Blaine man dies in Friday bicycle-truck collision

  BLAINE ­— A 53-year-old Blaine man died at the scene where he was crossing an intersection on a bicycle at 5:37 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, and was struck by a pickup truck, according to the Washington ...

Ericksen: Stop Seattle tunnel drilling project

  OLYMPIA — It’s time to pull the plug on Bertha, the tunnel boring machine that has been stuck under downtown Seattle for more than a year without budging, say two state senators, including Doug ...

Charter review commission gets going

  WHATCOM ­— The 2015 county Charter Review Commission will meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, the 15-member group decided at its first meeting on Jan. 12.   At least the first ...

State busy with poultry testing

  WHATCOM ­— Amber Itle, field veterinarian with the Washington State Department of Agriculture, spent Monday “testing birds all day” even though officially it was a holiday.   One of her ...

County Mental Health Court to start

  BELLINGHAM — Whatcom County’s new Mental Health Court program began screening potential members last week.   The Mental Health Court seeks to reduce criminal activities and increase public ...
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CHCC hires Steenbock as administrator

  LYNDEN — The Christian Health Care Center has hired Wayne Steenbock as new administrator of the Lynden-based skilled nursing facility.   CHCC will open its new adult day health and wellness ...

Home/garden show in Lynden March 6-8

  LYNDEN ­— It’s time to mark calendars for the 36th annual Whatcom County Home and Garden Show on March 6-8, 2015 at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds.   The show is almost sold out, with ...

Ericksen action requires 2/3rd Senate support to create new taxes

  OLYMPIA — A new rule was passed in the state Senate on its first day in 2015 session requiring a two-thirds vote of the chamber on procedural motions prior to final passage of bills creating new ...

VanWerven steps into new legislative role

2015 session starts Monday; 42nd District GOP delegation against tax hikes   OLYMPIA ­— For Luanne Van Werven, the experience of being sworn in as the 42nd District’s newest legislator on Monday, ...
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A bus full of memories

  LYNDEN ­— Those who depended on Vern Miedema’s mechanical skills at the Lynden School District bus garage say it will be hard to go on not having him around doing his conscientious work.   About ...