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Whatcom conservatives sue county over voting district ballot measure

A Bellingham businessman and a local conservative group are suing Whatcom County – they want to stop a proposal that would create more voting districts from appearing on the fall ballot.

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April E. coli at Lynden fairgrounds has NW WA fair taking extra precautions

Dozens of young children and others got violently ill after attending an event at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, now fair management is trying make sure it doesn’t happen again.

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Being at crime site before it happens is goal of Bellingham cop proposal

The department got a federal grant to pay for predictive policing software.

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Police chase in Ferndale area

The State Patrol says speeds reached 100 miles per hour and the suspect car drove the wrong way on I-5 at times.

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Toxic algae blooming in warm water from California to Alaska

One of the largest toxic algae blooms recorded off the West Coast is denser, more widespread and deeper than scientists feared even weeks ago.

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Skagit County 911 system struggles with understaffing

Skagit County's 911 system is struggling with understaffing and forced overtime that can increase employee stress and burnout.


Feared Fairhaven water main break is something else

Crews were called to the corner of Sixth Avenue and Harris Street yesterday afternoon when water started spewing from a pipe.

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Things get interesting in Bellingham’s Sunnyland neighborhood

The driver of a vehicle took off on foot, shedding his clothes and trying to change attire in an effort to get away.

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Deer shot dead inside Bellingham city limits

Wildlife officials search for someone who illegally shot a deer inside of city limits.


Orca whale found with hook caught in his mouth

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries says the orca is a 12-year-old male known as J-39 and does not appear to be injured.


Seattle’s very own “UP” house

Seattle's very own "UP" house named after the Pixar movie, became famous after it's owner refused a $1 million dollar offer from commercial builders.


City and County still at loggerheads over jail, as clock ticks

The County Council takes up the issue tonight


Despite misconduct, prosecutors rarely face discipline

MARTHA BELLISLE, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Prosecutors in Washington and elsewhere whose conduct causes cases to be thrown out…

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Army to test rockets at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

The Army is looking to conduct a test to determine whether soldiers can fire rockets at a Joint Base Lewis-McChord training area.

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Central Washington wildfire grows to 25 square miles

A lightning-caused fire in Central Washington has burned 25 square miles near Lake Chelan, and officials are concerned more thunderstorms could be on the way.

Wash. governor praises Obama’s plan to cut emissions

Governor Jay Inslee has praised President Barack Obama's plan to limit greenhouses gas emissions from U.S. power plants.

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Whatcom retailers see sales growth in first quarter

Overall retail sales were up nearly 5-and-a-half percent compared to the first three months of last year.

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It’s primary Election Day in Whatcom County

You have until 8 o’clock Tuesday night to turn in ballots at one of nine drop boxes throughout Whatcom County.

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Whatcom Criminals charged fees that fund system designed to put them away

The National Association for Public Defense says a small infraction can become “a life-changing struggle to satisfy ever-mounting debt.

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