Bellingham confronts take-it-or-leave-it jail offer

Bellingham leaders will need to decide whether they will buy into a new 521-bed jail under terms they’ve already rejected or find some other approach to putting suspects in minor crimes behind bars. The Whatcom County Council forced city officials into that position Tuesday, June 23, when it voted 4 to 3 to move ahead with a jail agreement already accepted by the six smaller cities in the county but rejected by Bellingham.