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Letters to the editor July 30 - August 5, 2009

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August is leak detection month in Blaine, Birch Bay

The City of Blaine and Birch Bay Water and Sewer District are designating August as “Leak Detection Month.”

Bay Horizon Park could have sunny future in Birch Bay

Community activists and concerned citizens of Birch Bay met with project developers on Tuesday, July 28 to discuss a topic they feel passionately about: Bay Horizon Park.

Community displays outpouring of support for city staffer Debbie Harger

After an overwhelming show of support Monday, Blaine City Council passed a resolution in show of support for city staffer Debbie Harger following accusations that she was given her position by dating a fellow staffer. The accusations were made by city council candidate John George, who is running for the council’s at-large position currently held by Charlie Hawkins.

Blaine couple opens wine tour business

“I just wanted to show people that we have some really great wineries right here in Whatcom County,” said Blaine resident Hollie Joy Hilde who, with her husband Adrian, have opened a wine touring service called Whatcom Wine Tours.

Full sails ahead for Drayton Harbor Days this weekend

Good weather, tall ships, sailboat races and steamboat parades with a calliope playing music that can be heard from Ferndale to Spuzzum (or Tsawwassen). A hilarious amateur raft race through the marina. Games and treasure hunts for the kids. A costume contest and an arts fair.

State cuts funding for Peace Arch park exhibit

Blaine boasts several not-to-be-missed attractions for tourists. Sweeping waterfront views, a historical and quaint downtown, and Peace Arch State Park are on top of the list.

DHS secretary Napolitano tours Blaine border

Following a visit to the Peace Arch border crossing Monday, Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano said she felt confident the border will function smoothly during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. even if construction of the new port of entry facility won’t be completed in time.

Council OKs critical areas ordinance

After a long-standing debate over property rights and environmental protections, Blaine City Council approved a revised version of the critical areas ordinance (CAO) that increases protections for wetlands, as required under the state growth management act (GMA).

Briefs

Northbound I-5 lanes to open Aug. 27 | Dan Newell moves to new position | State enforces rules for CDL holders | Cash for Clunkers offers federal rebate | Marine mammal network needs help

School board OKs $21 million budget

The Blaine school board passed a $21 million budget Monday night that avoids dramatic staff cuts by reducing expenditures in many areas, but unless revenues increase the future may require such cuts to balance the books.

Fab four girls help win cup

Goal keeper Anna Hewitt, defender Elizabeth Berry, mid Nicole Statham and forward Hope Wilkett, four Blaine girls who will play on the varsity soccer team this fall as freshmen, just helped the Whatcom Football Club (WFC) Rangers win a closely fought tournament at Beaverton, Oregon, last week.

Whatcom health officials urge caution in hot weather

Hot weather expected this week with near or record breaking temperatures in Western Washington that include Whatcom County.

10 steps to sound financial planning

Like everyone, you hope for a comfortable retirement. That’s why you should put money away in your 401(k), IRA and any other retirement plan available to you. But once you reach retirement, which financial and investment strategies should you follow to help yourself enjoy the lifestyle you’ve envisioned?

 

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