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Articles published Thu, May 28, 2009

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Family opens kayak and bike rental business

Those looking for a fun way to get outdoors now have more choices in their own backyard. Blaine resident Gail Walker and her husband Britain opened Paddle and Pedal Adventures bike and kayak rentals at the end of Semiahmoo spit last Monday.

Free Services Available at May 30 Citizenship Day

Volunteer immigration attorneys, paralegals and interpreters offer FREE citizenship application assistance to legal permanent residents in Washington state; program expands services to three dates in 11 cities, including Mt.Vernon, Lacey, Pasco and Vancouver, Wash. on May 30

Art teacher sought

Parks district issues summer activity guide

Summer fun and activities are just around the corner. The Northwest Park and Recreation District 2 just released its summer activity guide.

Gardeners to form Saturday market downtown

Those wishing to support local farmers will soon be able to do so on a whole new level.

County adopts 25 mph limit for Birch Bay Drive

Whatcom County Council unanimously adopted a year-round speed limit of 25 mph for all of Birch Bay Drive, from Point Whitehorn to the Birch Bay Drive-Shintaffer Road intersection.

New border rules take effect June 1

Motorists who plan to travel to Canada in the near future will need to carry documentation that complies with tighter security standards imposed by the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI).

News in Brief

Marine mammal network hosts meeting • Volunteers needed for Peace Portal trail • Home tour features sustainable designs • Volunteers needed for clam survey • Council extends public comment for UGA

American Life Poetry

Expect hike in state liquor tax this August

It’s going to cost more to be a bad boy come August 1 when state taxes on hard liquor go up from the current 39.2 percent to 51.9 percent. The state liquor control board (WSLCB) voted to increase the tax to generate approximately $80 million over the next two years. The money will replace funds earmarked by the state legislature to help with the state’s $9 billion budget deficit.

CBP seizes $2 million in ecstasy at Blaine crossing

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Peace Arch Port of Entry arrested a 30-year-old Vancouver, British Columbia, woman on May 23 for allegedly attempting to smuggle 134,838 tablets of ecstasy worth nearly $2 million into the United States.

Remembering the fallen on Memorial Day

SYC funds a boost for Plover

Blaine’s historical Plover ferry will get some much-needed repairs after a recent donation by the Semiahmoo Yacht Club.

Birch Bay Square Grand Opening and Community Day, May 23

Groovy times... French fries, tattoos, karate moves, dogs with style. The grand opening event at Birch Bay Square had a little something for everyone.


Borderite Scoreboard - Week of May 20

Lady B’s strikeout performance takes them to state


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