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Lighthouse Mission to offer more beds to homeless in Bellingham

Starting this fall, The Lighthouse Mission will open its drop-in center as a 24/7 shelter to help address an increased need for people experiencing homelessness. The Mission has been working with the city of Bellingham to find a place for a permanent “low-barrier shelter” but the location they thought might work fell through. Meanwhile, this year’s point-in-time homelessness census indicated the number of unsheltered people was up 40 percent this year over last, and overall, the number of people experiencing homelessness was up 10.4 percent over last year.

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With so many new hotels, Whatcom looks for ways to grow demand

After a flurry of hotel construction in recent years, Whatcom County had plenty of extra rooms this summer, but there are signs the area is finding ways to fill the extra supply. General managers at a few of the newer Bellingham hotels are reporting flat occupancy numbers this summer compared with the year before.

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Bellingham Technical College approved to offer bachelor’s in engineering technology

Bellingham Technical College in Bellingham, Washington, has been approved to offer a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Technology program starting in fall 2017. Students can begin taking prerequisite classes for the degree when fall classes begin Sept. 20. This is the second bachelor’s degree BTC has been approved to offer this year after the college got the OK to offer a Bachelor of Applied Science in Operations Management in March.

Crime

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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Bellingham Community Boating Center gets major rent reduction

The Bellingham Bay Community Boating Center will save about $9,000 a year in rent and could offer more programming with the savings approved earlier this month by the Port of Bellingham commission. The nonprofit educational center is based out of a building off 555 Harris Avenue in Fairhaven. It offers classes and rentals during the boating season, and year-round dry storage for non-motorized boats, including kayaks, canoes, small sailboats and the like.

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Defibrillator gives Bellingham man another chance

Marc Shaner had no idea he was going to have a heart attack until he collapsed after exercising at an athletic club. A big reason he is able to talk about the experience today is because a local business was prepared for the possibility.

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Bellingham's Lighthouse Mission will open new shelter

The Lighthouse Mission plans to open its drop-in center 24/7 starting this fall to help sleep up to about 80 more people. The region's January 2016 "point-in-time" homelessness census found the number of unsheltered people was up 40 percent this year over last year. Read more at BellinghamHerald.com.

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Most roads now open, no homes burned after 10-acre brush fire southeast of Sumas

Most roads southeast of Sumas, Washington, have opened after a brush fire burned 10 acres along the southeasterly face of Vedder Mountain in north Whatcom County on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 25. Crews had the fire contained as of late Friday morning with a trail dug all the way around the burned area. People who live in the area will likely see smoke for days, officials said.

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Bellingham's Lighthouse Mission will open new shelter

The Lighthouse Mission plans to open its drop-in center 24/7 starting this fall to help sleep up to about 80 more people. The region's January 2016 "point-in-time" homelessness census found the number of unsheltered people was up 40 percent this year over last year. Read more at BellinghamHerald.com.
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Bellingham's Lighthouse Mission will open new shelter

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Fire crews battle wildfire near Sumas in north Whatcom County

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

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

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