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2 businesses caught selling “Spice”

Businesses selling illegal synthetic drug

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Railroad faces fines related to oil spills, but has until 2016 to respond

Rail regulators from the State Utilities and Transportation Commission say B-N-S-F didn’t properly report several spills, including one discovered in Whatcom County.

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.

Gateway Pacific Coal Terminal backers ask for more time

In a letter to the Army Corp of Engineers, S-S-A Marine asked for about three more months to respond to a Lummi Nation request to kill the project.


Cleanup of Whatcom Waterway on Bellingham waterfront set for August.

The 30-point-6 million dollar project is expected to be finished by the middle of next year.


Bellingham Schools superintendent making $298,000 this year

Dr. Greg baker is the highest paid superintendent in the state this year.

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Seattle protests influence John Kerry trade speech venue

Seattle officials told Secretary of State John Kerry he'd be better off avoiding the Emerald City to deliver a major trade speech


Teachers in Seattle, Mercer Island, Issaquah on 1-day strike

After thousands of teachers marched through downtown Seattle as part of a one-day walkout, a legislative committee heard testimony in Olympia on a bill that would punish teachers for going on strike

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, second from left, walks back to his office after giveing his annual State of the State speech, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, to a joint session of the Washington Legislature in Olympia, Wash.

Gov. Inslee donates raise to school funding site

Inslee said Friday that he's already given money to programs at three Washington schools through DonorsChoose.org


Candidates welcomed for still-open spots after filing week

Extended filing period for vacant positions this Wednesday through Friday


Small break in Lynden E. coli outbreak investigation

Some progress, but they still don't know the exact cause

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Prosecutor: Fatal shooting of man at Sumas border crossing was justified

A border agent shot him after the man lunged at him and sprayed him with bear mace

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Washington Supreme Court boosts cost of traffic tickets

Getting pinched on the roads is going to hurt a little more in Washington state.

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BNSF: Train kills man walking on railroad tracks

A freight train struck and killed a 54-year-old man walking on the tracks near Stevenson in southwest Washington.


Archdiocese settles abuse case related to former Bellingham priest

The Seattle Archdiocese has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a woman who said she was molested by a priest in the 1960s and '70s.

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Drilling foes block Seattle port entry; city issues notice

Foes of Royal Dutch Shell's use of a Seattle terminal to prepare for exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean have attacked on two fronts.

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Wyo. Gov. Matt Mead pushes coal ports on NW trip

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is in the Northwest, pushing for access to deep-water ports that would allow shipment of Wyoming coal to Asian markets.

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Bellingham landlords get rental registration notices

The program is on track to start July 1st as scheduled.

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Hundreds of Bellingham juniors not taking standardized test

The district says about 350 11th-graders are opting out.

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Deputies: Passenger grabs steering wheel and swerves into traffic

Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputies say the woman behind the wheel prevented a crash.

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A tsunami warning system is coming to Birch Bay

Whatcom County Sheriff's office plans to set up emergency system

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Seattle to install new public toilet in Pioneer Square

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Seattle officials are hoping to purchase and install a new public toilet in Pioneer Square by the end of the year.

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Feds: Troy Kelley paid stolen money to law firm

State Auditor Troy Kelley

Federal prosecutors say indicted Washington state Auditor Troy Kelley paid more than $900,000 in stolen money to his high-priced law firm.

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Annoying train horns are the topic of a meeting in Bellingham

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Tonight’s meeting at the Chrysalis Inn starts at 6:30.

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A portion of Portal Way is closed today

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The section between Eaton Avenue and Somerset Street in Ferndale is shut down.