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Haggen asks for permission to close more stores

SEATTLE — Grocery store chain Haggen has asked a bankruptcy court for permission to close 100 stores, which could result in more than 5,000 jobs lost in the Southwest alone.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Northwest

Court approves interim financing for Haggen grocery

PORTLAND, Ore. — Grocery chain Haggen has been granted the right to borrow up to $215 million, two days after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Date: 09/11/2015 | Northwest

Chemical fire in WWU chemistry building caused by spill

BELLINGHAM — A fire in a chemistry lab at Western Washington University was apparently caused by an accidental chemical spill.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Northwest

Lummi Nation ask feds to reject permit for Bellingham coal terminal

LUMMI RESERVATION, Wash. — The Lummi Nation has hired a law firm to help in its efforts to stop the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issuing a permit for a coal terminal at Cherry Point.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Northwest

Terrain creates tricky fires

Firefighters work to save power structures in Newhalem (gallery)

Date: 08/27/2015 | Local News

Murder charge in death of Bellingham woman

BELLINGHAM — A man has been accused of fatally shooting a woman in the head at her Bellingham apartment.The Bellingham Herald reported that Raymond Hamilton Gilbert, 32, is charged with first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm in the death of Debra Christie, 49.

Date: 08/26/2015 | Northwest

2nd deer shot by poacher in Bellingham city limits

BELLINGHAM — Another deer has died after being shot by a poacher within the Bellingham city limits.The Bellingham Herald reported a deer had to be euthanized after it was found with a crossbow bolt in its neck on Sunday.

Date: 08/24/2015 | Northwest

Bellingham man dies after Alaska bridge jump

SITKA, Alaska — A Washington state man has died after a failed attempt to swim to shore after jumping off a bridge in Sitka.Alaska State Troopers say in a web posting the body of 29-year-old Tyler Jones of Bellingham was recovered Saturday morning.

Date: 08/24/2015 | Northwest

Bellingham woman sentenced to year, 1 day in prison in arson case

BELLINGHAM — A Bellingham woman is going to prison and undergoing a mental health evaluation as part of her sentence in an arson case.

Date: 08/24/2015 | Northwest

BNSF Railway fined for treated railroad ties in water

BELLINGHAM — The Washington State Department of Ecology has fined BNSF Railway $86,000 for placing creosote-treated railroad ties and other materials from maintenance projects in Whatcom and Skagit county water bodies.

Date: 08/11/2015 | Northwest

Man gets over 18-year prison sentence in stabbing death case

BELLINGHAM — A man convicted in a fatal March stabbing has been sentenced to more than 18 years in prison.The Bellingham Herald reported that William Ralph Smith, 45, was convicted of stabbing Jeremy McClellan, 25, to death in March. He was convicted in June of first-degree manslaughter.

Date: 08/11/2015 | Northwest

Heat causes fish to die at Whatcom Falls hatchery

BELLINGHAM — Water that was too warm killed about 5,400 rainbow trout at the Whatcom Falls Park hatchery during a summer marked by drought and high temperatures.

Date: 08/07/2015 | Northwest

State trooper dies on duty near Yakima

BELLINGHAM — A state trooper from Whatcom County died Thursday from an apparent medical emergency while on duty near Yakima.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Northwest

Bellingham police consider ‘predictive policing’ software

BELLINGHAM — The Bellingham Police Department wants to adopt software to help officers predict where crimes are most likely to occur.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Northwest

Wildlife officials search for poacher who shot deer in Bellingham city limits

BELLINGHAM — Wildlife officials are searching for a poacher who shot a deer inside city limits over the weekend.The Bellingham Herald reported that the two-point buck was found dead of a gunshot wound Saturday.Officials from the Washington Department of...

Date: 08/04/2015 | Northwest

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

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