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Bellingham City Hall on Friday, May 14, 2021. The city council is moving toward an unarmed response team for behavioral health crises, assisted by recent state legislation. // Photo by Kelton Burns
City & County

Unarmed crisis response coming to Bellingham

Bellingham and Whatcom County are finalizing plans for an unarmed crisis response team this year. This team will handle emergency calls from individuals experiencing mental illness-related crises among other situations where an armed response is not deemed necessary.

A beekeeper grabs ahold of part of a hive during May in Bellingham, Wash. Beekeeper Marisa Papetti said a late spring may have been a factor in fewer bee sightings in Bellingham this year. // Photo courtesy of Noah Hadley
City & County

Where are the bees?

The rain begins to dwindle, the weather warms and flowers bloom; bees buzz by to pollinate. That familiar buzzing, however, was absent for a time in Bellingham this spring. 

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