A client receives food at the Nooksack Valley Food Bank, helped by two Spanish-speaking “hermanas” as volunteers and director Ted Lautenbach. (Calvin Bratt/Lynden Tribune)

Busy Thursday food bank serves Everson

EVERSON ­— Ted and Diane Lautenbach can count on every Thursday being a long and busy day. Ted will be on his way already at 5:30 a.m. to load up a truck with food to go to Sumas for distribution there. ...

City rescinds vacation buy-back policy

LYNDEN ­— Eight months ago, the city set up a vacation buy-back program for city department heads. On Monday, the Lynden City Council rescinded it. However, all employees with at least 15 years with ...
Courtney Polinder, with friend Nick Margeson aboard, carries the coffin of his grandfather, Fred Polinder Jr., to burial on Monday afternoon. The Clydesdale horses and wagon of the Polinder family pass in front of the Lynden Pioneer Museum starting the route from Gillies Funeral Home to Monumenta Cemetery. A packed memorial service was then held at First Reformed Church for the 87-year-old Lynden horseman and dairy leader, who died Oct. 31. (Calvin Bratt/Lynden Tribune)

Hitching the wagons one last time

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Sorting through election’s charter changes

WHATCOM — Voters may have seemed lukewarm, or deeply divided, on the competing proposals for change in the county’s election processes. But changes are now definitely afoot. By a mild average of just ...

Election update: Jail tax now slightly behind, and Sidhu leads Kershner

Election update: Jail tax now slightly behind, and Sidhu leads Kershner WHATCOM ­— The jail sales tax idea has fallen behind in the latest Whatcom County vote counts, and Satpal Sidhu leads Kathy Kershner ...
At Katz Coffee & Used Books, Peggy Kelley offers treats to young participants in downtown Lynden’s “Dutch Treat” promotion on Halloween afternoon. (Calvin Bratt/Lynden Tribune)

Treats and raindrops

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Kershner, Sidhu in virtual tie; charter changes mostly favored

WHATCOM ­— The District 2 County Council race between Kathy Kershner and Satpal Sidhu is a virtual toss-up through the first big count of votes. Just 14 votes separate the two, in Kershner’s favor, ...

Lynden Council in rift over fire chiefs’ pay

LYNDEN ­— Was it just some unintended mistakes all around, or was it intentional misconduct by City Administrator Mike Martin? The City Council struggled through four divided votes on Monday — with ...

Audit finds gap in Lynden firefighter pay process

LYNDEN ­— The city has received a mild demerit in its latest financial review by the Washington State Auditor’s Office. The “management letter” Lynden received last week in one area is less of ...

District 2 candidates Kershner, Sidhu voice views

BELLINGHAM — Kathy Kershner and Satpal Sidhu, vying for a District 2 Whatcom County Council seat, were seldom in conflict as they laid out goals for county government at the League of Women Voters forum ...