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Washington’s working families eligible for $6.49 million in energy bill assistance

Millions in energy assistance for working families are coming to Washington state. → Read More

Man who punched and killed another outside Bellingham Drop-In Center sent to prison

BELLINGHAM -- An Alaska man who punched another man, killing him, outside the Lighthouse Mission Ministry’s Drop-In Center in late February will spend the next seven years in prison. → Read More

Bellingham man accused of murdering mom, leaving body in Lake Samish declared competent

The Bellingham man accused of stabbing his mother multiple times, wrapping her in a blanket and leaving her body in Lake Samish in July 2018 has been declared competent to stand trial. → Read More

Ex-Ferndale coach accused of raping three faces new alleged domestic violence charges

Ex-Ferndale assistant wrestling coach Dalton Cristelli, who is accused of raping three girls, is facing new charges for alleged domestic violence incidents, according to Whatcom County Superior Court records. → Read More

‘Now we can slowly start healing’ Stavik family says after Bass murder sentencing

Timothy Bass was sentenced July 2 to nearly 27 years in prison for the 1989 abduction, rape and murder of Amanda “Mandy” Stavik. Her family says the pain of trial was worth it to bring Bass to justice. → Read More

Timothy Bass to spend nearly 27 years in prison for 1989 murder of Mandy Stavik

Timothy Forrest Bass was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 27 years in prison for the 1989 kidnap, rape and murder of 18-year-old Amanda “Mandy” Stavik. A jury found Bass guilty of first-degree murder May 24. → Read More

This is what Timothy Bass said after he was sentenced to prison for Stavik murder

Timothy Bass maintains that he did not kidnap, rape and murder 18-year-old Amanda “Mandy” Stavik in November 1989. Bass said he believes he didn’t receive a fair trial at his sentencing in Whatcom Superior Court. → Read More

‘He got to live 30 years as a free man,’ Bass’ coworker says as murder sentencing set

BELLINGHAM -- Kim Wagner was sitting in a bar in 2017 with her husband and a friend discussing coworkers, the community and, eventually, the 1989 kidnapping and murder of Amanda “Mandy” Stavik. About → Read More

Whatcom’s incarceration rate drops 15% from 2018 — here’s why ‘we’re seeing results’

The incarceration rate across the Whatcom County Corrections system has dropped by roughly 15% in the first three months of 2019, as compared to the same time period last year, according to a quarterly report. → Read More

Whatcom council members say they’ve listened and have a new plan to replace jail

Building a new, smaller jail facility in Bellingham is being discussed by Whatcom County Council members. Sheriff Bill Elfo said he would support a plan that focuses on diversion and jail alternatives. → Read More

Around 100 show up to protest The Firs firing Bellingham teen for being gay

About 100 people showed up with rainbow flags and signs early Monday morning to protest outside a religious nonprofit camp that fired a Bellingham teenager for being gay in early June. → Read More

Opportunity Council ends contract with The Firs, calls it a ‘live-your-values moment’

The Opportunity Council announced Friday that it was ending its more than two-decades long kitchen contract with The Firs after the religiouis organization fired a camp counselor for being gay earlier in June. → Read More

‘Our house was burnt down to nothing’ woman says of one of five home fires across county

Over the past week, a Whatcom County woman lost her life and others lost their homes in five major fires across the county. → Read More

‘Hate has come at a cost’ says father no longer supporting camp that fired gay teen

After news broke of a Bellingham teenager fired from working as a counselor with The Firs, a Christian non-profit, community members expressed frustration with the situation, and some withdraw from summer programs. → Read More

FBI, Bellingham Gang Task Force enter downtown massage parlor

FBI agents and Bellingham Police Gang Task Force entered a local downtown foot massage parlor Thursday, June 13, 2019. → Read More

Canadian prosecutors change tactics in Smuggler’s Inn owner’s illegal border crossing case

Robert Boulé, the owner of the Smuggler’s Inn bed-and-breakfast in Blaine, has had nine of the charges against him stayed. Boule is accused of helping people cross into Canada illegally. → Read More

Bellingham teen fired from working as a camp counselor with The Firs because he’s gay

A Bellingham teenager fired from a job as a counselor for a camp at The Firs, a local Christian organization, because he’s gay says he’s not planning legal action, or looking for money; he just wants awareness. → Read More

The Firs’ executive director’s full statement on firing a gay Bellingham teenager

The Firs’ Executive Director Tom Beaumont’s statement on the firing of a Bellingham teenager’s firing from his position as a summer camp counselor with the religious non-profit, organization, for being gay. → Read More

Bellingham woman arrested for allegedly driving getaway car in knifepoint robbery

Bellingham police arrested Ashley M. Fischer on suspicion of driving the getaway car after a male suspect assaulted and robbed another Bellingham man at knifepoint Monday. → Read More

Alabama Street closed due to Woburn Street structure fire

Alabama Street is closed at Woburn Street for a structure fire in Bellingham, Wash. Bellingham Fire says it is a three-alarm fire at a multi-residential structure on the 2100 block of Woburn Street. → Read More