The city of Sumas, Wash., has endorsed the idea of having the new Sumas Historical Society turn a house near downtown into a combination history museum and visitor information center. The museum would focus on the history of the area, including Everson, Nooksack, Sumas Prairie, the Fraser River Valley, and lower British Columbia, including Abbotsford.
A Bellingham artist ran into trouble for painting downtown bollards to resemble toadstools without first seeking permission from the city. Meanwhile, a yarn shop employee has knit a popular Pikachu figure that fits over a bollard, and a nonprofit downtown promotion group is thinking about painting bollards as part of a color-filled event to brighten a sleepy block in the city’s commercial center.
The 10-foot-tall letters in the HERALD sign have glowed atop the Herald Building ever since it was built in 1926 in downtown Bellingham, Wash. The aging neon-lit letters will soon be replaced by look-alike ones with modern LED lights. The new sign will be able to show a rainbow of hues and a kinetic show of changing colors for special occasions.
The Alcoa Intalco Works aluminum smelter near Ferndale, Wash., celebrated its 50 years of operations. The plant is the last such facility open in the Northwest. The region used to have many more, but rising power costs, lower commodity prices and competition from China have led to the closure of most high-cost plants in the country.
Activities and exhibits will be free during an open house Thursday, Aug. 11, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Whatcom Museum. The public can tour the museum’s three buildings in downtown Bellingham – the Lightcatcher art gallery, Old City Hall and Syre Education Center. The open house will present two new history exhibits.
Activities and exhibits will be free during an open house Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Whatcom Museum. The public can tour the museum’s three buildings in downtown Bellingham — the Lightcatcher art gallery, Old City Hall, and Syre Education Center. The open house will present two new history exhibits in Old City Hall.
Ferndale Fire Chief Clyde Eaton died from fire injuries in 1950. Whatcom County Fire District 7 wanted him honored at Washington’s annual service for fallen firefighters, but there’s no memorial for those who died in the line of duty decades ago. The new Washington State Fallen Firefighters Foundation is raising money to build a permanent memorial in the state capital in Olympia.
For 25 years, the folks at the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association have labored to improve rivers and streams so salmon can return home to spawning waters that are cold, clear and flowing. Now, after a quarter-century of cobbling together space for its offices and equipment, often in different locations, the staff and volunteers at NSEA finally have a home of their own.
York Community Farm in Bellingham will hold its summer solstice party Saturday, June 25, 2016. The same day, the farm will be the first of its kind featured in the annual tour of eco-friendly homes and landscapes hosted by Sustainable Connections.
While Bellingham, Wash., wasn’t named to travel.alot’s list of 10 ‘hippie hideout’ cities, Bellingham’s hippie legacy from the 1960s and ’70s remains strong and alive in local environmental laws, ballot measures for parks and trails, and array of community groups.
Protests remained civil, without arrests, in the vicinity of Donald Trump’s campaign rally Saturday, May 7, in Lynden, Wash. Three Seattle protesters were arrested for blocking main highway nearby, but Trump’s motorcade took a different route to rally.
A photo exhibit, “Lost at Sea: Remembering the Victims of the F/V Investor Murders,” by independent Alaska journalist Brittany Retherford, will be shown May 1, 2016, at Blaine High School. In 1982, four members of the Coulthursts, a Blaine fishing family, and four young crewmen, were killed aboard the Investor, a purse seiner , near Craig, Alaska. With a charged suspect acquitted, the case remains unsolved.