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Hiker who injured ankle in Thunder Basin flown out

WENATCHEE — The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has rescued a hiker who injured his ankle in the North Cascades.Sheriff Brian Burnett says 51-year-old Jonathan Reiss of Bellingham was injured when he fell near the ridgeline above Thunder Basin.

Date: 07/27/2015 | Northwest


Bellingham soccer referee gets 3 years on child porn charges

BELLINGHAM — A former Bellingham youth soccer referee faces three years in federal prison for posing as a teenage girl online to get access to child pornography.

Date: 07/25/2015 | Northwest


Man sentenced for Bellingham stabbing rampage after cat died

BELLINGHAM — A Washington state man who stabbed workers at two animal hospitals after his cat died has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Date: 07/24/2015 | Northwest


Bellingham teen says she tried to save step-grandparents in plane crash

SEATTLE — The teenager who survived a small plane crash in the North Cascades said she burned herself trying to pull her step-grandparents from the burning wreckage.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Northwest


Authorities can’t ID victims killed with Bellingham teen survivor

SEATTLE — The two people who died in a small plane crash that prompted a teenage survivor to hike to safety from a rugged mountainside in the North Cascades were killed “instantaneously or quick” and were burned beyond recognition, a deputy coroner said Thursday.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Northwest


Two-car crash causes stinky backup near Bellingham

BELLINGHAM — Think your rush-hour commute stinks? Consider the plight of Tuesday afternoon drivers on I-5 near Bellingham when a truck hauling portable toilets crashed in the southbound lanes.No, the tanks were not empty.

Date: 07/14/2015 | Northwest


Driver who killed Bellingham toddler facing DUI charge

BELLINGHAM — A young woman who caused a crash that killed a Bellingham toddler in 2010 has been jailed again on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Date: 07/13/2015 | Northwest


Sheriff’s deputy stops runaway truck in Bellingham with patrol car

BELLINGHAM — A Whatcom County sheriff’s deputy used his patrol car to stop a runaway UPS truck.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Northwest


Prosecutor: Whatcom County woman shot man, 75, for boyfriend

BELLINGHAM — Whatcom County prosecutors say that a woman accused of firing multiple times at her boyfriend’s 75-year-old business partner, wounding the man, was acting on instructions from the boyfriend.

Date: 06/26/2015 | Northwest


Shooting in Bellingham mall parking lot wounds 1 man

BELLINGHAM — Authorities in Bellingham, Washington, say one man in a car was shot and wounded Friday evening in a mall parking lot in what may have been a dispute involving money.

Date: 06/19/2015 | Northwest


Whatcom County warns residents about missed jury duty scam

BELLINGHAM — Residents in Bellingham County are being warned about bogus missed jury duty calls.

Date: 06/19/2015 | Northwest


Driver charged in crash that killed 2 students

BELLINGHAM — A Washington man accused of driving an SUV that struck four high school students out walking during gym class, killing two and seriously injuring two others, was charged Monday with two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault.

Date: 06/15/2015 | Northwest


Investigators: Whatcom County inmate kills self with razor

BELLINGHAM — Investigators in Bellingham say a Whatcom County Jail inmate has killed himself with a shaving razor.The Bellingham Herald reported that 50-year-old Timothy Blair Drafs of Bellingham was being held in a single cell.

Date: 05/29/2015 | Northwest


Dump truck plunges off I-5 in Bellingham, catches fire

BELLINGHAM — A dump truck plunged 25 feet down an I-5 embankment and caught fire, but no one was seriously hurt.

Date: 05/26/2015 | Northwest


Protester leaves Shell ship in Bellingham after hanging on since Friday

BELLINGHAM — A woman who has been hanging off the anchor chain of an Arctic oil-drilling support ship since Friday night has ended her protest north of Seattle.

Date: 05/25/2015 | Northwest


Man joins woman chained to Shell ship in Bellingham

BELLINGHAM — Two people have chained themselves to a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell’s exploratory oil drilling plans and currently moored in Bellingham.

Date: 05/24/2015 | Northwest


Oregon community to trick sea lion with fake whale from Bellingham

BELLINGHAM — An Oregon community is bringing in some unusual help to try to fix their sea lion problem. They’re hoping a fake killer whale from Bellingham will do the trick.

