Bellingham Herald: "As step toward ending lawsuit, Bellingham pays Mount Baker School District $225,000"
By Jared Paben
The Bellingham City Council took a step toward ending a longstanding lawsuit challenging restrictive Lake Whatcom watershed logging rules.
The council voted 7-0 on Monday, June 15, to pay the Mount Baker School District $225,000, as part of a settlement to end the challenge to the Lake Whatcom Landscape Plan. The settlement, which also requires Whatcom County to pay money, would mean the challenge from the school district, Skagit County and United General Hospital in Skagit County gets dropped and the rules stay in effect.
The rules reduce the amount of logging on state Department of Natural Resources-managed lands. Logging revenue goes to various districts and governments, including the Mount Baker School District.