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Gov. issues emergency order over green crab infestation

Jan. 19, 2022 19:43 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has issued an emergency order to address the exponential population growth of the invasive European green crab within the Lummi Nation’s Sea Pond, Makah Bay, Grays Harbor, and Willapa Bay. The emergency order was issued Wednesday in an...

1 missing in Pacific Northwest flooding, slides

Jan. 07, 2022 22:40 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — At least one person was missing and presumed dead as snow turned to rain and deluged the Pacific Northwest on Friday, causing flooding, landslides and avalanche danger in the mountains. A 72-year-old man never returned after leaving his residence to move...

Storm: Travel could become treacherous as snow, rain persist

Jan. 05, 2022 21:04 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man in northwest Washington was stuck and killed by a snowplow and authorities urged people not to travel in some areas of Washington and Oregon as winter storms continue throughout the region. Parts of several major highways in Oregon reopened Wednesday...

County Council delays appointing senator to replace Ericksen

Jan. 05, 2022 15:16 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Whatcom County Council members have voted to delay naming a replacement for state Sen. Doug Ericksen, who died after becoming ill with COVID-19. The council voted 4-2 at a special meeting Tuesday to delay naming a replacement for the Ferndale Republican...

Woman sentenced for Washington railroad track sabotage

Dec. 17, 2021 19:52 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A woman convicted of sabotaging railroad tracks near the U.S.-Canada border in Washington state just before a train carrying crude oil was due to pass through has been sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison. Ellen Brennan Reiche, 28, of Bellingham...

Gov. Inslee announces $187M plan for WA salmon recovery

Dec. 15, 2021 11:34 AM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed investing $187 million in salmon recovery as part of his 2022 budget and policy proposals. Inslee announced his salmon proposals Tuesday at the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community reservation’s Swadabs Park, The...

Coast Guard rescues kayakers, paddlers during windy race

Dec. 14, 2021 08:49 AM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Marine rescue crews, including a boat from Coast Guard Station Bellingham, rescued more than 20 paddlers caught off guard and capsized by winds during the Deception Pass Challenge paddling and rowing race. The Coast Guard received reports at about 9:30...

Condition, location of state lawmaker with COVID-19 unknown

Dec. 11, 2021 12:10 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — No information has been made available for weeks about the location or condition of Republican state Sen. Doug Ericksen of Ferndale, since he was reportedly in a Florida hospital being treated for COVID-19. Ericksen wrote to legislative colleagues in...

EXPLAINER: Stuck jet stream, La Nina causing weird weather

Dec. 04, 2021 12:53 PM EST

America’s winter wonderland is starting out this season as anything but traditional. The calendar says December but for much of the country temperatures beckon for sandals. Umbrellas, if not arks, are needed in the Pacific Northwest, while in the Rockies snow shovels...

Famously soggy Seattle sees its wettest fall on record

Dec. 03, 2021 13:18 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle, a city known for soggy weather, has seen its wettest fall on record. The National Weather Service says 19.04 inches (48.4 centimeters) of rain fell between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30, breaking a record set in 2006. A series of wet...