State of the Arts: Can’t-miss Christmas albums

Christmas has a lot going for it in my book. I love the cold weather, and the season in general is simply a happy one. It’s a time of celebration, a time to spend with family, and a time to listen to ...

A snapshot of Intalco’s Whatcom curtailment

FERNDALE — Alcoa Intalco Works has been a staple of the Ferndale and greater Whatcom County economies since 1966, when it was opened and owned by Alumax, Pechiney and Howmet. The announcement of the ...

‘Spectre’ doesn’t quite stand up to predecessors

The 2006 hit James Bond film “Casino Royale” is easily one of the best franchise reboots in film history. The fact that a modern-day reboot could bounce back from a stinker like “Die Another Day” ...

Alcoa to scale back smelting, refinery work

FERNDALE — Alcoa announced on Monday that it will curtail its aluminum smelting and refinery operations at Ferndale’s Intalco Works and at its Wenatchee smelter before the end of 2015. The move is ...

Lynden, Ferndale school districts in amicable, historic dispute

WHATCOM — The Lynden and Ferndale school districts convened a meeting Monday night to resolve an unusual, unprecedented and amicable disagreement. Lynden schools superintendent Jim Frey, Ferndale schools ...

A look at the Port of Bellingham District 3 race

WHATCOM — The Port of Bellingham Commission influences a variety of entities, including the Bellingham airport, the harbors in Bellingham and Blaine and the Bellingham waterfront. Current Ferndale mayor ...

‘The Martian’ a positive survival story

I did something strange (for me) this year: I actually finished a book. I’m a slow reader, one of the slowest, in fact. But Andy Weir’s “The Martian” simply refused to be conquered by my sluggish ...

The fall movie season approaches

September has come to a close, and that also means that the 2015 summer movie season is at its end. This summer saw some huge winners both in terms of box office take and pure artistry, and the fall and ...
This photo from “The Grand Lady of Mt. Baker” shows the Mt. Baker Lodge as it once looked.

Telling Baker Lodge story

WHATCOM — Mike Impero is a man of detail, and he showcases that in the upper-Nooksack River history books he has released over the years. His new book, “The Grand Lady of Mt. Baker: A History of the ...

Wednesday car chase hits 100 mph

FERNDALE — A car chase through downtown Ferndale and beyond isn’t exactly a typical occurrence for local police officers, but Sgt. Kevin Davis with the Ferndale Police Department said that last Wednesday ...