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Letters to the Editor - January 20-26, 2011


Energy program could help local residents save

Blaine residents will soon be getting information on how to save money in heating and electricity costs tucked in alongside their regular utility bills.

Beyond diets: Program helps people take shape for life

For Shelly Smith, 62, of Ferndale, weight gain came as a bit of a surprise.

Man indicted for blinding CBP in underwear

A Lynden man has been charged with federal crimes for allegedly shining a high-powered flashlight at a customs and border protection (CBP) helicopter last September.

City council backs rail service study 6-0

In their regular meeting Monday, January 11, Blaine City Council voted 6-0 to approve a resolution that would back a rail study to be conducted by the Whatcom Council of Governments and the non-profit transportation group Cascadia Center.

Arts & Jazz fundraiser this Saturday

The Blaine Fine Arts Association has scheduled their annual Arts & Jazz auction and dance benefit concert to help fund the Blaine high school wind ensemble’s upcoming trip to Japan.

School district faces $400,000 in cuts

The Blaine school district could face nearly $400,000 in funding reductions for the remainder of the 2010/2011 school year even as the district braces for deeper cuts for next school year.

Police speak

Blaine police chief Mike Haslip spoke during the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting at CJ’s Beach House restaurant in Birch Bay.

Crab feed to benefit 6-year-old Blaine girl

A crab feed fundraiser this month will help raise money for a 6-year-old Blaine girl with a rare blood disease.

Assistant principal earns top honors

Blaine middle school assistant principal Molly Mitchell-Mumma was recently selected as the regional assistant principal of the year by the Association of Washington Middle Level Principals.

The Markets wins award

The Markets, a Northwest regional supermarket chain, received a national merchandising award for one of its promotions, “Bayou Bash.”

Local animal non-profit group seeks help

A local organization that performed thousands of free and low-cost pet surgeries during the last two years is looking for donations to stay in business after losing one of its major funding sources.

Blaine sailor to speak at Seattle Boat Show Jan. 21

Local sailor Curt Epperson will be presenting a talk entitled “Cruising the Sunshine Coast” at the upcoming Seattle Boat Show.

Diamond Yacht Sales in Blaine has new owner

Brian Anderson first became familiar with Blaine when his wife was the head of Northwest Parks and Recreation District 2, but now he has a new reason to get to know Blaine better: He recently purchased Diamond Yacht Sales.

2010 in review: Birch Bay Water & Sewer District

In 2010, the district completed the sewer forcemain project, which replaced 9,000 feet of existing 14-inch forcemain from Pump Station #3 to the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) to accommodate future district demands.

2010 in review: Blaine Chamber of Commerce

With a total of 75 members, the Blaine Chamber of Commerce experienced a very active year in 2010.

2010 in review: North Whatcom Fire & Rescue

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) responded to 2,116 calls through November, 121 fewer than this time last year.


Billie Moore Squires

Billie Moore Squires died peacefully at her home on January 13, 2011 at the age of 83.

Kenneth A. Flint

Kenneth A. Flint passed away peacefully at home on January 17, 2011 in Blaine at the age of 86.

Elizabeth “Betty” May (Nixon) Shope

Elizabeth “Betty” May (Nixon) Shope, 83, received her angel wings on January 13, 2011 in Blaine, WA surrounded by her family.


Allen shines as Borderites fall to Burlington-Edison

Even as the starting line-up for the Blaine boy’s basketball team has been shuffled trying to find that right combination and rotation, fate dealt the Borderites another cruel blow.

Bulldogs beat Borderites by narrow margin

Despite its best scoring performance of the season, Blaine’s high school girls’ basketball team was not able to hold onto to a six-point lead going into the last four minutes of Tuesday’s game and lost to Mount Vernon 61-58.

Borderites mauled in 89-31 loss to Mt. Vernon

It had been a tough week for the Blaine boys basketball team. After tough losses to Burlington and Anacortes, they were hoping to get back on track against Mount Vernon on the road Monday, January 18.

Seahawk sharp-shooters sink Borderites

Jackson Kirkpatrick, Matt Welliver and Billy King all scored in double-figures as Anacortes shooters connected on nine three-point goals while inducing 25 Blaine turnovers as the Seahawks blasted the Borderites 62-34 in a Northwest conference game Thursday, January 13.


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