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Bail set at $1M for Bellingham woman accused of murder

Apr. 16, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Bellingham woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the death of a man who was shot and left in a park on the Semiahmoo Spit near the Canadian border last week. Lynda Clare Mercy, 62, had bail set Wednesday at $1 million by Whatcom...

Council changes indecent exposure law to OK breastfeeding

Apr. 12, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The Whatcom County Council has unanimously approved changing its indecent exposure law to OK breastfeeding. It brings a local public nudity ordinance in line with state law and with current social norms, The Bellingham Herald reported. ...

Lummi Nation totem pole making journey to Biden

Apr. 12, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A totem pole carved at the Lummi Nation from a 400-year-old red cedar will begin a cross-country journey next month, evoking an urgent call to protect sacred lands and waters of Indigenous people. The journey, called the Red Road to DC, will...

Correction: Virus Outbreak-Phase Criteria story

Apr. 10, 2021 21:34 PM EDT
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First Native American poet laureate appointed in WA

Apr. 02, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Rena Priest, a member of the Lummi Nation and a Bellingham writer, has become the first Native American poet to serve as Washington state’s poet laureate. Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Priest to be the state’s sixth poet laureate, the Washington...

Sentence reduced for ex-Bellingham cop convicted of abuse

Mar. 31, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

BELLLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A former Bellingham police officer who was convicted of multiple crimes related to a years-long pattern of abusing a woman has had a little more than a year and a half taken off of his original prison sentence. Former Cpl. Brooks Owen Laughlin,...

Western Washington University reports COVID-19 outbreak

Mar. 29, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Western Washington University in Bellingham has reported 30 positive COVID-19 cases involving students living in residence halls in the past week. According to a school alert sent out Monday, Western’s Student Health Center and the Whatcom...

Man accused of shining laser at Border Patrol helicopter

Mar. 26, 2021 20:06 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent who was flying in a Blackhawk helicopter Wednesday night sought medical attention after a laser was shined into his eye from a Bellingham-area home. The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office booked Ronald...

Justices: Dead man's brother can sue over handling of corpse

Mar. 18, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The brother of a man whose corpse was used without permission for training by the Bellingham Fire Department can sue over it, the Washington Supreme Court said Thursday. Eleven people at the fire department, including an account manager and a...

Forecast for spring chinook up from last year, but still low

Mar. 08, 2021 09:04 AM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Forecasts for this year’s salmon runs show a doubling of spring chinook in the Nooksack River, giving room for hope even though the species remains threatened across the Puget Sound region, according to fisheries managers and environmental officials. ...