What’s happening in Whatcom County for Sept. 14

The Bellingham Herald

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If you missed the Whatcom Farm Tour over the weekend, here’s a glimpse of what you can catch next year.


Bellingham among best places to live: Livability.com released its list of Top 100 Best Places to Live in 2016, and Bellingham ranked 72nd on the list. Several other Washington cities made the list, with Bellevue the highest at No. 2 overall.

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The average price for a gallon of gas in Bellingham on Monday, Sept. 14, was $2.69, down 12 cents compared to a week ago and more than $1 less a gallon than this time last year. File The Bellingham Herald

Gas prices continue to tumble: The average price for a gallon of gas in Bellingham on Monday, Sept. 14, was $2.69, down 12 cents compared to a week ago and down $1.24 compared to a year ago, according to AAA Washington’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report. The least expensive gas among Washington’s major metro areas was Richland at $2.66 a gallon, while the most expensive was in Seattle, at $2.88 a gallon. Diesel also continue to drop: On Monday in Bellingham it was at $2.61 a gallon, down $1.56 compared to a year ago.

Glimpse of fall: Temperatures will dip this week all along the West Coast. “Cities along the I-5 corridor, such as Seattle, Portland, and Medford, Oregon, will see daytime highs similar to those of mid-October,” said meteorologist Alyson Hoegg of Accuweather.com. Bellingham highs aren’t expected to crest the mid-60s this week.

Monday event


Permaculture intro: Transition Whatcom and Inspiration Farm are hosting a discussion and showing examples of ecological design in cities and towns across the continent as author Toby Hemenway introduces his new book, “The Permaculture City: Regenerative Design for Urban, Suburban, and Town Resilience.” The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship.

Driving notes


Roundabout opens: After about a month of work, a new roundabout at the junction of Mount Baker Highway and Kendall Road has opened. Drivers should expect work to continue through mid-October, so be prepared for flaggers and occasional delays.

Traffic alert: Fawn Court in Sudden Valley will be down to one lane through Thursday, Sept. 17, for culvert work. Expect delays if you live there or are visiting.

Bellingham roadwork: Roadwork season is coming to a close, but many projects across the city remain in full force. Rain later this week may interrupt some of these.