Ericksen touts his oil-rail safety bill

  OLYMPIA — Among some competing oil-train safety bills in the state Legislature, Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, believes his “keeps to the track.”   Oil-train safety will again be a major ...

Area customers recycle more than 6.2 million pounds

WHATCOM — Nooksack Valley Disposal & Recycling surpassed more than 6 million pounds of materials, yard waste and food waste recycled in 2014 by Whatcom County residents, the fourth consecutive year ...

Ballots for Feb. 10 election to be mailed out today

  WHATCOM — Ballots will be mailed out on Wednesday, Jan. 21, to registered voters in areas that have a special election on Feb. 10. Those include: the cities of Ferndale, Everson and Nooksack; the ...

County public works director stepping down

  WHATCOM ­— County Public Works Director Frank Abart has resigned from his position, effective Feb. 13, County Executive Jack Louws announced on Friday.   “We wish Frank well as he takes ...

Fairhaven dentist faces state charges

  OLYMPIA — Whatcom County dentist Faith Bult has been charged by the state Dental Commission with unprofessional conduct.   With an office in Fairhaven, Bult allegedly practiced beyond the scope ...

Letters to the editor – Jan. 21

Where are the leaders?   Paris hosted 44 world leaders who, combined with 1.5 million French citizens, protested recent terrorist murders in Paris. There was no question that Islamic terrorism caused ...

Public meetings

Wednesday, Jan. 21 • WRIA (Watershed Resource Inventory Area) 1 management team, garden-level conference room of Civic Center Building, 322 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, 10 a.m. • Washington Red Raspberry ...

Students to vie in Constitution Knowledge Bowl on Saturday

  WHATCOM — The Whatcom Tea Party will host its second annual 2015 Constitutional Knowledge Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Highway. The program starts at 2 p.m., with ...

School boards call for revision of education law

  WHATCOM ­— The Meridian, Ferndale and Bellingham school boards are among at least 154 school boards statewide that have passed a resolution urging Congress to amend and reauthorize the Elementary ...

Timekeepers’ shipping side under new owner

LYNDEN — Kelley Bouma has kept the shipping portion of Timekeepers alive, taking over the business on Jan. 10 in the Fairway Center.   “It actually totally fell in my lap,” Bouma said. “My ...