Roadside surveys aim to develop a snapshot of driver drug use in Washington

WHATCOM -— In the summer, roadside surveys were conducted by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in Washington to measure the degree of impaired driving taking place on state roads. The ...

Tickets free for veterans, families

BELLINGHAM -— Northwest event planners and ticket buyers have donated more than $100,000 in entertainment event tickets to Northwest veterans, U.S. military and their immediate family members through ...

County selling tax-foreclosed properties Nov. 21

BELLINGHAM -— Whatcom County’s annual public auction of tax foreclosure property will be on Friday, Nov. 21, starting at 9 a.m., in the County Council chambers of the County Courthouse, 311 Grand Ave. ...

Power lost locally in Thursday wind

WHATCOM -— About 5,400 customers of Puget Sound Energy lost power in the strong winds of Thursday, Nov. 6, but all customers were restored by 2 a.m. Friday, reported Akiko Oda, a spokeswoman for the ...

Letters to the editor – Nov. 12

Cynical voter sentiment hurting our city The Bender Fields tiny bond didn’t even come close to passing. That’s too bad. I don’t think people even study the issues anymore. If it says taxes up, even ...

Public meetings

Wednesday, Nov. 12 Whatcom County Agricultural Advisory Committee, Planning & Development Services, Northwest Annex conference room, 5280 Northwest Dr., 3:30 p.m. New business includes: election of ...

Avoid cold-season fires

OLYMPIA — Electrical fires in homes account for over 26,000 residential fires annually, resulting in 280 deaths and over $1 billion in property loss in the United States. “Traditionally, we see more ...

Ross Black named SBA Local Leader

LYNDEN -— Ross Black, owner of Simple Box Storage, was selected among thousands of graduates of SBA Emerging Leaders across the U.S. as the Local Leader winner. Awards were hosted by Interise, the organization ...

AmericanWest Bank to merge with Banner Bank

WALLA WALLA — AmericanWest Bank will merge into Banner Bank, allowing the two banks to operate under the Banner Bank brand, the two companies reported last week. Banner Bank, headquartered in Walla Walla ...
Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 6.56.55 AM

‘Interstellar’ is not so stellar

According to a May report by CBS News, more than 200,000 people have signed up to take a planned one-way trip to Mars in 2024 with the Netherlands-based Mars One program. To me, that’s one of the most ...