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County Council controversy as candidate claims caper to keep her out of competition

Satpal Sidhu is now on the County Council, but Kathy Kershner isn't happy with how the council handled the appointment.


The Whatcom County council has a new member

The county council votes in a new member

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Boiler in Bramble Berry owner’s home explodes

The owner of Bellingham-based Bramble Berry has quite a story to tell… and amazing video to go with it.

Photo provided by the Port of Bellingham

Irish developer could start Bellingham waterfront work in 2 years

An Irish company would start redeveloping Bellingham’s waterfront in 2017 under an agreement unveiled… fittingly… on Saint Patrick’s day.

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State Supreme Court hears case about ag worker rest breaks

Justices being asked to require farmers to pay farmworkers money for rest breaks focused on how practical such an arrangement would be.

Sgt. Thomas Mahoney of the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Department wears a protective suit and holds a methamphetamine detection kit on March 4, 2003 in Dunlap, Tenn., as he displays bottles of chemicals seized during raids on meth labs. Fires, deaths, orphaned children, and hazardous material cleanups are some of the costs beyond the monetary cleanup cost of about $5,000 per lab.

Bellingham police issue meth warning for discarded bottles

Bellingham police are warning people to watch out for discarded milk jugs and bottles that may have been used to make methamphetamine.

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Premera Blue Cross says data breach could affect 11M people

Premera Blue Cross, a health insurer based in the Pacific Northwest, says it was the victim of a cyberattack that could affect 11 million people.

FILE - In this June 15, 2010 file photo, a rat wanders the subway tracks at Union Square in New York. Hantavirus, West Nile, Lyme disease and now, bubonic plague. The bugs of late summer are biting, although the risk of getting many of these scary-sounding diseases is very small. Bubonic plague can spread through contact with an infected flea, rodent or cat.

Spring cleaning brings risk of hantavirus

Local woman died of hantavirus in 2006


Snowless Mount Baker affects Ski to Sea, other winter events

Downhill, cross country ski legs axed

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New border pact makes it easier for travelers

Travelers would save time and avoid inconveniences under a new agreement between Canada and the United States.


Helm is unofficial winner in Whatcom Conservation District race

Leads over challenger Monjure by just 89 votes


Suspected heroin dealer arrested in Ferndale area

Man is suspected of supplying other dealers and addicts

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Sunday’s downpour breaks Bellingham record

1.14 inches of rain broke record set in 1974

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Mt. Baker could reopen this weekend

The Mount Baker Ski area is eyeing a Friday reopening.

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A judge says holding mentally ill in jails is unconstitutional

Mentally ill would wait in jails for evaluations

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A Monroe teacher innovates in his practices

Uses videos of himself to help children learn

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More trails could be coming to Whatcom County

Over 50 miles of trails are possible

In this graphic provided by the Washington State Liquor Control Board, a logo that will be used for labeling legal marijuana produced in Washington state is shown. Officials released a preliminary draft of regulations for growing and selling legalized marijuana Thursday, May 16, 2013. Voters last November made Washington and Colorado the first states to legalize the sale of taxed marijuana to adults over 21 at state-licensed stores.

Survey: Wash. high schoolers say pot is easy to get, not harmful

Washington high school students who participated in a statewide survey say marijuana is easy to get and they do not perceive any risk from smoking pot once or twice.

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Washington Legislature 2015 session: What’s alive, dead

Halfway through the Washington Legislature's 105-day session some bills remain alive, while others are dead.

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Saint Patrick’s parade in Bellingham Saturday

The annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is tomorrow (Saturday) in downtown Bellingham.

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Royals shut down Mariners

Seattle Mariners' Nelson Cruz gets ready to bat during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the San Diego Padres Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Peoria, Ariz.

Kansas City's Ventura holds Seattle to one-hit game in 5-1 victory

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Louisville and Michigan State on to Elite 8

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino gestrues to his team during the second half of an NCAA tournament college basketball game against UC Irvine in the Round of 64 in Seattle, Friday, March 20, 2015. Louisville beat UC Irvine 57-55.

Montrezl Harrell scored 24 points/Denzel Valentine scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half

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Gonzaga and Duke headed to Elite Eight

Gonzaga head coach Mark Few watches during a practice session for a college basketball regional semifinal game in the NCAA Tournament Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Houston. Gonzaga plays UCLA on Friday, March 27, 2015.

Przemek Karnowski had 18 points and nine rebounds/Justise Winslow 21 points and 10 rebound