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Defense: Bellingham driver in fatal crash was sleep-deprived

BELLINGHAM — Attorneys for a Washington man on trial for vehicular homicide say a sleep disorder, not drowsy driving, led to the fatal crash.

Date: 05/03/2016 | Northwest


8 killed in 1982 Investor murders remembered in exhibit

BELLINGHAM — Does the time ever come when a community stops remembering a murdered group of its own? In the case of Blaine, possibly not.Almost 34 years ago, a Blaine fishing family, including two children, and four young crewmen were killed aboard the Investor, a...

Date: 05/02/2016 | Northwest


Judge grants new trial Bellingham self-defense case

BELLINGHAM — A Bellingham man will get a new trial months after a jury convicted him of felony assault for shooting his neighbor.

Date: 04/27/2016 | Northwest


Bellingham restarts homeless camp cleanups

BELLINGHAM — Bellingham officials are working to expand shelter options for people as it again begins to clean up homeless camps.The Bellingham Herald reported that a Homeless Outreach Team is tasked with connecting people with services ahead of enforcement.

Date: 04/24/2016 | Northwest


Man arrested after woman crashes to escape him in Birch Bay

BIRCH BAY — Authorities say a man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping after his girlfriend accused him of threatening to kill her and intentionally crashed a vehicle into the wall of a Birch Bay gas station to escape from him.

Date: 04/22/2016 | Northwest


Woman crashes car in Whatcom County to escape boyfriend

BELLINGHAM — Whatcom County sheriff deputies say a woman intentionally crashed her car into a building to escape her new boyfriend who had kidnapped her and threatened further violence.

Date: 04/21/2016 | Northwest


Bellingham to make body cameras mandatory for officers

BELLINGHAM — The Bellingham Police Department will require all uniformed patrol officers to wear and use body cameras starting this summer.

Date: 04/20/2016 | Northwest


Marijuana grinder resembling grenade halts Bellingham airport flights

BELLINGHAM — Officials say flights were delayed at Bellingham International Airport after a marijuana grinder designed to resemble a grenade was found in a man’s carry-on luggage.

Date: 04/12/2016 | Off the Wire


Port of Bellingham to pay $16M to injured ferry worker

SEATTLE — The Port of Bellingham has been ordered to pay $16 million to an Alaska ferries employee who was injured while operating a faulty loading ramp at the port’s cruise terminal.

Date: 04/05/2016 | Northwest


Judge OKs $106M bid by Albertsons to take over 29 Haggen stores

BELLINGHAM — A judge has approved a bid by Albertsons to take over the remaining Haggen grocery stores, bringing Haggen’s bankruptcy proceedings essentially to a close.

Date: 03/29/2016 | Business Wire


Albertsons submitted lone 'qualifying bid' for Haggen

Haggen Food & Pharmacy received four offers to buy at least some of its remaining stores in Washington and Oregon but only considered the Albertsons bid, according to court documents filed earlier this month. The $106 million offer is to be reviewed at a hearing Tuesday...

Date: 03/28/2016 | Business


Pilot OK after experimental aircraft crashes into Lake Samish

BELLINGHAM — Authorities say an experimental aircraft similar to a powered hang glider crashed into Lake Samish in northwestern Washington state on Sunday morning.Investigators told KOMO-TV that the male pilot avoided injury and used parts of the craft to paddle to shore.

Date: 03/20/2016 | Northwest


What the Albertsons-Haggen deal will mean for shoppers

As Albertsons controls more of the grocery-store market in Snohomish County — and looks to add an even bigger slice — it's reasonable to ask what it means for the shopper.Higher prices and lower quality.That was the opinion of the Federal Trade...

Date: 03/14/2016 | Business


Bellingham house uses the sun for heat, water, power, cars

BELLINGHAM — There are several interesting features about Ted Clifton’s “Power House” in Bellingham, but for many people, the most interesting things are what you won’t find there.Electricity bills and heating bills, for example, and no gasoline bills for their cars.

