Storm crew: Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office work crews of people serving time for their crimes were out cleaning up the damage to help restore the community after the Saturday, Aug. 29, storm. “This cooperative effort allows us to maintain robust alternatives, keep offenders out of the main jail population and directly benefit the community at large,” wrote Corrections Lt. Caleb Erickson in an email.
Back to school: Outside of Bellingham, where school started last week, today is the first day of school for most school districts in Whatcom County. Students in Ferndale, Lynden, Nooksack Valley and Blaine, along with Lummi Nation Schools, all return to the classroom today.
Moms celebrate school start: One South Carolina community has a different back to school tradition. Moms drop off the kids, then head to a wine bar for the annual Moms & Mimosas Back to School Celebration.
Jazz doubleheader: Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center hosts a double concert with Adam Thomas and the Jillian Lebeck Quartet, followed by a tribute to Horace Silver by Thomas Marriott and Cory Weeds, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at The Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St.
Building permits improvement: Bellingham is now accepting permit applications and plans online. Plans submitted online are initially reviewed by permit technicians. Once that is complete, the fees are added and customers can pay those online as well, up to $1,500 for each transaction, according to a city news release. The city is also going live soon with its new TRAKiT system, in which electronic plan review is a critical component, said Rick Sepler, planning and community development director.
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