Twenty-one tractors traveled Ferndale’s Paradise Road on Friday, July 29, in a procession to honor longtime farmer Don McKay, 74, who died July 4 unloading one of his antique tractors for a Fourth of July parade in Blaine.
Built in 1926, the Eldridge family mansion overlooking Bellingham Bay is on the state and national registers of historic places. On the market for $2.2 million, the future of the house and the 2.2 acres it sits on are uncertain. It could be demolished to make room for more houses, but also might be preserved and converted to commercial use.
The Nooksack Tribal Court of Appeals has ordered the tribe’s police chief to hold a court clerk in jail until she files paperwork in a case involving attorneys fighting against disenrollment at the tribe. The chief has until Aug. 3 to explain why he should not be fined $1,000 per day for not holding the clerk as ordered by the court.
The comics and game store is in the process of moving to 103 E. Holly St., near the Horseshoe Café in Bellingham. The new space will be significantly bigger, and owner Django Bohren plans to add inventory as well as bring in several pinball machines.
Whatcom County could try to prevent the export of crude oil and coal from Cherry Point, long home to the county’s heavy industry and, in recent years, the epicenter of community debate over environmental and economic issues. Labor leaders and environmental advocates weighed in on the potential impact on existing jobs. The matter will be studied by the county’s Planning Commission, which has until mid-January 2017 to report back to the Whatcom County Council.
Sales at stores in Whatcom County totaled $366.7 million in the first quarter of 2016, down 2.7 percent compared to a year earlier, according to new data released by the Washington State Department of Revenue.
Owners Mike and Betty "Cis" Kennard have put their historic home on Eldridge Avenue up for sale, but the prime 2.2-acre site overlooking Bellingham Bay could be tempting to developers, even though its on the state and national registers of historic places. The Kennards filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December 2013 to reorganize their finances, so any sale of the property would have to be approved in court.