Date: 03/12/2016 | Northwest


Haggen reaches $106 million deal to sell remaining stores to Albertsons

The Herald Business JournalHaggen Food & Pharmacy announced Friday evening that it had accepted Albertsons’ bid to acquire 29 core stores in Washington and Oregon including five in Snohomish County and one in Island County.

Date: 03/11/2016 | Business


Haggen grocery core stores could be sold to Albertsons

BELLINGHAM — The union that represents Haggen employees says government regulators have approved a potential deal for Albertsons to buy the remaining Haggen grocery stores.The Bellingham Herald reported that Haggen didn’t have a comment on the union statement.

Date: 03/09/2016 | Business Wire


Hiker rescued after falling off cliff into water at park near Bellingham

BELLINGHAM — A hiker suffered a head injury after falling from a cliff into the water at Larrabee State Park, just south of Bellingham.A Coast Guard rescue boat crew reached the 30-year-old man at about 7 p.m. Saturday and took him to EMS.

Date: 03/06/2016 | Northwest


Family-friendly

3 easy walks that make great day trips

Date: 03/05/2016 | Life


Family says it was removed from flight over boy’s allergies

SEATTLE — An Arizona family is now home after they were removed from a plane in Bellingham, Washington, when their son experienced an allergic reaction to dogs aboard a flight.

Date: 02/25/2016 | Northwest


Bellingham Bay buoy project examines threats to marine life

BELLINGHAM — Scientists and students are using a new buoy in Bellingham Bay to monitor the health of north Puget Sound and the Salish Sea.

Date: 02/21/2016 | Northwest


Parents of starved baby face manslaughter charges in Bellingham

BELLINGHAM — A couple is facing second-degree manslaughter charges in the death of their malnourished son.The Bellingham Herald reported bail was set at $10,000 each for 23-year-old Cody James Shields and 22-year-old Brittany Shane Daniels.

Date: 02/20/2016 | Northwest


1 injured, 1 arrested in Bellingham ax attack

BELLINGHAM — Police have arrested a man in connection with an ax attack that left a man with injuries to his head and hand.The Bellingham Herald reported that the attack happened Tuesday afternoon after a suspect smashed an apartment window and attacked a man inside.

Date: 02/16/2016 | Northwest


Man cited for having concealed weapon on WWU campus

BELLINGHAM — A visitor to Western Washington University was escorted off campus Friday and cited by police for having a concealed weapon at the school. No one is allowed to carry a gun at Western except for police officers.

Date: 02/12/2016 | Northwest


Haggen grocery-chain bankruptcy auction postponed again

Another week, another delay in the Haggen auction.The auction for the 33 remaining Haggen stores in the Pacific Northwest has been postponed until Feb. 22, according to paperwork filed Monday with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. The auction is still...

Date: 02/09/2016 | Business


Man imprisoned for ‘torturing’ teen who stole gun in Bellingham

LYNDEN — A Whatcom County man accused of torturing a teen who stole his gun and fired it at a park has been sentenced to one year in prison.

Date: 02/08/2016 | Northwest


Luxury getaway

Enjoy posh hotel, explore all Bellingham has to offer

Date: 01/02/2016 | Life


Woman killed in crash with parked cruiser on I-5 ID’d

CUSTER — The Washington State Patrol says a trooper whose parked cruiser was struck along I-5 was released from the hospital.

Date: 12/20/2015 | Northwest


Prep girls basketball: Marysville Getchell 58, Bellingham 39

At Marysville Getchell H.S.Bellingham 16 8 8 7 —39M. Getchell 10 15 18 15 —58

Date: 12/19/2015 | High Schools


Bellingham balks at overcrowding issue in 2016 jail contract

BELLINGHAM — It appears Bellingham will be starting 2016 without a jail contract.The Bellingham Herald reported the Whatcom County Council approved a six-month contract extension earlier this month, but the city of Bellingham is not ready to sign.

