Posted by JIM DONALDSON on April 10, 2014
Crews with the Washington Department of Transportation have begun clearing the North Cascades Highway, a key route for travelers from eastern Whatcom County to central Washington.
Despite some heavy late season snowfall, DOT officials said they are optimistic that the highway, also known as Highway 20, could be open by early May.
"Last year it took us less than 4 weeks to clear the highway, but this year there's twice as much snow at the summit," said Avalanche Control Supervisor Mike Stanford. "It's likely to take closer to the usual six weeks to reopen this year." On a scouting expedition in early March, snow at the summit of Washington Pass measured almost 10 feet, double the depth of last year. Snow on the highway below the Liberty Bell avalanche chutes averaged 35 feet deep. Crews observed conditions similar to those they encountered in 2011 when it took approximately six weeks to clear and reopen the highway.
Posted on February 27, 2014
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Patty Murray talked about a Bellingham couple finally able to get health care during her speech Thursday, Feb. 27, on the Senate floor.
Posted by JIM DONALDSON on February 3, 2014
Students at a middle school in British Columbia got an eye-popping view from space of the lower mainland and eastern Whatcom County last year when they launched a weather balloon with a video camera attached.
Posted by JIM DONALDSON on January 17, 2014
Greg Otterholt of Bellingham has made a music video parody of a classic Bay Area pop song, taking aim at the Seattle Seahawks' biggest rival.
Posted on January 16, 2014
Democrats in Washington's Congressional delegation have made a friendly wager with Senate majority leader Nancy Pelosi over Sunday's NFC championship game between the the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.
Posted by Jim Donaldson on December 23, 2013
An animated Christmas light show in Lynden turned into a video tribute to the Seattle Seahawks over the weekend, but will be back in full Christmas mode tonight.
Posted by JIM DONALDSON on December 13, 2013
For the second year in a row, the Washington Trail Association has unveiled a list of hikes in Washington that most resemble Middle Earth, the landscapes created by J.R.R. Tolkein and brought to cinematic life in the new film "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," which opened in Bellingham theaters Thursday, Dec. 12.