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Permanent daylight saving time passes Washington Legislature

OLYMPIA – Permanent daylight saving in Washington gained more support Tuesday with final passage of a bill suggesting the end to changing the clock twice a year. The House approved the bill 90-6 that asks the federal government to allow states to choose year-round daylight saving time. If given that


Undercover Cops Posing as Drug Buyers Arrested by Undercover Cops Posing as Drug Dealers

Well, this is a new one. A gigantic drug raid mistake led to police officers arresting…well, each other. Turns out undercover cops in Detroit posed as drug dealers to help catch a pair of sellers. However, thanks to a “tiny” mess up, another undercover police group thought they were real drug dealer


Deadline creeps up for property tax payments

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The deadline to pay your property taxes is rapidly approaching. The Whatcom County Treasurer is reminding taxpayers that first half property tax payments are due Tuesday, April 30th, and they can be paid online, by phone, mail, or in person at the County Treasurer’s Office on the


Amber Alert issued after Spokane father stabs mom, takes off with son, police say

SPOKANE, Wash. -- An Amber Alert has been issued for a 5-year-old child who was taken by his father near Spokane Tuesday morning. The man, who is the estranged husband to the child's mother, broke into their home in the 12800 block of E. Blossey Ave. in Spokane Valley, stabbed the mother and took th


Bellingham police searching for missing 80-year-old woman

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Officers with the Bellingham Police Department are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman. Officials said 80-year-old Jane Beer is believed to have walked away from her residence on Viewcrest Road.


Conservative Washington lawmaker strikes back at critics

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker from Washington is striking back at critics who say he should resign for appearing to support spying on political opponents. The Guardian newspaper reported Saturday it had obtained the contents of chats from 2017 involving state Rep. Matt Shea and three


Help ‘Give Back’ to Local Non-Profits at Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham’s B-Town

Whatcom County is filled with many excellent non-profit organizations, all working to raise awareness and money for important community causes. Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham, with a long history of community involvement, is working to further the cause of local non-profits through their new ‘Gi


Washington 4th state to pass 100% clean energy bill

The Washington state legislature has passed what Governor Jay Inslee calls, "the country's most forward-looking clean energy bill." The bill will transition Washington's electricity grid to 100 percent clean energy by 2045. To meet that goal, the bill phases out coal from the state's electricity gri


Public Works begins Goshen Road Bridge project

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Expect to see flaggers and activity if you drive on Goshen Road the next two weeks. Whatcom County Public Works crews will be repairing Goshen Road Bridge beginning Monday morning, closing one lane of the road from 6 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.


WA State Ferries asking pets stay out of passenger cabin

SEATTLE — The Washington State Ferry System is asking passengers to keep their pets out of the passenger cabin. Only service animals are allowed in the passenger cabins of the vessels.


Chiefs get Frank Clark from Seahawks for 1st-round pick

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs acquired pass rusher Frank Clark from the Seattle Seahawks for a package of picks Tuesday, then quickly agreed with him on a $105 million, five-year contract, as they continue to overhaul their much-maligned defense.


Washington State Ferries announces plan to reduce emissions, protect whales

Washington State Ferries is working to go even greener. That's the message in WSF's new two-year Sustainability Action Plan, which they released Monday in honor of Earth Day. The plan outlines goals and actions the organization plans to satisfy the state's Department of Transportation's commitment t


Nooksack water use rules up for comment

BELLINGHAM, Wash — New water rules affecting Whatcom County are up for public comment. The Department of Ecology is drafting a plan of action for future water use in the Nooksack River watershed to accommodate rural growth and protect water supply needs for fish.


Walsh apologizes to nurses for “card-playing” comment

OLYMPIA – Sometimes when you try to make a point, you wind up being the one getting skewered. That was the position Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, found herself in for several days, after defending an amendment to exempt some smaller hospitals certain break and overtime requirements for nurses a


Washington state lawmaker apologizes for comment on nurses

OLYMPIA — A Washington state lawmaker who angered nurses by saying some may spend a lot of time playing cards in rural hospitals says she wishes she could reel that comment back in.


PeaceHealth United General to open 10-bed rehabilitation center

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — A new 10-bed acute rehabilitation center is coming to the PeaceHealth United General Medical Center, according to a news release from the Sedro-Woolley hospital.


Washington state Rep. Matt Shea condemns ‘hit-piece,’ defends running background checks

OLYMPIA — Washington state Rep. Matt Shea took to Facebook on Monday night to defend himself against allegations that he participated in a group chat that discussed attacking and conducting background checks on political opponents.


Police arrest 21-year-old Deming man after standoff near Arlington cemetery

ARLINGTON – Police arrested a 21-year-old Deming man Saturday after a standoff at the Arlington Municipal Cemetery. Police responded at 9:15 a.m. to reports of a man acting suspiciously at the cemetery located at 20310 67th Ave. NE, with individuals in 9-1-1 calls also reporting possible gunshots.


Anacortes port commissioners say a raise is warranted

The Anacortes Port Commission is exploring a salary increase for its members. Each commissioner receives a salary of $285 a month and per diem of $128 paid for attending port meetings and functions. The commission meets twice a month, bringing total annual compensation to $6,492, plus per diem paid


Skagit River estuary restoration helps salmon needed for killer whales

MT VERNON, Washington — Recently we traveled up the Skagit River to see salmon habitat in what's called a freshwater floodplain, which is a very important area for young salmon to grow big enough to head down stream.