YMCA repairs will add up yearly

LYNDEN — The aging Lynden YMCA building is costing taxpayers extra money this year. The sucking of city money won’t stop anytime soon, either. With last November’s failure of a $9.5 million bond ...

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 ...

Umpqua to take over Sterling Savings Bank

PORTLAND — By early next year, Umpqua Holdings Corp. will finish off a $2 billion transaction by purchasing Sterling Financial Corporation, including the Lynden Sterling Savings Bank location at 1794 ...

BelleWood Acres event highlights performing and visual arts

WHATCOM — Local visual artists will help to welcome the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra’s newly appointed music director, Yaniv Attar, at a celebration dinner Saturday, Sept. 28, at Bellewood Acres, 6140 ...

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 ...

Calendar

THURSDAY Jazz concert The Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., welcomes blues and jazz singer Cheryl Hodge from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, for a free concert. Fashion show Labels Women’s Consignment ...

Lynden Mower closes its doors this month

LYNDEN — John VanWeerdhuizen has closed Lynden Mower after owning it for three years. The local owner closed this month for “personal reasons” and will finish cleaning up the 1842 Front St. store, ...