Members of the Whatcom County Charter Review Commission are sworn in during their first meeting, on Jan. 12, 2015, in Bellingham.
Members of the Whatcom County Charter Review Commission are sworn in during their first meeting, on Jan. 12, 2015, in Bellingham. Ralph Schwartz The Bellingham Herald
Members of the Whatcom County Charter Review Commission are sworn in during their first meeting, on Jan. 12, 2015, in Bellingham. Ralph Schwartz The Bellingham Herald

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