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Ferndale Police Seek Help in Armed Robbery Case

Robbery – Case # 23F7535

On 09/24/2023, at about 4:56 p.m., the Ferndale Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery at Starving Sam’s Mini Mart, located at 5639 Barrett Road in Ferndale.  An employee reported that 3 suspects entered the store and displayed a firearm while demanding money.

Additional assistance was requested from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and the Bellingham Police Department.  Police searched the area with a UAV and K9 but were unable to locate the suspects.

This case remains under investigation.  If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Detective Gamage at 360-483-5720 or

Civic Campus Community Input Session – Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Zervas Architects is seeking public comment on the current design of the Ferndale City Hall. They will be hosting a public listening session regarding the Civic Campus Project on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at the Pioneer Pavilion, from noon until 7:00 p.m.

This is an opportunity for members of the public to provide input and comments on the needs of the community regarding the design of the new Civic Campus. Help our consultants design a civic campus that will cost-effectively meet the needs of the community for the next 50 years and beyond!

City Staff members will also be available to answer questions about the City’s financial plan for the project.

Press Release – Vehicle Fire in Walgreen’s Parking Lot

For Immediate Release:


Vehicle Fire

Case # 23F7377

On 09/18/2023 at about 3:37 pm, a Ferndale Police Officer observed a vehicle on fire in the Walgreen’s parking lot, located at 1901 Main Street.  Upon further investigation, the officer located an unresponsive male inside of the vehicle.

The officer immediately took action and pulled the male from the vehicle while flames and heavy smoke were visible from the engine compartment.  With the help of a nearby citizen, the officer was able to drag the male to safety. Click here to see the body camera footage.

Whatcom County Fire District 7 responded and eventually transported the male to the hospital for treatment.

This case remains under investigation.  The Ferndale Police Department is working with the Whatcom County Fire Marshall’s Office to determine the cause of the fire.

Runners and Zombies Needed for the October 7th Zombie 5K Fun Run – Register Today!

On October 7, 2023, unleash your inner survivor and join us for Ferndale’s first Zombie 5k Fun Run!

It is sure to be a thrilling adventure that is open to EVERYONE – whether you’re a seasoned pro, new to the track, a dedicated jogger, a leisurely walker, or a zombie shuffler.

If you’re feeling a bit undead yourself, there’s a unique opportunity to register as a zombie and join the horde!

Grab your friends, family, and fellow survivors and register by September 30th to choose your role: survivor or zombie. Let’s show that every step, shuffle, and sprint counts!

Registration: Ferndale Zombie 5k Fun Run

Ferndale School District, City of Ferndale, and Ferndale Police Issue Joint Statement Regarding Traffic Safety

Dear Ferndale Families,

As we settle into the new school year, we would like to take a moment to remind our community about the importance of traffic safety. Getting to and from school can be an exciting and bustling time, but safety must always remain our top priority.

With the impact of ongoing road construction at the intersection of Vista Drive and Thornton Road and our neighborhoods, the importance of proper road safety is crucial to ensuring our students stay safe.  To help promote a safer environment for our students and the entire community, we kindly ask for your assistance in reinforcing the following safety recommendations:

  1. Cross at Safe Locations: Look for crosswalks and designated pedestrian crossing areas or traffic signs indicating safe crossing points. At crosswalks where there is a safety button, encourage students to push the button to turn on the flashing light before crossing.
  2. Walk in Groups: Whenever possible, encourage your children to walk with friends or family members. There’s safety in numbers, and it’s easier for drivers to see a group of pedestrians.
  3. Look Both Ways: Remind your child to look left, right, and left again before crossing the road, even if they have the right of way.
  4. Stay Alert: Encourage your children to stay off their phones or other distractions while walking near construction and high traffic areas. Being aware of their surroundings is essential for their safety. Drivers, please be extra vigilant, especially in school zones and remember to yield to pedestrians.
  5. Follow Flaggers’ Instructions: If there are construction flaggers directing traffic, be sure to follow their instructions carefully. They are there to ensure safety for all road users.
  6. Watch for Construction Vehicles: Remind your children to be cautious of construction vehicles. These vehicles may have limited visibility.
  7. Lead by Example: Set a good example for your child by following these safety rules when walking together.

