Published on Thu, Aug 7, 2008
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State lifts shellfish harvesting ban

Those waiting for safe clamming to resume can now put on their boots and get out shoveling.

Local health officials have determined that paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) biotoxin levels have returned to safe levels in molluscan shellfish sampled from Whatcom County beaches. 

Recent samples collected by the Whatcom County Health Department and the Lummi Indian Nation show that PSP toxin levels have dropped and have remained low during recent weeks. 

PSP levels no longer pose a threat to health. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health has lifted the biotoxin closure for the harvest of molluscan shellfish in Whatcom County. Shellfish include clams, oysters, mussels, cockles and scallops. Certain areas of Whatcom County may be closed to shellfish harvest because of pollution.

Individuals planning to harvest molluscan shellfish must check at or call their information line at 800/562-5632 before harvesting molluscan shellfish anywhere in Washington State.

Interfaith Health clinic to open in Ferndale

Residents of northwestern Whatcom County will soon have access to services closer to home when Interfaith Community Health Center opens in Ferndale this fall.

The new satellite branch will offer medical, dental and behavioral health at their location at 5616 Third Ave.

The new clinic will be staffed fulltime by a physician, a dentist, a registered nurse, three medical assistants, and two dental assistants, and will serve patients of all ages, including those who are uninsured, who are Medicaid or Medicare recipients, or who are living below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

Ski to Sea seeks bands for 2009

The 2009 Ski to Sea Festival is putting out a call for bands who wish to play on race day, May 24, 2009 at the Marine Park finish line. The three chosen bands will play for approximately 90 minutes each between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Interested bands should submit a CD, along with any other material they wish to share, to the Bellingham Chamber of Commerce & Industry, 1201 Cornwall Ave., Suite 100, Bellingham, WA 98225. Final selections will be made in January 2009. For more information, call Mel Monkelis at 360/734-1330.