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Brush fire burns about 10 acres near Sumas

A brush fire east of Sumas burned about 10 acres on the side of Vedder Mountain Thursday afternoon, Aug. 25. Though it’s too early to determine a cause, officials suspect a tree that fell on a power line near the intersection of Reese Hill and Frost roads may have started the fire.

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Customs patrol boat rescues stricken mariner in Bellingham Bay

Crew members aboard a U.S. Customs and Border Protection boat rescued a man whose sailboat capsized in Bellingham Bay on Sunday afternoon. The mariner, who was clinging to a capsized vessel that lost its mast in rough seas, was treated for hypothermia and taken to a public dock in Fairhaven.

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Could faster internet bring jobs to Bellingham?

While private internet providers continue expanding their high-speed internet offerings in the city, Bellingham resident Jon Humphrey thinks the city can take after the example set by nearby Mount Vernon, which has built a fiber optic backbone to provide internet to businesses there. Mount Vernon has attracted and kept businesses with blazing fast internet speeds that are less affordable and accessible in larger metropolitan areas.

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Weekend rally opposes laws requiring women to cover their breasts

An organization that believes laws requiring women to cover their breasts are sexist is hosting a rally this weekend in downtown Bellingham. Go Topless Bellingham is hosting the event from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St. It’s part of national Go Topless Day, featuring similar events and parades across the country. Those who attend might see not only bare-chested women, but also people carrying firearms, because members of Washington Open Carry Whatcom County will attend – in an unofficial capacity.

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Possible arson in fire that consumes barn, cars near Ferndale

Authorities are investigating a possible arson fire that destroyed a barn, a fifth-wheel trailer and several cars worth $100,000 Wednesday morning, Aug. 24. County fire investigators and sheriff’s officials could say only that the fire was “under investigation,” said Undersheriff Jeff Parks.

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Lummi totem pole honors fight against oil, coal industries

Some 100 local environmental activists, Lummi Nation members and others participated in a blessing ceremony Tuesday, Aug. 23, for a totem pole that honors the struggle against expansion of the oil and coal industry into tribal lands across the West. The totem, which depicts an eagle, bear, wolf and a tribal medicine woman, will be traveling by truck some 5,000 miles to locations across the northwestern U.S. and southwestern Canada to Winnipeg, Manitoba, where it will be displayed.

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Fire crews battle wildfire near Sumas in north Whatcom County

Whatcom County Sheriff's Office Deputy Director of Emergency Management John Gargett talks about efforts to contain a wildfire in north Whatcom County near Sumas on Thursday, Aug. 25.
Evan Abell The Bellingham Herald
Fire crews battle wildfire near Sumas in north Whatcom County 0:57

Fire crews battle wildfire near Sumas in north Whatcom County

Watch students return to the newly built Happy Valley Elementary School in Bellingham 1:39

Watch students return to the newly built Happy Valley Elementary School in Bellingham

Watch sentencing of Bellingham man found guilty of rape and domestic violence 4:02

Watch sentencing of Bellingham man found guilty of rape and domestic violence

Watch highlights from The Color Run 5K in Bellingham 1:38

Watch highlights from The Color Run 5K in Bellingham

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