BLAINE — The CIA estimates that 45,000 to 50,000 women are trafficked for sexual exploitation in the United States each year, and Washington State is an in-take region for it.

WHATCOM — County Comprehensive Plan and code amendments relating primarily to Cherry Point are the focus of a town hall meeting set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. The meeting of the Planning Commission will be in the County Council chambers of the Whatcom County Courthouse, 311 Grand Ave.…

SUMAS — Total building permits and related fees in the City of Sumas have already seen a 14 percent increase over all of 2018 — with four months still to go in 2019.

BELLEVUE — As part of its ongoing succession planning effort, the board of directors of Puget Sound Energy has named Mary E. Kipp, currently president & CEO of El Paso Electric, as president of the state’s largest utility company, reporting to CEO Kimberly Harris.

Through November 2019, City of Lynden committee meetings of Community Development, Finance & Personnel, Parks, Public Safety and Public Works may have a quorum of City Council members attending. Final official council action will not be taken.

LYNDEN — “Solarize for Smart Business” is a free informational workshop set for noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 23, in the Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St.

WHATCOM — With “Pastured Sheep Farming” as the topic, there will be a field walk led by the Conservation District at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 16, to highlight the benefits of rotational grazing for horses and other livestock.

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