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A de-icing truck drives down Bellingham's Fraser Street spraying lines of de-icing agent Feb. 6, 2019. The mixture, which includes beet juice, is environmentally friendly and creates a barrier between snow and ice and the pavement for 5-7 days.
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A de-icing truck drives down Bellingham's Fraser Street spraying lines of de-icing agent Feb. 6, 2019. The mixture, which includes beet juice, is environmentally friendly and creates a barrier between snow and ice and the pavement for 5-7 days.

Robert Mittendorf covers civic issues, weather, traffic and how people are coping with the high cost of housing for The Bellingham Herald. A journalist since 1984, he’s also a volunteer firefighter for South Whatcom Fire Authority.