Blaine, WA

Brother makes 1,700 mile tractor trip to Hibbing

Mike Adkinson of Bellingham, Wash., leans against his John Deere tractor in front of Hibbing High School while being interviewed by media after driving his compact tractor more than 1,700 miles to raise money to help fight Parkinson's disease. Adkinson made the drive to support his brother Dan, who was...
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What to know about setting off fireworks this 4th of July in your area of Whatcom County

Each year seems to bring tighter restrictions on the sale and setting off (discharging) of fireworks. While not applicable to professionally managed pyrotechnical performances, citizens should be aware of the current Whatcom County and incorporated city laws. Here are the city and county laws as they apply to buying and setting off consumer fireworks.

Man drives tractor from Washington to Minnesota to raise money for Parkinson's disease

HIBBING, Minn. -- Imagine driving cross country, 1,800 miles, in a tractor. A Washington state man just did it for an important cause.The whole thing sort of began as a joke. Mike Adkinson's brother-in-law always talked about needing a tractor. So, Mike would sarcastically offer to drive his tractor from Bellingham, Washington to Perch Lake, Minnesota. Then, one day, it wasn't a joke anymore."Finally I thought you know, at 76 I could use a challenge like that, so I'm gonna do that," said Adkinson. Before he left on the 1,800-mile journey, Adkinson got another reason to go. His brother Dan was diagnosed...

'Safety Ambassadors' are now patrolling downtown Bellingham

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Tony Hugo checks the stairwells for homeless people as he makes his rounds through downtown Bellingham. "It can be a dangerous situation," he said. "People don't like to be woken up. They can be violent. We'll stand a few feet away, especially if we've gotten a call to check on them."

First all-woman crew staffs Bellingham fire station

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – A first for the Bellingham Fire Department and a first for women fire fighters. The department says in a social media post that an all-woman crew staffed one of its engines for the first time ever on Sunday, June 19th. Acting Captain Pernick, Driver Pederson, and...

2 people hospitalized after a vehicle plows into a home in Lynden; Michael Anthony Martin arrested (Lynden, WA)

On Wednesday, three people suffered injuries after a vehicle smashed into a home in Lynden. As per the initial information, officials quickly responded to the 100 block of British Columbia Avenue at approximately 8:20am after getting reports of a single-vehicle crash. The early reports showed that a vehicle rammed into a residence for undetermined reasons. On arrival, emergency crews rushed two people sitting in the living room at the time of the collision to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center with non-fatal injuries.

UPDATED: Over 4,000 lose power around Lynden

LYNDEN, Wash. — Traffic signals are reportedly dark as the result of a widespread power outage in the Lynden area. Puget Sound Energy (PSE) reported 4,361 of their customers’ addresses were without power since an outage began around 11am, today, Thursday, June 23rd. As of 11:15am, no cause...

Sylvia Center for the Arts to close permanently in October

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The local arts scene in Whatcom County is mourning an impending loss. Bellingham’s Sylvia Center for the Arts announced in a Facebook post on Wednesday, June 22nd, they will be permanently ceasing operations October 31st of this year at the latest. The non-profit, community-based performing...

Couple withdraws DOC applications for transitional housing support

LYNDEN — A couple looking to open transitional housing facilities near Fisher and Isom elementary schools has withdrawn its applications for assistance from the state’s Department of Corrections. As directors of LifeHouse Foundation, Mark and Tracy Nelson had recently purchased two homes with plans to provide clean and...
Yakima Herald Republic

A teacher by trade, David Thomas a Highland Games athlete in his spare time

David Thomas works with some heavy metal in his job as a high school welding teacher. Same goes for his spare time as a Highland Games athlete. The Yakima resident and new teacher at Toppenish High School competes in the heavy events that are an integral part of Scottish festivals and Highland Games held around the world. They happen in the spring, summer and fall and most have returned after the COVID-19 pandemic quashed them the last two years.
Flathead Beacon

Crown Gravity Collective Launches in the Flathead Valley

A handful of years ago while living in Bellingham, Washington, Ashley Larson and her family started mountain biking after her husband brought home a used bike, triggering a new hobby that would soon bring them around the Pacific Northwest, traveling to races with their kids. “There were existing teams in...