Bellingham city officials are supportive of the construction of Western’s longhouse as an opportunity to further tribal relations in Whatcom County.
Kelton Burns is a reporter for The Front and a third-year Journalism: News/Editorial major. His work focuses on city news, usually related to City Council. He enjoys reading game reviews in his free time. You can reach him at email@example.com
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.
Following the widespread demonstrations and growing number of Black Americans killed by the police, the Washington Legislature is moving forward on reforming the police statewide. A majority of police reform bills have been delivered to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk to be signed into law while others are making their way through the Legislature.
City denies claim filed by family of man who died in Bellingham police custody after repeatedly saying he couldn’t breatheBy Kelton Burns and Cliff Heberden | May 14
Editor’s note: This article contains graphic description and links to the bodycam footage of the death of a houseless person in police custody.
After the tragic murder of George Floyd last summer, and the following rallies, Bellingham and Whatcom County officials held a four-part listening series on race and justice. These sessions gave the community an opportunity to share their experiences with the purpose of resulting in effective change.
Citing Washington’s rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, President Sabah Randhawa announced Thursday morning that Western Washington University will be postponing a Q&A forum on fall reopening until further notice.
The Bellingham City Council will be voting on an ordinance this May that will provide a $4 an hour hazard pay for grocery store workers. The ordinance will affect grocery stores with 10,000 square feet and over 40 employees.
“A police chief needs to understand the culture of the area,” said Michael Luna, a retired border patrol agent who lives in Bellingham. “It’s not a position where one size fits all.”