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Local operation impacted briefly by Canadian poultry ban

  WHATCOM — Two weeks ago, in the wake of recent avian flu cases, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency banned the import of all poultry and poultry products from Washington state.   The ban has ...

Charter review commission gets going

  WHATCOM ­— The 2015 county Charter Review Commission will meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, the 15-member group decided at its first meeting on Jan. 12.   At least the first ...

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 ...

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 ...

Lighthouse’s Drop-In Center extends hours

BELLINGHAM — As a service, Lighthouse Mission Ministries has extended the Drop-In Center hours to include weekends, accommodating men and women experiencing homelessness during winter weather.   Formerly ...
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Working backwards

LYNDEN — When it comes to restoring old machinery, the key is often to work backwards.   Sometimes, backwards by more than a century.   That has been the case with the 1910 steamroller that is ...

State busy with poultry testing

  WHATCOM ­— Amber Itle, field veterinarian with the Washington State Department of Agriculture, spent Monday “testing birds all day” even though officially it was a holiday.   One of her ...

County Mental Health Court to start

  BELLINGHAM — Whatcom County’s new Mental Health Court program began screening potential members last week.   The Mental Health Court seeks to reduce criminal activities and increase public ...