Date: 05/24/2015 | Northwest


Bellingham waterfront pollution cleanup to begin this summer

BELLINGHAM — A $35 million environmental cleanup effort of a polluted Bellingham waterfront site could begin as early as July.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Northwest


Seattle Archdiocese paying $1.2M to settle Bellingham abuse case

BELLINGHAM — The Seattle Archdiocese has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a woman who said she was molested by a priest in the 1960s and ’70s.

Date: 05/18/2015 | Northwest


Whatcom Transportation Authority cuts hybrids from budget

BELLINGHAM — Residents of Bellingham will not see hybrid buses replacing older vehicles in the next two years since the Whatcom Transportation Authority says the fuel-efficient buses already in the fleet have equipment problems and that they will not order more.

Date: 05/18/2015 | Northwest


License suspended for Bellingham nurse after patient death

BELLINGHAM — The Washington state Department of Health has suspended the license of a nurse after a resident died in her care at a Bellingham nursing home.A report from the Health Department said the investigation of Tina Brightwell began when a whistleblower contacted authorities.

Date: 05/15/2015 | Northwest


Bellingham airport sees fewer passengers, fewer flights

Traffic at Bellingham International Airport dropped for the first time in more than a decade last year and could fall even further this summer. An airport consultant expects a 35 percent year-over-year decline in traffic this June.In 2012 and 2013, the Bellingham...

Date: 05/14/2015 | Business


BNSF: Man struck, killed by freight train in Bellingham

BELLINGHAM — A Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman says a man hit by a freight train in Bellingham has died.

Date: 05/13/2015 | Northwest


Prosecutors say Bellingham woman drunk when she set house on fire

BELLINGHAM — Whatcom County prosecutors say a 38-year-old woman was drunk when she allegedly lit her house on fire while her 12-year-old daughter was sleeping inside.

Date: 05/10/2015 | Northwest


Police catch Bellingham woman setting fire to her home

BELLINGHAM — A 38-year-old woman is facing charges after investigators watched her set fire to her home while her 12-year-old daughter slept inside.The Bellingham Herald reported that Casey A. Evans was booked into Whatcom County Jail Wednesday on suspicion of arson.

Date: 05/07/2015 | Northwest


New Whatcom County jail may include mental health, substance abuse facility

BELLINGHAM — Whatcom County Council members are considering a task force to work on incorporating alcohol and drug treatment programs with a new jail proposal that’s been years in the making.

Date: 05/01/2015 | Northwest


Whatcom County fire chief resigning amid labor tensions

BELLINGHAM — The chief of Whatcom County’s largest fire district says he plans to resign amid a labor tensions and criticism of his leadership.

Date: 05/01/2015 | Northwest


WWU investigated over response to report of sexual violence

BELLINGHAM — The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Western Washington University over its response to a report of sexual violence.The school says the investigation by the Office for Civil Rights is automatic after a Western student sent a complaint to the federal government.

Date: 04/30/2015 | Northwest


Bellingham airport could see big dip in passengers this year

BELLINGHAM — This summer could see as large as a 35 percent dip in passengers at Bellingham International Airport due to lost flights and fewer Canadian passengers.

Date: 04/27/2015 | Business


Road trip: Five breweries outside of Snohomish County to visit

Outside of Snohomish County there are a number of great breweries. Here's a few to put on your list:

Date: 04/24/2015 | Hops & Sips


Teachers from 8 Washington school districts to hold one-day strikes

SEATTLE — The Washington Education Association says members of the union from eight school districts plan to hold one-day strikes to protest legislative inaction on education funding reform.

Date: 04/17/2015 | Northwest


Wide range of artists to visit KeyArena

A string of stadium shows at KeyArena in Seattle will showcase a surprising range of styles in the coming week, including some of the most devout music going and a little hedonistic country.

Date: 04/10/2015 | Entertainment


Man charged with manslaughter in Bellingham accidental shooting

BELLINGHAM — Authorities said a 21-year-old Bellingham man has been charged with first-degree manslaughter, accused in the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old friend who was the son of City Councilman Terry Bornemann.

