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LWV Bellingham announces primary forum schedule

League of Women’s Voters Bellingham/Whatcom County has announced its 2022 mid-term election primary forum schedule.

The format will be via Zoom webinar to be broadcast live via City of Bellingham BTV, Comcast channels 321 (HD) and 10 (SD).

The forums will be rebroadcast and available on demand at the City of Bellingham You Tube channel and lwvbellinghamwhatcom.org.

Translations will be provided and recorded in Spanish and Punjabi. All candidates are listed in ballot order. 

Thursday, July 7

Co-sponsored by LWV Bellingham Whatcom, LWV Skagit County, LWV Snohomish County, & LWV Whidbey Island

• 6-6:45 p.m.: US Congress Representative District 2 candidates Cody Hart, Dan Matthews, Doug “Yoshe” Revelle, Bill Wheeler, Jon Welch, Brandon Lee Stalnaker, Jason Call, Leif Johnson, Carrie R. Kennedy and Rick Larsen.

 

Wednesday, July 13  

• 5–5:35 p.m.: 42nd District Representative 1 candidates Alicia Rule, Kamal Bhachu and Tawsha Dykstra Thompson.

• 6:15–6:45 p.m.: 42nd District Representative 2 candidates Kyle Christensen, Joseph Timmons, Richard May and Daniel Johnson Sr.

 

Thursday July 14

• 5–5:35 p.m.: Whatcom District Court Judge candidates Jonathan Rands, Gordon M. Jenkins and David Nelson.

• 6:15–6:35 p.m.: 42nd District State Senator candidates Sharon Shewmake, Ben Elenbaas and Simon Sefzik.

Preview primary election candidates before voting

Have you ever wondered why there are never more than two candidates to choose from on a November ballot? It’s because only the top two vote-getters in the primary advance to the general election ballot.

Whatcom County ballots will be mailed on July 13 for the Aug. 2 election that includes important races for US Congress and WA State Legislature.

To help voters gather information to inform their decisions about candidates, the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County is holding their annual candidate forums via Zoom which you can access on your phone or computer.

We will be hosting candidates for US Congressional District 2 Representative, 42nd District Senator, 42nd District Representative Pos. 1 and 2 and Whatcom County District Judge Pos. 2. These forums will include translation in Spanish and Punjabi.  

Links for all the forums, as well as other options for access can be found at lwvbellinghamwhatcom.org/election-forums. Also find how to submit a question in advance, how to listen via dial-up phone, and information about re-broadcast on cable access and local radio throughout the weeks up to primary election day, Aug. 2. 

Local races featured are those where one or more candidates will be eliminated by the Primary results.

For more information about these forums, email voterservices@lwvbellinghamwhatcom.org

Voter Registration: Voters may update their voter registration address up through July 25 at VoteWA.gov. voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx.

New registrations are also accepted using this website so long as one has a WA State ID or WA State Driver’s License. From July 26 until 8 pm on election day, you can register in person at the Whatcom County Auditor’s office, County Courthouse, 311 Grand St., Bellingham.

 

Demolition Derby kicks off 2022 Northwest Washington Fair 

A highly anticipated event of the Northwest Washington Fair is the Demolition Derby. For the second year in a row, the NWW Fair will have two nights of high adrenaline, full contact, demolition derby action. 

The Demolition Derby at the Northwest Washington Fair is produced by the Whatcom Demo Derby Club and boasts the largest prize pool on the West Coast. It attracts the top contestants in the area and they love to put on a show. 

Be at the NWW Fair in Lynden Aug. 11-12 for the best smashing, crashing demolition derby action. 

Tickets for the 7 p.m. grandstand show go on sale to the public at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 17. Grandstand reserved seats are $22 and preferred seats are $32. Tickets do not include gate admission, which is required. The Demo Derby is presented by Manna Insurance Group and is part of the Bank of the Pacific Grandstand Entertainment Series. 

For access to the online pre-sale starting June 15, people can subscribe to the ‘Friends of the Fair’ email at nwwafair.com/email.aspx

Tickets can be purchased at nwwafair.com, the Fair Office, at 1775 Front St., Lynden, and by phone at 360-354-4111. VIP and group ticketing are also available.

The 2022 Northwest Washington Fair will be presented Aug. 11-20.

 

Average gasoline price up – again – in past week

Average gasoline prices in Washington have risen 16.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $5.51/g on Monday, June 13, according to GasBuddy's survey of 2,666 stations in Washington.

