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Published on Tue, Nov 26, 2013
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Port of Bellingham commissioner Scott Walker set to retire.

The community is invited to attend a public reception honoring port commissioner Scott Walker’s 22 years of service on the port’s board of commissioners. 

The reception will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, at the Squalicum Boathouse located at 2600 Harbor Loop (Zuanich Park), Bellingham. Light refreshments will be served.

Walker has served on the port commission since 1991. He decided not to run for re-election this year and his term will end on December 31.

“Commissioner Walker has contributed greatly to the steady course and community economic leadership of the Port of Bellingham,” said commission president Jim Jorgensen. “His knowledge of port history and his wealth of experience will be missed.”

Under Walker’s leadership, the port undertook a significant expansion of the Bellingham International Airport facilities and launched major real estate developments such as Bellwether on the Bay alongside Squalicum Harbor. The port also adapted to significant local economic changes such as the closure of the Georgia Pacific Pulp and Paper Mill and the downturn of bulk shipping. 

Refinery recognized for good deeds. 

Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery was one of six philanthropist organizations honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Washington Chapter at its National Philanthropy Day luncheon on November 14.

Over nearly 60 years the Ferndale refinery, owned and operated by Phillips 66, has provided millions of dollars and thousands of volunteer hours to support communities throughout Whatcom County. 

With a focus on education, the environment and health and safety, Phillips 66 supports a variety of nonprofit organizations with direct donations and generous employee volunteer and matching gift programs. Among the organizations benefiting from the company’s contributions are the United Way of Whatcom County, Whatcom Land Trust, Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative, Bellingham Technical College, Ferndale school district, Ferndale Chamber of Commerce and Ferndale Boys & Girls Club. 

Phillips 66 also supports nonprofits in other Washington cities where it does business, such as Tacoma and Spokane.

Phillips 66 encourages employee participation and leverages its employees’ efforts by matching employee donations to any eligible nonprofit organization or school, up to $15,000 per employee, per year. In addition, employees and their spouses can earn company donations for qualifying nonprofit organizations by volunteering their personal time for those organizations.

“Phillips 66 is an outstanding philanthropic leader that takes great pride in being a good neighbor and in helping make this a wonderful place to live and work,” wrote Mauri Ingram, president and chief executive of the Whatcom Community Foundation that nominated Phillips 66 for the award.

Blaine celebrates finish of street improvement projects. 

Members of the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) visited Blaine on November 20 to participate in a ribbon-cutting event celebrating the completion of the H Street Revitalization Project and the Boblett Pedestrian Improvements Project. 

The TIB funds high-priority transportation projects in communities throughout the state to “enhance the movement of people, goods and services.”