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 ...
Granddaughter Kevyn O’Neill sits between Shirley and Pat Boone, with staff of the Northwest Adult Care Health and Wellness Center behind, on Oct. 9 in Lynden. (Courtesy photo/Jake Warren, Finestrino Film Co.)

Pat Boone a surprise visitor to Lynden

Granddaughter Kevyn O’Neill sits between Shirley and Pat Boone, with staff of the Northwest Adult Care Health and Wellness Center behind, on Oct. 9 in Lynden. (Courtesy photo/Jake Warren, Finestrino ...

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 ...