Bellingham buys 125 acres at Lake Whatcom for $1.8 million

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Bellingham has acquired 125 acres of land around Lake Whatcom from the Oeser Co. for $1.8 million. City Council President Gene Knutson announced the purchase, which he said was discussed in a closed session Monday afternoon. Oeser makes wooden utility poles from Douglas fir and Western red cedar, according to its website. Preservation of land around the lake — the source of drinking water for 100,000 people — has been a primary goal for several years.