Topic: Whatcom County
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July 27, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Summer camp and a chili cook-off were among the events that sickened about 120 people in Whatcom County this month. Whatcom County Health officials believe the cluster of illness was caused by norovirus.
The Bellingham Herald says health officials believe the first group of norovirus infections started on July 2 with a company function. Then Camp Firwood was temporarily shut down after 23 campers and staff were sickened starting July 18. Health officials will return to the camp this weekend to make sure it is safe to reopen.
Last weekend, several people reported the illness after a chili cookoff on Lummi Island.
None of the groups have reported serious complications, such as dehydration.
Health officials say norovirus spreads easily, especially through food and water at large gatherings. Hand washing can help.
January 27, 2013 at 10:20 AM
From Staff Reporter Sara Jean Green
A 57-year-old woman struck two bicyclists with her car Saturday night, killing one man and injuring a second on northbound Highway 547 in Whatcom County, according to the State Patrol.
After checking on the cyclists, the driver left the scene in her damaged 1994 Ford Escort, but was arrested and booked into the Whatcom County Jail on investigation of hit-and-run, according to the State Patrol. The incident, which occurred a little after 8 p.m., is under investigation and additional charges are possible, according to the State Patrol.
Steven Waterman, 36, of Maple Falls, died at the scene; his riding companion, 51-year-old Daniel McKay, also of Maple Falls, was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, according to the State Patrol. Neither man was wearing a helmet.
September 27, 2012 at 5:40 PM
Everson police say a 13-year-old boy who fell behind in homework called in a bomb threat to get more time to finish it.
Police Chief Erik Ramstead says investigators were able to track the phone call made Wednesday morning to a home in Whatcom County.
The Bellingham Herald reports the boy was arrested at Nooksack Valley Middle School.
Ramstead says the teen told officers he was overwhelmed by schoolwork and needed some extra time to catch up.
Police say the boy dialed 911 about 8 a.m. and told a dispatcher the school was going to “blow up” in two hours.
Buses were rerouted to a high school while staff and early arrivers were evacuated from the middle school. A bomb-sniffing dog was called in to ensure no explosives were hidden on campus.
September 21, 2012 at 5:54 AM
The Associated Press
EVERSON, Whatcom County — An Everson man has been accused of impregnating an 11-year-old girl.
Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo told KGMI the 30-year-old man was arrested Tuesday for investigation of child rape.
The investigation began after a doctor told Child Protective Services about an abortion performed on the girl.
July 13, 2012 at 7:03 AM
Weather: Sunny, sunny, sunny for the foreseeable future. Well, at least until next Thursday. Temperatures will be in the mid-70s, and no rain in sight. Cool. The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The map and cams.
Friday the 13th: ‘Nuff said.
Stray bullet in the back: A woman in Yakima was hit in the back by a stray bullet in what the cops are saying was a gang-related incident.
Stubbing your toe on a gun … in a lake! A teen stubbed his toe on something in a roped-off swimming spot in a Whatcom County lake Tuesday, and that something turned out to be a loaded 9-millimeter handgun. The gun apparently was thrown into the water during a gang fight on Sunday, according to the Snohomish County sheriff’s office. The Bellingham Herald has the story.
More on guns. Sorry. Seattle considers using technology to locate gunfire
Roger Levesque is leaving the Seattle Sounders. But as Times sports columnist Steve Kelly writes today, Levesque’s 11 years playing soccer here wasn’t just about the game or making money. He’s one of the good guys, and he’s staying here: “ It has been more important for him to make people’s lives better, doing his small part to improve the world and paying it forward.”
Fewer folks with college degrees: Our state is among 15 that saw the number of college degrees held by 25- to 34-year-olds decrease during the recession, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Education. Among 25- to 34-year-olds in Washington state, 40.9 percent had college degrees in 2010. About 6,000 more college graduates lived in the state in 2009.
Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:
June 27, 2012 at 1:33 PM
The Associated Press
LYNDEN, Whatcom County — Gang members will not be allowed at the Northwest Washington Fair in August at Lynden.
Police Chief Jack Foster says gang member will be identified at the entrance by their clothing, tattoos and other typical displays.
The Bellingham Herald reports fair manager Jim Baron and police announced steps Tuesday that they are taking to prevent a repeat of the violence at last year’s fair when one person was stabbed and three were shot.
The 15-year-old shooter pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
November 26, 2011 at 6:03 PM
Parts of Western Washington could be in for some wild weather Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Areas near the coast and the northern interior may see sustained winds between 30 and 40 mph, with gusts up to 60, according to a “high wind warning” from the Weather Service. The winds are expected to kick in about 9 p.m. Saturday and continue until 9 a.m. Sunday.
At the same time, heavy rain over the Olympics and North Cascades has triggered a flood watch along several Western Washington rivers, including the Stillaguamish in Snohomish County, the Nooksack in Whatcom County and the Skokomish in Mason County.
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