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Ferndale Celebrates Star Wars Day

In honor of May the 4th, the City of Ferndale offered a number of social media posts relating to City topics with a Star Wars theme. Here they are below:


Don’t lose your favorite droid to Jawas! Use the 9PM Routine:
🔒Take your valuables out of your landspeeder
🛡 Lock up and activate your defense shields
💡Leave an outdoor light or search droid activated
Together we can protect our galaxy on #MayThe4th and every other day!
Did you know you can access your utility bill online? No matter where you are in the galaxy, you can check out and find the documents you are looking for. #MayThe4th
Remember to register or update your voter registration this year so you can help select the Mayor-dalorian. You can register online at the Washington Secretary of State’s website here:
This #Maythe4th, remember to resist the power of the dark side and shop local!
Check out the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce and Ferndale Downtown Association for the best places to get your lightsabers, AT-ATs and starships that can make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs.

Participate in National Drug Take Back Day in Ferndale April 22nd 10AM-2PM

Participate in National Drug Take Back Day in Ferndale April 22nd 10AM-2PM

This Saturday, April 22nd from 10AM to 2PM, stop by the Ferndale Police Department at 2220 Main Street to dispose of your unused or expired medication. Ferndale has seen the damage that unsecured opioids can do in the wrong hands so please take a moment to properly dispose of your leftover medication.  Cleaning out your medicine cabinet takes just a few minutes but could save a life.

More information on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is available here:

Road Workers Need YOU to Slow Down

This week is Work Zone Awareness week. On average, a #workzone crash occurs once every 5.4 minutes in the United States. In Ferndale, our crew and contractors are hard at work in road construction sites and need your eyes on the road.

Please, as you approach a work zone, slow down, be prepared to stop and be careful around large vehicles. Thank you!


Arrests Made in Youth Overdose Case

Arrests Made in Youth Overdose Case

Murder 1st Degree

Case # 23F1897

In response to the death of a 5-year-old female on 3/8/2023, the Ferndale Police Department arrested and charged Melissa Welch, Cody Craig and Michael Doane for Murder in the 1st Degree.

On April 13, 2023, with the assistance of the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, the Whatcom Gang and Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations, Melissa Welch and Cody Criag were taken into custody in the 3300 block of Northwest Ave (Bellingham) and Michael Doan was taken into custody at his residence in the 2300 block of Douglas Rd.   All three have been booked into the Whatcom County Jail.

Investigators were able to determine that the victim had a very high and fatal amount of Fentanyl in her blood.  During a search of the residence, Fentanyl, Methamphetamine and Methadone along with drug paraphernalia consistent with the consumption of Fentanyl was located in the residence in areas accessible to the victim and an 8-year-old sibling. Evidence indicated that the victim accessed Fentanyl from the residence prior to her death.

Investigators were also able to determine that Melisa Welch and Cody Craig illegally distributed Fentanyl days after the victim’s death. Melissa Welch and Michael Doane are the parents of the victim.  Cody Craig is Melissa Welch’s boyfriend.  All three were present the night of the victim’s death and evidence indicated that all three used Fentanyl at the residence. These circumstances manifested an extreme indifference to the lives of the children present.  The conduct of Melissa Welch, Cody Craig and Michael Doane created a grave risk of death to the children present and thereby caused the death of the victim.

Ferndale Police Department and Child Protective Services coordinated following the incident to put a safety plan in place for the 8-year-old sibling and relocated her with family members.

Traffic Impacts on Main Street for Bridge Inspection April 27th

Washington State Department of Transportation will be conducting their annual inspection of Pioneer Bridge (the Main Street bridge over the Nooksack River) Thursday, April 27th, starting at 9:00am and should be completed by 3pm.

During this work, traffic will be reduced to alternating, single lane traffic over the bridge. Public Works crew will be directing vehicles through the area.

Drivers are urged to obey all traffic direction and utilize alternate routes if possible, such as Second Avenue/Portal Way or Slater Road. For more information, please contact Ferndale Public Works at (360) 384-4006.

Youth Art Installation Downtown- Decorate the garbage cans

Youth Art Installation Downtown- Decorate the garbage cans

Are you high school age or younger?  We want you to participate!

The Ferndale Arts Commission, in conjunction with the Ferndale Downtown Association are soliciting for youth art with the theme, “What Does Ferndale Mean to You?” or a Pacific Northwest aesthetic.

36 designs will be chosen to be printed and installed on the side of the garbage cans throughout Downtown Ferndale.

There are several ways to participate:

1) In-person art event! 4/29 1pm-3pm, at the Pioneer Pavilion

Supplies will be provided. Just show up and create!

2) Can’t make it to the event? Templates can be picked up from the Ferndale library, 4/15-5/12

3) Want to create digital art? Email and request a digital template

Completed pieces need to be turned in to City Hall by May 15th. Juried selection will happen the last week of May, and selected artists will be notified. Please put your name, age, and contact information (or parent’s contact info) on the back of your piece.

Even if your piece isn’t chosen to be printed, it will be on display downtown this summer. The Ferndale Downtown Association will be coordinating with local businesses to display submissions.

We look forward to seeing your amazing creations and excited for community youth art on display Downtown!