Continuing in the cold

The temperature throughout north Whatcom County has remained seasonably on average, while the precipitation, after a wet end to 2015, has dropped well below averages to start the year. Here the pond at ...

Ceremony for retiring Acme Fire District 16 commissioner

Henry Maleng ACME — Acme Fire District 16 commissioner Henry Maleng has announced his retirement after 20 years. Maleng was elected in January 1995 and since then has remained an active member of the ...

Buys, Ericksen voice priorities for session

Ericksen opposes Ecology’s carbon cap proposal    WHATCOM ­— The 2016 state legislative session began Monday, Jan. 11, and certainly a forefront issue is to continue work toward compliance with ...

Whatcom marijuana sales top $13M in 2015

Sales include $4.65 million in state excise taxes WHATCOM — The county’s recreational marijuana retailers exceeded $13 million in sales in their first full calendar year, led by 2020 Solutions with ...

Farm succession is topic of Lynden seminar series

Event on Thursdays in Rotary Building LYNDEN — Passing on a farming operation to the next generation is a complex task and, for most farmers, fraught with uncertainties. How should ownership be transferred, ...

In Bloom: The season for garden dreaming

As a gardener, I’ve come to appreciate that gardening is never really finished. Sure, we mark the last mowing of the year with pride and admire the look of a freshly-raked yard free of leaves for the ...

Class III milk price at 4-year low

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, acting like a late-arriving Grinch, announced the final Federal Order Class III benchmark milk price of 2015 at $14.44 per hundredweight (cwt.), down 86 cents from ...

Retail association focusing on minimum wage

OLYMPIA — The top issue for the Washington Retail Association in the 2016 legislative session will be continuing to oppose any attempts to raise Washington State’s minimum wage, one of the highest ...

Tax-Aide again available to help on incomes taxes

WHATCOM — Tax-Aide, a service of the AARP Foundation, will again offer free tax preparation service at the Bellingham Public Library and other sites in Whatcom County for the 2016 tax filing season. Assistance ...

4-H Reports: Barnyard Kids

Rafe Wolfisberg, reporter The monthly meeting of the Barnyard Kids 4-H Club was called to order at 7:11 p.m. at the Baremans’ home. Jacob Tolsma led the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the 4-H Pledge ...