Task force members heard Monday about Whatcom County’s detox and crisis triage services. (Calvin Bratt/Lynden Tribune)

Task force busy on bigger jail issues

BELLINGHAM ­— On Nov. 2, the 20-member Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force sat for its two-hour details-loaded survey of many aspects of Whatcom County’s criminal justice system. Nary ...

Official notice: 465 jobs to end at Ferndale Intalco

WHATCOM ­— Alcoa Intalco Works gave notice last week of its intended layoff of 465 workers from the Ferndale plant, starting Jan. 18, 2016. Alcoa lists the layoffs as temporary, but low prices in the ...
Polly Moore stands in front of a tree strung with all the cards she received. (Courtesy photo)

Polly Moore at home, thankful for community support

LYNDEN ­— Polly Moore is grateful for all the support she has felt from the community since her spring ovarian cancer diagnosis. She is at home now trying to let her body regain strength after May surgery ...

Lynden retiree creates seminars to keep minds active

LYNDEN ­— A retiree in Lynden since 2006, Ron Bucknam wanted to see more local opportunity for intellectual challenge. So he conceived the idea of the Lynden Emeritus Forum. He isn’t holding back. ...

A day to honor

Right: Boy Scouts Troop 4028 of Lynden presents the colors at the Veterans Day service on Nov. 11 in the Lynden Community Center. Above: World War II veteran Paul Van Dyke salutes as Becky Gerlach sings ...
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 On Monday, the Lynden City Council rescinded it.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 ...