Date: 12/19/2015 | Northwest


Man, teen accused of beating teen for stealing gun near Lynden

BELLINGHAM — A 54-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy have been accused of holding a teenager against his will and beating him for stealing a gun from a home near Lynden.

Date: 12/18/2015 | Northwest


Grocer Haggen to sell core stores in Washington, Oregon

BELLINGHAM — Grocer Haggen has gained approval to sell its remaining 33 stores in Washington and Oregon as part of bankruptcy proceedings.U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross signed the order Friday with an auction slated for Feb. 5.

Date: 12/05/2015 | Northwest


Most WWU students return to Bellingham campus after hate speech

SEATTLE — Most, but not all, students returned to Western Washington University Monday as police investigate racial threats against black students and others on social media that shut down the campus last week.

Date: 11/30/2015 | Northwest


Bellingham man found guilty of assault for shooting neighbor

BELLINGHAM — A Bellingham man has been convicted of assault for shooting his neighbor three times outside the front door of a duplex in 2013.

Date: 11/30/2015 | Northwest


Upcoming author events in Snohomish County and nearby

Penny Buse4 p.m. Nov. 15, Norgaard CenterStanwood Area Historical Society hosts a lecture by Buse, the author of "Stuck in the Mud: The History of Warm Beach," at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center, 27130 102nd Ave. NW in Stanwood.

Date: 11/15/2015 | Entertainment


Lagunitas teams up with indie band for benefit concerts in Seattle, Bellingham

Brooklyn band Lucius and California brewery Lagunitas Brewing are teaming up to help non-profits in the Pacific Northwest.

Date: 11/11/2015 | Hops & Sips


Haggen seeks permission to sell even its core grocery stores

BELLINGHAM — Haggen Food & Pharmacy is now exploring whether to sell all of its stores.The Bellingham-based grocer has asked for court approval to allow an auction even of its "core stores" — the 37 successful Northwest stores around which the...

Date: 11/10/2015 | Business


Author events in Snohomish County and nearby

Garth Risk Hallberg7 p.m. Nov. 10, Third Place BooksThe author will read from his debut novel "City on Fire," about New York City in 1977, with cast of seemingly unrelated characters who become entangled after the infamous summer...

Date: 11/08/2015 | Entertainment


Prep football: Bellingham 35, Granite Falls 15

BELLINGHAM — Bellingham defeated Granite Falls in a regular season crossover game on Thursday night.Granite Falls junior Erik Helm recorded 104 yards rushing and scored on a 57-yard fake punt.

Date: 11/05/2015 | High Schools


Former federal law enforcement officer drops gun in class

BELLINGHAM — A former federal law enforcement officer dropped his gun in a classroom at a community college that prohibits weapons on campus.

Date: 10/26/2015 | Northwest


Woman jumps from 2nd story of Bellingham home to escape flames

BELLINGHAM — A witness says a woman was on fire when she jumped from the second story to escape flames in the bedroom of a Bellingham home.The woman was taken to a Seattle hospital Friday with severe burns on her hands and face.

Date: 10/24/2015 | Northwest


Fairhaven firm to build ferry boats for Florida

Associated PressBELLINGHAM — A boat manufacturer has secured a contract to build passenger ferry boats for service in Florida.

Date: 10/21/2015 | Business Wire


No takers at Governors Point auction near Bellingham

BELLINGHAM — Conservation group Whatcom Land Trust has renewed interest in preserving Governors Point following the cancellation of a bankruptcy auction where the waterfront property south of Bellingham was to be sold.

Date: 10/12/2015 | Northwest


Haggen plans to sell more Northwest stores

BELLINGHAM — Grocery chain Haggen has added six more stores in the Northwest to its list of those it would like to sell.Three stores in Washington south of Seattle and three stores in Oregon have been tacked on to the 127 it wants to shed as part of a bankruptcy plan.

Date: 10/07/2015 | Business Wire


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




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