Prices in Washington are 61.2 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.98/g higher than a year ago.

The price of diesel has fallen 4.0 cents nationally in the past week and stands at $5.50 per gallon.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Washington was priced at $4.79/g on June 12 while the most expensive was $6.75/g, a difference of $1.96/g.

The national average price of gasoline has risen 15.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $5.01/g on June 13.

The national average is up 57.1 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands $1.94/g higher than a year ago, according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million weekly price reports covering over 150,000 gas stations across the country.

GasBuddy data is accessible at  prices.GasBuddy.com.

 

Whatcom libraries kick off annual Summer Reading Program

Whatcom County’s annual Summer Reading Program for kids, teens and adults is underway at local public libraries.

Pick up a Summer Reading card at Bellingham Public Library or Whatcom County Library System branches or download a card at the library systems’ websites, bellinghampubliclibrary.com/summer-reading or wcls.org/summer-reading.

Cards are available in English, Punjabi, Russian and Spanish languages. The library systems’ Summer Reading Program ends Aug. 31.

This year, community partner WECU will help to spread the word about Summer Reading. Thanks to the financial support of WECU, Friends of Bellingham Public Library, Friends of Whatcom County Library System groups and Whatcom County Library Foundation, young readers in Bellingham and Whatcom County will receive a free book at Summer Reading events. 

There are two cards – one for readers of all ages and one for young children who are not yet reading. The front of each card is illustrated with stepping stones that participants can fill in however they like to track their summer reading.

Side two of the pre-reader card features five early reading practices (reading, singing, talking, playing and writing) that adults can follow to help young people in their lives to develop a love of reading.

The back of the reader card has suggestions on how to participate in Summer Reading 2022. Readers will find inspiration on the library systems’ websites and social media accounts.

The library systems also offer free activities to add to the Summer Reading experience. 

Bellingham Public Library will host outdoor Library Parties in parks for children (birth to teenagers) where young readers will receive a free book, have a chance to talk with library staff about books, take a StoryWalk and participate in other reading-inspired activities. The free events are 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 22 at Squalicum Park, and 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 at Cordata Park.

Summer Reading cards can be returned to any Bellingham Public Library branch to receive a free children’s book or yard sign. 

Whatcom County Library System will host kickoff parties at each of its 10 branches and bookmobile stops Monday, June 27-Saturday, July 1. Find the dates and times for each event at wcls.org/summer-reading or at the library’s online event calendar.

Library staff will distribute free books to young people, offer fun family crafts and share information about in-person summer programs.

Drop by for a quick hello or stay awhile to meet fellow readers. At wcls.org/summer-reading, readers of all ages can find book recommendations as well as links to book clubs and other bookish experiences.

For more information, about Summer Reading activities visit local libraries in person or the library systems’ websites: bellinghampubliclibrary.com/summer-reading or wcls.org/summer-reading.

Families can also find pre-recorded virtual story times for children ages birth to 5 on the websites.

 

June 20 deadline for Jansen’s summer juried exhibit

Submission deadline for the summer juried exhibit at the Jansen Art Center is midnight Monday, June 20.

Exhibit will be on display from Thursday, July 14 through Saturday, Oct. 15.

Juried exhibits at the J rotate seasonally and show off the wide variety of artistic talent found in Whatcom County. Submissions are judged by a rotating jury made up of artists, curators, and other members of the regional arts community. 

Key Dates:

• Jury decision notifications by Tuesday, June 28

• Art delivery day: Saturday, July 9

• Exhibit opening reception: Thursday, July 14

• Art Pick-up: Monday, October 17

Submission Guidelines:

• Artists may submit as many as five pieces of their own original artwork.

• Submission fee is $35 for up to five pieces.

• Jansen Art Center Members at the Artist level or higher receive a $10 discount on the submission fee. Learn more about our membership program.

• Financial Scholarships are available to cover submission fees.

 

Competitive exhibit entries now open

Every year kids and adults show off their hard work by entering their best projects in the competitive exhibits at the Northwest Washington Fair. Judges evaluate the entries and award ribbons and premiums based on the rules and guidelines of the entry’s category. 

All entries remain on display during the ten days of the Fair. Thousands of fairgoers of all ages enjoy visiting the displays to admire the hard work put into each of them. 

If you want to show off your hard work and have a project that fits into one of our competitive categories, we encourage you to enter it into the Fair. 

Information about how to enter, entry deadlines, competition results, and more are listed on our website and in the downloadable premium book.

