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Letters to the Editor - November 24-December 1, 2010


Blaine holiday harbor lights festival begins Dec. 3

Those looking for a way to celebrate the holidays with community will want to check out the Holiday Harbor Lights festival December 3 and 4 as Blaine’s downtown fills with activities.

Birch Bay study calls for better connectivity

The $20,000 tourism study conducted on Birch Bay is done, and consultants recommended a range of suggestions, including traffic changes.

Council rejects property tax, reduces sewer rate hike

Blaine property owners no longer have to worry about their city property tax bill growing but their sewer rates will still increase.

NOEL concert returns to Blaine

Those looking for a way to celebrate the season with poetry, music and song will want to attend this year’s NOEL concert at the Blaine performing arts center.

Local raptor

A red-tailed hawk soars over Drayton Harbor on the hunt.

Blaine poised to receive state transportation funds

Washington’s Transportation Improvements Board (TIB) has awarded nearly $100 million for traffic improvement projects across Whatcom County, and a portion of that money will come to Blaine.

A cozy critter

Blaine resident Richard Sturgill said his cat “Roger” knows how to keep warm during chilly weather.

American Life in Poetry

Here’s a poem by Edward Hirsch, who lives in New York, that offers our younger readers a look at what’s to come.

Mt. Baker Ski Area opens for 2010-2011 winter season

The Mount Baker Ski Area is now open, and forecasts call for even more snow to blanket the mountain.

Want to support your community? Shop locally this season

November 29 through December 5 is Sustainable Connection’s Eighth Annual Buy Local Week.

Check weather before heading out for the holiday

With ice storms across the state and snow in the Puget Sound area, drivers should prepare for winter driving conditions over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Cherry Point aquatic reserve management plan OK’d

Members of the Birch Bay community and various state environmental agencies and organizations met at Birch Bay State Park on a damp Thursday afternoon for the adoption of a management plan for the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve.

Legion hosts Thanskgiving dinner

Those in need of a hot meal this holiday will not need to look any farther than the local American Legion Post #86’s annual community Thanksgiving dinner.

DUI patrols stepped up this month

Washington State Patrol will be increasing their DUI patrols throughout Whatcom County during the holiday season as part of their Drive Hammered, Get Nailed.

Blaine students earn AP awards

Eighteen students at Blaine high school have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams.

Port approves $52 million budget

Port of Bellingham commissioners have adopted a $52.3 million budget that includes nearly $40 million in capital projects and a 5 percent cut in port property tax revenues.

Ericksen selected as caucus whip

At their biennial reorganization meeting today, state Senate Republicans selected Senator-elect Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, as caucus whip.

School board sends bond intiative to ballot

After months of contemplation and planning the Blaine school board has taken the final step by voting to place a $32 million capital project bond initiative on the ballot next April.

Whatcom County program pairs volunteers with lonely seniors

The Whatcom County Interfaith Coalition’s Friendly Visitors program will offer a training session during April and May for individuals who wish to make a difference in the lives of isolated older adults.

County homeless agency buys Ferndale home

The purchase this month of a single-family home on a lot in Ferndale zoned multifamily is the first step in a plan by Interfaith Coalition of Whatcom County to raise money for development on the property of a duplex.

John Mutchler to host annual piano concert

Pianist Jon Mutchler will present his annual Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 5, at Semiahmoo Resort. The performance is in the hotel’s Seaview Lobby and is free.


Borderite hoopsters bring in new coach this season

Usually at any one time of a preseason basketball practice, one might see shooting practice or a scrimmage.


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