We understand that safety reminders are most effective when they come from caregivers. Please take a few minutes to discuss these guidelines with your child and reinforce the importance of responsible road behavior. Together, we can create a safer environment for everyone in our community.

The safety and well-being of our students are of paramount importance to us, and we appreciate your partnership in fostering a safe community. Thank you for your cooperation and commitment to the safety of our students.


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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrates the Opening of Vicinity Motor Corp in Ferndale

John LaGourge, Vice President of Corporate Development and William Trainer, Chief Executive Officer of Vicinity Motor Corporation (VMC) were joined today, September 12, by Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Whatcom County Executive Satpal Sidhu, Ferndale Mayor Greg Hansen, and other dignitaries and elected officials to commemorate the launch of the Ferndale Campus of Vicinity Motor Corporation, located at the Pacific Fern Business Park.

VMC is a North American supplier of electric vehicles for both public and commercial enterprise use. The newly constructed, state of the art, 100,000 square foot manufacturing plant in Ferndale is located near the company’s headquarters in Aldergrove, British Columbia. The facility will create up to three hundred jobs in the coming years, and will improve VMC’s access to nearby port, rail, and truck shipping and receiving infrastructure.

“The most exciting state for fighting climate change is Washington, and the most exciting place in Washington State today is Ferndale,” said Governor Inslee.

Mayor Hansen thanked Governor Inslee, the Port of Bellingham, and Whatcom County for their partnership in the endeavor. Hansen stated, “Beginning today, we get to add electric vehicles to the list of things we make here in Ferndale.  Assembled right here in the manufacturing center of Whatcom County, these vehicles are the next wave in our battle against climate change, a giant leap towards a better future for all of us.”


Invitation to Bid – Pump Station 15 Decommissioning Project



City Project No. SS2022-01 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by CITY OF FERNDALE that sealed bid proposals will be received by the City of Ferndale at Ferndale City Hall, 2095 Main Street, Ferndale, Washington, 98248, (360) 384-4006, until September 21, 2023, at 2:00 PM, and will then and there be opened and publicly read for the Pump Station 15 Decommission Project.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: This contract provides for the decommissioning of Pump Station 15 (PS 15), dewatering, installation of approximately 650’ of sanitary sewer pipe from the intersection of West Smith Road and Bellaire Drive then westerly along West Smith Road to an existing sanitary sewer manhole located at the intersection of West Smith Road and Saratoga Place.  Work will include decommissioning PS 15; trench excavation; dewatering; sanitary sewer pipe installation; connection to existing sanitary sewer; paving; and other work, in accordance with the Contract Plans, Special Provisions, the Standard Specifications, and Standard Plans.

Bid Guaranty

All bid proposals shall be accompanied by a bid proposal deposit in cash, certified check, cashier’s check, or surety bond in an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the amount of such bid proposal.  Should the successful bidder fail to enter into such contract and furnish satisfactory performance bond and payment bond both in an amount of 100 percent (100%) of the contract price within the time stated in the specifications, the bid proposal deposit shall be forfeited to the City of Ferndale.  All bidders and subcontractors shall have a contractor’s license to work in the State of Washington and a City of Ferndale Business License before starting work. All work performed on this project will be subject to prevailing state wage rates.

 Project Documents

Electronic version of the project plans and specifications is available for download on the City of Ferndale website at  If you download the bid documents you are required to contact the City to be added to the planholders’ list.  Informational copies of maps, plans and specifications are on file for inspection in the Ferndale City Hall, 2095 Main Street, Ferndale, Washington 98248.

Pre-Bid Conference

Bidders, prior to submittal of a bid, may attend a pre-bid conference with the Project Engineer.  The meeting will start on September 14, 2023 at 3:30 p.m. at the Ferndale City Hall, 2095 Main Street, Ferndale, Washington 98248.  A jobsite visit may follow upon request.

The City of Ferndale, in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (78 Stat. 252, 42 US.C.§§ 2000d to 2000d-4) and the Regulations, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full and fair opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, or national origin in consideration for an award.

The City of Ferndale is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  Minority and Women-Owned firms are encouraged to submit bids.