For all the details visit our website at nwwafair.com/p/fair-and-rodeo/exhibitors-guide.

 

Healthy Pet welcomes new hires 

FERNDALE — Healthy Pet welcome several new employees to support rapid growth driven by overall unprecedented demand in the pet category and an increase in pet parents seeking sustainable product solutions.  

Nicole Martin recently joined Healthy Pet in the newly created position of sales strategy analyst. Martin has more than a decade of CPG experience “and a well-rounded background in sales planning, forecasting and strategy implementation,” according to a news release from Healthy Pet.

Martin, who will work remotely from her home in Connecticut, is “passionate about process improvement and leveraging data to identify business opportunities and drive revenue growth,” said Kelly Rogers, director of sales for Healthy Pet.

“Nicole’s skills will help strengthen our team as we head into another phase of growth,” Rogers said.

Another recent addition is Michael Van Duisen to the Healthy Pet Supply Chain team in the Ferndale home office as the new procurement manager.

Van Duisen will be responsible for sourcing, purchasing and managing material and packaging for all Healthy Pet products. Van Duisen brings with him several years of manufacturing and purchasing experience which will lead to improved efficiencies and sourcing needs as Healthy Pet continues to grow.

Cori Mager joined Healthy Pet this month in another newly created role of purchasing clerk. Mager is responsible for supporting the procurement manager and entire supply chain team. Mager’s business and accounting education, along with experience in service related fields will be a great benefit to Healthy Pet

Katie Guiler was hired in April as an addition to the growing customer experience team. Guiler is a recent graduate of Western Washington University and in her new role as a CX associate will process sales orders, support the sales team and communicate with consumers about Healthy Pet products.

To help meet the demand of our products Healthy Pet has added an additional production shift at the Ferndale facility. For the first time ever, Healthy Pet now operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The extra operating hours led to the need for a new production shift supervisor, Jeff Kelton.

Kelton comes to Healthy Pet from the seafood industry and has more than 30 years of experience in production facilities.

Human Resource Manager Natalie Pacheco said as with many businesses, the past two years “have been extremely challenging to recruit and retain employees.”

“We are honored to have these individuals join our Healthy Pet family,” said Pacheco. “It is our ability to grow and continue to work well together, despite the many challenges that makes Healthy Pet so successful."

 

Improve your heart health

 

The YMCA is offering new to Whatcom County a blood pressure self-monitoring program.

That program is at 2 p.m. Thursdays June 30 through Oct. 6 at the Lynden Community/Senior Center at 401 Grover St.

At least one in four people in Whatcom County have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and that uncontrolled hypertension is a risk factor for both strokes and heart attacks.

This four-month course supports people diagnosed with high blood pressure in tracking their own blood pressure at home, meeting with a YMCA Healthy Heart Ambassador twice a month, and attending a nutrition seminar once a month to help identify blood pressure triggers.  

This program is currently free thanks to a grant from Mount Baker Foundation and includes a free blood pressure monitor to participants if they need one.

To qualify, you must:

• Be at least 18 years old

  • Be diagnosed with high blood pressure 
  • Not have experienced a recent cardiac event 
  • Not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias 
  • Not be at risk for lymphedema

Contact Tammy Bennett to register at tbennett@whatcomymca.org or 360-255-0490.

 

WCSO deputies arrest 14-time convicted felon in drive-by shooting

According to a June 8 press release by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the area. Residents reportedly reported heard four to five shots in rapid secession and observed a silver Subaru Impreza speed away westbound on Alderson Road after stopping and firing another shot.

While interviewing these witnesses, the suspect vehicle was spotted driving near the intersection of Parkland Drive and Alderson Road, WCSO reported. Deputies contacted the vehicle in the 8100 block of Harborview Road.

WCSO learned that the vehicle had three occupants with both the driver and back seat passenger confirming that the front seat passenger was the shooter.

The alleged shooter was identified as 38-year-old Shawn Noisey of Blaine. A criminal history check revealed that Noisey is a 14-time convicted felon.

During a consent search of the vehicle, deputies located a loaded semi-automatic handgun under the seat and a box containing 28 bullets of 9MM ammunition on the front seat passenger floorboards. The driver told deputies that Noisey handed him the gun to stash under the driver’s seat before being stopped.

Noisey is under active supervision by the Department of Corrections. A DOC condition is that he is not to purchase or own a firearm or ammunition.

Noisey was taken into custody, transported and booked into Whatcom County Jail for drive-by shooting and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.