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Articles published Thu, Mar 5, 2009

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Declining enrollment, revenue force school cuts

Citing decreased enrollment, increased operating costs and declining state revenue, Blaine superintendent of schools Ron Spanjer has outlined proposed budget reductions up to $1.2 million for the 2009-2010 school year. The current year’s budget is $21.7 million.

Local benefit from Olympics to outweigh costs

Economic benefits to Whatcom County as a result of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver will likely outweigh any negative attention that might be generated from border congestion, said delegates at a border policy conference in Washington, D.C. last week.

County to define Custer boundaries

Blaine and Custer residents can anticipate changes to existing urban growth areas (UGAs) and more clearly defined boundaries for growth within the Custer community if a comprehensive plan amendment put forth by the Whatcom County Planning and Development department is approved.

Investment in new appliances pays off in energy savings

Steve Dodd of the Blaine Marina furniture and appliance store on Marine Drive wants to save you money by selling you a new washer or dryer.

Where does your drinking water come from?

The city of Blaine and Birch Bay water and sewer district are examples of public utilities that draw on groundwater supplies as their primary source for drinking water.

American Life Poetry

Memories have a way of attaching themselves to objects, to details, to physical tasks, and here, George Bilgere, an Ohio poet, happens upon mixed feelings about his mother while slicing a head of cabbage.

Blaine students contestants in Guerilla Film Project

It’s a good time of the year to be a movie fan. The fall and winter run of traditionally high quality films is now waning and it’s the perfect excuse to rent all of said winter films and watch them one more time.


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