Lynnwood, Washington where he graduated from Edmonds High School in 1975.  While in high school, Terry earned many outstanding […]

  • Albert Vogel
    by Bill Helm on January 13, 2022 at 6:53 PM

    Albert Vogel, age 79, passed away on Friday, Jan. 7. Funeral services will be held later in the spring. Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

  • Brent Matter
    by Bill Helm on January 13, 2022 at 6:53 PM

    Brent A. Matter passed away unexpectedly at home on the morning of Dec. 31. He was born on March 23, 1951, in Bellingham, to parents August and Helen Matter and lived almost his entire life in Whatcom County. After high school graduation, Brent enlisted in the army and served for two years in […]

  • Al Vinkes
    by Bill Helm on January 13, 2022 at 6:52 PM

    Albert “Al” Vinkes, of Lynden, passed away peacefully on Jan. 9 at home with his family at his bedside Al was born June 8, 1929, in Rock Rapids, Iowa to parents Evert and Alice (Groen/Westra) Vinkes. Al had one sister Stella DeJong Som. At the age of 5, the family moved to a farm on

  • Wesley Assink
    by Bill Helm on January 13, 2022 at 6:50 PM

    Wesley Assink went to Heaven on Jan. 1. Loving husband of Shirley and loving father to: Janet Crouse (Jim), Larry Assink (Debbie), Phil Assink (Kim), Darla Hanson (David), Toni Benner (David). Grandfather to Jaime Crouse, Jed Crouse, Jessica Mumford. Jenaya Church, Jaylene Finkbonner, Jordan […]

  • LeRoy Kelln
    by Bill Helm on January 13, 2022 at 6:49 PM

    LeRoy (Lee) Kelln, age 87, of Lynden left the confines of his earthly body Tuesday, Jan. 4 and joined his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in Heaven. He was born in Shattuck, Oklahoma to parents Gottfred and Mary (Bay) Kelln. He will be laid to rest at Enterprise Cemetery at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14 with

  • Larry Green
    by Bill Helm on January 13, 2022 at 6:48 PM

    Larry Green, age 76, passed away Dec. 10 at Homeplace Memory Care in Oak Harbor. A rescheduled Celebration of Life services will be held on Sunday, Jan 30 at 2 p.m. at the VFW hall on Hannegan Road, Lynden. See full obituary at wcremation.com.

  • John Forbes
    by Bill Helm on January 13, 2022 at 6:47 PM

    John Forbes, age 85, passed away at home on Thursday, Jan 6. Funeral arrangements are pending with Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.