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Officials: high tide flooding more common as sea levels rise

Aug. 10, 2022 08:32 AM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said high tide flooding has become more common as sea levels rise and is affecting residents of coastal towns and states. Floods that used to only occur during large storms now occur more regularly from...

Woman sentenced to 34 years in prison after toddler death

Aug. 03, 2022 08:48 AM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A 30-year-old woman who abused a Bellingham toddler to death will spend several decades in prison. After a two-hour hearing Tuesday, Whatcom County Superior Court Judge David Freeman sentenced Kamee Nicole Dixon to 34 years in prison, with three years...

Ferndale officer charged with attempted child molestation

Jul. 29, 2022 09:19 AM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Ferndale police officer was charged Thursday with attempted child molestation. Michael Scott Langton, 46, was charged in Whatcom County Superior Court with one count of attempted second-degree child molestation, a felony. Langton made his first...

Northwest swelters under 'uncomfortable' multiday heat wave

Jul. 26, 2022 23:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Under the sweltering heat, Matthew Carr spent his lunch break in a fountain in downtown Portland, Oregon. The 57-year-old works outside picking up trash for the city and had to find a way to cool off. “This is pretty hot,” Carr said. “I can just take my...

Man suspected in Washington murder found dead in California

Jul. 12, 2022 22:52 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A man suspected in the murder of a 58-year-old man last week at a northwest Washington business was found dead in northern California. Cascadia Daily News reports Todd Andersen fled after Douglas Scoggins was found with gunshot wounds at a business called...

New study says decrease in salmon threatens killer whales

Jul. 05, 2022 08:46 AM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Southern Resident killer whales have not had enough food for several years, which could affect their already small numbers, according to a study by the University of British Columbia. Researchers looked at requirements and availability of prey for...

California father, son identified in fatal rafting accident

Jun. 22, 2022 08:33 AM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A 55-year-old California man and his 10-year-old son were identified as the victims who died in last week’s fatal rafting incident on the Nooksack River. John Coleman of Berkeley, California, and his son died when they were swept downriver after a raft...

2 dead after commercial raft flips on Washington river

Jun. 16, 2022 19:44 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Two people have died after a commercially-operated raft flipped on the North Fork of the Nooksack River in northwestern Washington. Four customers and a guide were on the raft Tuesday afternoon when it flipped in rapids near the town of Glacier, the...

Court pauses Washington tribe's evictions for ousted members

Jun. 09, 2022 21:39 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has temporarily halted evictions for people living in certain households on Nooksack Tribal Land who were contentiously disenrolled from the tribe. A panel of justices on Tuesday granted an injunction requiring the Nooksack...

Scientists will set 1,000 traps for murder hornets this year

May. 24, 2022 15:46 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Scientists will set about 1,000 traps this year in their quest to wipe out the Asian giant hornet in Washington, the state Department of Agriculture said Tuesday. Scientists believe the hornets, first detected in the Pacific Northwest state in 2019, are...