What’s happening in Whatcom for Aug. 27

A sample of Everson resident Greg Klassen’s in-demand River Collection.
A sample of Everson resident Greg Klassen’s in-demand River Collection.

A river runs through it: Whatcom County furniture-maker Greg Klassen is being featured in The Wall Street Journal for creating wooden tables that look like a blue water winds through them. The beautiful pieces in his River Collection are in such demand that there’s a 15-month waiting list, the newspaper reports. Klassen lives in Everson.

Road change: Potter Road will be reduced to a single lane with a signal controlling traffic starting Thursday, Aug. 27, as work continues to replace the bridge over the South Fork Nooksack River. The traffic control will be in effect 24 hours a day. Learn more about the replacement on the county’s project page.

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Workers pour concrete for the Potter Road bridge deck. Whatcom County Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Mortgage deliquency rate down: The percentage of Whatcom residents more than 90 days behind on home mortgage payments continues to decline. In June, the rate was 1.81 percent, the lowest since the real estate bubble burst, according to CoreLogic. The 90-day mortgage delinquency rate in Washington state was 2.74 percent in June, while the U.S. rate was 3.51 percent.

Newhalem fires still growing: The Upper Skagit Complex fires have grown to a total of 7,832 acres as of this morning. The fire is expected to keep growing as firefighters protect buildings in the area.

Frozen green breans recall: If you have a package of Cascadian Farm cut green beans in your freezer, check this recall notice. A package was found to be contaminated with listeria.

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