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Articles published Thu, Mar 24, 2011

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Letters to the Editor - March 24-30, 2011


Blaine grads earn degrees

Two Blaine high school graduates recently earned bachelor of arts degrees from local universities.

Finding a low-VOC paint

Conventional indoor paints can release potentially toxic chemicals during and shortly after application; though once paint is dry the majority of the offending substances, collectively known as “volatile organic compounds” or “VOCs,” tend to stay sealed up.

Bay Horizon gymnasium nears completion

The renovated gym at Bay Horizon Park is just a few finishing touches away from completion as parks and recreation district staff prepare to open the gym to the public in late April.

WTA makes changes to Blaine route

Commuters who use the local 55X bus will want to arrive 20 minutes earlier beginning June 12.

Golay pleads not guilty to theft

Glenn Golay, former treasurer of the Birch Bay Water and Sewer District, has pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of first-degree theft stemming from his alleged embezzlement of $469,000 from the district over the last seven years.

School faculty, parents, discuss budget cuts

Roughly 80 Blaine school district staff and parents met Tuesday to start the months-long task of determining where cuts can be made to the 2011/2012 school year budget.

State to rebuild Blaine Road fish culvert

Crews with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will replace a culvert beneath Blaine Road (SR 548) this summer to allow fish to move through it more easily.

Auditor retires after 24 years

County auditor Shirley Forslof said she will retire at the end of her term this November.

Woman dies in Custer crash

A 58-year-old woman was killed Sunday after the vehicle she was driving left the roadway.

North Whatcom considers consolidation

Plans to consolidate services between North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFRS) and Fire District 4 are under way as the two districts discuss a consolidated budget and possible employment issues.

Fire damages Blaine sailboat

Firefighters and Blaine police responded to a small fire on a sailboat in Blaine marina on Tuesday.

Wings Over Water festival, March 21, 2011

Wings Over Water festival, March 21, 2011

NW Straits initiative would remove derelict pots

The Northwest Straits initiative announced today that it will remove derelict crab pots from Boundary Bay, British Columbia, with funding from British Columbia’s Ministry of the Environment.

Business of the year

Ken and Jill Peck of Dakota Creek Winery were presented with the Blaine Chamber of Commerce’s business of the year award at the chamber’s annual Bite of Blaine event Monday, March 21.

Border Patrol Report

Incidents at the border.


Jan E. Smith

Jan entered into rest at the age of 73 at her family home in Birch Bay, WA.

Bruce Zimmerman

Bruce Zimmerman chose to join up with the Great Spirit in late January, 2011.


Late-inning errors account for losses for Borderites

Everything was going so well for two and a half innings during the opening game of Alisa Burk’s coaching debut as the Borderites head softball coach.

Borderite track teams make statement

Blaine’s boys track team added on to its undefeated regular season record while the girls team made a strong case for its pursuit of a second state team title in three years.

Borderite golfers roll in opener game

Shrugging off a sluggish start, Blaine’s sophomore sensation Ryan Wallen came back to fire a 76 and newcomer Michael Andes shot a 77 as the Borderites scored a 21-stroke team victory over six other Northwest conference teams to win the opening match at Skagit Valley Golf and Country Club Thursday, March 17.


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