Ericksen lauds Gates’ clean energy

OLYMPIA — Two Republican state senators say Bill Gates has a powerful idea with his plan to spur private-sector development of clean-energy technologies — and they say it offers a dramatic contrast ...

Paris agreement seen as critical

SEATTLE — World leaders voted Dec. 12 on a final agreement to limit global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, a benchmark scientists say is critical to avoid devastating impacts of global warming ...

State Health: It’s time to get your flu vaccine

OLYMPIA — The holidays bring us together to share memories and good times with friends and family. Make sure, though, that you’re not also sharing illnesses like flu. Getting a flu shot is the best ...

Conservation survey coming to nation’s farmers

WASHINGTON — The National Agricultural Statistics Service is contacting farmers and ranchers through February 2016 as part of the second phase of a survey of agricultural producers’ conservation practices. The ...

Grant requests to build ‘better Whatcom’ due back Jan. 11

BELLINGHAM — The Whatcom Community Foundation is looking for creativity and imagination in the preparation of grant requests. And money can be the reward for success. “We see the grant application ...

Auditor seeks ‘against’ position on school levies for voters’ guide

WHATCOM — The school districts of Bellingham, Blaine, Lynden, Meridian and Mount Baker all have submitted resolutions for the Feb. 9, 2016 special election ballot proposing property tax levies for maintenance ...

Federal aid asked for post-storm

WASHINGTON — All of the state’s congressional delegation has asked for federal emergency funding to deal with the effects of the recent storms in Washington State. The weather caused incidents ranging ...

Meetings

Wednesday, Dec. 16 • Ag Water Board (coordinating entity of Watershed Improvement Districts), Farm Friends office, 1796 Front St., Lynden, 1 p.m. • Lynden City Council Community Development Committee, ...

Calendar

ONGOING LC Christmas concert Lynden Christian middle and high school music students perform Christmas concerts as follows: grades 5-12 orchestras on Thursday, Dec. 17. All concerts are at 7:30 p.m. in ...

Boys basketball roundup: Bosscher hits game-winning 3 to lift Pioneers over Meridian

WHATCOM — Aaron Bosscher hit a game-winning 3-pointer in the closing seconds to give Nooksack Valley (3-2) a 56-55 non-league home win over Meridian on Dec. 10. Bosscher finished with 18 points and nine ...