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Ballots due back by next Tuesday

WHATCOM — Voters must have ballots postmarked no later than Tuesday, Nov. 5, to be valid in that day’s election, said County Auditor Debbie Adelstein. The post office suggests mailing by Monday, Nov. ...
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Dream fulfilled: Bike cross country

LYNDEN — Sara Schripsema “just kinda winged” her solo cross-country bicycle trip. That’s what you can do when you’re fulfilling a childhood dream. The 19-year-old Lyndenite realized a long-running ...
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Sen. Cantwell urges passage of Farm Bill

WHATCOM ­— Local fruit growers could lose critical research for pest and disease control and marketing if Congress doesn’t pass a new Farm Bill soon. That was a message U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell conveyed ...

City’s extra 2013 costs slam budget

LYNDEN ­— Mayor Scott Korthuis talked about a “structural deficit” in the city’s budget for 2014, and Finance Director Teresa Camfield said it took “a perfect storm” to create the situation. ...
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Greenhouses ripped out at VanderGiessen Nursery

LYNDEN — The greenhouse at VanderGiessen Nursery built in 1938 just wasn’t cutting muster any longer. So the father-son duo of Alvin and David Vos ripped it out, right along with the greenhouse from ...

Where could a pot store even go?

LYNDEN — Even while a moratorium remains in place, the eventual potential homes for a retail marijuana outlet in Lynden are few. State rules require a marijuana store to be at least 1,000 feet away from ...

Lynden looks at raising city elected officials’ salaries

LYNDEN — In a first crack at it Monday, the Lynden City Council decided not to raise the pay of councilors and the mayor. But the issue could come up again at an extra meeting of council next Monday, ...

Chief Anderson promotes FD 4 tax levy

Residents of Whatcom County Fire District 4 are asked in the Nov. 5 election to approve a permanent Emergency Medical Services (EMS) levy. More funds are needed to keep ambulance staffing at the current ...

Median home sales price up nearly 5 percent in county

WHATCOM — Whatcom County home sales continued to rise sharply in this year’s third quarter while the county’s median sales price again achieved a modest gain, according to a real-estate report issued ...

Oxygen tank explosion leads to house fire and death

KENDALL — The homeowner died after an oxygen tank explosion caused a house fire on Mosquito Lake Road Oct. 12. Jerry DeBruin, Fire District 14 chief, said that the explosion shortly after midnight woke ...