Stories

A collection of articles written during a reporting class during spring 2015 and for The Western Front as a reporter during summer 2015. 


Rep. Larsen, Mayor Linville dedicate new home

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville and Kulshan Community Land Trust dedicated a newly constructed home with solar panels in a living community on Lafayette Street on Monday, June 22.

From left to right; Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws, new homeowners Joseph Hill, Megan Grosshuesch and Calvin Hill, Mayor Linville, Congressman Rick Larsen, and Executive Director of KulshanCLT, Dean Fearing, cut the ribbon on Monday, June 22, at the newly dedicated eco-friendly land trust home. 

Solar panels will continue to be installed on the newly constructed homes as a result of an anonymous grant donation, the land trust recently received.

Larsen and Linville were two of severalcity and county elected officials in attendance for the dedication and ribbon cutting of one of three new energy efficient homes that are part of the Kulshan Community Land Trust.

“Our goal is to do as many of our homes as possible, but for sure we want to do solar on all of the new homes we’ve built ourselves,” said Dean Fearing, Executive Director of Kulshan Community Land Trust.

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From left to right: JB Pillard III, Evan Jordan, Drew Reddy and David Seversen of The Foster Group Realty team pose with the trophy after winning the title in the men’s competitive division at the Hoop It Up 3-on-3 tournament Saturday, July 4, at Zuanich Park.

From left to right: JB Pillard III, Evan Jordan, Drew Reddy and David Seversen of The Foster Group Realty team pose with the trophy after winning the title in the men’s competitive division at the Hoop It Up 3-on-3 tournament Saturday, July 4, at Zuanich Park.

Every Fourth of July, the Port of Bellingham, Haggen, and the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce partner to create a family-friendly celebration, and this year’s event included the Hoop It Up 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

The basketball tournament drew people of all ages, with 35 teams competing in 15-minute games from 10 a.m. to nearly 6 p.m. on four courts at Zuanich Point Park.

Hoop It Up is a national outdoor and indoor 3-on-3 program celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The program got its start in Dallas, Texas, and has spread across the country.

Kim Dennis, national event director for the program, said they are currently in about 25 cities.

“We stop once a year here in Bellingham,” Dennis said. “We think Bellingham, because they’ve had 3-on-3 here in the market before, it has great potential.”

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Clover Goodsir coaches her chicken Red Rocket over the final obstacle during the semi-final of the Third Annual Great Sunnyland Chicken Race on Saturday, July 11, 2015. The Great Sunnyland Chicken Race marked the beginning of the Seventh Annual Sunnyland Stomp neighborhood art walk. 

Clover Goodsir coaches her chicken Red Rocket over the final obstacle during the semi-final of the Third Annual Great Sunnyland Chicken Race on Saturday, July 11, 2015. The Great Sunnyland Chicken Race marked the beginning of the Seventh Annual Sunnyland Stomp neighborhood art walk. 

Residents and stomp-goers gathered at Sunnyland Park in the early afternoon of Saturday, July 11, for food, drinks and music to kick off the Seventh Annual Sunnyland Stomp.

This year’s neighborhood art walk boasted 25 galleries and 28 total stops along the way. This year the stomp also added 10 “selfie sites” to the stomp map, which showed visitors where each gallery was and gave a brief description of each site.

At these new selfie sites, people could snap selfies with props provided by each respective gallery and share them using the hashtag #stompselfies.

As stomp-goers walked around the neighborhood, from yard to yard, they came across a wide range of arts and crafts from woodwork and metal work to jewelry, knit goods, henna and more. Many galleries offered food, drinks and music to visitors.

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Big Rock Garden Party

Bellingham’s quiet and secluded sculpture garden was buzzing with activity Sunday, May 10, during its annual Mother’s Day celebration. Big Rock Garden Park, tucked away above Lake Whatcom on Sylvan Street, hosts the Big Rock Garden Party complete with poets, artists, and musicians every Mother’s Day.

The park today is composed of a 2.5 acre landscaped garden, as well as 6 acres of undeveloped nature and woods. According to Aaron Joy, author of “A History of Bellingham’s Parks”, the Whatcom Interagency Advisory Committee planned the park to be 5.5 acres in 1978.

During the Mother’s Day celebration, Plein Air Artists were spread through the park painting and chatting with park-goers while the Spinnaker Trombones serenaded attendees from the Korean War Children’s Memorial pagoda. Twelve poets of the Whatcom Poetry Series also gave live poetry readings throughout the event.

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Alabama Street to slim and slow down this summer

The Alabama Street Corridor will be undergoing big changes this summer. Road work began May 26 and will last throughout the summer into October.

Road work will stretch from Cornwall Avenue to the base of Alabama Hill, ending at St. Clair Street. The goal of the project is to improve safety for bicycles, vehicles and pedestrians.

Construction will begin with two crews, one east and one west of Interstate 5. Each crew will begin at the end of the construction zone and will work its way to the middle ground, project engineer Freeman Anthony said.

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