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November 19, 2014
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Law Enforcement
Standoff leaves one dead
Sheriff’s team took shots
first from Cecil TinkerSmith, 37, of Deming area
By Calvin Bratt
[email protected]
headed to
DEMING ­— A 37-year-old man died in
gunfire with a county sheriff’s special response
team, after he had reportedly shot at officers
first, in a residence at 5765 Mosquito Lake Rd.
Sunday afternoon.
The man was identified Monday as Cecil
Chaney Tinker-Smith, and he was wanted on
outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants including some out of Lynden, said Undersheriff Jeff Parks in a press release.
This is the account given by the Whatcom
County Sheriff’s Office:
Deputies were called to the location about
2 p.m. Sunday by a reporting party concerned
about the behavior of the subject, who was said
to be shooting recklessly and intimidating with
a firearm.
Authorities determined that Tinker-Smith
was wanted on the outstanding warrants and
that he is prohibited from possessing a firearm
as a convicted felon.
The responding deputies spotted TinkerSee Mosquito on A4
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By Calvin Bratt
[email protected]
LYNDEN ­— Public school board members
received a pair of recommendations for new
school buildings from a Facilities Committee
last week, but took no action.
Superintendent Jim Frey, who chaired the
committee, verbally overviewed the process to
the board, but didn’t have specific proposals to
make public. From starting in June, the group of
12 to 15 looked into as many as seven options,
he said.
Essentially, one recommendation is to
build new for both Lynden Middle School and
Fisher Elementary School — the same idea that
fell short of 60 percent approval last spring —
but now with a higher pricetag.
Another recommendation is to build just
one school first, although both — at well over
50 years old — are about equally in need of replacement, school leaders say.
“Awareness of cost is a significant part of
the process,” Frey said.
However, it is also inevitable that whatever
is put off to be done later will also rise in cost by
an inflation rate of at least 2-3 percent per year,
he said. Interest rates may also be rising to more
normal levels, noted board chair Steve Jilk.
Other board members weighed in lightly
with what they think the community could be
See Facilities on A4
No new date for retail center public hearing
It’s now up to the
developers if they
want to continue
By Tim Newcomb
[email protected]
LYNDEN — Powell Development put a stop to the public
hearing on the North Sound Retail
Center that had been scheduled
for Nov. 13. Now it remains in the
court of the development company
whether that public hearing will
happen at all.
Amy Harksell, Lynden’s planning director, said she has provided
co-applicant Barghausen Engineering with a number of dates
for the applicants to notify the city
in order to give proper notice to
neighbors of a public hearing. The
proposal is to rezone about 27.5
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acres north of Main Street along
Guide Meridian Road from residential to commercial in order to
potentially site a large retail store
with ancillary retail outlets.
So far, no new timetable for a
public hearing has been set, and
the soonest a hearing could occur
is Jan. 8, 2015. The city will know
by Dec. 17 if the applicants plan for
the January meeting.
“The developer put a stop to it
last Monday, saying ‘we are having
issues and need more time,’” Harksell said. Following that, the engineering firm requested a list of potential future public hearing dates.
“I am not certain on what information they are trying to pull
together,” Harksell said.
The applicants had submitted
all the required documents in order
to hold the public hearing in front of
the Lynden Planning Commission.
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