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2008-07-15 12:00:53

By John Stark, The Bellingham Herald, Wash. Jul. 15--Whatcom County Public Utility District No. 1 has decided to take a serious look at enlarging its role in providing electric service here. The district's three commissioners recently voted unanimously to hire a consultant to study whether there would be any advantages to extending the district's electric power service territory. Since its creation by voters in 1937, the utility district has had only one electric power customer: the...

2008-07-15 12:00:00

By Isabelle Dills, The Bellingham Herald, Wash. Jul. 15--Each week The Bellingham Herald takes a closer look at a business. This week: Architectural Elements. What's new: Architectural Elements began three months ago by Joe Clark. Clark has 10 years of experience in metal fabrication and two years experience in custom-home building. He said he decided to start his own business because he had a desire to do creative work and design, and see a project through from start to finish. What...

2008-07-15 12:00:34

By Jared Paben, The Bellingham Herald, Wash. Jul. 15--BELLINGHAM -- Up to 20 city construction projects could be eligible to avoid some of Bellingham's own environmental rules, after a City Council decision. Without the exemptions, city staff says, some of those projects might be impossible. The City Council on Monday voted to approve a new law that could allow street, trail, water and sewer, stormwater and parks projects to avoid the critical areas ordinance, which protects wetlands,...

2008-07-13 12:00:49

By Cat Sieh, The Bellingham Herald, Wash. Jul. 13--Meritt Wolfkill is quick to admit that he didn't plant his canola fields out of a burning need to save the environment. The Snohomish County farmer started test plots of the crop near Monroe in 2006, hoping to sell the highprotein meal for cattle feed. But as soaring gas prices and environmental concerns popularize biofuels, Wolfkill is now one of many Washington farmers growing oilseed crops like canola and mustard. The goal is to...

2008-07-13 12:00:26

By Jared Paben, The Bellingham Herald, Wash. Jul. 13--Here is a roundup of recent development proposals and decisions, and upcoming development- related meetings: BELLINGHAM City Council will hold a public hearing on its decision to put a temporary ban on building and subdivisions in the Bellingham portion of the Lake Whatcom watershed. The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday in City Council chambers, 210 Lottie St. Doug Wight applied to build four six-unit residential buildings...

2008-07-13 12:00:13

By Craig Parrish, The Bellingham Herald, Wash. Jul. 13--Getting a close-up look at the outdoors doesn't have to be limited to getting one's toes and hands muddy, up to your ankles and wrists in who knows what. That's part of it, of course, but students of all ages can expand their knowledge by patient observation and intent listening; if you share that view, then isn't the entire outdoors a classroom? The events below provide a wide variety of ways in which knowledge can be gain:...

2008-07-09 12:00:00

By Sam Taylor, The Bellingham Herald, Wash. Jul. 9--a new tax on property owners between Birch Bay and Ferndale is closer to reality after a Whatcom County Council committee Monday called for a public hearing on the issue. Council members are being asked to create a new fee for property owners in the Birch Bay watershed to help protect the water quality of Birch Bay. The Birch Bay Watershed and Resources Management District, created in 2007, stretches southeast from Semiahmoo Spit toward...

2008-07-08 12:00:00

By Isabelle Dills, The Bellingham Herald, Wash. Jul. 8--What's new: Musician's Center is currently in the design process of having its own line of guitars. Owner Jon Memolo said he would also like to manufacture amps. The business plans on expanding by providing more acoustic instruments including mandolins and banjos. Musician's Center will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary in August. A walk-in party with refreshments is planned for Aug. 1. What it does: The business specializes in...

2008-07-04 12:00:28

By The Bellingham Herald, Wash. Jul. 4--Haggen Food & Pharmacy stores and its customers recently combined to donate more than $150,000 to a pair of nonprofit organizations in the state. The Greater Washington Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is receiving $92,619. The money came from Haggen employees who participated in the annual MS Walk, customer donations and corporate matches. The donations pay for chapter programs for Washington residents with MS and their...

2008-07-04 12:00:28

By The Bellingham Herald, Wash. Jul. 4--Where to see fireworks Haggen Family Fourth of July Celebration: Enjoy a free, 20-minute fireworks display over Bellingham Bay. The show will begin about 10:30 p.m. Good viewing spots include Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center, Boulevard Park, Squalicum Harbor and Zuanich Point Park. Be prepared to get there early -- parking will be limited after 8 p.m. Blaine Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration: Sparks will fly over...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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