What’s happening in Whatcom for Aug. 31

Labor Day bargain: Gas prices fell 9 cents a gallon in Washington state in the last week, according to gasbuddy.com. AAA reports this Labor Day will have the cheapest gas for holiday drivers nationwide since 2004.

Power updates: Thousands of Whatcom County residents remain without power following Saturday’s storm. Puget Sound Energy crews are working 24/7 and announced this morning that they expected to have all Whatcom County power restored by 6 p.m. Tuesday, though the PSE outage map still lists later times Tuesday for some areas. We’ll have an update later today.

Election news: Whatcom Democrats met Thursday, Aug. 27 to vote on endorsements for measures appearing on the 2015 ballot. Party members endorsed both of the candidates for Bellingham School Board running to replace Ken Gass, who retires in December. Democrats were neutral on the jail bond measure.

Wall across Canada border? GOP presidential hopeful Scott Walker said a wall across the U.S./Canada border would be “ a legitimate issue for us to look at” during a talk-show interview. The Province of Vancouver, B.C., has a Canadian take on such a suggestion.

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Presidential candidate Scott Walker, right, said building a wall to secure the border between the U.S. and Canada is an idea worth considering. Scottwalker.com

Tutors wanted: The Whatcom Literacy Council is putting out a call for volunteers to tutor adults. Learn more during an hour-long session that starts at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the lecture room at the Bellingham Library, 210 Central Ave.

Outside investigation: The Whatcom County Prosecutor’s Office will decide if criminal charges should be pursued in the dehydration death of an inmate in the Island County Jail. After some pressure from the inmate’s family and talks with other prosecutors, the Island County prosecutor recused himself to make sure the decision is free from bias, the Everett Herald reports.

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