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Gas prices fall 2.6 cents per gallon

Washington gas prices have fallen 2.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.77/g as of Sept. 20, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,666 stations in Washington.

Gas prices in Washington are 7.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand $1.02/g higher than a year ago.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Washington is priced at $3.26/g, while the most expensive is $4.19/g, a difference of 93.0 cents per gallon.

The lowest price in the state today is $3.26/g while the highest is $4.19/g, a difference of 93.0 cents per gallon.

The national average price of gasoline has risen 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.18/g.

The national average is up 1.8 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands $1.01/g higher than a year ago.

According to Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, gasoline prices have been “stuck in somewhat of a limbo and remain near 2021 highs long after Hurricane Ida has dissipated.”

GasBuddy data is accessible at

Notice of logic and accuracy test 

The official Logic and Accuracy (L&A) Test is conducted by Whatcom County election personnel.

The L&A Test is a test intended to verify that the ballot counting system to be used in an election will correctly count the votes cast for all candidates and all measures appearing on the ballot.

The L&A Test of the ballot counting system to be used to tabulate the results of the General Election to be held Nov. 2 will be conducted in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act (RCW 42.30).

The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 1 in the Election Center at the Whatcom County Courthouse, 311 Grand Ave., Suite B03, Bellingham.

Full 60-hour closure of SR 11 Old Fairhaven Parkway begins Sept. 24

Contractor crews working on behalf of the Washington State Department of Transportation on the Padden Creek fish passage project are winding down work on Interstate 5 and shifting to State Route 11. 

Beginning Friday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. and until 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 27, crews will fully close SR 11 at 30th Street, between mileposts 20.88 and 21.21 for 60 consecutive hours.

During this time, the existing double concrete box culvert will be replaced with a larger 20-foot single span concrete box culvert.

The new culvert will allow fish to continue upstream by simulating a more natural stream environment.

Travelers in the area will be detoured around the closure via Donovan Avenue. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to access SR 11 along the north side of the closure.

Delays are expected and therefore travelers are encouraged to use alternate routes and travel during non-peak times, if possible. The detour map and more information about the Padden Creek fish passage project can be found online.

Drivers can get real-time traffic information on mobile phones with the WSDOT traffic app and by following the WSDOT_north on Twitter.

Lautenbach Recycling uses new technology to reduce landfilled waste

A Skagit County company with a facility in Ferndale has become the first in the Pacific Northwest to utilize a system that dramatically reduces the amount of food waste taken to landfills.

Lautenbach Recycling has implemented the Tiger Depack machine to help commercial customers reduce their packaged food waste  – the No. 1 landfilled waste – and divert it to anaerobic digesters, compost, or feed.

Lautenbach Recycling began seeking solutions in the summer of 2020 and invested in the Tiger Depack, which began operating this spring at its Mount Vernon facility.

Current and potential customers include grocers, manufacturers, big-box stores, food-recovery companies, farmers, distribution warehouses, and ports, Contreras said. 

The Tiger Depack processes an approximate average of 8-10 tons of material per hour, Contreras added, making it capable of handling high volumes.

“We all benefit when less waste goes to landfills,” said Kimberly Contreras, business development and marketing manager for Lautenbach Recycling. “This allows companies to be sustainable without incurring the overhead of labor costs to manually de-pack spoiled goods. 

Lautenbach Recycling now is making the Tiger Depack available to customers throughout the Pacific Northwest.

“As local governments like King County increasingly require that a minimum percentage of all waste must be recycled, a wide range of companies and organizations are looking for, and need, a solution like this,” Contreras said.

Lautenbach Recycling corporate headquarters is located at 13084 Ball Road, Mount Vernon. Lynden native Troy Lautenbach is the company’s president.

For more information, visit or call Contreras at 360-630-6091.