What’s happening in Whatcom County for Sept. 15


No e-cigarettes: If you go to a national park, like North Cascades National Park, you’re going to have to leave your e-cigarettes at home. The National Park Service is prohibiting their use in all places where tobacco smoking is now banned. The agency said it wants to protect employees and other visitors from being exposed to second-hand smoke.

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Help for grieving families: Tickets are on sale for a fundraising dinner for Support Officer Community Care, which often helps to comfort families in the immediate aftermath of a sudden and traumatic death. The dinner — Greek salmon, lamb or ribs — will be served by local police and firefighters Monday, Oct. 12, at Five Columns Restaurant in Bellingham. Cost is $35. To buy tickets go to the restaurant, visit supportofficer.org, or call Support Officer Kendra Cristelli at 360-739-4144 before Oct. 1.

Jazz gig: Steve Kaldestad will be the first artist in residence for the Whatcom Jazz Music Art Center. Kaldestad, a saxophonist from British Columbia, will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at The Majestic.

Road project complete

SR 542 Anderson Creek Bridge

Mount Baker Highway opens: Traffic was flowing again by 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, on the highway at Anderson Creek. Crews closed Mount Baker Highway on July 14 to convert a faulty culvert into a bridge for better salmon passage.

Almost the summer of ’58

Ban lifted: The burn ban has been lifted for Lummi Reservation. People planning any outdoor burning still need to apply for a permit.

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