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Department of Fishing closing parts of Nooksack River

Low flows and warm water temperatures prompted the fishing ban on several stretches of the river.

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Rain returning to Whatcom County in big way

We could see up to 2-and-a-half inches of rain just this weekend.

In this photo taken Oct. 23, 2012, a dilapidated structure is seen jutting out into the Strait of Georgia along the beach just south of the location of a proposed coal exporting terminal in Ferndale, Wash., just north of Bellingham, Wash. In the distance behind are an existing aluminum plant and oil refinery. The progressive college town of Bellingham is at the center of one of the fiercest environmental debates in the region: should the Northwest become a hub for exporting U.S. coal to Asia? A proposal to build one of as many as five coal terminals here has divided the town, pitting union and businesses that welcome jobs against environmentalists who worry about coal dust and greenhouse gas emissions. A trade group is running TV ads touting the projects, while numerous cities such as Seattle and Portland are opposing coal trains through their communities.

Lummi Nation done talking about proposed Coal Terminal

The tribe says it sent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers its final letter on the matter and now expects the corps to deny permits for the project.

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Bids in for construction of new Skagit County jail

The new 108-thousand-square foot jail will feature a health services area and a secure perimeter with concrete panels.

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Washington wildfires size of small state

All of the wildfires burning in the state now cover an area nearly the size of Rhode Island.

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As fires grow in Skagit, so does its containment

The upper Skagit fire continues to grow, but so does containment of the blaze.

Foreclosure rates in Whatcom County decrease

Fewer Whatcom County Homes are facing foreclosure.

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The upper Skagit Fire grows, costs Seattle City Light $100,000 a day

It’s still not immediately threatening structures, but it has damaged transmission lines.

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‘Cougar nation’ remembers WSU President Elson Floyd

Students, politicians, alumni, faculty and staff gather at Washington State University to remember President Elson Floyd

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Newly renovated Lowell Elementary opens

A new addition houses a cafeteria and a gym.

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Lynden man dead after crash on North Cascades Highway

Sahir Lugoavalos died when his car went down a steep, rocky embankment and landed in some trees on highway 20 west of Winthrop.

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Too soon to tell what caused WWU chemistry building fire

The blaze started in a lab on the third floor.

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Police: Man stepped on gas line before motel explosion

Police say a man stepped on a gas line at a motel in Washington state just before a huge explosion destroyed part of the structure and critically injured a gas company worker.

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Coast Guard suspends search for missing diver

The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing diver near Cape Flattery.

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Wildfire burns 40 homes, prompts evacuations and smoke hampers efforts

The Okanogan Complex of wildfires, the largest in state history, has so far consumed at least 40 homes and 40 outbuildings.

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Sudden Valley fights proposed Verizon cell tower in Camp Firwood

Sudden Valley is divided over a proposed Verizon tower in Camp Firwood. Many feel they are being forced to decide…

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Whatcom County man charged again in Border Patrol incident

A Whatcom County man who spent time in federal prison for shining a spotlight at a U.S. Border Patrol Blackhawk helicopter that was flying over his house has been indicted on new charges involving Border Patrol agents.

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Woman beaten to death under Seattle bridge

Woman beaten to death under Seattle bridge SEATTLE (AP) — A standoff between police officers and a suspected killer ended…

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Group threatens to sue over farmed salmon in Puget Sound

A conservation group says it intends to sue the federal government for allowing farm-raised salmon in Puget Sound.

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China, US seek ‘clean coal’ agreement as industry struggles

U.S. and Chinese officials are working on an agreement to advance "clean coal" technologies that purport to reduce the fuel's contribution to climate change.

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Al Arbour, who coached Isles to 4 Cup titles, dies at 82

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Beginning in 1973-74, Arbour led the Isles to 15 playoff appearances and won an NHL record 119 playoff games over 19 seasons.

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‘Siri, can you give me a hint?’ Apple confirms September event

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The rumors are true: Apple will host an event Sept. 9 in San Francisco.

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This is one way to get a tan

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It's summer and the beaches are packed - so this guy got some private sunbathing time while sky high.

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