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Why experts are saying Whatcom air quality is the worst they’ve ever seen

The smoke in Whatcom County from the BC wildfires isn't good for you

Stewart Mountain Fire is now 50% contained

The wildfire near Bellingham is spreading

Stewart Mountain Fire quadrupled in size overnight

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Marijuana activists celebrate pot sales anniversary

This month will mark the first Anniversary of recreational pot sales in Washington State.

View of a fire east of Lake Whatcom Sunday, July 7th

Bellingham-Area Firefighters Face Busy Holiday Weekend

Crews very busy with several fires

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Fire scorches Portage Island

A fire forced the evacuation of about 40 campers on Portage Island in Bellingham Bay Saturday night. No homes were…

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Canadian earthquake rattles Sumas, Everson

Dozens of people reported being shaken out of bed during a small earthquake near the Canadian border on Sunday.

View of a fire east of Lake Whatcom Sunday, July 7th

Fire burns mountainside east of Lake Whatcom

It’s currently unclear how contained the fire is, but a spokesman for DNR is expected to provide additional details later Sunday evening

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Deputy’s quick reaction saves UPS driver

Deputy Colin Bertrand used patrol car to stop runaway UPS truck

Fewer Washington students met the standard on the new tests based on the Common Core learning standards

Washington students seem to find new tests more challenging

Fewer Washington students met the standard on the new tests based on the Common Core learning standards than passed the old statewide exams.

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Firefighters douse flames at Alcoa Intalco Works

The cause of the fire atop a 130-foot tower is not yet known.

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New wildfire burns buildings, forces residents to flee

Just days after a wildfire tore through homes in central Washington, a new blaze in the hot, dry region has burned some buildings and forced about two dozen residents to flee.

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Columbia River water temperature is hottest since 1950

The Columbia River is the warmest it has been since 1950.

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12-year-old burned by fireworks near Auburn stand

Fire officials say a 12-year-old boy has been taken to a Seattle hospital after being burned by fireworks near an Auburn fireworks stand.

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Officials rule out natural causes in Wenatchee blaze

Authorities say a wildfire that has destroyed nearly 30 homes in the central Washington city of Wenatchee was likely human-caused.

A sidewalk outside the Legislative building is bustling with people on the first day of the 2014 session of the Washington state Legislature, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash.

Legislative all-nighter: ‘Nasty things slip through’

When lawmakers race to pass budgets and bills by working into the early morning hours, advocates of open government say they are working in the dark in more ways than one.

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Artifacts from 1700s found under Seattle bridge

Archaeologists are cataloging artifacts dating back to the 1700s that were found under a Seattle bridge by construction workers.

Wash. lawmakers approve drought relief

State lawmakers have approved $16 million in emergency drought relief over two years to help farmers and others struggling with water shortages.

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Sen. Cantwell’s bill aims to address water issues in Yakima

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell has introduced legislation aimed at ensuring a reliable supply of water for…

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Initiative to protect animals collects enough signatures

Supporters of an initiative to help protect endangered animals that are being poached or exploited say they've collected enough signatures to get their proposal on the November ballot.

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Washington has a budget, but Legislature isn’t finished

Washington state has a budget for the next two years. The government has not shut down. So why haven't state lawmakers gone home for summer vacation?

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