Mauri Pelto digs his crampons into the steep icy slope on Mount Baker in Washington state and watches as streams of water cascade off the thick mass of bare, bluish ice. Every 20 yards, the water carves vertical channels in the face of the glacier as it rushes downstream.
Busy weekend: Rain may put a damper on what is a huge weekend of local events. Put on a rain jacket and head out to the Ferndale Street Festival, check out the Jansen Art Center’s block party in Lynden, take in the crab feed and parade at Birch Bay Discovery Days, learn a new skill at the Whatcom Skillshare Faire, shout “Inconceivable!” with everyone while watching “The Princess Bride” at the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema, or bring your silly to the outdoor-adventure block party and film festival on Bay Street.
A U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer is lowered down to the Lummi Island Patrol Boat to assist and set up a hoist of an injured fisherman south of San Juan Island, Wash., on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. The fisherman was injured when the line he was handling parted, snapped back and hit him in the upper body while aboard the fishing vessel Mr. Wonderful. U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Port Angeles
Emergency officials are asking people who want to help those affected by wildfires to work through existing charities that already have efforts in place. They are discouraging people from driving goods to any of the fire zones because communities aren’t set up to accept donations of food, clothing or supplies.
Glaciers on Mount Baker and other mountains in the North Cascades are thinning and retreating. Seven have disappeared over the past three decades, and the overall volume of glaciers in the range, while dozens others are losing mass.
The Goodell Fire in Newhalem spread quickly Wednesday, Aug. 19, and surrounded the Gorge Powerhouse on the Skagit River, but quick action by firefighters and Seattle City Light employees prevented the fire from reaching the structure. For more on the story go to http://bit.ly/1KnvzfF. Wilson Criscione | The Bellingham Herald