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What’s happening in Whatcom County for Oct. 9

A view from the upper parking lot at Mt. Baker Ski Area on March 1, 2015, shows the low the snowpack was. The Accuweather winter forecast, like many others, calls for another year of less-than-average snow.
A view from the upper parking lot at Mt. Baker Ski Area on March 1, 2015, shows the low the snowpack was. The Accuweather winter forecast, like many others, calls for another year of less-than-average snow. The Bellingham Herald

Ski bummer

The forecasters at Accuweather are predicting the same Pacific Northwest winter as many others: below-normal snow and rain combined with above-normal temperatures. In other words, a poor ski season and likely more drought.

Samish Way exit closure

The northbound Interstate 5 exit at Samish Way and the right lane in that area will be closed between 5 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, for tree work and repairs to the sign bridge near the off-ramp. Drivers should use either exit 250, Old Fairvhaven Parkway, or exit 253, Lakeway Drive.

Presidential traffic jam

If you’re headed to Seattle on Friday, Oct. 9, plan to spend even more time in traffic. President Obama is flying into town in the afternoon for a Democratic fundraiser and then heading right back out. Secret Service doesn’t disclose the route, but undoubtedly it will be the one you’re taking.

Presidential honor

Carl Weimer, executive director of the Pipeline Safety Trust (and chairman of the Whatcom County Council) is invited to the White House on Tuesday, Oct. 13, to be honored with 10 other “Champions of Change who are innovating in transportation and growing the American economy.”

Needs a better hideout

A concerned resident in east Blaine called U.S. Border Patrol dispatch Sept. 30 to report a man hiding in the woods near the border with Canada. Border agents and Blaine police responded, according to the Blaine police log, to find a man in his 50s. “The gentleman explained that he was visiting his elderly father at a nearby property, and was not hiding per se. He just did not want Dad to see him drinking a beer.”

First-ever Stigma Stomp Oct. 10

The National Alliance on Mental Illness will host its first-ever Stigma Stomp, a mental health fair and 5K run/walk. The event starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Bloedel Donovan Park, which is at 2214 Electric Ave. The run/walk kicks off the event, with the fair beginning at 11 a.m. For further details, visit NAMI’s website.

Seahawks sellers

jersey draft

Kam Chancellor was taken #133 overall by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2010 draft, but his jersey sales have moved him up to #114, accoding to a Dick’s Sporting Goods Jersey Report. Jimmy Graham was drafted at #95 and is now ranked at 50 as a Seahawks newcomer. Of course, the sales figures don’t take into account that in many cases that 2010 pick is their team’s top player (Joe Haden with the lowly Browns), while the Seahawks have so many good players that lots of jerseys sell incredibly well. And that Kam holdout probably didn’t help.

Protein powder recall

Several varietes of whey protein powder sold in Washington state and other places have been recalled because they contain soy and wheat that isn’t disclosed on the label. Check the recall notice for the specifics.

What’s happening in Whatcom is a weekday feature of BellinghamHerald.com. Send tips to newsroom@bellinghamherald.com

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