David Rasbach, Bellingham Herald

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Past articles by David:

‘We are one good, dry easterly wind away from a bad fire event in Whatcom County’

Despite damp weather, the fire danger remains high and Whatcom County will begin a burn ban Friday, July 12. Fortunately, there haven’t been large fires, and Canada has had fewer wildfires producing less smoke. → Read More

Drive-by shooting suspect out on bail arrested again after alleged July 4 incident

A Bellingham man suspected in last week’s drive-by shooting in the Sunnyland neighborhood, was back in jail after he allegedly eluded police, a K-9 track and a helicopter July 4 in the Roosevelt neighborhood. → Read More

Just when you thought it was safe to start summer, strong storm takes aim at Whatcom

A summer weather system that has been nicknamed JAWS — July Abnormally Wet System — is supposed to arrive Tuesday night and could bring more than a half inch of rain to Whatcom County before Thursday. → Read More

Here’s why heading north on I-5 out of Bellingham could be tough early next week

Heading north out of Bellingham will be a little more difficult than normal, as northbound I5 near Slater Road will be reduced to a single lane from Sunday evening through Tuesday for WSDOT construction work. → Read More

Southbound traffic on Meridian closed north of Bellingham

Guide Meridian is closed to southbound traffic just north of Bellingham following a crash Friday morning, July 5, according to emergency broadcast traffic. → Read More

Want to escape Whatcom’s winter and avoid Seatac? A new flight option is coming soon

A week after Alaska announced it’s discontinuing flights from Bellingham to Hawaii, Canadian discount airline Swoop said it will soon begin non-stop service from Abbotsford International Airport to San Diego. → Read More

How much are you making? Statistics show which Whatcom jobs are paying the most

Wages in Whatcom County increased by nearly 49 cents per hour in 2018, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor, but the city’s earnings are lagging well behind state and national averages. → Read More

One arrested and Whatcom Sheriff seeking 2 more after alleged home-invasion burglary

One man was arrested and the Whatcom Sheriff’s Office is searching for two more suspects following a reported home invasion-style burglary that resulted in a victim being stabbed Wednesday east of Ferndale. → Read More

Birch Bay’s Fourth of July celebration survives a pair of fireworks scares

A busy Fourth of July celebration in Birch Bay includes a firework being shot into a condo and a man being hit in the face by a mortar. Fortunately neither incident had serious consequences. → Read More

Victim stops phone theft, but man allegedly still sneaks off with keys and steals car

A man who worked at a Cornwall Avenue bar stopped a patron from taking his phone Monday, but reportedly didn’t know the man had also grabbed his keys and wallet and ended up stealing his car. → Read More

Did the lights flicker or go out? Here’s when things should be back to normal

Puget Sound Energy is reporting a power outage that is affecting electricity to parts of downtown, the York, Sunnyland, Roosevelt, Puget and Sehome neighborhoods. The outage affected more than 2,000 customers. → Read More

Man wearing boxers allegedly steals sleepwear during Bellingham burglary spree

A man, who apparently began an alleged burglary spree in boxers but quickly changed into pajamas and a robe he stole, reportedly broke into two Cordata neighborhood homes and the backyard of a third Friday. → Read More

Family-owned boat bursts into flames near Lummi Island Ferry terminal

A 20- to 30-foot family-owned boat caught fire and was significantly damaged Tuesday, July 2, while the boat was being dropped into the water to go crabbing. It is not known how much fuel leaked into the bay. → Read More

He allegedly drove I-5 the wrong way at 95 mph, turned doughnuts in the median

A man was arrested Friday after he reportedly drove the wrong way on I-5 near Guide Meridian, turned doughnuts in the median and led the State Patrol on a chase into Skagit in a stolen truck with firearms inside. → Read More

Bellingham jet skier injured in Moses Lake crash suspected of boating under influence

A Bellingham man was seriously injured in a collision between a pair of jet skis Saturday on Moses Lake. The injured man was believed to have been boating under the influence, the Grant County Sheriff said. → Read More

Arrest made in Bellingham boat burglary, but recent string still being investigated

Bellingham police arrested a suspect in a boat burglary last week but said there is no way to determine whether the man was responsible for a recent string of reported incidents at Squalicum Harbor. → Read More

Bellingham man awaiting trial arrested on suspicion of second child rape

A 40-year-old Bellingham man already scheduled to face a jury trial for sexually assaulting a teen girl he was familiar with last October, is suspected of raping another juvenile. → Read More

How are you celebrating the Fourth? Whatcom offers plenty of fireworks, food and fun

Whatcom County offers a number of different events to celebrate the Fourth of July with a variety of Independence Day fireworks, BBQ, festivals, games, food, beer, live music, a car show and a parade. → Read More

Did you see the big red ship on Bellingham Bay Friday? Here’s what it was

If you looked out your window overlooking Bellingham Bay Friday, June 28, you possibly saw a large, red ship on the water. It was the Ivar Reefer heading to Bellingham Cold Storage from Chile. → Read More

As one Bellingham landmark restaurant announces it’s closing, another ready to move in

Giuseppe’s Al Porto, a landmark Bellingham restaurant near Squalicum Harbor, announced via Facebook, that it will be closing when its owner retires. Lombardi’s Italian Restaurant is purchasing the business. → Read More