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Push for healthier food could push some stores off food stamp program

In an effort to increase healthy eating options for underprivileged Americans, Congress voted to increase the number and variety of foods required for sale at stores authorized to accept food stamps. But critics warn the way the U.S. Department of Agriculture is implementing the law could force tens of thousands of small convenience stores to stop accepting food stamps.

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Bellingham man crashed over a cliff, but was able to call for help

Firefighters rigged a rope system to rescue a Bellingham man who suffered serious injuries when his car hurtled 250 feet over a steep embankment near the end of the Mount Baker Highway in the predawn hours of Thursday, Aug. 11. Warren S. Levine, 61, of Bellingham was was listed in satisfactory condition at St. Joseph hospital Friday, Aug. 12.

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Whatcom County puts new unrefined fossil fuel exports on hold

No new applications to ship unrefined fossil fuel through Cherry Point can be approved for at least the next two months after the Whatcom County Council unanimously passed an emergency moratorium Tuesday night, Aug. 9. The moratorium does not impact the current refining and shipment of products through the BP Cherry Point and Phillips 66 refineries.

Crime

Bellingham pool worker filmed women in changing room, police say

David Alan Frick, 53, of Lynden, an employee at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of filming four other female staff members in a changing room at the pool, police said. Frick was being investigated for possessing child pornography when police discovered he had videotaped the women, according to the Bellingham Police Department.

Elections 2016

Sanders met with disappointment from Bellingham delegates

Bernie Sanders, who already has tossed his support to presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton, realized his chances of winning the Democratic nomination for president in the coming days are next to none. But he emphasized he is proud of his campaign and his supporters, saying he is excited that his supporters contributed to “the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic committee.”

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Got a boat? State wants to stop you from dumping sewage

Boaters and vessel operators would not be able to release sewage, treated or untreated, into Puget Sound under a proposal by Washington state regulators. If approved, the zone would cover waters from near Sequim to south Puget Sound to the Canadian border and include Lake Washington and Lake Union. There are dozens of no-discharge zones in the country, but this would be the first in the Pacific Northwest.

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Remains of FV Bergen lifted out of Bellingham Bay

Global Diving and Salvage workers clean up remains of the FV Bergen from the rocky shore near Little Squalicum Beach on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The boat drifted onto the rocks during last Thursday's windstorm.
Philip A. Dwyer The Bellingham Herald
Remains of FV Bergen lifted out of Bellingham Bay 0:35

Remains of FV Bergen lifted out of Bellingham Bay

Video: Family sees son's memorial sculpture for the first time 2:30

Video: Family sees son's memorial sculpture for the first time

Video: Teen swims 8 miles across Bellingham Bay 0:53

Video: Teen swims 8 miles across Bellingham Bay

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