Date: 04/04/2015 | Northwest


Man, 23, shot and killed in Bellingham accidental shooting

BELLINGHAM — Police in Bellingham said a 23-year-old man was shot and killed in an accidental shooting Thursday. His friend has been jailed on investigation of first-degree manslaughter.

Date: 04/03/2015 | Northwest


Allegiant pilots strike is averted

Pilots at discount carrier Allegiant Air were prevented in their plans to strike Thursday after a federal court issued a temporary restraining order.The Las Vegas-based airline had gone to court to block the strike, which would have grounded 250 flights and affected 33,000...

Date: 04/01/2015 | Business Wire


Bellingham kayaker dies on Nooksack River

GLACIER — Authorities say a 52-year-old man who recently moved to Washington from California drowned while kayaking on the Nooksack River near Glacier, Washington.

Date: 03/30/2015 | Northwest


Will Trans-Pacific pact benefit U.S. workers?

WASHINGTON — Hardware Sales Inc. of Bellingham does about 25 percent of its online business outside the United States. But going global can be frustrating. Overzealous Australian customs inspectors sometimes confiscate perfectly legal knives. Canada imposes duties that can double...

Date: 03/14/2015 | Business Wire


China pushes to cut coal use

BEIJING — As its national legislature adjourns this week, China has signaled it intends to further lower coal consumption, reducing pollution but also rocking coal-export industries from the Pacific Northwest to Australia.China is the world's largest energy user, with...

Date: 03/12/2015 | Business Wire


Ferndale man accused of stabbing wife during argument

FERNDALE — A 64-year-old Ferndale man accused of stabbing his wife in the chest during an argument over alcohol use has made an initial court appearance.

Date: 03/09/2015 | Northwest


Bellingham bookstore up for top award

The five finalists hoping to be named Bookstore of the Year look like impossibly unequal competitors. Located in big cities and small towns from Florida to Washington state, some of them are multi-store giants, while others are little sanctuaries.

Date: 03/08/2015 | Life


Bellingham considers changes to affordable housing program

BELLINGHAM — Bellingham could sweeten the deal for developers who agree to build affordable housing.

Date: 02/22/2015 | Northwest


Powerful union at center of port dispute

LOS ANGELES — The dispute that has snarled West Coast shipping revolves around a rarity in American business — a small but mighty union.

Date: 02/18/2015 | Business Wire


Bellingham man jailed after trying to kill wife’s new boyfriend

BELLINGHAM — A 42-year-old Bellingham man is in jail after police say he tried to kill his estranged wife’s new boyfriend on Valentine’s Day.Bellingham police say Patrick Allen Leach drove to his wife’s van to an apartment complex with a stolen shotgun at about 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Date: 02/15/2015 | Northwest


Police looking for Bellingham family in dispute with state

BELLINGHAM — Police are looking for a couple and their three young children who disappeared last week during a dispute with Child Protective Services, the agency said.Detectives are trying to track the family to support the agency, said Lt. Bob Vander Yacht.

Date: 02/02/2015 | Northwest


28,000 comments submitted on Whatcom oil dock marked ‘spam

BELLINGHAM — About 28,000 public comments submitted by environmentalists about a controversial oil-shipping dock in Whatcom County went missing after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ email system marked them as “malicious spam.”

Date: 01/25/2015 | Northwest


‘Alabama Bandit’ charged with bank robbery in Lynnwood, Shoreline, more

SEATTLE — A man suspected of being the “Alabama Band Bandit” faces felony charges of robbing five banks in July in Lynnwood, Bellingham and Shoreline. Federal prosecutors on Friday also charged Michael Ryan Hardesty with possessing a stolen firearm.

Date: 01/20/2015 | Northwest


Bellingham robber who wanted place to stay gets 3 months

BELLINGHAM — A man who told Bellingham police he robbed a bank and waited to be arrested because he wanted a place to stay has been given a three-month sentence.

Date: 01/13/2015 | Northwest


Bellingham financial adviser sentenced for stealing from elderly

SEATTLE — A Bellingham tax and financial adviser convicted of stealing $255,000 from 26 elderly clients has been sentenced to 51 months in prison.

