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Articles published Thu, May 19, 2011

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Letters to the Editor - May 19 - 25, 2011


Horses could be legal on Birch Bay Drive

Horse-drawn carriages could be allowed on a stretch of Birch Bay Drive if Whatcom County Council approves code changes proposed by district three council members Barbara Brenner and Carl Weimer.

Fundraiser to help Blaine graduate

A fish and chips fundraising dinner Saturday will benefit a Blaine high school graduate with brain tumors.

State parks to charge fees

Starting July 1, vehicle access to state parks and other types of state recreation lands across Washington will come with a charge.

New pavilion planned at community center

Youth at the Blaine Boys & Girls Club will have more space to play if plans for a covered pavilion area are completed.

Fire district approves labor contract

After eight months of negotiation, the North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) board of fire commissioners approved a three-year labor contract on April 21 with the International Association of Firefighters Local 106.

Meetings to explore city zoning, codes

A series of meetings beginning next week will discuss the city of Blaine’s downtown zoning and development regulations and give residents a chance to share their input.

Kremen in Birch Bay

Whatcom County Executive Pete Kremen talks to the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce at the C Shop in Birch Bay during the chamber’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 17.

BBWSD nears agreement on Lincoln Road improvements

The Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) board is about one meeting away from approving a contract with Lynden-based Stremler Gravel to complete waterline work alongside Whatcom County’s planned Lincoln Road improvements.

13th Annual International Sculpture Exhibit at Peace Arch State Park

May through October 1 • Sponsored by U.S. Canada Peace Anniversary Association

Matt French Exhibit

Snow and skateboard artist Matt French showed his works at Loomis Hall Gallery Friday, May 13.

Birch Bay man, 74, lives life with a kick

When Birch Bay resident Ralph Bajema needs to muster the strength to tackle a problem in life, one might imagine him taking a deep breath and letting out a loud “Haaah!”

Mature Living Special Section: Tips for traveling safe

Statistics are proving that 70 really is the new 50. According to the U.S. Travel Association, mature travelers ages 65 or older represented 21 percent of all leisure travelers in 2010.

Mature Living Special Section: Event discusses elder law issues

Elder law attorney Barry Meyers will be offering advice for seniors on planning for the future during a free seminar at 2 p.m., June 1, at Parkway Chateau retirement community, located at 2818 Old Fairhaven Parkway in Bellingham.

CEV to host forum in Blaine

Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics Center for Economic Vitality (CEV) will present, in partnership with the Blaine Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center, “How to Get Your Business Unstuck, Going and Growing Again,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Blaine school district office at 765 H Street, in Blaine.

Bike To Work Day Friday, May 20

The 14th annual Bike To Work And School Day in Whatcom County is Friday, May 20.

Elections filings due June 10

Whatcom County’s election season is approaching, and elections filings with the county auditor’s office must be submitted no later than June 10.

Border waits expected this week

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is announcing the early opening of additional inspectional lanes into the United States for travelers during the start of this Victoria Day holiday weekend.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol Report for May 19 - May 25


Hellen I. Batchelor

Krista Lynn Weatherby

Sean Dwayne Rasmussen

Helen M. Reed - May 23, 1938 - April 16, 2011

Dale E. Shintaffer - May 1, 1922 – May 6, 2011


Nault and Conway storm into third round

The Blaine no. 1 doubles team of Katie Conway and Samantha Nault moved into the third round of the 2A Northwest District Tennis Tounament at Sehome High School and Western Washington University in Bellingham, Saturday, May 15.

Morrison ready for run at third consecutive titles

“I’m definitely ready for state,” Cherish Morrison said between races at the second day of the 2A Northwest sub-district track meet, Friday May 13 at Rollie DeCoster Field in Lynden.

Season ends for Blaine baseball, softball, golf

There will be no return to the state tournament for the Blaine baseball team this year as its season ended with a gut-wrenching 4-3 loss to Bellingham, Tuesday May 10, at Volunteers Field in Anacortes.


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