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Articles published Wed, Sep 9, 2009

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Letters to the editor - September 10 - 16, 2009


Public can comment on UGA cuts Sept. 17

Those wishing to comment on Whatcom County’s proposal to eliminate large swaths of land from the Blaine and Birch Bay urban growth areas (UGA) will want to attend a joint hearing of the Whatcom County planning commission and county council next week.

Blaine city council candidate files for bankruptcy

Blaine city council candidate John George filed for bankruptcy last month after falling more than $600,000 in debt to about 140 different creditors.

Violent crime, burglary up in 2008

BP to host open house Sept. 18

News in brief

Get a library card, win an iPod Shuffle • Rummage sale to benefit senior center • Rural element meeting September 10 • Fall clean-up scheduled September 13 • Two committee meetings September 16 • Noted sitar master to perform in Blaine

Port approves of train depot project

Blaine man recalls decades spent under the sea

Every once in a while a book about the sea comes out that’s so captivating it almost smells like salt water. The Patrick O’Brian stories are like that and so is part-time Blaine resident Cal Smith’s “When Devil Fish Come Out to Play.” It’s a memoir of his years spent harvesting shellfish in the years when “skin diving” was in its infancy, and is so steeped in marine experience and opinion it ought to come with its own towel.

CBP testing high-speed interceptors

The bad guys on local waters already face a fleet of fast, technically sophisticated watercraft. A new addition to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP)’s marine division literally leaves them all behind.

Take advantage of wet fall weather

Autumn in the Pacific Northwest is a great time to get busy in the yard and the city of Blaine and Birch Bay Water and Sewer District are encouraging customers to take advantage of it.

Obama offers homeowners new green incentives

Since Obama took office, have any new incentives been put in place for homeowners looking to increase energy efficiency and reduce the overall environmental footprints of their homes?

Young At Heart: September activities at the Blaine senior and activity center

Photos around the town


Blaine Borderites drop opener game 26-20

Blaine’s varsity football team spent a solid 20 minutes during practice on Tuesday going against short yardage situations, one of their weaknesses in their opening 26-20 loss to the balanced, strong and quick New Westminster Hyacks, a team out of a school more than three times the size of Blaine.


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