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Big Brothers/Big Sisters closing

WHATCOM — After a 37-year presence in Whatcom County, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington is closing its doors. The child-mentoring program has struggled financially for several years, especially ...

With recent rain, burn ban lifted

WHATCOM ­— Due to recent rain, as of 8 a.m. today, Sept. 18, the Fire Marshal’s Office is lifting restrictions on all open burning in unincorporated Whatcom County. A permanent ban on open burning ...

No. Cascade Hwy. reopened — again

RAINY PASS — The gates opened and the barricades came down on State Route 20 at noon Sept. 12, restoring travel over the North Cascades Highway. The highway had been closed since 2 a.m. Friday, Sept. ...

Open house for retiring Virginia Doerper Sept. 27

BELLINGHAM — Northwest Regional Council, an association of county governments serving member counties Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom, is hosting an open house to honor retiring executive director ...

Saturday panel discussion topic is gun ownership

BELLINGHAM — “Responsible gun ownership” is the topic of a panel discussion sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County’s at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, in the Whatcom ...
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Growth planning process begins

WHATCOM ­— By year 2036 the county population could grow from 206,000 today to just under 274,000. Ferndale would add 5,400 people and Lynden about 5,000, putting them both right around 18,000. Land ...

Suspending dreams: Grand bridge plans show vision

LYNDEN — This is the type of stuff engineers dream about. And the type of project that mayors conjure up as difference-makers for a city. While it may always remain a dream, Lynden Mayor Scott Korthuis ...

Not so fast with a Lynden pot shop

LYNDEN ­— Don’t worry about a neighborhood pot store anytime soon. The Lynden City Council slapped a six-month moratorium in place this week to get well ahead of the state’s introduction of recreational ...
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Sumas, with B.C. leadership, keeps up 9/11 ceremony

SUMAS ­— American Legion Post 212 does not have enough people to provide a color guard, but a memorial ceremony is expected to take place today at 10 a.m. anyway at the Sumas 9/11 monument at the border. ...

Democrats, Republicans scuffle over Cherry Point’s long-term uses

WHATCOM ­— The Democratic and Republican parties locally are waging a verbal skirmish over industrial development at Cherry Point. It started with a resolution passed in July by the county Democrats’ ...