Community Mason ousts Jacob as top baby boy name; Sophia tops girls

OLYMPIA — In the state of Washington, Mason moved to number one from 11th most popular name for baby boys in 2011, and Liam moved into second place from eighth. The top-10 list for baby girls was nearly ...

Lynden man finds $8K Rolex watch

WHATCOM — A woman in Hong Kong got back an old present this Christmas, thanks to the honesty and due diligence of a Lynden man. It was the $8,000 Rolex watch her husband had bought for her. Gerrit Nydam ...

Flu activity on increase in state

OLYMPIA — Flu activity is picking up across Washington state and the nation. Influenza can be serious, as shown by the fact that three Puget Sound people, a child and two adults, have died from it already ...

Two Sumas firms win awards for air quality

WHATCOM — Two Sumas wood processing plants, Cedarprime and Teal-Jones Lumber Services, are among the top ten regional recipients of 2012 awards from the Northwest Clean Air Agency. PeaceHealth St. Joseph ...

Carbon monoxide alarms now required in most residences, even old homes

WHATCOM — A new law went into effect on Tuesday requiring that carbon monoxide (CO) alarm devices be installed in nearly all buildings classified as residential occupancies. This includes single-family ...

New ‘call-before-you-dig’ law increases violation penalties statewide

OLYMPIA — Effective Jan. 1, utilities, excavators and the public will see more rigorous enforcement of the state’s “call-before-you-dig” law, including higher penalties, mandatory damage reporting ...

Bellingham Farmers Market open to new vendors for 2013 season

WHATCOM — The Bellingham Farmers Market is taking applications from farmers, producers and crafters in Whatcom and Skagit counties who are looking for new markets and more face-to-face time with customers. ...

Calendar

ONGOING Lecture Series The January Series of Calvin College comes by simulcast at 9:30 a.m. to 510 Liberty St., Lynden, as follows: Jan. 3 — Jeremy Courtney, Preemptive Love Coalition, “Restoring Hearts ...

Bellingham sets second annual MLK Jr. Day event

BELLINGHAM — Local college campuses and social service providers are organizing the second annual Poverty Action March and Essential Needs Drive for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21, 2013. Community ...

Workshop on end-of-life choice comes to Lynden

WHATCOM — The Lynden Library is one of four sites for upcoming free community workshops on talking about end-of-life choices. “My Life, My Health, My End-of-Life Choices” is about normalizing conversation ...