Western tops ranking: Washington Monthly, a Washington D.C., magazine, ranked Western Washington University the top public master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, since WWU has gained national recognition for its master’s program before.
Air quality: The air should be good all week because weather patterns should keep smoke from wildfires out of Whatcom County, a Northwest Clean Air Agency spokesman said Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Bestiality suspect: Douglas Spink, who was convicted of animal cruelty for allowing a tourist to have sex with his dog in the Sumas area a few years ago, made news in Canada when he was mistakenly released from jail early.
Unemployment rate edges up: Whatcom County’s unemployment rate was 6 percent in July, up from 5.8 percent in June. The rate typically rises between June and July as school sessions end. A summary of the Whatcom County unemployment report can be found on this Washington State Employment Security Department page.
Bad bucket list: A Dupont man had “lead police on a high-speed chase” on his bucket list. Hopefully he had “spend time in jail” on it as well.
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