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Letters to the Editor - May 5 - May 11


Springfest showcases more than 25 local artists

Handmade jewelry, knitted hats, stained glass works, photography, paintings and decorated functional ceramicware are just a few of the crafts visitors will find at the Springfest art studio tour in Blaine and Birch Bay this weekend.

Groen found guilty in helicopter case

A Seattle jury convicted a Lynden man last week of incapacitating the pilot of a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) helicopter after pointing a high-powered flashlight at the aircraft during a nighttime flight.

Semiahmoo had largest turnout for bond vote

Of the eight voting precincts that comprise the Blaine school district, half approved the $32 million capital projects bond initiative with 60 percent of the vote or greater.

Blaine bridge builder

Alex Bullock, 17, was awarded the Blaine Builder Award last week after he replaced a foot bridge and restored trails in Lincoln Park earlier this year for an Eagle Scout project.

Top 10 reasons to buy local this Mother’s Day

When Anna Jervis founded Mother’s Day more than 100 years ago, she envisioned a day to honor mothers and motherhood, yet it has turned into one of the most commercially successful holidays in the United States.

Yard of the Week contest begins

Blaine’s annual Yard of the Week contest will begin its fifth season this month.

Marine Drive slated for improvements

Visitors to Marine Drive will have a smoother railroad crossing and better pedestrian access next year following the approval of a joint project between the city of Blaine and the Port of Bellingham.

Meeting to discuss Birch Point stormwater issues

A stormwater improvement project is planned for Charel Terrace, and the Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resource Management District (BBWARM) is holding a public informational meeting about it.

Open gym dates offer low-cost fun

Northwest Park and Recreation Activity Center has scheduled open gym days for the month of May.

A garden guru honors mother in the garden

It’s soon to be Mother’s Day, and in that I am lucky. My mother turns 96 next month and lives an independent life.

A rose by any name ...

Peace Arch State Park volunteers planted a commemorative rose bush named after Blaine resident Dick Clark in the park’s rose bed.

Mature Living Special Section: Workshop helps elderly age with dignity

Whatcom End-of-Life Council will be holding its next Five Wishes workshop on Wednesday, May 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Five Wishes was introduced in 1998 and has become America’s most popular living will.

New kids in town

Bunny Joe, a kinder goat belonging to Ron Snyder and Cathy Taggett of 3432 Sweet Road in Blaine, recently gave birth to two kids, Abraham “Abe” and Isaac “Izzy.”

Young At Heart in the spring

Many wonderful things happen during the month of May. More sunshine, right at the top of the list, refreshes the spirit and renews the mind.

Sunny skies and low tides

A young man takes advantage of sunny weather and low tides at Semiahmoo Bay, Sunday, May 1, to fly his kite.

Ferndale Expo Thursday, May 19

The Ferndale Chamber of Commerce will host its annual “Ferndale Expo,” Thursday, May 19, at the Ferndale Events Center.

WWU to host BALLE event

The national Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) annual conference will be in Bellingham this year from June 14 through 17 at Western Washington University.

BBWSD seeks contractor for Lincoln Road improvements

Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) staff would like to replace the water main under Lincoln Road at the same time the county rebuilds the road, but not if it costs the district more than it’s prepared to pay.

Eye in the sky

A man performs repairs on a sailboat mast in Blaine Harbor last Wednesday, April 27.

Grandview gets rumble strips

Grandview Road between Kickerville Road and Vista Drive was reduced to one lane starting May 2 as the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) installed five miles of rumble strips on the side of the road.

Girl Scouts to cross Golden Gate

Blaine’s Girl Scout troup 41655 will join more than 5,400 Girl Scouts from 13 states this weekend to walk across one of the country’s most famous bridges as part of their 30th annual Golden Gate Bridging in San Francisco.

Refinery to begin work on hydrogen plant

Officials from the BP Cherry Point Refinery recently held an open house at nearby Birch Bay Bible Community Church to explain $400 million in improvements set to be made to the refinery in the next year.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol Report for May 5 - May 11


Alison J. Burns - March 30, 1948 – April 25, 2011

Alison “Aly” Burns of Everson, Washington passed away on Monday in Bellingham.

Henry McCown - August 16, 1941 - April 26, 2011

Henry "Tom" McCown passed away after a short illness at age 69. Tom was born to Henry and Mary Iloree (Shirey) on August 16, 1941 in Albany, CA.


Sports Briefs

Sports briefs for May 5 - May 11

Nagle locks up Lynden in the Lions’ den

Cody Nagle was starting to tire in the intense, playoff atmosphere of Blaine's showdown with Lynden, Friday, April 29, at Lynden High School.

Bolick leads the way as Borderite girls power to first win

Bumps and bruises line the way to rebuilding the young Blaine girls softball program.

Borderite sparks fly at NWC track meet

Cherish Morrison returned from an injured quad muscle to lead the Borderite girls track team to a sweep of Mount Baker and Nooksack Valley at a Northwest Conference (NWC) meet at Nooksack Valley High School, Thursday, April 28.


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