Date: 01/05/2015 | Northwest


WWU professor helps guide Mars rover Curiosity

The Seattle Times

Date: 12/26/2014 | Northwest


Woman in Bellingham stabs man in leg, says nothing

BELLINGHAM — Police in Bellingham, Washington, say a woman walked up to two men sitting on a sidewalk, stabbed one of them in the leg and left.

Date: 12/15/2014 | Northwest


High winds blow ship from Bellingham mooring

BELLINGHAM — Winds gusting as high as 67 miles per hour broke a ship free of its mooring Tuesday morning in Bellingham.A nearby worker told The Bellingham Herald it sounded like rifle shots as some of the cleats on the dock gave way.Shortly after noon, two...

Date: 12/09/2014 | Northwest


Man dead, deputy injured in Whatcom shootout

Man dead, deputy injured in Whatcom shootoutBELLINGHAM — A man is dead and a sheriff’s deputy injured after a five-hour standoff ended in a shootout in Whatcom County.

Date: 11/17/2014 | Northwest


Man waits for police after Bellingham bank robbery

BELLINGHAM — A man walked into a bank branch in Bellingham Tuesday morning, gave a teller a robbery note and then walked outside and waited for police.The Bellingham Herald reported the man did not attempt to flee and did not resist when police arrested him.

Date: 10/14/2014 | Northwest


Man stabs Bellingham vet workers after cat dies

BELLINGHAM — Police in Bellingham say a 57-year-old man has been arrested for attacking two veterinary workers with a knife after his cat died.

Date: 10/09/2014 | Northwest


Bellingham council may replace Columbus Day

BELLINGHAM — The Bellingham City Council will consider an ordinance to celebrate Coast Salish Day instead of Columbus Day.The proposal comes from council member Roxanne Murphy, a member of the Nooksack tribe who says Columbus Day is hurtful for many Native Americans.

Date: 10/01/2014 | Northwest


Bellingham may go for historic designation

BELLINGHAM — Downtown Bellingham might attempt to get on a national list of historic places.

Date: 09/28/2014 | Northwest


Try ferry camping

See the sites, rustic style, on the way to Alaska

Date: 09/27/2014 | Life


Bank robbery suspect has long, multi-state rap sheet

SEATTLE — A 40-year-old man dubbed the Alabama Band Bandit — an alleged serial bank robber who threatened to shoot tellers in Bellingham, Shoreline and Lynnwood — has a criminal record dating back to 1993, court records show.Michael Ryan Hardesty, of...

Date: 08/21/2014 | Local News


Judge dismisses Washington marijuana tax case

SEATTLE — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Washington state’s authority to tax marijuana.U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman dismissed the case last week for lack of jurisdiction.

Date: 08/12/2014 | Business


Coast Guardsman sought in Bellingham death found dead

BELLINGHAM — A Coast Guardsman identified as a suspect in the slaying of a 59-year-old Bellingham woman has been found dead in an apparent suicide in a remote area near Show Low, Arizona, authorities said Monday.

Date: 08/11/2014 | Northwest


Freight train strikes teen on tracks near Bellingham

SEATTLE — A 17-year-old boy who was sitting between the rails of a railroad track was knocked aside when he was hit by a freight train.The Bellingham Herald reported that he suffered serious injuries about 2 a.m. Sunday and was taken to a hospital.

Date: 08/11/2014 | Northwest


Driver who hit pedestrians: Truck was ‘possessed’

BELLINGHAM — Hours before police say he plowed his truck into four pedestrians in Bellingham, Dustin Frederick Brown sent text messages to friends saying he was too drunk to drive.

Date: 08/10/2014 | Northwest


Woman found dead in Bellingham was killed

BELLINGHAM — An autopsy confirmed that a 59-year-old woman found dead in her Bellingham apartment was killed.Police told The Bellingham Herald they have no suspect in the slaying of Abigail D. Gulotta.Her body was found Sunday by a co-worker when she didn’t show up at her job at a hair salon.

Date: 08/07/2014 | Northwest


Dog runs against longtime Whatcom prosecutor

BELLINGHAM — It takes a brave candidate to run with the big dogs in political races.The 40-year career of Whatcom County Prosecutor David McEachran seemed safe for four more years when nobody stepped forward to challenge him in this year’s elections.

Date: 08/04/2014 | Northwest




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