Whatcom County buys site for new jail at Ferndale

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - The Whatcom County Council agreed to spend $6.1 million on a 39-acre site for a proposed new jail at Ferndale.

KGMI reports the vote was 6-1 with the only opponent concerned about possible soil contamination from illegal dumping on the site.

The county executive says test samples have been clean.