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Published on Wed, Jul 22, 2009
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Local music artist to play Wood’s Coffee

Local singer songwriter Levi Ware will perform his style of acoustic rock from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 25 on the patio at The Woods Coffee in Birch Bay Square. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase original, hand printed clothing from which 100 percent of profits will benefit orphans and widows in Uganda.

Junk cars benefit Habitat For Humanity

Individuals who donate their junk cars can help save energy and natural resources with the benefit of supporting their local chapter of Habitat, which works to eliminate poverty housing and homeless in the community. Donations are tax-deductible.

Each year the steel industry recycles more than 14 million tons of steel from junk cars and end-of-life vehicles. This is equivalent to nearly 13.5 million new automobiles. Junk cars are typically hauled to auto salvage yards, where reusable car parts are removed along with other items, like batteries, tires and fluids.

Recycled automobiles enter the shredding process in which iron and steel are magnetically separated from the other materials and salvaged. Reclaimed iron and steel is shipped to be recycled to produce new steel.

The Steel Recycling Institute reports that every year, the steel industry recycles autos at a rate near or above 100 percent, saving the equivalent of enough energy to power about 18 million households.

Donate vehicles online at or call 877/277-HFHI (4344) toll-free to help Habitat recycle a junk car, truck, boat, motorcycle or RV into decent, affordable housing.

Blaine woman hired at Langabeer & Tull

Langabeer & Tull, a land-use, estate planning legal firm has hired Blaine resident Christina Farnham as an associate. Farnham joins principals Richard Langabeer and Robert Tull, who recently marked their 33rd anniversary as partners.

Farnham, a member of the California bar since 1987, began work with Langabeer & Tull, as a legal assistant in 2005. She recently passed the bar exam and is now admitted to practice law in Washington state. She was a sole practitioner in California from 1987 to 2000, before moving to Washington in 2000.  She has also been an instructor with the University of Phoenix for 10 years, teaching in both California and Washington.
Langabeer & Tull is located at 709 Dupont Street in Bellingham.

CBP officers seize $4 million in cocaine

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested a 32-year-old Calgary, Alberta, man on July 7 for allegedly attempting to export 238 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $4 million. 

Kevin Marocchi, a Canadian citizen, was originally en route to Canada when he was encountered by CBP Officers.
During questioning Marocchi was unable to produce identification and became so nervous and evasive that officers placed him in handcuffs and escorted him into a security room.

Subsequent search of his vehicle resulted in the discovery of one hundred bricks which field tested positive for cocaine.

Marocchi was immediately taken into custody and turned over to agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for further investigation and prosecution.