July 11 – 23, 2014                  

       Shellfest draws crowds to Birch Bay


Ashley Fisher, r., from Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association identifies a geoduck while dishing out information about shellfish to participants during Birch Bay Shellfest July 12.

Photo by Ruth Lauman

Name change committees appointed

The opposing camps have been chosen, and the decision to change the name of Blaine (or not) may depend on how persuasive the two groups can be.

Blaine partners with NSEA to study local watersheds

Blaine City Council has approved a multi-year contract with the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) to study and improve water quality in Drayton Harbor and the surrounding watersheds.

Capstone Physical Therapy opens in Blaine

In less than two years, Capstone Physical Therapy has grown from a husband-and-wife startup with one therapist and one support staff member to a company with four locations and 16 employees.

Playground, pavilion projects make strides

After initial plans came in at a higher cost than expected, city planners working with Cascade Design Group have come up with an alternative plan for a playground at Marine Park.

Lizzie's Cafe still serving up the classics

With a new sign in place, Nicki's Diner is now officially Lizzie's Cafe, and if the new sign confuses regulars, they will be pleasantly surprised to find the old classics are still on the menu - along with a few new items in the making.

Music fest - a swingin' good time

Musicians play for a dancing crowd at the Big Band Benefit concert at Semiahmoo Resort July 10.

Hot weather causes burn bans statewide

With a heat wave rapidly increasing fire danger throughout the state, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has expanded the burn ban from DNR-protected lands in eastern Washington to include those west of the Cascades.

Slam win third straight IBL championship
Wed, Jul 9, 2014

The Bellingham Slam has won its third straight International Basketball League (IBL) championship after putting up a dominant performance against the Vancouver Volcanoes.

"We don't break boards unless we're out of firewood"
Wed, Jul 2, 2014

At the start of practice in the Birch Bay Activity Center, six karate students kneel facing their instructor Eric Henry, who kneels silently in front of them on the hardwood floor.

Local rugby team beats English club
Wed, Jul 2, 2014

In international competition this year, the local youth rugby team has yet to find its equal.

Blaine and Semiahmoo Videos

Diving into Spring

Several boys from Blaine took advantage of the spring weather and took a dive off the Blaine pier on March 24.

Polar Bear Plunge - January 1, 2014 - Birch Bay, Wash.








































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