Raspberry yield has dropped sharply

WHATCOM ­— The county’s 2015 commercial raspberry harvest was the lowest in seven years. The tonnage tally is almost complete, and production in berry-rich Whatcom will be just over 50 million pounds, ...

Mayor’s 2016 budget up 3 percent

LYNDEN ­— Mayor Scott Korthuis proposes a 3 percent increase in the city’s 2016 General Fund budget, taken up mostly by negotiated labor costs but allowing for some small expenditures such as computer ...

Criminal justice costs fuel county executive race

BELLINGHAM — The high cost of the criminal justice system is an urgent issue for Joy Gilfilen as she challenges incumbent Jack Louws for county executive. Gilfilen held up the report she recently co-authored, ...
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Grennell leaving after 14 years

LYNDEN ­— Fourteen and a half years have brought a lot of change for the organization under Jim Grennell’s watch. From primarily a food bank in crowded space on Third Street, the Christian Hope Association ...

Groen pleads guilty

SEATTLE ­— Four years ago, border-dwelling Lynden resident Wayne Groen fought federal charges against him to a jury trial, losing one count and winning one count. This time, he has pleaded guilty to ...
West My Friend, coming from Vancouver Island, helps to give the 2015 Lynden Music Festival its “island” aura. This group performs twice Saturday, Oct. 17 — at the Lynden Pioneer Museum at 2 p.m. and Steakhouse 9 at 8 p.m. (Courtesy photo)

Music fills our town

LYNDEN ­— No matter what the weather is today, the mood for music is being set for the next five days by island sounds and the color of harmony. The seventh annual “Claire de Lune” Lynden Music ...
Sara Whitehead is getting more into promoting and marketing the Bee in Bloom honey and lavender farm she and husband Brent run. (Courtesy photo)

Lavender vendor one new addition to this year’s Craft and Antique Show

LYNDEN ­— Bee in Bloom, a husband-wife team growing lavender and selling products, is one of the new vendors at this week’s craft and antique extravaganza. Dr. Brent and Sara Whitehead have been raising ...
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Music Festival in full swing

Lynden Middle School band students joined with the Borealis Brass quartet (in blue, behind) to play a Handel tune at the opening ceremonies of the Lynden Music Festival on Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Dutch ...

Weimer honored at White House for pipeline safety

WHATCOM ­— Carl Weimer, 10-year County Council member and executive director of the national Pipeline Safety Trust, was to be honored at the White House on Tuesday, Oct. 13, as one of 11 Transportation ...

City pay raises for all?

LYNDEN ­— Elected city leaders are getting pay raises and most department heads will see small increases, with a few exceptions. The Lynden City Council on Monday passed two salary-setting ordinances. ...