Briefs, 2/2/15

Bellingham’s itek Energy worked on project that won national award

Itek Energy, a Bellingham-based solar panel manufacturer, contributed to a project that was awarded the National Association of Home Builders’ Platinum Award, the association’s top honor.

Grow Community, a low-impact housing community on Bainbridge Island, received the award at the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 21.

The community uses solar panels made by itek Energy.

“Washington solar set Grow Community apart in the market,” said Greg Lotakis, project manager for the development. “We sensed that there is a strong demand for homes that are not only energy efficient, but energy producing as well. That we were able to prove that with locally made solar equipment is quite an endorsement.”

Nooksack Valley Disposal & Recycling customers recycle 6.26 million pounds

Nooksack Valley Disposal & Recycling recycled more than 6 million pounds of materials, yard waste and food waste for the fourth year in a row in 2014, according to a press release.

Here’s a breakdown of materials recycled: mixed paper, 805,735 pounds; glass, 620,259 pounds; cardboard, 434,930 pounds; newspaper, 409,904 pounds; plastic, 234,792 pounds; tin cans, 96,556 pounds; scrap metal, 87,720 pounds; and aluminum cans, 37,658 pounds.

Nooksack Valley Disposal, founded by Dan and Steff Leidecker in 1971, serves more than 8,000 customers in north Whatcom County, roughly from Interstate 5 east to the foothills of Mt. Baker. Customers in Lynden, Everson, Nooksack and Sumas may arrange for regular pickup of yard-waste containers.

Locker Room offering 24-hour access

The Locker Room, a Ferndale gym that pro football players Jake Locker and Michael Koenen bought with Woods Coffee owner Wes Herman last year, will offer 24-hour member access beginning March 1.

“It’s been a great couple of months getting to know members at the Locker Room,” Herman said in a press release. “The most common question we’ve received has been, ‘will you offer 24 hour access?’ The answer is, yes!”

The gym will be retrofitted over the next few weeks to allow for 24-hour member access. Those interested in 24-hour access should ask a Locker Room staff member for more information, the news release states.

Whatcom County Home and Garden Show

The 36th Annual Whatcom County Home and Garden Show is coming to the Northwest Fairgrounds in Lynden March 6 through march 8.

The show has more than 150 vendors from all over Whatcom County, according to a press release. This year’s show will have seminars on backyard chickens, emergency preparedness and efficient home heating.

Ciscoe Morris, host of King 5’s “Gardening with Ciscoe,” will speak at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 8.

For more information, visit or call the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County at 360-671-4247.

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