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Mount Baker ski scene, city of Lynden win high ratings

Lynden, home of the Northwest Washington Fair, has been rated one of the safest and happiest cities in Washington state.
Lynden, home of the Northwest Washington Fair, has been rated one of the safest and happiest cities in Washington state. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Mountain news

Glacier warming: National Geographic listed Glacier among its 10 “Best Secret Ski Towns of North America,” saying it’s best for “Pacific Northwest powder snorklers with a taste for wild terrain.”

While saying tiny Glacier barely amounts to a town, the listing adds that Glacier has everything a serious skier needs — “a ski shop, snowboard shop, plenty of cabins for rent, a bakery with hearty breakfast burritos, and three restaurants, including Graham’s, which was beautifully restored by volunteer local woodworkers and hosts live music on weekends.”

Advanced snowboarding: Western Washington University was ranked the 17th best college for skiers and snowboarders in the country, thanks to its proximity to Mount Baker Ski Area. Other state schools to make the list from StartClass were the University of Washington, at o. 5, and Gonzaga University, at No. 7. The top ski school? Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

Lynden rising

Safe place to live: Lynden is the third safest town under 100,000 residents in Washington state, according to Niche. The high ranking reflects low rates for murders, assaults, vehicle thefts, burglaries and other crimes.

Happy place to be: Lynden is the fourth happiest city in Washington, according to Only In Your State. The rating reflects such elements as crime rates, commute time, income, divorce rate, and number of restaurants. The happiest city in the state? Redmond.

Distinctive woman

June Burn remembered: A profile of former Bellingham resident and writer June Burn appeared in Crosscut.com, presented as part of a “Great Women of the Northwest” series in partnership with the Museum of History & Industry. The article, “The High Life,” by Lorraine McConaghy is subtitled “In a time of world wars, June Burn forged a life of adventure and simplicity.”

Burn and her husband, Farrar, settled in Bellingham in 1929, occupying two cabins on a knoll next to what is now Fairhaven College. She later moved to Waldron Island, as recounted in her popular memoir “Living High.”

Job news

Serving the hungry: Bellingham ranked 19th out of 396 U.S. cities to work as a waiter or waitress, according to a study by Value Penguin that looked at median salary, cost of living and location quotient. The survey pegged the average waiter salary in Bellingham at $28,880. The best place to wait on eaters? Naples, Fla.