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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, ...

Hirst: A summer tax on water use?

Eric Hirst WHATCOM ­— Don’t look right now, in January, but the county has a seasonal water shortage. So says Eric Hirst, a retired energy analyst in Bellingham and now involved in local natural resources ...

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 ...

Tribal leader Tim Ballew to speak Thursday, Jan. 14

BELLINGHAM ­— Western Washington University will host Lummi Nation chairman Timothy Ballew II to speak at the Salish Sea Speakers Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, in Communications Facility 120 ...

Days added to waste electronics, metals recycling

WHATCOM ­— Another week has been added to the electronics recycling of the High Adventures Scouting group. What was scheduled to end Jan. 9 will now continue Jan. 14-16, said scoutmaster Fred Moormeier. The ...