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Whatcom County wants $71 million for Olympics prep

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Associated Press - January 6, 2008 5:25 PM ET

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - Officials in Whatcom County plan to ask federal officials for more than $70 million to help prepare for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Whatcom Council of Governments projects as many as 175,000 people will travel north through the county on Intestate 5 in the two weeks before the games - a 50% increase from 2004.

Whatcom County Executive Pete Kremen says he's also worried about terrorist threats.

He's traveling to Washington, D.C., in mid-January to meet with members of the state's congressional delegation and White House staff.

Kremen has drafted a request for $71.3 million to pay for with list that includes a regional emergency operations center and equipment upgrades for fire and law enforcement agencies.

Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com

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