Published on Thu, Dec 23, 2010
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Whatcom County has several vacancies on its various boards and commissions, including two on the Birch Bay watershed and aquatic resources management advisory (BBWARM) committee and seven on the flood control zone district advisory committee.

Applicants for the BBWARM positions must live within the BBWARM district boundary.

The county council makes appointments to the committees. Applications are due December 30 and will appear in the council’s packet at their January 11 meeting, when the council will make its appointments.

For a full list of all board and commission vacancies and a link to a downloadable application, visit boards/boards.jsp. Applications can also be picked up from the county courthouse.



Washington state will gain a tenth congressional district thanks to a 14 percent increase in population since 2000.

The district will most likely be added to the rapidly growing greater Puget Sound region, according to the Secretary of State’s office. Washington’s other nine districts will undergo significant changes, especially in western Washington.

The state’s current population is about 6.7 million people.

Census and election officials were jubilant after the announcement was made in Olympia. Secretary of State Sam Reed said he thinks the new congressional seat will mean more federal funds and more influence for Washington.

“We couldn’t be happier,” Reed said in a press release. “This is a great day for the people of Washington.  We gain in clout, with another strong voice in Congress to be added in 2012. We gain an Electoral College vote, and our population gain means we get a little larger slice of the pie as federal grants are apportioned out based on population.”

A bipartisan citizen commission, made up of two Democrats, two Republicans and a nonpartisan chairperson, will work through 2011 to divide the state into 10 reorganized, equal-sized congressional districts.











 The Giving Tree will help make the holidays a little merrier for 227 families who will receive more than 2,000 gifts. Organized by Good Samaritan Society Stafholt, volunteers help prepare the packages. From left, LaJoy Luce, Colin Hawkins, Marsha Hawkins and Spencer Riddle.